News in brief: Free film screening; input sought on open space plan
November 14, 2014
Input sought on Glassier Open Space plan
A draft management plan for the Glassier Open Space in the midvalley is available for public review and comment.
The plan, which outlines recreational and agricultural use of the 282-acre Emma-area property as well as wildlife and habitat conservation, can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.pitkinostprojects.com (click on "Glassier Management Plan"). A link to submit comments is available there, as well.
The property, located along Hooks Spur Road and the Rio Grande Trail in Eagle County, was purchased by Pitkin and Eagle counties in partnership with Great Outdoors Colorado, the town of Basalt and the Mid Valley Trails Committee. The draft management plan calls for recreational access through the property to the Crown — public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management — as well as the leasing of agricultural plots.
The management plan is expected to see formal adoption by the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board of Trustees in December. It also will go to the Pitkin County commissioners for informal approval and to the Eagle County commissioners for adoption.
Free screening of award-winning documentary
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Waste Free Roaring Fork is hosting a free screening of the award-winning documentary film "Taste the Waste" at the Wheeler Opera House on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. Support for the event comes from the city of Aspen, the Pitkin County Landfill and the nonprofit Community Office for Resource Efficiency. In addition to these organizations, Shaun McGrath, Region 8 administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, will be there to promote local efforts of food diversion and recovery.
"Taste the Waste" is a work by German filmmaker Valentin Thurn. It documents food waste ranging from edible produce discarded because of size and color to bakeries burning excess bread to keep shelves looking full.
The film has been screened in 40 countries at more than 42 film festivals since 2011. It has been nominated 13 times and received seven awards. Variety calls the film a "lively upbeat advocacy documentary."
Pitkin County and the city of Aspen are partnering to help the community waste less food by encouraging local restaurants to participate in the EPA's Food Recovery Challenge, which encourages restaurants, grocers, educational institutions, sports and entertainment venues and hospitality businesses to reduce the food waste they generate, donate excess food and compost food scraps. The Pitkin County Landfill receives more than 17,000 tons of food waste each year. The SCRAPS program (a joint effort by the Pitkin County Solid Waste Center and Environmental Health and Sustainability Department of the city of Aspen) is assisting businesses and residents in diverting this food from the landfill by providing the tools and education needed to implement a food-composting program.
To find out more on how to reduce waste, visit http://www.wastefreeroaring fork.org.