Public input sought for Red Ridge Ranch Open Space plan |

Public input sought for Red Ridge Ranch Open Space plan

How to manage newly acquired open space midvalley that will connect the Rio Grande Trail to federal land on the Crown is the topic of a public open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 20 at Basalt Town Hall. Trail access to the Crown, agriculture, and wildlife habitat protection will all be up for discussion.

“This property includes 50 acres of historically irrigated farmland and water rights with the potential for continued agricultural use in addition to having potential as a mountain bike and hiking trail connection to the Crown from the Basalt side,” said Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Stewardship and Trails Manager, Gary Tennenbaum.

The 145-acre Red Ridge Ranch (formerly Saltonstall) property, located between Hooks Lane and Rock Bottom Ranch in Emma, was purchased in January by a partnership including Eagle and Pitkin counties, Great Outdoors Colorado, the Town of Basalt, and Mid Valley Trails Committee. It is located in Eagle County but would be managed by Pitkin County Open Space and Trails because of its close proximity to the Pitkin County line.

“It is critically important to us that we hear from user groups and anyone else with an opinion about how this property should be managed,” Tennenbaum said. “

After gathering public input, an interim plan will be drafted that will guide management of the property for the next two years. A more comprehensive plan including the Bureau of Land Management’s Crown property will be created in the future.

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