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RFOV still has plenty of trail work to go

BASALT – From Tuesday evening work projects on the steep Ute Trail near Aspen to building a reroute on the scenic Capitol Creek Trail and tamarisk removal along the Colorado River in October, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers has a variety of projects to suit volunteers for the remainder of its 2011 season.

The group’s upcoming projects include:

• Ute Trail work – Tuesday evenings in July in Aspen. Trail work on this steep, popular trail will include reinforcing and rebuilding the trail surface in several locations. Work sessions begin at 4 p.m. and continue until dusk, concluding with a free dinner for all participants. Volunteers can show up any time after 4 p.m. to join a work crew.

• Capitol Creek Trail reroute – Saturday, July 9, in Old Snowmass. Increased beaver activity on the Capitol Creek valley floor has forced the Forest Service to relocate this popular trail. Volunteers will build a section of trail to connect with a newly installed bridge. The work day lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., including dinner for all volunteers.

Throughout the remainder of the 2011 season, volunteers can opt for learning new leadership and technical skills at the Crew Leader Training on July 30-31 in Aspen; help RFOV complete the second phase of its work on Smuggler Mountain by adding another half-mile to the Tootsie Roll Trail on Aug. 20; conduct maintenance (including lots of rock work) on the Hanging Lake Trail in Glenwood Canyon on Sept. 24-25; construct new trail near Weller Lake off Independence Pass on Oct. 1; or remove tamarisk along the Colorado River in Rifle on Oct. 15.

RFOV and its project partners provide the tools, materials, leadership and dinner and beverages at the end of each project.

Now in its 16th season, Basalt-based RFOV is dedicated to promoting volunteer stewardship of public lands by completing trail work and other conservation projects.

To volunteer or for more information, visit http://www.rfov.org, call 927-8241 or email rfov@sopris.net.

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