COMMUNITY SURVEY TO HELP SHAPE NORTH STAR MANAGEMENT PLAN UPDATE The 2015 North Star Nature Preserve Management Plan is the focus of an update starting in the fall of 2019 and continuing into 2020. A survey (see link above) will be open through Jan. 6, 2020 to collect community input. Survey responses will be used to inform updates in the 2020 North Star Management Plan. In addition, we will host various events in November and December to engage the community in the North Star discussion. Community Table Tuesdays and a Dec. 12 Open House are detailed below. We anticipate releasing a draft plan in February 2020 for a second round of public comment. The full planning schedule is posted below.
COMMUNITY TABLE TUESDAYS Open Space and Trails will host a series of Community Table Tuesdays at Local Coffee House, 614 E. Cooper Ave. in Aspen, to encourage participation in the North Star survey. Events are planned from 8:30-11 a.m. on Nov. 12 and 19. Come meet with OST staff and get a discount on coffee.
DEC. 12TH OPEN HOUSE OST will host a public open house on North Star at Local Coffee House on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 4-7 p.m. The public is welcome to come ask questions, provide feedback, and enjoy snacks and drink specials.
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