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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Elk still need space in sensitive time

Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

With summer season warming up, area wildlife agencies are reminding people to respect trails that remain closed.

Many local hiking and biking trails reopened earlier this month after winter closures, but the U.S. Forest Service says wildlife cameras have captured people hiking and biking in areas that are still off-limits.

The closed area from Two Creeks in Snowmass to West Buttermilk in Aspen provides the water, food and solitude that elk need as they give birth and nurse newborns. Forest Service wildlife biologist Phil Nyland said stress from human disruption during this time may cause cow elk to abandon their calves.

Tom Blake, Anaerobic Nightmare and Government Trails are all closed until June 21.

Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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