Roaring Fork Valley trail projects seek volunteers
August 3, 2009
ASPEN – Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers has four projects yet to go this summer – meaning more opportunities for area outdoor enthusiasts to join in the group’s efforts.
Next up on the schedule is a second work day on Smuggler Mountain near Aspen, where RFOV has already conducted one work day this summer.
On Aug. 22, volunteers will continue efforts to help restore Smuggler in areas where mining and other human activities have scarred the land. The project includes planting native vegetation, seeding and other restoration techniques.
On Sept. 12, the RFOV will tackle the popular Arbaney-Kittle Trail near Basalt. Crews will improve some sketchy sections of the trail.
The White Hill Trail project on Sept. 26 involves construction of a new nature trail behind Carbondale Elementary School. It will serve as an outdoor educational and recreational area for both students and the community, and provide a new route to the top of White Hill and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. This is a kid-friendly project, according to the RFOV.
The final project of the season is scheduled Oct. 10, when volunteers will continue efforts to remove invasive tamarisk and Russian olive along both banks of the Colorado River between West Glenwood Springs and the hot springs. The project will also include revegetating the riverbanks with indigenous trees and shrubs.
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Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers provides tools, materials and leadership for its projects, plus dinner at the end of the work day for volunteers.