MAY 1 IS DEADLINE TO COMMENT ON DRAFT PLAN
A draft update to the North Star Nature Preserve Management Plan is open to public comment through May 1. Find links above to the draft plan, an executive summary of the plan and a survey to collect public feedback.
On June 2, the Open Space and Trails Board and Pitkin County Commissioners will review the draft. Adoption of the plan is not yet scheduled.
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PLAN HIGHLIGHTS / MANAGEMENT UPDATES
Many of the Action Items included in the Draft Management Plan are a continuation of previous plans, though there are a few changes that are particularly important to highlight and to gather input on before final adoption. To learn more, please download the plan from the link above.
Natural Resource Management Actions
Continuing actions focus on restoring the natural ecology and native vegetation after 30 years of agricultural use and allowing for the river’s organic migration with minimal human intervention. The land to the west of the river remains closed to public access for the protection of wildlife.
Recreation Management Actions
The Recreation Actions reinforce the existing rules and regulations to ensure that the natural resource values and user experience are not compromised by the increase in use. New messaging, education and enforcement efforts seek to better communicate the expectations for users. The recreation access corridors and public access areas remain the same.