Plan for Cow Camp space emerging |

Plan for Cow Camp space emerging

BOB BERWYNsummit daily news

SUMMIT COUNTY A draft management plan for the 573-acre Cow Camp open space parcel in the Lower Blue calls for continued grazing on the property, along with noxious weed treatments and protection of wetlands, including a rare fen identified by the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. Those wetlands are one of the key reasons the parcel was identified for preservation, Summit County open space resource specialist Brian Lorch said.The Summit County Open Space Advisory Council will be discussing the proposed plan at 6 p.m. Wednesday at its regular meeting in the County Commons.Open space resource specialist Brian Lorch said the historic Knorr Ranch has been grazing cattle on the property for decades. The countys open space department has been updating and developing plans for all its open space properties. A plan for the Cow Camp property is also required under the terms of Great Outdoor Colorados participation in the 2002 acquisition, Lorch said.The Cow Camp Open Space was purchased primarily to protect the undeveloped views north from Green Mountain Reservoir, Heeney, and Highway 9, as well as to preserve a visible portion of the ranching heritage of the Lower Blue, provide critical wildlife habitat, and protect the unique vegetation communities on the property, Lorch said.The open space advisory council will be accepting public comments on the draft plan at the meeting. Following this meeting, the OSAC will forward management recommendations to the Summit County Board of County Commissioners For information or a copy of the Draft Management Plan, contact the Open Space and Trails Department at (970) 668-4067 or visit the Documents for Review page on Summit Countys website at

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