Happening in 2017 - Pitkin County Open Space and Trails is continuing the management and outreach efforts that were put in place in 2016 to educate North Star users on what makes the preserve a special place. Additional interpretive signage is on tap in 2017, including new "Quiet Zone" signs in the vicinity of the heron nesting area. We will also upgrade the existing viewing stand, located at the north parking lot, with new information and a new and better scope.
OST's ranger presence at North Star is again augmented by a Forest Service officer to help direct use of the Wildwood put-in and control traffic and parking there. Naturalists with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies are also on hand at North Star to help educate visitors about North Star's importance as a nature preserve.
Special programs offered at North Star through the summer and fall are detailed in the link below (Floating North Star).
An updated North Star Nature Preserve Management Plan was adopted by Pitkin County commissioners in August 2015. The plan is available for download below. It guides management of roughly 245 acres of open space just south of Aspen that encompass significant wetland and riparian areas as well as other important wildlife habitat. The plan also addresses human use of North Star, where floating the Roaring Fork River during the summer months has become increasingly popular.