One of the most enjoyable aspects of living in Aspen is the ease of access to nature. The close proximity also gives many animals easy access to the city. As Aspen dwellers, we must live responsibly in this place in order to facilitate safe urban/wildlife interactions.In September, bear activity goes into hyperdrive. Bears will begin hibernating in late October/early November, so now is their final push to gain as much weight as possible.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.Leaf Peeper: (n.) One who travels to view and photograph changing leaf colors in the fall.