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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.

Three object to Forest Service plan for Maroon Bells Wilderness

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy
Aspen Public Radio News

The U.S. Forest Service has received three objections to a plan that would limit overnight use of the Maroon Bells-SnowmassWilderness.


The plan sets a cap on the number of groups who can camp in the wilderness area. Phase 1 involves a reservation system for the popular Conundrum Hot Springs and along Conundrum Creek. That system would begin next summer.

Peter Hart is an attorney for environmental nonprofit Wilderness Workshop. He said the group filed an objection to ensure they have a voice leading up to the final decision. Wilderness Workshop has voiced strong support for the plan.

The other two objections are from individuals who frequently camp at Conundrum Hot Springs.

The Forest Service has 45 days to resolve the objections before issuing a final decision.


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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