Contact: Karen Ryman, 970-925-6499, kryman@msn.com

The Roaring Fork Valley Broadband hosted the Hidden Gems Broadwalk in the summer of 2009. Summer in the heart of the Colorado Rockies? I'm thinking "a good time was had by all."

The Roaring Fork Valley Broadband includes the territory from the top of Independence Pass at the Continental Divide (elevation 12,095 ft.) for 60 miles along the Roaring Fork River until it flows into the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs (elevation 5,763 ft.) The valley floor connects the towns of Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs.  The surrounding mountains hold the White River National Forest containing the Maroon Bells Wilderness and the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness. BLM land also makes up a large part of the remainder of the higher elevations.

Our local Broadband is as diverse as the area we live in. Many are active in current environmental groups.  We have interacted through these groups, by attending meetings to learn more about beetle kill in our area, and writing letters in favor of the Hidden Gems Wilderness Proposal currently being sponsored by the Wilderness Workshop and several other support groups. We will be following the proposal as it goes through our County Commission process in several local counties and be there to support the Workshop. If supporting your local wild lands has value for you, please contact Karen to join us as this process moves forward.