Countywide open lands vision at early stage, looking for community input |

Countywide open lands vision at early stage, looking for community input

Soon Garfield County residents will have the opportunity to express their goals and priorities for conserving valued open lands during a series of four community workshops to be held throughout the county.

This summer, the Garfield Legacy Project – a partnership of citizens and organizations promoting the creation of a nonregulatory open lands program in Garfield County – partnered with the Sonoran Institute, The Trust for Public Land, Aspen Valley Land Trust and Garfield County to initiate a project called The Greenprint for Conservation and Economic Opportunity.

The purpose of the project is to have a community conversation about the places people treasure and the values those places provide to citizens, communities and the economy. The result will be a plan that can guide future conservation investments with willing landowners.

Project partners are hosting four public workshops: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center; noon Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Parachute Library; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Rifle High School; and noon Thursday, Nov. 17, at Carbondale Town Hall, Community Room 2.

There is also a web-based survey for people who cannot attend one of the workshops but want to share their opinions. The link to the online web-survey is:

For more information, please contact Martha Cochran at or 970-963-8440. To learn more about the Garfield Legacy Project, visit

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