Summit Co adds open space |

Summit Co adds open space

Bob Berwyn
Summit County Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
Eric Drummond/Summit DailySummit County has acquired open space on the shores of Green Mountain Reservoir seen here recently.

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado ” The county has finalized a $350,000 acquisition of a parcel of land along a half-mile of Green Mountain Reservoir shoreline, eliminating the potential for development and protecting wildlife habitat and view corridors.

“Development on this site would have been highly visible from Highway 9 and almost any point on the reservoir,” said Brian Lorch, director of Summit County Open Space and Trails.

“With this site in public ownership, we can work with the U.S. Forest Service to manage the whole area for public benefit.”

The McDonald Flats property also provides habitat for rare non-game wildlife species and big game.

“This is another key piece in protecting the heritage of the Lower Blue Basin,” said Summit County Commissioner Tom Long.

“We feel fortunate that the Knorr Ranch family members, who have ranched in the valley for generations, worked with us to protect their legacy.”

The county’s Open Space Advisory Council will take public input to develop a management plan for the property.

The Open Space and Trails Department is funded by voter-approved property taxes for the acquisition and protection of open space.

The highly supported 1999 mill levy is set to expire in 2009. Future funding for the program is uncertain.

On average, every open-space tax dollar has been leveraged with four dollars from donations or grants.

For more information on the open-space program call (970) 668-4067 or via email at

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