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County to present draft management plan for Hardscrabble Ranch on Sept. 19

Contact: Diane Mauriello, Eagle County Open Space Manager, 970-328-8698, 

Sept 12, 2018 – The Eagle County Open Space Department will host a community presentation and public comment session on the draft management plan for Hardscrabble Ranch from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19. The meeting will take place in the Garden Level Classroom of the Eagle County Building, located at 500 Broadway in Eagle.

Following an overview, community members will be able to break into smaller groups to ask questions about specific areas of the draft management plan, including agricultural management, habitat management, public access, programming and recreation. These smaller groups are designed to encourage attendees to delve deeper into a particular area or areas of interest, and to provide an opportunity to ask questions and provide input.

The draft management plan will also be available at from Sept. 19 through Oct. 10 to allow the public to view the plan and comment online.

The public management planning process for Hardscrabble Ranch began in March 2018. Eagle County Open Space and the management planning team solicited input and direction from key stakeholders, experts and specific user groups with an interest in the property. The team then hosted two open house sessions in May to gather input from the community at large about what they’d like to see on the property.

“There is a great deal of interest in this incredible property from many different segments of the community and we’ve worked hard to incorporate those interests into the plan,” said Eagle County Open Space Manager Diane Mauriello. “We feel this draft plan does an excellent job of balancing various interests including ranching and conservation as well as recreation and access. We hope the community will take the time to read through the plan and provide feedback to us.”

The final management plan will ultimately be adopted by both the Eagle Valley Land Trust as holders of the conservation easement and the Board of County Commissioners as owners of the land. The plan will then be delivered to Great Outdoors Colorado as a condition of the grant received to assist with purchasing the property.

“Once the plan is adopted, it will be time for us to begin implementing some of the priorities identified during the process. Many actions will require further permitting. We’ll also be looking for partnerships and funding opportunities, such as grants, to help execute top priorities within the next year or two,” Mauriello said. “The plan is meant to be a working document, and will be reviewed and updated as conditions on the property evolve.”

Contact Mauriello at 970-328-8698 for more information.