Agreement nets county Watson Divide parcel

Pitkin County took its first steps Wednesday toward accepting $17,000 and a small parcel of land in Watson Divide in exchange for allowing a single family home to be built near the site.

According to a memo from Matt Adeletti, acquisition manager for the county’s Open Space and Trails Department, the property will be used as a public overlook with views into Old Snowmass. The cash donation will help cover costs associated with development and maintenance.

The county then plans to honor Dottie Fox, an educator and environmental stalwart who died in 2006, by naming the overlook after her.

“Pitkin County wishes to dedicate this overlook to Dottie Fox, who was one of the founders of the Wilderness Workshop in the early ‘70s,” the memo noted. “[Her] efforts helped create the wilderness lands within the Hunter-Fryingpan, expanded Maroon Bells and the Collegiate Peaks wilderness areas, and preserved over 400,000 acres of land.”

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