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PitCo plans for Emma historic site

Mar 28, 2017

Current conditions at the Emma Townsite, which is owned by Pitkin County Open Space and Trails. The agency is working on a management plan and wants public input.
Credit Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Pitkin County is looking for input on how to manage a historic property near Basalt.

The Emma Open Space property includes a historic home site and agricultural land that spans nearly 80 acres on both sides of Highway 82.

The county acquired the townsite in 2008 and has owned fields near the Rio Grande Trail since 2000; this is the first time that the public has a chance to give input on how the historic buildings can be used. The public property does not include the historic school house.

The fields are now used for cattle operations and to grow potatoes for a local distillery. This area, including a wildlife-specific underpass under Highway 82, also serves as a migration corridor.

Public can give input at an open house Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Basalt Townhall.