Help Our Wildlife: Tear Down a Fence and Restore Habitat at Ashcroft
If you've spent any time in the upper Castle Creek Valley around the ghost town of Ashcroft and the Pine Creek Cook House, you've probably noticed lots of old barbed-wire fence. Vestiges of decades-old grazing operations, these disused fencelines now deteriorate and fragment wildlife habitat.
Join us in a restoration project to remove this old barbed wire so animals like elk and coyotes don't get caught in it and can move freely across the valley floor.
Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Aschroft for coffee and muffins. We'll work till 4 p.m. and finish up with a thank-you barbecue for all our volunteers.
What to bring: warm clothes, rain gear, water and lunch. Please wear long sleeves and pants and closed toed shoes-the barbed-wire is still sharp!
If you have gloves and wire clippers please bring those as well.
If you have questions about arrangements, please contact Will Roush.
Why remove old fences: When animals attempt to jump fences, they can easily catch a leg and become ensnared in the deadly strands of wire. These fences can become death traps for wintering wildlife, particularly where they block migration corridors or access to food and water. They also obstruct the movement of wildlife, which can affect animals' ability to survive during winter months, especially if the animal is very young or old.
Registration is required for this event. Please use the form below.
Event LocationAshcroft and the Upper Castle Creek Valley
11247 Castle Creek Road
Aspen, CO 81611
Park in the parking lot across from Toklat.Map