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Aspen-area conservation group recognizes volunteer of the year

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Wilderness Workshop Conservation Director Will Roush (right) hands volunteer of the year Ron Reed a Mountain Hardwear “Optic” tent donated by Bristlecone Mountain Sports.

Wilderness Workshop and a Basalt sporting-goods retailer teamed up to select a volunteer of the year for 2016.

Ron Reed of New Castle received the Bristlecone Mountain Sports Award for Outstanding Stewardship. Reed volunteered for all of Wilderness Workshops restoration projects this year. He restored wetlands by Crooked Creek Pass, pulled weeds in the Hunter Creek Valley, maintained trails on Lost Man and removed barbed-wire fencing in the valley below Maroon Lake. He also volunteered to help at the conservation organization's annual party, called Wildfest.

For his dedication and commitment to a healthy White River National Forest, Ron received a Mountain Hardwear Optic tent donated by Bristlecone Mountain Sports.

Reed said in a statement that he appreciates Wilderness Workshop's efforts to take care of public lands and make sure they "aren't sold off in pieces."

The recognition from Bristlecone Mountain Sports will go annually to the volunteer of the year, according to Wilderness Workshop.

The organization said it values all its volunteers. It's showing its appreciation with a holiday volunteer party Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Third Street Center. Volunteers who plan to attend should RSVP at melanie@wildernessworkshop.org.

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