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CARBONDALE ” A panel of experts will discuss the potential for wildfires to affect the White River National Forest and adjacent urban areas, at a public meeting Wednesday in Carbondale.

“Fire on our Forest” will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Car­bondale Town Hall conference room. It is free and open to the public.



The panel will feature Alton Anderson, a fuels specialist for the Upper Colorado River Intera­gency Fire Management Unit, as well as Doug Paul, a fire-mitiga­tion specialist for that same cooperative of federal agencies.

The panel also will include Tom Eager, an entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service and an expert on bark beetles; Phil Nyland, terrestrial wildlife biolo­gist for the Aspen-Sopris Ranger Districts; and Basalt Fire Chief Scott Thompson.




The discussion is being spon­sored by the Forest Conserva­tion, a nonprofit organization formed in 2001 to protect and preserve the White River Nation­al Forest.

The meeting will discuss the risks and benefits of forest fires and preventative measures that homeowners can take to guard against fires.

BASALT ” The Basalt Chamber of Com­merce will host a forum Wednes­day for candidates in the Town Council races.

The forum will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Basalt Middle School. It is free and open to the public. There will be time for audience questions.

The forum will be broadcast daily on Access Roaring Fork, cable channel 17 in the midvall­ey, from March 20 until election day, April 1.

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