BOCC approves plan for Doig Meadow |

BOCC approves plan for Doig Meadow

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Board of County Commissioners Monday approved a management plan for the 130-acre Doig Meadow open space parcel that calls for a connecting trail to the adjacent Blue River State Wildlife Area and U.S. Forest Service lands in the Williams Fork Range.

The property is located in the Lower Blue Basin on the east side of Highway 9, south of the inlet to Green Mountain Reservoir near Heeney.

County commissioners also approved an agreement with the Colorado Wildlife Commission to allow trailhead parking at the wildlife area property. In exchange, the meadow will be closed from Dec. 1 to April 30 each year to protect big game winter habitat.

“The management plan is another important step to protect the open space values of Doig Meadow,” said Todd Robertson, county open space and trails director. “This property was once threatened by a six-home subdivision development that would have impacted a very visible portion of the Highway 9 view corridor in the Lower Blue, as well as fragment important wildlife habitat.”

Landowners donated 50 acres of the meadow to Summit County in December 1999. The county bought 80 acres in January for $1.27 million with the help of a $100,000 Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant and cash contributions from Bruce and Marcy Benson, Jeff and Jennifer Pratt Miles, and Robert and Fran Penner Ray.

As a condition of the GOCO grant funds, the county commissioners granted a conservation easement to Continental Divide Land Trust (CDLT) to restrict future development in the property in perpetuity.

According to CDLT Executive Director Leigh Girvin, the trust will be responsible for monitoring the meadow to ensure its open space values are not compromised.

In addition to Doig Meadow, CDLT also holds conservation easements on the Giberson and Fiester preserves in Frisco; Wetlands and Water Dance in Frisco; Blue Sky Ranch in Park County; and McCullough Gulch Trailhead Open Space in the Upper Blue Basin. The Land Trust also owns three lots in the Overlook at Piney Acres in Dillon Valley.

Next year, Open Space and Trails Department officials will rezone the Doig Meadow property as open space.

“We are very proud of our open space accomplishments in the Lower Blue the past couple of years,” Robertson said.

The county is set to close on the 832-acre Cow Camp/Sudan Trust property on the northeast side of Green Mountain Reservoir in December.

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