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Skico volunteers are a big help

Dear Editor:

The Aspen and Sopris Ranger Districts of the White River National Forest would like to thank volunteers from the Aspen Skiing Co. for their trail and restoration work.

The Wilderness and Trail Crews on the Aspen and Sopris Ranger District maintain more than 500 miles of trails and manage five Wilderness Areas between Glenwood Springs and Independence Pass.

This year the crew of six seasonal employees received support from numerous volunteer groups, including the Aspen Skiing Co. Volunteers constructed a turnpike on the Government Trail, built water-bars and check-dams on the Congo Trail, and improved backcountry camping sites in the Maroon Valley. This critical trail and restoration work keeps erosion in check, and improves water quality. The work also allows the public to enjoy safe, sustainable trails and areas on the nation’s most visited national forest. Thanks!

Jon Thompson

trails supervisor, Aspen and Sopris Ranger Districts