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North Star Nature Preserve

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Fourth of July weekend promises to be a busy one at North Star Nature Preserve, a popular spot for people to paddleboard and tube a section of the Roaring Fork River east of Aspen. On June 24, Pitkin County approved a new management plan for the preserve, ushering in some rule changes. 

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio

Tuesday, Pitkin County Commissioners will hear an update on commercial paddleboarding and boating businesses that operate at North Star Nature Preserve, a popular open space property east of Aspen along the Roaring Fork River. This comes as Open Space and Trails staff work to balance recreation with protecting the sensitive nature preserve in an update to the area’s management plan.

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails is crafting a new management plan for the North Star Nature Preserve, but first, they’re seeking public input to help shape what that plan looks like. The county has released a survey with questions about where, when and how people are using the protected land.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

People, plants and animals all enjoy the nearly 5,000 acres of land owned by Pitkin County Open Space and Trails. To make sure the shared space remains a thriving ecosystem, Open Space and Trails is turning to data collected on site.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

 

Officials with Pitkin County Open Space and Trails are asking for public input on recent changes at North Star Nature Preserve.

Aspen Public Radio News

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails is making it official: protecting biodiversity is more important than recreation. A new policy focuses on preserving natural habitats, even if that means keeping some areas closed to humans.

Mountain Edition - July 7, 2016

Jul 7, 2016

  On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Barbara Platts present a compilation of the week’s news.

Topics include:

  • The vice president of the united states visited aspen over the weekend

  • An elected official is giving away money

  • Northstar Nature Reserve may no longer be the party spot of past year.... .

  • A choreographer returns to Aspen

Crowds tamed at North Star Preserve

Jul 5, 2016
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio

Increased enforcement at North Star Nature Preserve appeared to be working over the holiday weekend. Aspen Public Radio’s Elizabeth Stewart-Severy was there to see how the crowds are managed.

Elise Thatcher

  The Forest Service has been gearing up for the busy summer season. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher sat down with Aspen-Sopris District Ranger Karen Schroyer about changes that visitors and locals can expect this summer, besides a price increase for visiting the Maroon Bells.

County seeks comment on open space guidelines

May 30, 2016
aspenrecreation.com

The Pitkin County Open Space and Trails department is seeking public input on a new habitat management policy.

Moose are moving closer to Aspen

Sep 18, 2015
Facebook/Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Pitkin County’s Open Space and Trails Department is planning to put up signs about moose on some of its properties after several reports of sightings. 

It’s the first time in recent memory moose have been spotted at places like the North Star Nature Preserve, along the Hunter Creek trail and near the Roaring Fork River in the midvalley.

Education materials on how to behave around moose are prolific in areas like the Maroon Bells. Now, Assistant Director of Pitkin County Open Space Gary Tennenbaum says his department will add them to their properties.

Valley Roundup - July 10th, 2015

Jul 10, 2015

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

 

A Snowmass Village town councilman is facing a felony charge for tearing apart the Pitkin County Jail after he was arrested for driving drunk.

Pitkin County holds open house on North Star plan

May 18, 2015
Marci Krivonen

Pitkin County is taking public comments on a draft plan for managing the North Star Nature Preserve, east of Aspen. On Monday night, an open house will be held, where people can learn more about the wetlands and meadows. 

You drive by the North Star Nature Preserve on your way toward Independence Pass from Aspen. It’s a 285-acre open space parcel with deer, elk, black bears and the one of the highest elevation Great Blue Heron rookeries in the state.

Mountain Edition - May 7th, 2015

May 8, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Aspen voters take a historic step, amending their city charter.

Voters also chose to keep their mayor and a city council member, but a runoff is likely to fill a second council seat.

A baseball field is named for the late Willard Clapper, a well-known Aspen community member.

Pitkin County is on the hunt for more 911 dispatchers.

And, Pitkin County has a plan for how to protect the popular North Star Preserve east of Aspen.

Marci Krivonen

The management of a nature preserve east of Aspen is getting an update, in part, to address overcrowding. The section of the Roaring Fork River that runs through the North Star Nature Preserve is busy in the summer and traffic piles up along Highway 82. Aspen resident Phil Dwyer has seen it first-hand.

"It’s amazing how much traffic is out here. It’s great that it’s popular. But, the parking has been long and lining the highway for quite a ways."