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00000176-6d2a-dc2f-ad76-6d2a4ee60000The 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.

Wilderness Workshop studies wildlife impacts of Crystal Valley Trail

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Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

As Pitkin County Open Space and Trails staff works to design a trail up the Crystal River Valley, a local conservation organization wants to make sure wildlife is protected.

 

 

Wilderness Workshop has hired biologist Rick Thompson to study potential impacts to wildlife, especially as planners work on trail alignment through sensitive habitat.

 

“It really comes down to getting the science right,” said Will Roush, conservation director for Wilderness Workshop.  

 

Pitkin County and the U.S. Forest Service are also conducting studies, which will consider cost, engineering and safety, in addition to wildlife impacts.

 

Thompson will present his findings at public meetings next week.

 

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