Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails is investing millions of dollars in an effort to preserve St. Jude’s Ranch in Basalt.

Courtesy of pitkincounty.com

The immensely popular Sky Mountain Park trails close Thursday for the winter season.

 

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails lead ranger Pryce Hadley said the closures are key to protecting wildlife, especially elk, during the most stressful season.

Barbara Platts/Aspen Public Radio

Welcome to a Valley Roundup.

 

The results are in from Tuesday’s election. We talk nationally, regionally and locally about how ballot issues and candidate races shook out.

Local 2016 election results are in 

So, what does a Donald Trump presidential win mean for the Roaring Fork Valley?

Impact of Trump’s election echoes around the valley

aspenjournalism.org

The Pitkin County Open Space and Trails board voted Thursday to purchase 10 acres from a private landowner in the upper Hunter Creek Valley.

Aspen Public Radio News

Pitkin County voters are being asked to reauthorize the Open Space and Trails program. In the past, strong majorities of voters have supported this tax. This year, some residents have concerns about the program’s focus and direction.

Courtesy of www.goco.org

The board for Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) meets in Carbondale on Thursday and Friday.  

The organization uses Colorado Lottery revenue to provide grants to projects that protect and enhance Colorado’s parks, trails, wildlife and open spaces. Since its inception in 1992, GOCO has given about $18.5 million to Eagle County, $10.2 million to Garfield County and $7.6 million to Pitkin County.  

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails has opened a new world for mountain bikers at Sky Mountain Park since 2012, but some are saying it’s destroying a key habitat for area wildlife. Aspen Public Radio’s Elizabeth Stewart-Severy checked out the newest trail in the network to see how the program balances ecological concerns with growing demand for recreation.  

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

 

Officials with Pitkin County Open Space and Trails are asking for public input on recent changes at North Star Nature Preserve.

Aspen Public Radio News

For the first time in about 15 years, the Aspen-area wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife may live in the Aspen area.

Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Elected officials from Pitkin and Gunnison counties met in Redstone yesterday to reiterate enthusiasm for a trail connecting Crested Butte and Carbondale.

 

The proposed 74-mile trail is in the early stages of a complicated development process, but is seeing some progress. Discussions about such a trail began in the 1990s and finally picked up steam this year when Governor Hickenlooper tagged the area on the “16 in 2016” list that identified the state’s highest priority trails.

Aspen Public Radio News

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails is making it official: protecting biodiversity is more important than recreation. A new policy focuses on preserving natural habitats, even if that means keeping some areas closed to humans.

Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails will not ask voters for bonding authority in this November’s election.

Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Pitkin County residents will likely be asked to continue taxing themselves to pay for open space and trails for another twenty years.

The Open Space and Trails Board plans to ask voters in November to extend a mill levy that provides about $10 million of funding a year. Allocation of that money would change slightly to allow for more spending on maintenance and stewardship of current Open Space and Trails properties.

 

Last day for public input on biodiversity policy

Jul 14, 2016
Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

The public comment period for Open Space and Trails’ new biodiversity policy closes today after two extensions.

 

The draft policy sets biodiversity - not recreation - as the top priority in making decisions about Open Space and Trails’ properties.

Crowds tamed at North Star Preserve

Jul 5, 2016
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio

Increased enforcement at North Star Nature Preserve appeared to be working over the holiday weekend. Aspen Public Radio’s Elizabeth Stewart-Severy was there to see how the crowds are managed.

Forest Service building in Aspen open to public

Jul 5, 2016
Ryer Gardenswartz, Aspen Public Radio

  The Forest Service Visitor Information Center at the entrance to Aspen is back in business today.

aspenrecreation.com

The Pitkin County Open Space and Trails department is seeking public input on a new habitat management policy.

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

The 500-acre prescribed burn that took place earlier this month on the slopes above Avalanche Creek Campground and Filoha Meadows was a success, according to Pitkin County Open Space and Trails and the U.S. Forest Service. However, the fire may not be out just yet.

The public still has a chance to weigh in on the future of Pitkin County’s newest open space property. The final open house on the Lazy Glen property was held last week, but Lindsey Utter, senior environmental planner for the county, encourages people to give input online for the county’s newest acquisition of public land.

“If they like what they are seeing or want to see things managed differently in the future those are the things we need to hear about now,” said Utter.

Your Morning News - February 2nd, 2015

Feb 2, 2015

Pitkin County Library Plans to Move During Expansion Work

Later this month the Pitkin County Library will begin its multi-million dollar expansion project. In order to save time and money, the plan is to move about one-third of the collection to the old Aspen Art Museum.

Head librarian Kathy Chandler is hoping that a new tenant for the museum space will not be ready to move in by April. That’s when she wants to move library operations to the empty building on North Mill Street.

“Possibly we will move everything out and then and let the contractor have at the building...because they will be able to do the work a lot more efficiently if they don’t have to work around the staff and the public and the collection...but a lot of it has to do with timing.”

Chandler is waiting to hear from Aspen City Council on when it plans to select one of five local nonprofits to become a tenant in the old museum space. If the timing works, the library would take it over temporarily. The remaining collection would be moved to storage possibly at the parking garage in Snowmass Village.

“So if things just go absolutely perfectly we would move part of the collection down to the art museum...we would bring a lot of the children’s collection and then the most popular, newest parts of the adult collection down to that building and... we are hoping we can store a lot of the rest of our materials in kind of dead storage.”

The existing library would be open in a limited capacity during construction. The expansion will add 5,108 square feet to the building. Chandler expects the project to be complete by the end of summer in 2016.

Pages