Please come to the November 24 BATCO Meeting!

Monthly Meeting:  Monday, November 24 at SPARK Boulder

Please join us for our regular monthly meeting on Monday November 24 at SPARK Boulder (on The Hill at 1310 E College Ave #100, Boulder, CO 80302; (970) 343-0674).

We will have not one but two guests at this meeting.  Jenn Archuleta is the newest member of Boulder County’s Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee (POSAC);  please share your visions for trails on BCPOS with her, and get her take on what’s important.  Al Hardy is the BCPOS Trails Superintendent, who will be presenting the County’s trail plans for the AHI/Lagerman area (and asking for BATCO’s support) as well as updating us on the County’s trail plans for 2015, flood mitigation and more.

In addition there will be updates on the new BATCO Map, Joder Arabian Ranch, and other trail-related matters.

Join us!


Boulder County Parks & Open Space Stewardship Recognition


Chris M BCPOS Stewardship Photo

October 16, 2014.  BATCO Board Member Chris Morrison receives a photo acknowledging our volunteer support on Boulder County Parks & Open Space trail projects. BATCO has received this recognition annually since 2008, the inception of the BCPOS Stewardship Program.

Trail Volunteers Needed

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Last (we hope) Planning Commission meeting on Rights of Nature

The Planning Commission meeting on the Rights of Nature Wednesday June 18 will, we hope, be a non-event.  Public testimony will not be taken, but I plan to be at the meeting anyway (est. time mid-afternoon) just to see how it plays out.

Staff has wordsmithed this issue to death, resulting in the following proposed language to be inserted into the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan Environmental Resources Element:

“Acknowledging our responsibility to ensure that naturally-occurring ecosystems and their native species populations continue to exist and flourish in Boulder County, Boulder County will develop conservation and recovery plans for priority Species of Special Concern.”

As far as we’re concerned, Boulder County is already doing that, so this merely makes it official.  The media will continue to get it all wrong as they have done since the beginning.  The RON people may crow about their success, but I support the final wording because it eliminates the “rights of nature” language and gets rid of an “all” in the original document that would have been impossible to implement.

I’d say we did very well in the end, but it represented a lot of kerfuffle and wasted time.

Now, I hope we can put it behind us and move on.



Celebrate National Trails Day at Hall Ranch on June 7

The Hall Ranch Trails need some TLC! Volunteers will use hand tools to re-route worn-out sections of the trail while closing down the old trail. The goal is to create a trail that will stand up to heavy use and all kinds of weather. A light breakfast will be provided before we get to work. This project will run from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm. Minimum age is 14 with adult supervision. To register please visit www.BoulderCountyOpen Space/wildwork or contact Fletcher Jacobs at 303-678-6344 or

And just think, you’ll be joining over a million other volunteers all over the country who will be giving back to our public lands and trails.

Be sure to tell ‘em you’re with BATCO!