Grand Mesa National Forest

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Grand Mesa National Forest
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
West edge of Grand Mesa, Colorado.jpg
Map showing the location of Grand Mesa National Forest
Map showing the location of Grand Mesa National Forest
Location Delta, Garfield, and Mesa counties, Colorado, United States
Nearest city Grand Junction, CO
Coordinates 39°04′00″N 107°53′00″W / 39.0668°N 107.8834°W / 39.0668; -107.8834Coordinates: 39°04′00″N 107°53′00″W / 39.0668°N 107.8834°W / 39.0668; -107.8834
Area 346,555 acres (1,402.46 km2)
Established December 24, 1892
Governing body U.S. Forest Service
Website Grand Mesa National Forest

The Grand Mesa National Forest is a U.S. National Forest in Mesa, Delta and Garfield Counties in Western Colorado. It borders the White River National Forest to the north and the Gunnison National Forest to the east. The forest covers most of Grand Mesa and the south part of Battlement Mesa. It has a total area of 346,555 acres (541.49 sq mi, or 1,402.46 km²).[1] It is managed by the United States Forest Service together with Gunnison National Forest and Uncompahgre National Forest from offices in Delta, Colorado. There are local ranger district offices located in Grand Junction.

Animals that inhabit this forest are elk, mule deer, Canadian lynx, black bears, pine marten, cougars, and bighorn sheep. Birdwatchers get a seasonal opportunity to view species of bird such bald eagles, boreal owls, golden eagles, Mexican spotted owls, common ravens, wild turkeys and peregrine falcons.

Originally called Battlement Mesa Forest Reserve, created by Benjamin Harrison on December 24, 1892, it was the third forest reserve created in United States. It is the largest flat top mountain in the world.

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