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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, Inmate Crews To Remove Old Cabin On Smuggler

U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service is conducting restoration work on Smuggler Mountain near Warren Lakes for the next several weeks. Hikers and bikers could see increased traffic on the county road.


The Forest Service will remove an abandoned cabin, clean up trash and debris and maintain a stretch of road on the upper portion of Smuggler Mountain. They are partnering with the Department of Corrections to and inmate crews from the Buena Vista Correctional Facility will assist in this project.

It’s part of an effort that began last summer, in which the Forest Service worked to remove eight unauthorized structures in the White River National Forest. The others were located on Snowmass Mountain, Conundrum Creek, Anderson Lakes and Lincoln Creek.

This final project on Smuggler Mountain will impact about three miles from the county road to Warren Lakes.


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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