Sad doings on Smuggler |

Sad doings on Smuggler

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:Last fall, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, with more than 50 volunteers, helped Pitkin County Open Space and Trails restore two sites on Smuggler Mountain. While most people in Aspen know about the platform, if you continue up the road another quarter-mile, you reach another open space parcel that was heavily impacted by off-road vehicles. The volunteers built a fence to keep vehicles on the road and planted native vegetation. There is also a memorial picnic table remembering Robbie Wade, with a stunning view of Aspen. In the past week, the fence was destroyed and burned and the area that was recovering was trashed with beer cans and garbage. There were also two large bonfires on this site, even though there is a fire ban in the county. The fence can be fixed, the garbage removed and the site revegetated, but it is sad to see the work of so many volunteers destroyed. To whomever was part of this destruction, I hope you volunteer some of your time to make up for your actions and please think twice about driving drunk on Smuggler Mountain Road.Gary Tennenbaumland stewardPitkin County Open Space and Trails

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