Monthly Archives: January 2015

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 … Continue reading

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Monthly Meeting: Monday, February 23, at Louisville Alfalfa’s The Boulder Area Trails Coalition (BATCO) has its regular monthly meeting on Monday, February 23 at 7 p.m. at the Louisville Alfalfa’s grocery store meeting room. Our special guest this month will be Tracy Winfree, Interim Director of the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks.   Tracy brings a long history of successful projects and negotiations for the City of Boulder’s Transportation Department, and is breathing a new attitude of “Yes We Can!” into a department not exactly known for its positive atmosphere. Please plan to come to the meeting and share your priorities for OSMP! We will also be discussing the latest developments in the plan for trails at Joder Ranch … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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