STEERING COMMITTEE HELPS FORMULATE MANAGEMENT PLAN Pitkin County Open Space and Trails has started work on a management plan for Penny Hot Springs. An initial public survey to seek input closed Aug. 9. A Steering Committee, appointed by the Open Space and Trails Board, convened on Oct. 8 to consider the public feedback and identify near- and long-term strategies to address increased visitation at the hot springs. Materials considered by the committee, and a schedule for this planning effort, are posted below. The schedule calls for the drafting of a management plan that reflects the committee's input and release of the draft plan for public comment this fall.
On Oct. 8, the steering committee drafted this vision statement for the management plan with the goal of making recommendations in keeping with the vision: To protect and preserve the natural environment and future use of Penny Hot Springs in a safe and environmentally sustainable manner that is compatible with the location's natural setting and that encourages respect and stewardship.
Members of the Steering Committee are: John Hoffman - West Elk Loop Scenic and Historic Byway Commission John Armstrong - Crystal River Environmental Protection Association Kate Hudson - Healthy Rivers and Streams Board Andrea Stewart or Sarah-Jane Johnson - Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Rebecca Moller or Rose Rossello - Town of Carbondale Parks and Recreation Commission Bill Argeros or Stacey Bernot - Crystal Caucus Dave Johnson - Redstone Community Association Zuleika Pevec - Penny Hot Springs user Michael Gorman - Penny Hot Springs user Jeff Bier - Crystal Valley resident Staff from Open Space and Trails, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, Pitkin County Attorney's Office, Pitkin County Environmental Health Department, Colorado Department of Transportation and White River National Forest, as well as Wayne Ives, representing the Open Space and Trails Board, will all participate in the process.
SOME BACKGROUND Penny Hot Springs is located on the bank of the Crystal River along Hwy. 133, downstream from Redstone. The springs, located on open space, have a long and colorful history, which is detailed in the Penny Hot Springs History text, posted below. This is a draft of a history section that will be included in the management plan for the springs.
Penny Hot Springs is situated across the river from Filoha Meadows Nature Preserve, also an Open Space and Trails property. The 2008 Filoha Meadows Management Plan, which will be the focus of an update in 2021, is posted below. It encompassed management of Penny Hot Springs. With the current planning, Penny Hot Springs will have its own management plan.
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