Bill and Jane Morhman, owners of an 8.3-acre mining claim on the ridge between the Hunter Creek and Woody Creek valleys, are under contract to sell their land to Pitkin County as open space for $900,000.Protecting the Hunter Creek Valley from development, and preserving hiking and biking access and trails, has been an ongoing effort since the 1970s.In the 1980s and 1990s, a collection of Aspenites called the Friends of Hunter Creek worked to preserve access to the area and helped preserve other private land parcels along the Hunter Creek Road and in the Van Horn Park area….That effort sparked the realization by citizens that the only way to fully preserve the Hunter Creek Valley, and other areas, was to have funds to pay for private inholdings. That led to the formation of the county’s open space program, which is now funded at $10 million per year by property taxes.
Brent Gardner-Smith, June 29, 2009, Aspen Daily News

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