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Light Hill, Crown go to winter restrictions

Annual winter closures to motorized and mechanized vehicles will go into effect Dec. 1 on certain lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management's Colorado River Valley Field Office to protect a critical big-game winter range and prevent road damage.

These seasonal gate closures occur annually from Dec. 1 to April 15 in Eagle County in the Hardscrabble area and several points in the Castle Peak area, in Garfield County at East Elk Creek and in Pitkin County on Light Hill and the Crown. All of the areas continue to be open to non-motorized and non-mechanized recreation opportunities such as hiking, snowshoeing, horseback riding and skiing.

In addition, the lower gate at Transfer Trail above Glenwood Springs is closed to maintain snow conditions for snowmobiling.

"We appreciate the public's cooperation in helping us protect wildlife and public lands," said BLM Colorado River Valley Field Manager Karl Mendonca.

BLM's Wolcott and Gypsum campgrounds in Eagle County are closed for the winter and will reopen this spring when conditions allow.

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For additional information or to report violations in these areas, call the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office in Silt at 970-876-9000.

Wilderness Workshop adds development director

Wilderness Workshop announced that Rebecca Mirsky of Woody Creek has been hired as development director effective immediately.

The development director oversees donor relations with existing and prospective members and contributes to the strategy and execution of fundraising efforts.

Mirsky most recently served as the development director at Aspen Film, where she was responsible for cultivating new sponsors and maintaining relationships with annual sponsors and grantors. Prior to that, she was the education director at the Aspen Art Museum. She also has directed and consulted with several art galleries, principally in Manhattan, New York.

Mirsky is eager to spread the Wilderness Workshop ethos and mission to new donors and the organization's existing member base.

"My experience has equipped me with the ability to speak to a variety of folks and communicate the message about why it's important to support conservation. Development is about having conversations that connect people's values with the organization's mission and programs," she said.

She will be based out of the Wilderness Workshop office in its Carbondale location in the Third Street Center.

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