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Teens at work on Aspen open space

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” A group of local teens is spending the summer maintaining 1,300 acres of Aspen’s open space.

The city of Aspen’s Youth Conservation Corps is a 4-year-old program with the city of Aspen’s Parks Department and involves four high school kids for a period of eight weeks in the summer.

“We have a lot of open space in the city and not a lot of staff to do all the projects that need to be done,” said Brian Long, parks and open space ranger. “These kids come to us with an interest in the natural resource field, and we give them a variety of entry-level experience.”

The Corps has undertaken a variety of projects in the past few years, including noxious weed removal and trail reconstruction, and finding, fencing and signing mine shafts on Smuggler Mountain.

“I found out about the job in the paper,” said Cole Green-Smith, 18, from El Jebel. “The jobs can be pretty dirty, but it’s a lot of fun.”

For more information on the Corps, contact Brian Flynn, parks and open space coordinator, at 970-429-2035.