A unique partnership between ACES, the US Forest Service, Pitkin County, and the City of Aspen has produced the Hunter Creek-Smuggler Mountain Cooperative Plan, an exciting new way of managing Forest Service lands that have high recreational use, wildlife and ecosystem values, and are adjacent to mountain and resort communities. The community-based plan involves participation from a wide range of stakeholders from local recreation, conservation, and environmental groups, as well as agencies and jurisdictions, and covers over 4,000 acres on the White River National Forest adjacent to Aspen.
The creation of the Hunter-Smuggler Plan included an extensive visioning process, and the resulting Vision Document represents common values shared amongst most stakeholders and provides a foundation for identifying opportunities and actions to meet that vision within the planning area. The collaboratively generated Cooperative Plan document outlines recommendations for forest health, wildlife habitat, recreation, and education projects within the planning area.
Using the Cooperative Plan as a baseline, a detailed Environmental Assessment was conducted and published and is currently under review by the US Forest Service. We hope to begin implementation of wildlife habitat improvement and aspen regeneration projects in late 2013.
For further details and to view the documents referenced above please visit the project website: