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AVLT raises funds for Red Hill project

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy
Aspen Public Radio

Aspen Valley Land Trust (AVLT) announced Wednesday it has raised enough money to complete a major project at the base of Red Hill in Carbondale.


AVLT said it will cost $1.35 million to preserve and improve access to the popular recreation area. The land trust purchased 25 acres near the Red Hill parking lot in December; the rest of the funds will go toward constructing a new trailhead to get hikers and bikers off the county road.

Donations from local governments and private foundations capped off the fundraising efforts. Earlier this week, Pitkin County agreed to contribute $150,000 from its Open Space and Trails Fund; Garfield County has pledged $200,000.

The property was zoned for commercial development and there had been interest from a mini-storage company. AVLT says the purchase ensures that Red Hill will remain a recreation area. The land trust plans to transfer ownership to the Town of Carbondale in early April.


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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