NORTH STAR MANAGEMENT PLAN TO SEE 2020 UPDATE The 2015 North Star Nature Preserve Management Plan is the focus of an update in 2020. A community survey to collect initial feedback closed Jan. 6. A draft update of the plan is scheduled for review by the Open Space and Trails Board on Feb. 6, after which, the draft plan will be released for a round of public comment. The board meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Pitkin County administration building, 530 E. Main St., Aspen. Final adoption of the plan is currently scheduled in May.
Outreach efforts during the community survey included an open house. Materials from that event are available to review below.
2015 NORTH STAR MANAGEMENT PLAN The current North Star plan, adopted in 2015, 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.
Since adoption of the 2015 plan, Open Space and Trails has been working with its partners (City of Aspen, U.S. Forest Service, Colorado Department of Transportation, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Aspen Valley Land Trust, and private landowners) to manage the area. Management actions triggered by the 2015 plan have included: trail closures and restoration projects; commercial operator permitting; education and outreach through interpretive signage and naturalist programming; discouraging the use of tubes to mitigate litter and trespassing; installing bike racks, trailhead and regulatory signage, including establishing “quiet zones” through private property and wildlife zones; and adding enforcement capabilities with more Open Space and Trails Rangers and Forest Protection officers.
NORTH STAR NATURE PRESERVE MANAGEMENT PLAN | 2019-2020 PLANNING SCHEDULE