Pitkin County Open Space and Trails is updating the 2015 North Star Management Plan. The County has been working with its partners over the last 5 years to manage the area, including the City of Aspen, U.S. Forest Service, Colorado Department of Transportation, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Aspen Valley Land Trust and private landowners. Management actions have included trail closures and restoration projects; commercial operator permitting; education and outreach through interpretive signage and naturalist programming; discouraging the use of tubes to mitigate litter and trespassing; installing bike racks, trailhead and regulatory signage, including establishing “quiet zones” through private property and wildlife zones; and adding enforcement capabilities with more Open Space and Trails Rangers and Forest Protection officers.

Your responses will be used to inform updates in the 2020 North Star Management Plan. We anticipate releasing a draft plan in March 2020 for a second round of public comment. Please check www.pitkinOSTprojects.com for project updates.

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* 1. What are the ways you experience the North Star Nature Preserve?
(Choose all that apply)

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* 3. What do you love about North Star?

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* 4. How often do you visit North Star Nature Preserve...

  1-2 times per week 1-2 times per month 1-2 times per season  Never Other
During the summer months?
During other times of the year?

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* 5. When do you visit North Star most often?

  Mornings Midday Evenings
Weekday
Weekend

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* 6. I most often visit North Star…

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* 7. Where is/are your typical access point(s)? Refer to map if needed. (Choose all that apply)

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* 8. Thinking about your response to the question above, please add any details about your experience accessing North Star (things that work well or don’t work well) or provide any comments:

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* 9. How do you typically travel to North Star? (Choose all that apply)

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* 10. If you typically drive, do you have any ideas or strategies that would help you leave a vehicle at home?

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* 11. Please rate your experience regarding level of use in the following areas during your typical visit to North Star. The term "Overcrowded" in the response options below indicates that the number of people detracts from your experience, enjoyment or safety. 

  Not overcrowded Sometimes overcrowded Usually overcrowded  Don’t know Do not participate / not applicable
Loading/Unloading/Parking at Wildwood
Loading/Unloading/Parking at South Gate
Loading/Unloading/Parking at the Stillwater Bridge 
Floating the River
Using the Beach Area
Using the East of Aspen Trail
Bird/wildlife watching
On the Nordic Ski Loop
Along Highway 82
In the Landing Zone

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* 12. Are you aware of the following rules for the North Star Preserve?

  Yes No
Users staying on the trails
No dogs permitted on land at North Star Nature Preserve (including access corridors)
From Wildwood Lane to the Stillwater Bridge, the river is open to ‘float through use only’ meaning people cannot exit their watercraft (people may only enter or exit watercraft at designated put-ins/take-outs and the designated beach).
No amplified music
No glass on the river or the beach
Pack in / Pack out trash
No public access on the west side of the river
No fishing from the riverbank within North Star Nature Preserve

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* 13. In your experience, do you feel people respect the rules and regulations? Please provide examples or describe your observations.

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* 14. Is there anything you dislike or would change about your experience(s) at North Star?

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* 15. What has been your experience interacting with the ACES naturalists at North Star?

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* 16. Please use this space to add any other thoughts or comments regarding the management and use of North Star Nature Preserve?

Almost done, just tell us a bit about yourself! 

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* 17. Where do you live?

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* 18. What is your age?

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* 19. What is your e-mail
(we will only email updates about this planning process unless you check yes in the box below)

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* 20. Would you like to receive the monthly newsletter for Open Space and Trails?

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