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Pitkin County settles lawsuit over Redstone trail

Charles Agar
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

REDSTONE, Colo. ” Pitkin County officials recently settled a civil suit, securng a trail easement from Redstone to Filoha Meadows.

The suit, which dates back to 2003, was a dispute between the county and Wild Rose subdivision homeowners Kenneth Good and members of the Ziegler Revocable Living Trust.

The county sued for the right to the trail easement through the subdivision, a right that dated back to the 1980s subdivision application, according to Chris Seldin, assistant county attorney.

“The objective was to secure public trail access so the public could travel from Redstone to Filoha Meadows,” Seldin said.

The easement allows for motorized access for county officials as well as the U.S. Forest Service to do maintenance in the area, Seldin said.

Despite the many years of litigation, Seldin said the negotiations and final agreement were a “very respectful and cooperative undertaking” granting county officials access to the railroad bed connecting Redstone and some 185 acres of county open space at Filoha Meadows.

The meadow, visible from Highway 133 just north of Redstone, is winter range for bighorn sheep and home to a unique orchid as well as fireflies, a rarity in Colorado.

Though the settlement cements the county easement; any trail would come only after final approval of the Filoha Meadows Nature Preserve Managment Plan, according to Dale Will, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails director.

Pending approval of the managment plan, visitors could access Filoha meadows from Redstone during summer months, likely from July 1 to late September, Will said.

Open space officials are accepting public comment on the managment plan until April 21, and the open space board will hear public comment about the area at their regular meeting on May 1.