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They can dig it – RFOV outlines 2002 trail projects

Members of Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) will complete the Bobcat Trail, connecting Rifle Falls State Park with the Rifle Fish Hatchery on Saturday, April 20.This trail, which RFOV started in 2000, will double the mileage for hikers on a scenic route through the park along Rifle Creek.Saturday’s work will put the finishing touches on the trail, construct the link to the hatchery’s Cascade Trail and reconstruct sections of the existing Cascade Trail.RFOV will provide the tools, materials, leadership, and a great dinner at the end of the day. Campsites will be available at no charge to volunteers who make reservations. Call 970-927-8241 or toll free at 1-877-662-5220 to sign up or for details.Volunteers can participate in a variety of other projects throughout the summer. Projects are located from Independence Pass to the Flat Tops. Rio Grande Green Space Project – Saturday, May 11: Volunteers will plant trees and shrubs to enhance the trail experience along the railroad corridor running through the heart of Carbondale. This is the first section of trail installed by the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority. Additional project partners include the town of Carbondale, Carbondale Tree Board, Carbondale Environmental Board and Roaring Fork Conservancy.Crew Leader Training – June 13 and 15 (location tba): RFOV needs more crew leaders as it continues to grow and involve more volunteers in the stewardship of public lands. A little commitment in time can make a big difference. The training includes an evening introductory class prior to time in the field. Get more involved, learn new skills, and apply your leadership abilities by volunteering to become a crew leader.Maroon Creek Restoration Project – Saturday, June 29: Help restore an incredibly raw and beautiful area along Maroon Creek that was cleared, leveled, and used for making hay and grazing more than 80 years ago. Wetland and upland plants will be placed within the boundaries of this restored wetland to improve wildlife habitat in the critical riparian zone. This is a great family project. Project partners include the Aspen Parks Department, the Roaring Fork Conservancy, and Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.The Grottos Trail Reconstruction – Saturday, August 3: The Grottos Trail provides access to several spectacular natural features adjacent to Highway 82 on Independence Pass, about six miles southeast of Aspen, including the Grottos ice cave. Currently, visitors are heavily impacting the area. Project goals include restoring damaged areas and improving the existing loop trail to create a sustainable trail and improved visitor experience. Project partners include the U.S. Forest Service and the Independence Pass Foundation.Capitol Peak Trail, Maroon Bells – Snowmass Wilderness Area – Aug. 16-18: Capitol Lake, located at 12,000 feet in elevation, and the Capitol Creek drainage offer some of Colorado’s most dramatic alpine scenery. The number of visitors to this alpine valley have been increasing dramatically and the Forest Service has made the valley’s trails a priority. Volunteers will work with leaders from the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative and RFOV over three days on the ascent from the lake to the peak. This project requires a six-mile backpack to the base camp near Capitol Lake.Flat Tops Wilderness – A Passport in Time Project – Aug. 4-9: Volunteers will spend six days inventorying cultural heritage sites of the Utes and the early settlers in the Flat Tops Wilderness. This is RFOV’s seventh year with this long-term project. Participation is limited to 25 volunteers and preference will be given to those able to stay the entire six days.Smuggler Mountain Trail – Sept. 14: The Hunter Creek Valley is the gateway to Aspen’s “backyard” and contains Aspen’s most popular and heavily used trails. Help construct an important new link in the Hunter Creek Trail System, connecting the popular observation deck on Smuggler to the Hunter Creek Trail via a scenic descent down the flank of Smuggler Mountain. The project partner is the Pitkin County Open Space & Trails Program.Red Hill Trails, National Public Lands Day Project – Sept. 28: Celebrate National Public Lands Day by working on this popular midvalley trail system. The traditional entrance to Red Hill is the utility access road used to install a power transmission line, hence it was dubbed the 3 Poles Trail. Unfortunately, steep grades, sandy soils and heavy use are causing severe erosion problems. This project will reroute the trail/access road to a sustainable grade, stabilize erosion, and provide access for less athletic individuals to experience the overlook of Mt. Sopris and the confluence of the Crystal and Roaring Fork Rivers. Project partners are the Bureau of Land Management and the Red Hill Council.To volunteer for this project or for more information call: RFOV at (970) 927-8241 or toll free at 1-877-662-5220, or e-mail rfov@sopris.net. For more on RFOV, visit http://www.rfov.org.


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