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Post-fire weed pull in Hunter Creek on Saturday

Jul 6, 2016

Jamie Werner, forest programs director for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, talks with hikers about the prescribed burn in the Hunter Creek Valley.
Credit Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio

Five local organizations are teaming up to organize a community weed pull this Saturday in the Hunter Creek Valley following a prescribed burn in the area in May.

As the burn area in Hunter Creek turns green again, outdoor groups are looking for volunteers to help keep the new growth free from weeds like thistles and hound’s tongue.

Jamie Werner is with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.  

“We are focusing our weed pull along the perimeter of the fire to reduce the seed bank where it could easily spread into the recently burned area, which is vulnerable to establishment by noxious weeds and we want to keep those natives coming in,” Werner said.  

Werner will join workers from the five agencies that have teamed up for the project, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.