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RFOV seeking young volunteers

BASALT – Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers has announced its Young Stewards Initiative, a program aimed at developing a lifelong sense of stewardship of public lands in today’s youth.

Under the direction of new youth coordinator Hannah Lippe, the nonprofit’s goal is to raise awareness among young people about public lands, trails and the teamwork it takes to sustain them.

Each year, Basalt-based Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers hosts nine to 12 public projects, doing trail and restoration work on public lands from Aspen to Rifle.

For the first time, the nonprofit will offer youth programming on three of these projects. On each family-friendly project, the youth coordinator will delegate important and age-appropriate tasks to kids and break up the day with some fun and educational outdoor activities.

The three family-friendly projects include the Basalt Bridge Project on June 23, the Smuggler Mountain Trail and Restoration Project on Aug. 18 and the Anderson Lake Trail Restoration on Sept. 8.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers also will host youth trail-work parties throughout the summer for ages 12 to 18. This provides an opportunity for young people to get outside, meet new friends and get

dirty maintaining, building or restoring trails while earning seven hours of community service.

Youth trail-work parties will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 26 in Carbondale on the Avalanche Creek Trail, July 10 in Aspen, July 28 in Glenwood Springs and Aug. 7 in Aspen.

For more information or to register, contact Lippe at 970-927-8241 or hlippe@rfov.org.

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