Input sought on Heritage Plan

The Chaffee County Heritage Area Advisory Board (CCHAAB) will be holding two public meetings to gather input on the Heritage Area Management Plan. The CCHAAB has been developing the Heritage Area Management Plan over the last year, with the assistance of Mundus-Bishop Design, to help document and preserve our county’s historic, natural and cultural treasures. The purpose of the plan is to assist in setting priorities and raising the visibility of projects that impact the historic, natural and cultural features of Chaffee County. Such preservation and management activities can range from restoring historic buildings and finding ways to support ranchland production to enhancing visitor centers and adding interpretive signs along the Collegiate Peaks Scenic and Historic Byway, which follows Highways 24/285, 291 and 50.

Developing this plan has involved oral history interviews, GIS mapping and collaboration with several individuals and agencies in the county. Public input in this process is invaluable and will be considered in the final version of the plan.

The meetings will be held Wednesday, August 27 in Salida and Thursday, August 28 in Buena Vista. The Salida meeting will be at the Salida Senior Center, 305 F Street, and in Buena Vista at the Community Center, Aspen Room, 715 E. Main St. Both meetings will be from 5:00 pm until about 6:30 pm. At these meetings, the CCHAAB will present the vision and specific goals of the Heritage Area Management Plan. For more information, please contact GARNA at 719-539-5106.

The Citizen is happy to provide a forum for comments and discussion. Please be civil, truthful, and relevant. Please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards. Real names are appreciated.