GarCo, BLM fire restrictions to be lifted Wednesday
Stage 1 fire restrictions will be lifted effective Wednesday, July 31, for private lands within Garfield County and Bureau of Land Management lands managed by the Colorado River Valley Field Office. The BLM Grand Junction Field Office and Mesa County are also lifting fire restrictions effective Wednesday.
In addition to private lands in Garfield and Mesa counties, all BLM lands in Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin and Routt counties will be out of fire restrictions on Wednesday. Fire conditions vary by elevation and area, and the White River National Forest, Eagle County and Pitkin County did not enact stage 1 fire restrictions this year. Routt County lifted their restrictions last week.
Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on specific moisture measurements in vegetation and other risk factors. Recent moisture in much of northwestern Colorado has significantly lowered the fire danger, but land managers still urge the public to remain vigilant with fire.
“Lower fire danger does not mean no fire danger,” said Steve Bennett, field manager for the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office.
Fireworks are always prohibited on BLM, National Forest and National Park Service lands.
Wetland planting day at Rio Grande Park is Saturday
Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) will assist the city of Aspen parks and open space this weekend in a project that will transform a portion of Rio Grande Park, centrally located in Aspen, into an important facility to assist in filtering storm water to keep pollutants and aggregate from flowing into the Roaring Fork River. The project will also increase the riparian habitat along the Roaring Fork River as volunteers plant thousands of wetland plants, riparian trees and shrubs, and complete native seeding in this important phase of the project.
The project kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and runs until 5 p.m., with dinner provided. Parents are encouraged to bring their kids for this family-friendly project, where RFOV youth coordinator Jared McDaniel will oversee activities appropriate for kids ages 6 to 12.
The city has studied this stretch of the Roaring Fork River through Aspen, and the wetland plants, tree and shrubs, and native seeds that RFOV will be planting are found in native wetlands and riparian stretches directly adjacent to the project area.
RFOV and its project partners provide the tools, materials, leadership, and dinner after each work session. To volunteer, sign up at www.rfov.org , email firstname.lastname@example.org , or call (970) 927-8241.
Volunteers needed for stages of USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Be a part of the USA Pro Challenge on Aug. 19 and 20, when 16 teams of professional cyclists race in Aspen and Snowmass. Volunteers are needed starting Wednesday, Aug. 14 through Tuesday, Aug. 20 for a variety of positions in Snowmass Village and Aspen including race course marshals, hospitality, ambassadors, Green Team and more. All volunteers will receive a commemorative -shirt, information and the opportunity to share what Aspen/Snowmass has to offer our many guests. Go to www.aspenupcc.com  for more information and to sign up.