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I scream, you scream

Dear Editor:

In response to Joe Hultquist’s rather sour letter in the June 20 Aspen Times: looks like he coulda used a nice refreshing scoop of ice cream. The Wilderness Workshop hosted a Rocky Roadless Ice Cream Social to complement the US Forest Service’s public open house on the proposed Colorado Roadless Rule.

Yeah, Rocky Roadless is goofy … so what. It was a light-hearted attempt to have a little fun at what was otherwise a dry, wonky policy meeting … the last thing many of us would choose to do after a long day at work. The point of the USFS open house was to engage the public about the proposed roadless rule so we thought serving up some ice cream and bluegrass would help incentivize some who may not otherwise show up.

Sure, the conservation community has a point of view on the proposed Roadless Rule and how great is it to discuss such an important conservation issue over a cool, refreshing scoop of rocky roadless ice cream accompanied by some toe-tapping tunes. Many partook in ice cream regardless of their point of view and some of the USFS conveners thanked us for helping bring the people out.

And, 50 people signed postcards asking that the final Colorado rule give the highest protections to our beloved unroaded backcountry areas. We couldn’t have asked for anything more!

Sloan Shoemaker

Wilderness Workshop

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