Independence Pass Foundation wraps up 2013 work | AspenTimes.com

Independence Pass Foundation wraps up 2013 work

Staff report

The Independence Pass Foundation's biggest project of 2013 was aimed at reclaiming the area below Highway 82 just west of the pass summit.

The Independence Pass Foundation has completed its 2013 workload on the Highway 82 corridor that runs between Aspen and Twin Lakes.

This year's biggest project, according to a statement issued by the foundation, was a new compost blanket to go along with previous composting projects that have been undertaken every few years for the past decade. The project was aimed at reclaiming the area below Highway 82 just west of the pass summit.

Another major project was the reclamation and revegetation of the Lake Creek trailhead on the east side of the pass. This trailhead, which accesses upper Lake Creek, Lackawanna Gulch and Blue Lake, was impacted heavily over the years by foot and vehicle traffic, and the foundation's project was aimed at closing off and revegetating some of the most damaged areas.

The Independence ghost-town area was the site of the foundation's third major project of the year, the reclamation of a major washout across Highway 82 from the ghost-town parking area. The washout happened in 2011 when heavy runoff and spring rains combined to weaken the roadcut and cause it to fail and slough into the road and adjacent shoulder. In June, the foundation oversaw the reconstruction of the slope, which was done by building earthen lifts reinforced with rocks and geotextile material.

For more information on the Independence Pass Foundation, contact Mark Fuller at 970-963-4959 or fulcon@comcast.net.

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