Members of the public who are interested in helping draft a management plan for a pair of Emma-area open space properties are invited to a kickoff meeting on Monday, Feb. 3 from 5-7 p.m. in the community room at Basalt Regional Library.
Pitkin County Open Space and Trails will form a steering committee to help draft a management plan for Fred L. and Freda L. Glassier Ranch and Red Ridge Ranch, two adjacent open space parcels off Hooks Spur Road. The plan will address recreational and agricultural opportunities, wildlife protections, parking and other issues. Jointly, the two properties encompass about 282 acres reaching from the Roaring Fork River up to roughly 8,000 feet on the slopes of the Crown and include about 140 irrigated acres.
The goal Monday is to select steering committee members and establish a tentative schedule of meetings to address the various uses of the Glassier/Red Ridge parcels, according to Gary Tennenbaum, Open Space and Trails assistant director.
The steering committee will involve about 15 people, including representation from neighboring property owners, agricultural, recreational and wildlife interests. Committee members must commit to attending one meeting a month for about six months, but input from anyone with an interest in potential use of the properties is welcome during the committee’s future discussions.