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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

County finalizes open space purchases

Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Elected officials have approved the purchase of $7 million worth of conservation easements and land in Pitkin County.

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails has purchased about 10 acres in upper Hunter Creek, which is believed to be the last developable parcel in that valley. An anonymous donor recently contributed $100,000 toward the acquisition.

The program also paid more than $5 million to conserve a ranch in Basalt that is owned by the Cerise family. The county commissioners approved buying a conservation easement that assures that the ranch will see limited development in perpetuity.

The board also voted to transfer several county-owned properties to the Open Space and Trails program.

Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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