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The Aspen-Sopris Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service will hold a public field trip today in Coal Basin to show current restoration efforts and future plans.

The tour will be from 9-10 a.m. Interested parties should gather at 8:45 a.m. beside the coke ovens at the entrance to Coal Basin. That is across Highway 82 from the south entrance to Redstone.

Reclamation of Coal Basin has been under way since coal mining operations ceased there in the mid-1990s. The Forest Service and Coal Basin Cattlemen’s Association are teaming for the revegetation efforts on the old mine tailings by utilizing cattle as a “tool” to improve soil condition and vegetation coverage, according to District Ranger Scott Snelson.

“Native grass seed will be spread within a 1-acre, fenced area and covered with straw and hay,” the Forest Service said in a statement. “Cattle will then graze the area intensely for a short duration of time to incorporate organic material and seed into the soil through the cattle’s hoof action. After treatment, the fence will remain in place to exclude livestock until new grasses become established.”

If the project is successful, the Forest Service will employ it over a larger area and other parts of the National Forest requiring reclamation work.

The Garfield School District Re-2 board of directors appointed Michelle (Mickie) Hosack to the vacant Director District A seat at its regular Aug. 28 school board meeting.

The seat was declared vacant after former Director Brad Moss moved outside of his declared district.

Hosack is the Changing Lifestyles Coordinator at Grand River Hospital District. She holds a bachelor’s of science in health science and is a registered dietitian. She has two children within the Garfield Re-2 School District, a senior at Rifle High School and an eighth-grader at Rifle Middle School. Both have attended school in Garfield Re-2 since kindergarten.

Hosack has been involved in numerous boards and activities within the district, including PTAs at Wamsley, Cactus Valley and Rifle Middle School, Rifle Middle School Building Accountability, Rifle High School Booster Club and the Garfield Re-2 District Accountability.

Hosack’s appointment is for the remainder of Moss’ term – through November 2013. The Director District A seat will be up for election during that election cycle.

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