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Your Evening News - December 5th, 2014

Dec 5, 2014

ACES is Aces with Charity Reviewer

The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies has gotten more phone calls and emails than usual today. That’s because the charity has been chosen as one of the best of its kind in the country. The national nonprofit reviewer Charity Navigator has listed ACES as the top botanical garden, park, or nature center. That’s in an online Holiday Giving Guide, put together by the well-respected charity review. ACES CEO Chris Lane found out about the accolade from a reporter with the Aspen Times.

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Educators in Colorado are taking an inventory of environmental learning and finding gaps where more is needed. A Colorado Environmental Education Plan is being drawn up to evenly spread these kinds of lessons to students across the state...and two local non profits are involved. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

On today's show, the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the Maroon Bells birthday bash with Olivia Siegel from ACES, Will Roush of Wilderness Workshop and Andrew Larson of the White River National Forest.

Also, Kelly Alford, Executive Director of Wyly Arts, and artist Jody Guralnick on the new Wyly Annex and Jody's show opening August 8th.

Sustainable Agriculture - it's one of the new frontiers ACES, or Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, is taking on. Rock Bottom Ranch is one of the properties ACES manages - of the 113 acres, 40 acres are in agriculture production, the rest is kept as wildlands. Jason Smith is the Director of Rock Bottom Ranch and shares the summer programs, kids camps, vegetable gardens, livestock, and restoration projects happening at the ranch.

Jamie Cundiff is the Forest Programs Director at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES). In 2012, For the Forest merged with ACES to create a powerful voice for more than just the trees of the Roaring Fork Valley, but also for those in Colorado and the West. Cundiff explains the actions ACES is taking to ensure the health of the forests in the valley, as well as large-scale projects designed to predict the future of forests and tree species based on different carbon out-puts in the coming decades.

The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) has been an advocate for environmental education for over 45 years. Arin Trook is the Education Director, and is in charge of the in-school ACES programs in schools between between Aspen and Rifle. Trook explains the importance of environmental education and his  goals for future expansion.

Chris Lane, the CEO of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), shares the history, mission, sites, and summer programs of the non-profit organization. ACES manages 500 acres of land - some of which is located at Hallam Lake in Aspen, Rock Bottom Ranch in Basalt, Spring Creek up the Frying Pan, and the Catto Center at Toklat, located at the ghostown of Ashcroft. There are multiple kids camps, adult workshops, and tours going on everyday, making summer at ACES anything but boring. 

Learn more about ACES and ACES summer programs on visit their website: www.aspennature.org

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Colorado’s Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic is subsiding but a new threat is on the rise. The Spruce beetle has killed large swaths of forests in Colorado’s southwest and a new report shows the Roaring Fork watershed is at risk. Drought and climate change are weakening trees, giving this native beetle a larger area to attack. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Jamie Cundiff. She’s the Forest Programs Director for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.

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Last week, under a gorgeous full moon on a cloudless night, a group of Roaring Fork Valley residents braved the cold to try and catch a glimpse of owls.  On a normal night owls can see better than humans and, not to mention, they can hear better than we do anytime day or night.  The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies held the moonlit walk at its Rock Bottom Ranch, just outside of Basalt.  Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen packed her binoculars and went along…