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Calling All Trail Advocates

Exciting opportunities abound to get involved in planning and building trails.
Please read all the way down, and plan to participate in the process.
Remember, the world is run by those who show up!

Trail Work Project

BCHA and BATCO traditionally team up on trail projects around Boulder County.  Join us on Sunday, May 17 at Betasso Preserve.  All you need is sturdy shoes, clothing appropriate for the weather, and willingness to pitch in on whatever the project will be.  Lunch will be provided by BATCO.  Please contact Chris Morrison for information and to register, 303-499-2033 or chris-morrison@comcast.net

And now for some good news…

We just got approval for an interim trailhead parking area at Joder Ranch with access and designated space for horse trailers!

And,

Boulder County has received approval from the State Dam Engineer to build a safe trail bypass of the dam at Lagerman Reservoir!

And,

Boulder County has just received several grants to rebuild the trails at Pella Crossing!

And,

We were successful in getting OSMP to commit to building a multi-use trailhead parking area at the base of Chapman Drive, which will enable access to Flagstaff and Boulder Canyon Trail!

Trail Crew Leaders Wanted

 

Trail Crew Leader

Do you ride, hike or run on Boulder County’s multi-use trails? Parks and Open Space is looking for volunteers to lead trail construction and maintenance projects. This opportunity allows you to meet and work with other trail users, gain leadership experience, and provide a worthwhile service to your community. Volunteers must be 18 years or older, attend a two-day trail crew leader training scheduled for late April, and commit to working a minimum of two trail projects between May and October.

For more information and an application, contact Fletcher Jacobs at fjacobs@bouldercounty.org or 303-678-6344.

Application deadline is May 12.

 

State Parks wants to hear from You!

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is kicking off a public comment period to inform the development of the 2015 Strategic Plan. We want your help designing a strategic vision that will guide CPW’s efforts into the future. A public comment form is available now online (also in Spanish) and stakeholder workshops are being scheduled around the state. Your input is vitally important to this process.

We want to hear from you, especially between now and April 3, 2015 when the public comment period closes. Your input, combined with input from other stakeholders, the Commission, the public and staff, will inform the development of CPWs Draft 2015 Strategic Plan, which we will release in July 2015.

CPW’s strategic plan will set a vision for the future and define goals, priorities and strategies for managing Colorado’s state parks, wildlife and outdoor recreation resources. The strategic plan aims to improve CPW’s efficiency, responsiveness, and services by helping the agency focus on a strategic vision and capitalize on agency strengths and opportunities.

You are invited to attend one of the following stakeholder workshops where you will have a chance to share your thoughts on the future of Colorado’s state parks system, wildlife populations, and opportunities for outdoor recreation, education and stewardship. Additional meetings may be added to this schedule so please check the Strategic Planning website for updates.

Stakeholder Workshops

Colorado Springs

February 24, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

CPW Office, 4255 Sinton Rd., Colorado Springs, CO

Pueblo

February 25, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Lake Pueblo State Park, 640 Pueblo Reservoir Rd., Pueblo, CO

Lamar

February 26, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

CPW Office, 2500 S Main St., Lamar, CO

Salida 

February 26, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Steam Plant Event Center, 220 W Sackett Ave., Salida, CO

Denver

March 2, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Bass Pro Shops, 7970 Northfield Blvd., Denver, CO

Denver

March 2, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

REI, 1416 Platte St., Denver, CO

Durango

March 18, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Durango Public Library, 1900 E 3rd Ave., Durango, CO

Grand Junction

March 23, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Mesa County Central Library, 530 Grand Ave., Grand Junction, CO

Boulder seeks your input on next Open Space Director

The City of Boulder today announced that it will hold two community meetings to gather public input as part of a national search for its director of Open Space and Mountain Parks.

“A key priority in this search is to better understand what our community perceives to be the key issues facing Open Space and Mountain Parks, as well as the characteristics and competencies of the ideal director,” said City Manager Jane Brautigam. “Our vision is to find the most qualified director who represents this community’s values, understands the city’s open space program, and who can help us achieve a community vision for the future of this iconic program.”

CPS HR Consulting will conduct the search process and community meetings. CPS HR, founded in 1985, specializes in public sector executive searches. Members of the community are invited on Feb. 25 and 26 to participate in a facilitated conversation and small group discussion to inform the search criteria. The forums will be held:

Feb. 25 at the UCAR FL2 Auditorium, 3250 Mitchell Lane, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Feb. 26 at the West Boulder Senior Center, 909 Arapahoe Ave., from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Stuart Satow, executive recruiter with CPS HR, will attend the meetings to hear directly from the community and incorporate participant feedback into the search process. The position is expected to be advertised in early March with interviews scheduled later in 2015.

Director finalists will be invited to participate in:

Public presentations on Open Space and Mountain Parks issues

Public Meet and Greet with candidates

Panel interviews with city staff and representatives of the Open Space Board of Trustees

Finalists and presentation dates will be announced following selection of candidates.

National Forest directed to improve trails with volunteers

FEBRUARY 11, 2015

National Forest Trail Bill Introduced

On February 10, 2015, Congresswomen Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Tim Walz (D-MN) re-introduced the National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act of 2015 (H.R.845).  The bill would direct the Forest Service to take several actions to help address the current trail maintenance backlog that is adversely impacting all trail users on many national forests.  The bill was first introduced during the last Congress.  The American Horse Council, Backcountry Horsemen of America, and the Wilderness Society were significantly involved in the creation of this bill. A June 2013, study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Forest Service has deferred trail maintenance needs that exceed half-billion dollars, and only one-quarter of the agency’s 158,000 miles of trails meets agency standards for maintenance. This maintenance backlog is causing access and safety issues for equestrians and all trail users on national forests. The National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act would direct the Forest Service to develop a strategy to more effectively utilize volunteers and partners to assist in maintaining national forest trails.  It will also provide outfitters and guides the ability to perform trail maintenance activities in lieu of permit fees. Additionally, the bill would address a liability issue that has discouraged some national forests from utilizing volunteers and partner organizations to help perform trail maintenance and would direct the Forest Service to identify and prioritize specific areas with the greatest need for trail maintenance in the national forest system. In the current fiscal environment it is unlikely Congress will appropriate additional funds to directly address the trail maintenance backlog. This bill will help improve trail maintenance without the need for additional funding. The bill is supported by the AHC and many other recreation organizations. View Full Article on AHC Website