Sen. Udall to visit Aspen’s Smuggler Mtn.
July 20, 2010
ASPEN – U.S. Sen. Mark Udall will pay a visit to Smuggler Mountain on the edge of Aspen Saturday for a first-hand look at local efforts to fight the bark beetle epidemic on open space owned by Aspen and Pitkin County.
Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers will be at work on a trail project on the open space on Saturday, as well, and will hear from Udall during their post-project dinner at the end of the day’s work, according to Gary Tennenbaum, land steward for the county’s Open Space and Trails.
The delegation will include Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland; Scott Fitzwilliams, supervisor of the White River National Forest; George Newman, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, and John Bennett, executive director of the nonprofit group For the Forest.
Udall will offer an update on his bark beetle bill and actions he is taking to fight the insect, which has left large swaths of Colorado forests dead, according to a press release from his office. He will also applaud the local public-private alliance that is fighting the bark beetle outbreak, according to the press release.