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Fihola Meadows plan approved

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” A management plan for Filoha Meadows, a publicly owned parcel along the Crystal River near Redstone, was formally approved Tuesday by the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board.

The plan, according to board Director Dale Will, protects the wildlife habitat offered by the meadow but also provides for “the appropriate amount of public access to it.”

The meadow, approximately 185 acres situated on the other side of the Crystal River from Highway 133 just north of Redstone, has been the object of intense controversy for several years, sparked mostly by neighborhood opposition to a plan to run a bike trail through the property.

The bike path has been abandoned in favor of pedestrian-only use of the land, although Will explained to the Pitkin County commissioners this week that the public use will be phased in over the next couple of years.

He also said that neighboring residents are being consulted on how to make access work best for all concerned, and that some of those neighbors will be recruited to help monitor the public’s behavior.

By July 2010, Will said, the meadow will be completely open to public access.

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