Monthly Archives: May 2014

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 fjacobs@bouldercounty.org 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!

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City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Seeks Volunteers for National Trails Day Project

Want to celebrate National Trails Day on June 7 and make a difference at the same time? Then help the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department improve the East Boulder -White Rocks Trail, which sustained significant damage during the September 2013 floods. OSMP is seeking volunteers to help the department resurface the trail’s tread with fine crushed rock. The National Trails Day volunteer project will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, and is expected to conclude at 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided to volunteers. Participants can get more detailed information on the project and sign up at bit.ly/1loRQbW and be sure to mention that you are participating on behalf of the Boulder Area Trails Coalition. … Continue reading

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Please Come to the “No to the Rights of Nature” Meeting Weds 5/21

All trail advocates are urged to attend tonight’s Planning Commission meeting on the Rights of Nature: Wednesday, May 21  7pm Boulder County Courthouse, 3rd Floor A small group of so-called “rights of nature” extremists are trying to take over Boulder County by inserting a phrase or two in the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan (BCCP) ascribing “rights” to ecosystems and everything in them.  BATCO has studied this matter in depth and the Board has come out firmly AGAINST this concept as we believe it would cripple all present and future use of trails and Open Space, among other problems. Please come to the meeting and join us in the fight against this concept.  The meeting will start at 7pm and will … Continue reading

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Just Say NO to the Rights of Nature

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BATCO Board and Friends Meeting

BATCO Board Meetings take place the fourth Monday of every month, but the locations may change. The June Meeting will be held on June 23 from 7-9 pm at SPARK Boulder (1310 College on the Hill).  All are welcome.

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County Commissioners to Discuss Toll CE Tuesday May 13, 2-3pm

Boulder County and other agencies are proposing to spend $7.1 million for a Conservation Easement across the largest remaining piece of land between Rollinsville and East Portal — an area the size of Hall Ranch, Heil Valley Ranch, and Caribou Ranch.  As it looks now, the CE will not allow any public access, even on a network of existing ranch and mining roads.  In private hands for the past hundred years, this property has blocked important trail connections from West Magnolia to the Indian Peaks Wilderness, from Eldora to Jenny Lind Gulch and more.  As a CE with no public access, it will continue to block these trail connections. Trail advocates who support trails across this 4,000 acre property , … Continue reading

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Toll Ranch CE– We want trails!

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