More open space added to county |

More open space added to county

Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkIn April, the county bought a 162-acre parcel on Green Mountain, bringing that area into public ownership.

SUMMIT COUNTY – The county’s open space program keeps on growing, including lots in the Blue River area between Breckenridge and Hoosier Pass, and around Green Mountain. With several notable deals like the Blue River lots closing on June 30, open space and trails director Todd Robertson said the county also finalized the purchase of more key pieces of the Golden Horseshoe puzzle at the same time.Since its inception in 1995, the county’s open space program has been able to protect more than 10,000 acres of land, either through outright purchase or with conservation easements.Blue River propertyThe 10.75-acre Blue River property consists of 11 vacant lots on the northwest side of the Loma Verde Subdivision Filing 2, located west of Highway 9, north of the Spruce Creek drainage and southwest of Goose Pasture Tarn.

Robertson said the purchase is significant in part because about a quarter mile of the Burro trail passes through the property – the only section of that trail on private land. According to a June 4 staff report, the county and Breckenridge Open Space Program split the $64,400 purchase price 50-50. Listing broker Eddie O’Brien donated his commission to the two programs at the closing, Robertson said. The property could potentially be conveyed to the U.S. Forest Service, he added.The Golden HorseshoeThe county also closed the purchase of 40 acres of lode mining claims grouped in three locations in the Golden Horseshoe, the popular backcountry area between the Swan River and French Creek drainages northeast of Breckenridge.

The first grouping, totaling 4.65 acres, is located east of Gold Run Gulch Road and southeast of the Jessie Mill site. The second 10.33-acre grouping is located near the middle of the Golden Horseshoe northwest of Lincoln Meadow. The biggest parcel, totaling 24.69 acres, is located south of Tiger Road in the Greenhorn Gulch drainage.”We’re nailing down some of the last inholdings in the Golden Horseshoe,” Robertson said.The purchase price was $150,746, or about $3,800 per acre, based on sales of other open space and private real estate transactions in the Golden Horseshoe area. The deal is another 50-50 split between the county and the town of Breckenridge.Green Mountain

In April, the county bought a 162-acre parcel on Green Mountain, bringing that area into public ownership. Robertson said that was an interesting deal because it involved buying the top of the mountain that overlooks Green Mountain Reservoir and Heeney.”It was sort of the inverse of what we usually see (in public-private land ownership patterns), with the public land at the toe of the slope and the private property up the mid-slopes and even on the summit of Green Mountain,” Robertson said. In any case, with the deal finalized, all of Green Mountain is in public ownership, helping to protect recreational access, as well as some crucial winter range for deer and elk.Bob Berwyn can be reached at

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