Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers announces ambitious 2004 project season from Rifle to Aspen | PostIndependent.com

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers announces ambitious 2004 project season from Rifle to Aspen

Photo Courtesy Roaring Fork Outdoor VolunteersJennifer Lamb of Aspen and Mark Fuller of Carbondale working at the Grottos trail project in 2002.
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From restoring wetlands in Basalt, to building new campsites in Rifle, to reconstructing trails in the Holy Cross Wilderness, volunteers can get involved in interesting projects this summer through Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers. This is our most ambitious season ever because we are doing seven regular projects, and we also have five National Trails Day Events planned for early June, said David Hamilton, executive director of the Basalt-based nonprofit. We also will focus this year on our Adopt-A-Trail program to increase the number of community groups working to maintain our trails. Summit Canyon Mountaineering in Glenwood Springs will adopt the Boy Scout Trail on Lookout Mountain, and Ajax Bike & Sports in Carbondale will adopt the Hay Park Trail in the midvalley. Now in its 10th season of public projects, RFOV has helped land managers and other organizations create and maintain dozens of trails and natural areas from Aspen to Rifle in the past nine years. The organization hopes to involve more volunteers this project season to preserve and enhance public lands and trails. The Saturday outdoor opportunities starting in May include: Rifle Falls State Park Project, May 1. Volunteers will construct two additional walk-in camping sites and tackle priorities on the trail system. Jeanne Golay Trail, Glenwood Springs, May 15. Volunteers will work to stop erosion and provide a safe surface for this popular, steep trail that climbs Red Mountain. National Trails Day, June 5. Volunteers can work with partnering organizations at the Colorow Trail above New Castle, Maroon Lake Trail in Aspen and a project near Snowmass Village. Another project will take place on the Boy Scout Trail in Glenwood Springs on June 12. Marolt Interpretive Trail, Aspen, July 10. Volunteers will construct an interpretive trail through the ruins of the huge silver smelter to complement the existing historical museum. Independence Ghost Town Trails, southeast of Aspen, July 31. Volunteers will establish a sustainable and effective trail system among the structures and close off unneeded trails. Eagle Lake Trail, east of Basalt, Aug. 28-29. Volunteers will reconstruct and define the trail and camping sites near Eagle Lake. Red Hill Trails, Carbondale, National Public Lands Day, Sept. 18. Volunteers will work to reroute and improve existing trail segments. Riverside Park Planting Project, Basalt, Oct. 2. Volunteers will plant native wetland, shrub and tree species to stabilize the soils, create habitat and restore this riverfront site. RFOV is dedicated to promoting volunteer stewardship of public lands by completing trail work and conservation projects. In 2003, the organization sponsored eight projects, including rehabilitation work at the Ashcroft ghost town near Aspen, tree planting on the Coal Seam restoration project in Glenwood Springs, and building the new Colorow Trail above New Castle. Information or to volunteer: RFOV, 927-8241 or 877-662-5220, e-mail rfov@sopris.net or visit http://www.rfov.org.


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