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County, town and Forest Service finalize Minturn Boneyard purchase

Contact: Toby Sprunk, Open Space Director, 970-328-8698 or toby.sprunk@eaglecounty.us

Minturn Boneyard

Eagle County, the Town of Minturn and the U.S. Forest Service are celebrating the permanent protection of the Minturn Boneyard property. Closing occurred on March 14; the parcel is now owned as open space by the Town of Minturn and will provide recreational access and habitat preservation.

The 4.4 acre parcel overlooking the Eagle River was previously owned by the Forest Service and used mainly as an equipment storage yard. Eagle County and the Town of Minturn partnered to purchase the property for $2.3 million, with just over $2 million coming from the county’s dedicated Open Space Fund.

The property will be protected by a conservation easement that will limit uses to public recreational access and improvements, including access to 2,200 feet along the Eagle River for boaters and anglers. In addition, the purchase protects a scenic view along U.S. Hwy 24. The town and county are drafting an agreement outlining the anticipated improvements and establishing a timeline for completion.

Eagle County Open Space Advisory Committee Member Otto Andl says the project is a huge win for the Town of Minturn. “This particular piece of property has been a long time coming,” Andl said. “Once all the improvements have been completed, Minturn will be able to connect this property to the rest of its great amenities which makes their town so special and unique.”

According to Minturn Town Manager Jim White, the town worked diligently for many years to secure the Boneyard property for public use. “We remained resolute and despite several setbacks, we were finally able to make this purchase and preserve this beautiful acreage along the Eagle River,” said White. “Our thanks to the U.S. Forest Service for their cooperation, to Eagle County and its Open Space Advisory Committee for the tremendous financial support, and to the Minturn Town Council for their steadfast effort and persistence in getting this done for the enjoyment of future generations.”
 
The Forest Service had expressed interest in selling the “administrative parcel” for many years to raise funds for other projects. “We’re very pleased to see this property go to the town for recreational purposes,” said Dave Neely, district ranger for the Eagle-Holy Cross District of the White River National Forest. “Since the revenue generated will stay here and be used to improve our administrative facilities, we feel it’s a real win-win for our communities.”
 
A ceremonial handing over of the deed will take place during Minturn’s regular council meeting tonight. For more information, contact Eagle County Open Space Director Toby Sprunk at 970-328-8698 or toby.sprunk@eaglecounty.us.