Deal protects Crystal River shoreline |

Deal protects Crystal River shoreline

Aspen Times Staff Report

Seven acres of wetlands and stream bank along the Crystal River are now protected by a conservation easement, thanks to an agreement between Coryell Ranch Co. and the Roaring Fork Conservancy.

The land under the easement is adjacent to the Midland Point subdivision of the Coryell Ranch development in Carbondale, on the west side of the Crystal River, near its confluence with the Roaring Fork. The agreement was signed Feb. 7.

A public fishing easement along the Crystal is included in the agreement, though parking for anglers is not yet available, said Denise Mytty, who participated in the negotiations on the part of the conservancy.

The conservancy will monitor the easement area twice monthly to ensure that construction activities and public use of the fishing easement do not damage the wetlands, which are important as wildlife habitat.

One of Roaring Fork Conservancy’s water-quality monitoring sites will be located on the Crystal River at that point. The conservancy will maintain 25 such sites throughout the Roaring Fork watershed.

Supported by Coryell Ranch Co., the conservancy will provide educational material and presentations on conservation for residents of Midland Point as part of the agreement.

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