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Briefs: Forest surveys begin this summer

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY Forest Service employees wearing neon-orange vests will conduct surveys with visitors this summer. Visitors will be asked about their activities in the forest and if they are satisfied with their visit. Surveys will be confidential and the visitors name will not be written on the survey, the Forest Service says. The basic interview lasts about eight minutes, and every other visitor is asked a few additional questions. About 25 percent of visitors will be asked to complete a confidential survey on recreation spending during their trip.The more that is known about the visitors, especially their satisfaction and desires, the better land managers can plan for the future, Forest Supervisor Maribeth Gustafson said. The first visitor survey was conducted between October 2002 and September 2003. Visitor surveys were also done this winter. For more information, visit http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/nvum/ or call Tim Lamb, White River National Forest forestry technician, at (970) 945-3316.

AVON The Avon Historical Preservation Committee will present awards at Tuesdays Avon Town Council meeting to local individuals and the Upper Eagle Valley Water and Sanitation District. A plaque will also be presented to Avons Town Council recognizing that the Nottingham Power Plant has been listed in the Colorado State Register by the Colorado Historical Society.Awards will be given to Allan Nottingham and Frank Doll for their efforts to restore the Avon Store as part of the museum in Eagle; Mauri and Nancy Nottingham for their preservation of several historic buildings including the Nottingham house built in 1908, a blacksmith shop, and a barn; Upper Eagle Valley Water & Sanitation District for their preserving and maintaining the Hahnewald Barn; and Don and June Simonton for the preservation of local oral history.Many of those being honored were born and raised in the Valley and have been advocates for preserving Avons history, said Kim Nottingham, a member of Avons Historical Preservation Committee. The whole intention is to recognize that Avon has a lot more history than 30 years, Nottingham said.

EAGLE COUNTY Reconstruction work will begin June 4 on the Eagle/Thomasville Road (National Forest System Road 400) in the White River National Forest.Work will take place through late September or mid-October on the stretch of road one mile above Sylvan Lake State Park, continuing south to the junction of Jakeman Road (Forest Road 512). Reconstruction will also occur on portions of the nearby Powerline Road (Forest Road 431), the Powerline-Connector Road (Forest Road 431.1N), the Nowhere Road (Forest Road 431.1N) at Crooked Creek Pass and the Coyote Road (Forest Road 420) near Lime Park.Work will be conducted Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Forest visitors can expect portions of the Eagle/Thomasville Road to be closed for up to three hours at a time during the project. No work will occur on weekends or holidays.The work is being done to accommodate the Crooked Creek Complex timber sale, which will increase traffic in the area.

AVON Water managers for Aurora will talk about the citys conservation plans at the next Waterwise Wednesday session, at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., May 30, at the Avon library. Aurora, with a population of 300,000, is the third biggest city in Colorado. Mike McHugh and Kevin Reidy from Aurora Water Department will also talk about how the city plans to reclaim and reuse water. The presentation is free. For more information, contact 827-5406 or Info@EagRiverWatershedCouncil.org. Waterwise Wednesdays are a public forum of the Eagle River Watershed Council.

EAGLE COUNTY More than two dozen Eagle County emergency service workers participated in 25th Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run on May 15. The event coincided with Peace Officers Memorial Day.The torch run is an international law enforcement campaign to raise awareness and funding for Special Olympics Colorado Programs.Helping to relay the torch across the county by foot and bicycle were members of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Avon Police Department, Vail Police Department, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Eagle River Fire Protection District and Colorado Department of Transportation. The Colorado Special Olympics Summer Games are in Greeley June 2-3. In 2005, $21.4 million was raised worldwide by the torch run campaign through Adopt-A-Cop runner sponsorships, corporate sponsorships and Torch Run merchandise.May 15 was designated Peace Officers Memorial Day in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy, who also proclaimed the week in which that date falls National Police Week.


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