Gunbarrel Hill next up

Help create a vision for conserving natural grasslands and enhancing recreation on Gunbarrel Hill
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) is seeking community participation as we create a vision for restoring healthy grasslands while improving the visitor experience on the open space at Gunbarrel Hill northeast of Boulder. OSMP is initiating a community discussion and engagement process to gather input to better understand community interests and values for this area and to hear preliminary ideas for this effort. Learn more about the Gunbarrel Integrated Site Project here and at: http://bit.ly/GH-ISP6

The first of several community input opportunities will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, at Heatherwood Elementary School in the Library. In partnership with our community, OSMP will gather information to help:

  • Improve the quality of the habitat for native ground-nesting birds experiencing national population declines, such as the Grasshopper Sparrow, and other wildlife.
  • Provide an enhanced and informed visitor experience to promote enjoyment of the area while being responsive to the conservation of native birds and wildlife.

No implementation efforts will occur until we hear ideas and interests from the community. Conservation efforts for the area will be refined through additional community input. The meeting schedule is:

  • 5 p.m.: Gunbarrel Ecosystem Exploration Gunbarrel Ecosystem Exploration – An introduction to the natural and cultural treasures of Gunbarrel Hill, setting the stage and background for this community engagement process.
  • 6 p.m.:  Introduction to Gunbarrel Open Space and Community Engagement Process – OSMP presentation on Gunbarrel Hill open space and background on the community engagement process.
  • 6:30 p.m: Open House to Learn More and Share Thoughts – Opportunity to share initial thoughts, along with questions and answers with OSMP staff.

We look forward working together with our community! Have questions? Please send an email to Maki Boyle at boylem@bouldercolorado.gov.

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Eldo-Walker moving forward

If you’re interested in this new “bike trail,”  here you go.
Next opportunity for public comment is at POSAC, Thursday Jan 24 at 6 pm, Commissioners Hearing Room, County Courthouse, Pearl St, Boulder.

Eldorado Canyon to Walker Ranch Connection Feasibility Study

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Recruitment now underway for Parks & Open Space Advisory Board

Boulder County invites residents to voice opinions, share expertise, and provide guidance on open space issues

Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County is seeking volunteers who would like to voice their opinions and help guide staff decisions on Parks & Open Space issues, including new land acquisitions and the management of existing properties.

The county is recruiting residents for five open at-large POSAC positions. Advisory boards and commissions provide recommendations to the Boulder County Commissioners and give residents the opportunity to have their voices heard within Boulder County government. The county, in turn, benefits from this citizen input.

If you have an interest or expertise in Boulder County Parks & Open Space issues, please consider applying!

To view descriptions and requirements for various boards and commissions now recruiting or to fill out an application, visit the Advisory Boards and Commissions Vacancies page of the Boulder County website.

The deadline to submit applications for the winter recruitment session is Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. 

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Eldorado Canyon State Park to Walker Ranch Trail Connection — please participate!

Open House Scheduled for Nov. 28

Boulder County Parks & Open Space, the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host an open house to present the findings of the feasibility study and the preliminary recommendations of the partner agencies for a preferred trail alignment between Walker Ranch Open Space and Eldorado Canyon State Park.

What: Eldorado Canyon to Walker Ranch Connection Open House
When: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m. – presentation at 6 p.m.
Where: City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, 2520 55th St., Boulder

Laptops will be available for members of the public to submit comments on site at the open house, or they can be submitted via the online form beginning Wednesday, Nov. 28, through Sunday, Dec. 9.

The Feasibility Study and supporting materials will be posted on the project webpage in advance of the open house.

 

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Help Preserve Passive Recreation on Boulder’s Open Space & Mountain Parks for the Next 50 Years: Your Input Matters!

Now is the Time to Make Your Voice Heard!

Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) is working feverishly to create a new “Master Plan” that will guide all aspects of the program for the next 50 years.  No kidding.

This project will attempt to balance passive recreation (including hiking, biking, horseback riding, dog walking, and nature viewing) on 50,000 acres of open space around the City of Boulder, from close to the Peak-to-Peak Highway to the East County Line, and from Rocky Flats to close to Rabbit Mountain.

While the area contains many wonderful trails, there is the potential for so much more access — without compromising environmental quality.  But if they don’t hear from you, we may never be able to appreciate it.

Here’s how YOU can help.  Please take this short online survey and make sure your vision of public access to public lands is included.

http://bit.ly/2F2pISl

Remember to address issues that are important to you personally and how you enjoy (or want to enjoy) our shared public lands in the future.

If you want to protect your access to public lands, these are some of the issues of concern:

–Night time access to trails
–Off trail travel
–Multi-use trails
–Regional trail connections
–Strategic new property acquisitions

Suggestion: Make a brief PERSONAL statement of how, when, where & why you use currently use Open Space and what you desire in the future, for example: “I run with my dog at Joder Ranch each morning at 5AM to maintain my health and sanity. I want to see more opportunities to do this on other Open Space areas in the future!” or “I want to see new, high-quality trails that link existing OSMP properties to create a world-class trail system in Boulder!”

Please like & share this post on social media … and urge your friends to weigh in as well.  We need to get our collective message heard far and wide!

You may add more comments in a separate email if you wish: osmpmasterplan@bouldercolorado.gov

**** Deadline for comments is Tuesday November 20
so don’t procrastinate!  Do it now!
****

 

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Please respond to the OSMP Master Plan Survey

The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks is seeking YOUR input regarding your use of and desires for OSMP into the next decade and beyond.  Please let them know that you support better trails and access for passive recreation by filling out and returning the survey below.  Thanks!

https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4669180/b26f7389918e

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Recreation Changes at Gross Reservoir

In case you’ve been wondering about recreation opportunities at Gross Reservoir during construction of the expanded dam, here’s a brochure that Denver Water wants to share with you.  For more information, please contact:

Britny Kalule
for Denver Water

303-6286348
grossreservoir@denverwater.org

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On Trails — by Robert Moor

Not since Bill Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods” (about the Appalachian Trail) has a book about trails been on the New York Times Bestseller List — but this new one is.  It’s a great read — here you go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UPRR- Rail Trail

Hey, trail advocates — this amazing interactive map shows some of the abandoned rail lines in the US, including the UPRR in Boulder County.  Anybody out there interested in helping us get this rail-trail conversion underway??

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/mapping-ghostly-traces-abandoned-railroads-interactive-crowdsourced-atlas?utm_source=Atlas+Obscura+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=e81fd9b38a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_11&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f36db9c480-e81fd9b38a-65758973&ct=t()&mc_cid=e81fd9b38a&mc_eid=9d8668ef1e

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BATCO “Harvest Party” and Meeting Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

Monday 7-9pm

Alfalfa’s Boulder, Community Room

Refreshments will be served 🙂

It’s been an exciting summer for trail fans!

Join us for an informal discussion of what we’ve accomplished and what we plan to do in 2018.

Topics include:

  • Magnolia Trails
  • Lagerman Trails
  • Rabbit Mtn Elk Management
  • Trailbuilding at Heil 2
  • New Trails at Heil 2
  • What would you like to talk about? Let us know ahead of time (info@bouldertrails.org) or just come to the meeting and join the conversation.
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