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Ranchers and farmers get chance to lease land in the middle Roaring Fork Valley

Staff report

Farmers and ranchers will have a chance to lease 156 acres of land held by Pitkin County Open Space and Trails in the mid-Roaring Fork Valley.

The open space program will lease six parcels of various sizes on the Glassier Open Space in Emma. The land is located off Hooks Spur Road. The two largest parcels are 94.2 and 44.5 acres. The four smaller parcels are 10.3, 3.5, 3 and 0.6 acres.

People interested in placing a bid must attend a mandatory meeting and site visit Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. on the Glassier property. It will give potential lessees a feel for the property and let them get answers from open space and trails staff to general questions.

"Any proposals received from potential lessees not in attendance will not be considered," said a statement from the open space program.

Bids will be considered for everything from livestock grazing operations to gardens. Construction of a greenhouse will be considered, if proposed. Two granaries, a large metal storage building and the historic Glassier barn will be available for leasing.

Parties can bid to lease individual or multiple lease parcels. The proposals are due no later than 3 p.m. Jan. 23. They can be emailed to open space program land officer Paul Holsinger at paul.holsinger@pitkincounty.com or they can be hand delivered to the third-floor reception desk of the program in the Pitkin County Annex Building, 530 E. Main St., in Aspen.

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Frederick H. Glassier established the ranch in 1891 at the base of the distinctive red cliffs that dominate the area. He and his wife, Adele, had six children and raised cattle and other livestock on the ranch and grew potatoes in the fertile soil.

Pitkin and Eagle counties bought the Glassier Ranch in 2014. The adjacent Red Ridge Ranch was purchased the year before. They are managed as one and have been leased out for cattle grazing and hay production.

The Pitkin County Open Space and Trails program places a priority on agricultural uses for some of its property, just as recreation and preservation of wildlife habitat are priorities elsewhere.

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