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Get involved with trail work

Dear Editor:

From the anglers and boaters who helped eradicate invasive tamarisk along the Colorado River to the hikers and cyclists who helped build new trails on Smuggler Mountain in Aspen, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers commends all of our volunteers who gave their time in 2010 to improve public lands in the Roaring Fork, Crystal River and Colorado River valleys.

RFOV celebrated those accomplishments on Oct. 28 with a volunteer appreciation party hosted by our volunteer development committee and catered by Alex Sobrinho at International Catering.

What made RFOV’s 15th project season outstanding? In 2010, we:

• maintained 26 miles of trail, including Scout, Hanging Lake, Highline, Basalt Mountain, Raspberry Creek and American Lake trails;

• constructed two miles of new trail in Glenwood Springs, New Castle and Aspen;

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• completed two restoration projects, removing tamarisk along the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs and on the new Smuggler Mountain Open Space in Aspen;

• worked 35 total days in the field, with more than 780 volunteers.

RFOV is a nonprofit that promotes volunteer stewardship of public lands by completing trail work and conservation projects. Since 1995, we have engaged more than 12,800 volunteers on 137 large-scale projects. Also within that time, RFOV has built 26 miles of new trail, helped maintain 241 miles, planted more than 11,200 trees and shrubs and 11 acres of wetlands. In total, RFOV has completed projects worth several million dollars to our public lands and communities. No matter where you live between Aspen and Rifle, if you enjoy the region’s trails, then you are benefiting from RFOV’s work. We rely on volunteers to do the physical labor, while RFOV members, donors, partners and sponsors help fund these important projects.

Help us continue our work by becoming a member or volunteering. Our next event is the Town to Town Tour on Jan. 22, 2011. This fundraiser celebrates the Rio Grande Trail with a cross-country ski/snowshoe event from Aspen to Basalt. For more information, visit http://www.rfov.org or call 927-8241.

Scott Gordon

board of directors, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers

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