On Thursday, Oct. 5, advocates for an alternative to the Forest Service’s current plan for redevelopment of their offices on Main Street in Carbondale held a public forum. At least three Forest Service employees were present. Citizen Ross Kribbs presented the community group’s concerns and its proposed enhanced plan. Afterward, members of the public shared their thoughts. Jillene Rector, pictured here, spoke in favor of the enhanced plan. “I grew up in Carbondale. My senior class, on the first Earth Day, planted the trees on the east side of Sopris Park, so I love the trees in Carbondale and I really love the Forest Service in Carbondale. I like the alternative plan, because we can save the trees.” Rector was referring to trees slated for removal under the Forest Service’s current plan. Photo by James Steindler