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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.

Forest Service takes feedback on Hanging Lake plan

Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service announced a plan last week to limit crowds at Hanging Lake. The public has a chance to voice opinions Wednesday evening.

About 150,000 people hiked to Hanging Lake in 2016, and those numbers are only increasing. To protect the fragile ecosystem, the Forest Service is planning for a paid-reservation system starting in 2018.

It would limit the number of visitors to 615 per day and require a shuttle to the trailhead in the busiest months of the year.

There are still plenty of details to be worked out, including how much a reservation will cost and how the shuttle will operate. District Ranger Aaron Mayville said the Forest Service wants to hear what the public has to say before making those decisions.

There’s an open house Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Library.


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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