Happening in 2017 - Pitkin County Open Space and Trails has continued 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 for 2017 includes new "Quiet Zone" signs in the vicinity of the heron nesting area. We have also upgraded the existing viewing stand (pictured below), located at the north parking lot, with a new interpretive display on the ecology of North Star and a new and better scope for watching the wildlife that uses North Star.
OST's ranger presence at North Star has again been 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 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).
A new interpretive display and a much better viewing scope have been installed at North Star Nature Preserve. Take a look (literally)!
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.