Pitkin County completes $17 million open space purchase…The purchase secures land on the scenic ridge separating the Brush Creek and Owl Creek valleys. The parcel links to some 2,300 acres already purchased or conserved in the area and preserves a critical winter elk migration corridor.

ASPEN REAL ESTATE — Local officials gathered at the Aspen Brewery Wednesday evening to toast the closing of the Droste open space purchase, though technicalities threatened to delay the transaction right up until the papers were signed.Handwritten adjustments to the plats in the title office allowed Pitkin County to transfer $17 million to brothers Peter and Bruce Droste, securing 841 acres above the Brush Creek Valley outside of Snowmass Village.
By Janet Urquhart, Dec. 20, 2010 Aspen Times

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