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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.

Open Space and Mountain Parks to institute seasonal wildlife closures Feb. 1

As part of the City of Boulder’s efforts to protect sensitive wildlife habitats, the Open Space and Mountain Parks Department (OSMP) will institute seasonal raptor closures on Sunday, Feb. 1.

These closures, which protect peregrine falcons, prairie falcons and golden eagles raising their young in nests located on OSMP, will be in effect from Feb. 1 to July 31. No designated trails will be closed as part of these protective measures.

The following areas will be closed starting Sunday:

  • Lefthand Canyon Palisades at the intersection of Lefthand Canyon Drive and Olde Stage Road. The Buckingham picnic area remains open;
  • Mount Sanitas Summit, accessible from the Mount Sanitas Trailhead a half mile west of Fourth Street and Forest Avenue. All designated trails in this area will remain open except those closed for the Sanitas Valley Trail repair project. A map of the closed trails is available at osmp.org.
  • Third Flatiron, including the East and West Ironing Boards, Queen Anne’s Head and Jaws, and WC Pinnacle, accessible from Chautauqua Trailhead;
  • Flagstaff Mountain, the north side of Flagstaff Mountain will be closed. The Boy Scout Trail will remain open;
  • Skunk Canyon, including Ridges 2, 3 and 4, the Aechean Pronouncement, the Dreadnaught, the North Ridge and the entirety of Sacred Cliffs, accessible from NCAR Trailhead at the west end of Table Mesa Road;
  • The Back Porch and The Box, accessible from the NCAR Trailhead at the west end of Table Mesa Road;
  • Bear Creek Spire, accessible from the NCAR Trailhead at the west end of Table Mesa Road;
  • Fern Canyon, accessible from the NCAR Trailhead at the west end of Table Mesa Road  The designated Fern Canyon Trail will remain open;
  • Shadow Canyon and the Matron, accessible from the South Mesa Trailhead. The Maiden will remain open and accessible from the east; Shadow Canyon Trail will remain open.
  • The Sphinx and The Wings, accessible from the NCAR Trailhead at the west end of Table Mesa Road;
  • The entire Mickey Mouse wall, accessible from the Goshawk Ridge Trail.

The convergence of mountains and grasslands along Boulder’s mountain backdrop results in dramatic topographic changes that help to create a wide-range of ecosystems and high-quality habitats for a multitude of species. In fact, the cliffs that make up the Flatirons, and the rich food resources found there, make those iconic formations a regionally important area for nesting birds of prey.

OSMP relies heavily on the public to respect the closures, and the cooperation of visitors is greatly appreciated. OSMP raptor volunteers and staff will monitor the closure areas to determine if raptors are nesting. Closures may be lifted if monitoring indicates that raptors are not present or if nesting attempts fail. Trespassing into closed areas can result in a summons with penalties up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

For detailed closure maps and additional information about OSMP’s efforts to protect wildlife habitats, go to osmp.org or call the department at 303-441-3440.

 

Open Space and Mountain Parks has temporarily closed trails and trailheads

The City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department has temporarily closed numerous trails and trailheads because of muddy trail conditions. OSMP has closed the Marshall Mesa, Greenbelt Plateau and Flatirons Vista trailheads, along with access points in those areas. In addition, OSMP has closed the following trails:

Marshall Valley
Coal Seam
Marshall Mesa
Community Ditch
Cowdrey Draw
Greenbelt Plateau
High Plains
Flatirons Vista North
Flatirons Vista South
Prairie Vista
Doudy Draw
Springbrook Loop North and South
Goshawk Ridge
Fowler
Left Hand

The Doudy Draw Trailhead will remain open for vehicle parking. This will allow visitors to access the South Mesa Trailhead and trails that stretch north of Highway 170. However, all trails leading south out of the Doudy Draw Trailhead will be closed. OSMP will reopen closed trails and trailheads when conditions improve.

OSMP has enacted these temporary closures to prevent trail and vegetation damage along many of the city’s multi-use trails. OSMP asks visitors to remain on trail while traveling along the department’s open paths because traffic around muddy areas lead to the widening and braiding of trails, which can harm nearby plant life.

For more information about OSMP trails, go to osmp.org or call 303-441-3440.

Joder Ranch Update

Photo Credit: Rocky Mountain Joe


It’s not over!

Last month more than 35 people spoke at the Open Space Board of Trustees (OSBT) meeting, with 29 speakers in favor of keeping trails open on the Joder Ranch, with parking. That is absolutely HUGE!!! Even more incredibly, the OSBT and City Council received more than 350 emails on this topic.

Congratulations and thanks! You guys have been doing great!

Alas, it’s still not over. The OSBT kicked the can into January… that’s now … and just today we learned that staff has kicked the can again, into February. After that comes the North Trail Study Area process, which they have promised will be completed in 2015.

So that means you will have several more opportunities to provide input, even if you have! Keep up the pressure, trail advocates!

We urge you to come to the next meeting of the Open Space Board of Trustees and speak under “Public Participation Items Not on the Agenda”:

Weds. January 14, 2015
Boulder City Council Chambers (Municipal Building)
Broadway & Canyon
6pm

It doesn’t have to be perfect, or eloquent, or creative. If you just want to say you support trails on Joder Ranch, that’s okay. Or you can just say that you support BATCO’s position, which is for a loop trail and trailer parking. Or you can elaborate on the history of the ranch and Bob & Eloise’s commitment to having it be open to horses and trails. But if you don’t say anything, they won’t know which side you’re on.

Be polite but firm. Do not — ever — put down any other user group.

If you can’t make it to the meeting, click here to send a personal email to the Boulder City Council and Open Space Board of Trustees. Please write a short paragraph about your interest in the ranch, the Joder family, trails in general and access to our public lands. Send your email ASAP to give the OSBT members time to read it thoughtfully before the meeting.

Every person who communicates is a “vote” for trails in Boulder.

For more information about this item, please contact us at info@bouldertrails.org