Outdoor volunteers ramp up activity | AspenTimes.com

Outdoor volunteers ramp up activity

ASPEN – Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers has announced its restoration and expansion projects for the summer. From Aspen to Glenwood Springs, hundreds of volunteers will pick up shovels and pulaskis to improve, restore and even reroute many of the valley’s trails.

On Thursday evenings during May, the nonprofit will host public-work evenings in Glenwood Springs to add to the Wulfsohn Trail, creating a short loop at the far west end and rerouting a steep section on Upper Loop Trail.

On National Trails Day, volunteers will be the first to build a new trail system on the recently acquired Sky Mountain Park (formerly the Droste property), which borders Aspen and Snowmass Village. Also in June, volunteers will help create a public space on the old Basalt bridge by building benches, platforms and planters.

July projects include a weekend project partnering with the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative to improve the trail and trail drainage on the route up to Capitol Peak from Capitol Lake, and an overnight project will continue work started last year on the Arbaney-Kittle Trail in Basalt.

The Smuggler Mountain Trail project will see its third summer of volunteers in August, working to turn the old road system into a hikable trail, a project that will include native planting, seeding and other restoration techniques. That will be followed by the Anderson Lake Trail restoration to turn the old road to Anderson Lakes into a singletrack trail.

During the end of the summer and into the fall, volunteers will move on to the old road to Anderson Lakes, where they’ll help create a new trail by seeding, covering and bringing in slash to turn the old road into a singletrack trail.

It’s back to the Glenwood Springs area in September and October to rebuild sections of the first three miles of the popular No Name Trail and to continue efforts along the Colorado River to eradicate the invasive tamarisk and Russian olive. This year’s project will focus on the worst area of the lower Roaring Fork, including Three Mile Creek, Four Mile Creek/Atkinson Ditch and near Veltus Park.

Volunteers can sign up to be part of this effort at http://www.rvof.org.

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