Experts have spotted clues that wildlife has already benefitted from a prescribed burn undertaken in Hunter Creek Valley this spring and now a coalition of groups is going to make sure the targeted area continues to flourish.

A community weed pull will be held in Hunter Creek Valley Saturday. Volunteers will be teamed with crew leaders to pull plumeless thistle and hound’s tongue to prevent the invasive weeds from spreading into the exposed ground within the 900 acres that were burned. The event is family-friendly, so volunteers are welcome to bring their kids.

Jamie Werner, forest programs director for Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, said she visited the burn area numerous times in recent weeks to track the recovery. Gambel oak and serviceberry brush has re-sprouted extensively, she said.

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