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Volunteers are needed for Fravert Reservoir clean-up

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Volunteers are needed April 25 for a community clean-up of the popular Fravert Reservoir area north of Rifle.

High Country 4 Wheelers, the Bureau of Land Management, Garfield County, Rocky Mountain Environmental Concerns and other local businesses and off-highway vehicle groups are sponsoring the clean-up.

Nearly 100 people have attended previous clean-ups in this area, a popular area for off-highway vehicle enthusiasts on Hubbard Mesa. They removed nearly 5 tons of garbage and debris.

“While this is a popular recreation area, its proximity to town unfortunately also makes it a popular dumping site,” said Steve Bennett, Acting Glenwood Springs BLM Field Manager, in a news release. “We are very grateful to the many volunteers willing to donate their Saturday to help keep this area clean.”

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Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Fravert Reservoir parking lot, across the street from the U.S. Forest Service Rifle Ranger Station on County Road 244. The clean-up should be complete by 3 p.m. Volunteers should bring a sack lunch and come dressed in long pants, sturdy work shoes and leather gloves. Additional rakes and shovels will be helpful as well. For further information call 963-6084, 625-2364, or 625-9049.

U.S. Forest Service crews will conduct two prescribed burns near Sweetwater and Gypsum, beginning this spring.

The burns are planned for areas of Wildland Urban Interface, a zone where private land and development borders federal public land managed by the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.

The Sweetwater burn is planned for 800-acres, and a 700-acre burn is planned for the Dewey Park area located approximately nine miles south of Gypsum in the Dewey Park and Miller Gulch area on the north side of Hardscrabble Mountain.

Both Projects are on National Forest lands.

The burns are intended to reduce hazardous fuels which have built up over the years and to improve deer and elk foraging habitat.

For additional information contact Eric Rebitzke, East Zone Assistant Fire Management Officer at 970-328-6388.

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