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Smuggler Mountain Restoration Work

Overgrown gamble oak on Smuggler Mountain
ACES' Forest Health Program (formerly For the Forest) is excited about upcoming collaborations with local and federal government agencies to promote healthy, resilient forest.
 
Beginning today ACES, the City of Aspen, and Pitkin County Open Space are working together on three restoration projects in the wildland-urban interface on Smuggler Mountain. Each project seeks to improve wildlife habitat, and reduce fuel loads in different vegetation types: Gambel oak, lodgepole pine, and aspen.

A Sapsucker's Busy Work

What's more important in life than surrounding yourself by beautiful people? The answer is nothing, however a close second goes to beautiful places. The conclusion of this summer was a difficult period for me.

Don't Leaf Aspen Without Peeping Those Colors!

Leaf Peeper: (n.) One who travels to view and photograph changing leaf colors in the fall.

Meet ACES 2012-2013 Educators

Posted in Bulletin Board
For over 35 years ACES has partnered with schools in the Roaring Fork Valley to bring environmental science education to pre-school through high school students.

Getting to Work

I registered for Pandora (internet radio) in the Bay Area, where I grew up.  Every so often, they’ll play a commercial for California’s ‘Spare the Air’ program, which encourages residents to leave their car at home and take alternative transportation when the local Air Quality Index reaches unhealthy levels.  This index was developed by the EPA and establishes a minimum threshold for when ground level ozone pollution, commonly known as smog, reaches unhealthy levels.

Who's That Dipping Under My Bridge?

"He is the mountain streams' own darling, the hummingbird of blooming waters, loving rocky ripple-slopes and sheets of foam as a bee loves flowers, as a lark loves sunshine and meadows.  Among all the mountain birds, none has cheered me so much in my lonely wanderings, none so unfailingly." - John Muir, The Mountains of California 


Aspen's Perfect Storm

Rain Storm on Aspen Mountain

I've never been so happy to see a storm roll in.  This felt counterintuitive to me after spending a long winter on the grey, misty Oregon Coast.  All winter, I'd wake up to another day of rainy mist swirling in off the coast, and groan about how I had to be deficient in Vitamin D by now. 


RBR Explorers (age 5) enjoying the creek!

Posted in Ranch Report
Summer classes are in full swing at the Ranch, and we're doing our best to have fun in the heat.

Unprecedented RF Peak Flows

It may be too early to call but we could be in uncharted waters as far as Roaring Fork River peak flows go. Bad pun.

Possible Peak of Roaring Fork at Aspen, 128 cfs 4/27/12.

Previous lowest peak 202 cfs in 2002. (47 years of record keeping)

Last year peak was 816 cfs.

Historical Peak Stream flow complete record here: Roaring Fork at Aspen