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Last day for public input on biodiversity policy

Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

The public comment period for Open Space and Trails’ new biodiversity policy closes today after two extensions.


The draft policy sets biodiversity - not recreation - as the top priority in making decisions about Open Space and Trails’ properties.

Dale Will, executive director of Open Space and Trails, said input so far has spanned a full spectrum. Many comments encourage further protection of land and wildlife from human users, while others hope for more trails. Some question whether current science is enough to protect wild areas.


“I think people have brought up some good points of things we can do to augment the core of what we’ve proposed,” Will said.  

After synthesizing the public comments, Will plans to present the policy at an Open Space and Trails meeting on August 4.

To read and comment on the draft policy, click here.


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