Drive invaders out of Aspen’s Hunter Creek Valley with community weed pull Saturday |

Drive invaders out of Aspen’s Hunter Creek Valley with community weed pull Saturday

Staff report

Volunteers are needed Saturday to drive some invaders out of Hunter Creek Valley in Aspen’s backcountry backyard.

The intruders are thistle and houndstongue — invasive weeds that are overtaking the popular valley’s natural flora. Several local conservation groups and government agencies are teaming up Saturday to organize a weed pull from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“By removing these invaders, we can help restore ecological balance to this area,” Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers said on its website.

The crew will be pulling weeds by hand. It’s a family-friendly project, so children ages 6 and older are welcome. Volunteers should meet at the U.S. Forest Service parking lot at the end of Red Mountain Road.

There will be a free, light breakfast in the morning. Participants should bring their lunch and water and gloves and clothing for rain and shine. A pizza dinner and drinks will be provided after the work.

The weed pull is being organized by Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, Wilderness Workshop, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, and the U.S. Forest Service.

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