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Panelists to discuss forest plan

The proposed management plan for the White River National Forest will be the subject of a panel discussion sponsored by the Aspen Institute’s Community Forum.

The discussion is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Paepcke Auditorium on the Aspen Institute campus, 1000 N. Third St. The program is free and open to the public.

Dan Hormaechea, planning director for the White River National Forest, will present an overview of the plan and compare it to the existing plan. Panel members then will each give a five-minute overview of how the plan will affect different forest-user groups.

The moderator for the discussion will be Al Dietsch, Aspen Institute trustee and chairman of the Community Forum. Panel members will include: John Toolen, habitat biologist for the Colorado Division of Wildlife; Jack Welch, Blue Ribbon Committee on Off-Road Mechanical Vehicle Use on National Lands; Sloan Shoemaker of the Aspen Wilderness Workshop; Tom Cardamone, director of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies; Bill Kane, Aspen Skiing Co. vice president of planning and development; Ellen Sassano, Pitkin County senior long-range planner; Matt Turnbull, horseback guide and outfitter; Scott Edmondson, hiker; Chuck Ogilby of the Back Country Skiers Alliance; and Charlie Tarver, mountain biker.

Following presentations by the panelists, the panel members will answer written questions from the audience on issues of trail and road use. Questions may be addressed to panel members or Forest Service personnel familiar with the Aspen and Sopris Ranger districts.

The Community Forum is a nonpartisan, broad-based community resource organized under the auspices of The Aspen Institute.

For more information, contact Becky Ward, Community Forum coordinator, at 544-7932.

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