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Come walk for wilderness

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which in its simplest terms preserves our nation’s most pristine and wildest remaining public lands. For myself, wilderness offers far more than just the privilege of a favorite day hike. Indeed, its values are broad and often intangible, including opportunities for reflection, freedom, risk, adventure, humility, discovery, mystery and evolution. A defining aspect of wilderness is that it will forever remain in contrast to modern civilization, its technologies, conventions, and contrivances; it is self-willed land where we may experience our connection to the larger community of life.In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, communities across America are gathering to show their support for wilderness. The Roaring Fork Valley will celebrate this Saturday morning, Sept. 25, at Ashcroft with a 1.5-mile stroll from the Ashcroft ghost town along Castle Creek to the Pine Creek Cookhouse. Shuttles will be running. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The walk will begin at 10 a.m. and will be followed by live music, refreshments and prizes. Make a day of it; stay for lunch at the Cookhouse, tour the ghost town, and shop at Toklat. What would our community be without wilderness? Join us. Celebrate wilderness!Trevor Washko”Mayor of Ashcroft”

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