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DOW played big role in Ruedi inspections

Dear Editor:

Thanks for the great story about the invasive species inspection program at Ruedi in Monday’s paper (“Ruedi inspections turn up no invasive species,” Oct. 3, 2011, The Aspen Times).

We appreciate the great support we have gotten from all of our partners, but I want to be sure that the Colorado Division of Wildlife is also recognized for their invaluable assistance in making this program possible. The DOW has a tremendous challenge in dealing with invasive species of all kinds, and they have done a great job of training and supporting local agencies such as RWAPA to assist them in that task.

The DOW provided a decontamination unit for the Ruedi program (value $8,000) and all of the forms and educational materials that were provided to boaters. Elizabeth Brown, the state’s invasive species coordinator, provided information on invasive species, training for inspectors and critical input on the design of the program. All in all, the DOW’s contribution was worth more than $12,000 in time and materials and was vital to the existence and success of the program.

The state’s support for the Ruedi inspection program was enthusiastic, timely and effective, and we want to make sure your readers are aware of that support while we express our deep gratitude to Ms. Brown and the Division of Wildlife.

Mark Fuller

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