Steamboat Springs A meeting of the State Land Board and the local non-profit Emerald Mountain Partnership, originally scheduled for Thursday, has been delayed until Aug. 7 and 8, due to the board's heavy workload.
The partnership had wanted to the board to review a management plan for state trust land on the mountain just soouth of Steamboat Springs.
The management plan and a memorandum of understanding propose that Emerald Mountain's 6,500 acres be purchased in phases over the next five years. Group members like City Councilman Ken Brenner and former forest ranger Jim Ficke are hoping to purchase the mountain to save it from development.
The partnership wrote the memorandum to describe what the community can do to sustain agricultural business, ecology and compatible recreation on Emerald Mountain.
If the land board approves the partnership's management plan and memorandum, a period of time will be set for bidding on Emerald Mountain.