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Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers set trail projects

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen CO Colorado

BASALT – New trail construction at Wulfsohn Open Space, maintenance of the popular Arbaney-Kittle Trail, a backcountry, multi-day trip repairing the Pyramid Peak route and invasive-species removal in both Aspen and Rifle are among the 10 work projects scheduled for the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers’ 2011 season.

Based out of Basalt, RFOV is dedicated to promoting volunteer stewardship of public lands by completing sustainable trails and long-lasting conservation projects.

RFOV kicks off its 16th season with four Thursday evening projects in May at Wulfsohn Open Space in Glenwood Springs, located above the Glenwood Meadows shopping area. In collaboration with Two Rivers Trails, RFOV aims to complete one mile of additional new single-track uphill from the main Wulfsohn Trail.

The Wulfsohn evening work is one of two evening projects on the 2011 schedule; volunteers can also work Tuesdays in July to help maintain the Ute Trail in Aspen. Work at both sites begins at 4 p.m., but volunteers are encouraged to join anytime throughout the evening.

For National Trails Day on June 4, RFOV will conduct maintenance on the Arbaney-Kittle Trail near Basalt. The season continues June 25 with a weed pull at Moore Open Space in Aspen. On July 9, RFOV heads to the Capitol Creek Trail southwest of Snowmass to reroute the trail to a new stream crossing. Continuing its partnership with the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, the four-day Pyramid Peak project takes place Aug. 4-7 (limited to eight volunteers).

The second half of the season includes the continued construction of the Tootsie Roll Trail Smuggler Mountain on Aug. 20; two days with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado in phase II of improving the Hanging Lake Trail on Sept. 24-25; a reroute of the Weller Trail on Independence Pass on Oct. 1; and the annual tamarisk removal along the Colorado River in Rifle on Oct. 15.

In addition to the regularly scheduled projects, volunteers who would like to mentor others on trail work days can participate in one of two Crew Leader Training weekends on April 30 and May 1 in Glenwood Springs or July 30-31 in Aspen.

Complete project information and a link to sign up for work days are available at http://www.rfov.org. For questions, e-mail rfov@sopris.net or call 927-8241.


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