While the country and Pitkin County suffer from losses of jobs, tax revenue, and investment value, they may be gaining more preserved public lands due to the ongoing recession. Dale Will, director of the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board, said Friday that they are in active negotiation for 21 deals that would conserve more than 6,000 acres of county land. The deals would save open spaces either through a county purchase or through a conservation easement, which allows landowners to keep the land but assures it will go undeveloped in perpetuity. In a typical year the county open space board will be engaged in roughly six negotiations at a time, Will said.
By Andrew Travers, Nov. 23, 2009 Aspen Daily News

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