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Greetings, Trail Users!
It’s National Public Lands Day!
This is YOUR INVITATION to participate with BCHA, BATCO and Boulder County Parks & Open Space in a fun morning of building a NEW PEDESTRIAN/EQUESTRIAN TRAIL at Heil Valley Ranch. This new trail will connect the new parking / trailhead at Heil and two other new trails with the existing trail system. Show your appreciation for public lands by joining up with the project!
Saturday, September 30th from 9:00am-12:00pm.
We will be fine-tuning the new pedestrian/equestrian connector at Heil Valley Ranch. The work will be moderately strenuous and will include the use of hand tools such as McLeods, pick mattocks, and your brawn.
We will be about a 15 minute walk away from the parking lot and your vehicles, so it is a good idea to bring a backpack to carry water, snacks, clothes, etc.
Meeting time: 9:00am Project End time: 12:00 pm
“The Corrals” at Heil Valley Ranch.
2-1952 Geer Canyon Dr, Boulder, CO 80302.
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Directions to the “Corrals” at Heil Valley Ranch:
- From Boulder: Travel north on Foothills Highway 36. Turn left on Lefthand Canyon Drive. Turn right on Geer Canyon Drive, and drive 0.3 miles. Meeting location and parking will be on the left just before the road turns from paved to dirt.
- From Longmont: Travel west on Nelson Road, then turn left on Foothills Highway 36. Turn right on Lefthand Canyon Drive. Turn right on Geer Canyon Drive and drive 0.3 miles. Meeting location and parking will be on the left just before the road turns from paved to dirt.
Weather in Colorado is unpredictable no matter the time of year. It is important that you bring warm and waterproof clothing that you can work in, as we will try to complete the work in slightly inclement weather (cold temps, light rain/snow). I would suggest checking the forecast before the project at NOAA and search Longmont, CO. I will let you know as soon as possible if we need to cancel/postpone due to more severe weather predictions.
What You Should Bring:
Water bottle and water
Sturdy shoes/boots – no sandals please (yes, people have shown up in sandals)
Pants – recommended
Work gloves (if you have a special pair) otherwise we will provide
Layers of clothes
Backpack – for carrying clothing, food, ect.
Binoculars or camera (optional)
We will provide:
First aid kit
All necessary tools
Your contribution toward this project will be greatly appreciated. We look forward to seeing you. Please feel free to contact Ari if you have any additional questions. Thanks again for volunteering with BATCO, BCHA and Boulder County Parks & Open Space!
Suzanne Webel, for BATCO / BCHA
Ari Addes, for BCPOS
Ari Addes | Recreation & Facilities Volunteer Coordinator
Boulder County Parks and Open Space
5201 St. Vrain Rd. Longmont CO 80503
Office: 303-678-6344 | Cell: 720-597-0898
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Come check out the wonderful new 5.5 mile trail north of Lagerman Reservoir, west of Longmont! BATCO helped sponsor this trail with a $10,000 grant from the sales of our Trails and Recreation Map of Boulder County.
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Thursday April 6, 2017
Boulder County Parks & Open Space Headquarters
5201 St Vrain Rd
Have you ever sighted an elk as you ride the trails at Rabbit Mountain? Have you noticed an increase in the number of elk up there over the past decade?
BCPOS has done some elk telemetry studies that indicate the herd has not only increased dramatically but has ceased to migrate from Rabbit Mountain to the high country. Instead, they stay at Rabbit Mountain year-round, causing damage to shrubs on the preserve and to crops on neighboring agricultural lands. Staff says they have evaluated several management actions to mitigate the elk impacts, including encouraging adjacent property owners to “harvest” them, administering fertility control, trapping and transplanting them, professional culling, fencing, less palatable crop alternatives, and hazing by walking behind the animals. Staff claims none of the listed techniques will be effective enough, so they now conclude that the only remaining alternative is hunting. In the proposed scenario, the entire property would be closed to all other recreation during hunting season. However, trails were not even discussed as an elk management technique, nor was more aggressive hazing.
In 2013 BCPOS began a comprehensive “Rabbit Mountain Management Plan” which would have evaluated many different aspects of how to manage the property, including what’s working and what isn’t with regard to the wildlife, weeds, access, and trails. However, The Flood of 2013 diverted staff’s ability to do planning in favor of flood mitigation, and the Rabbit Mountain Management Plan has never been revived.
BATCO submitted a detailed plan in 2013 for how the trail system at Rabbit Mountain could be significantly improved, and all of the points we made then are still valid today.
We believe the original comprehensive plan process should be reopened now, and that elk management should be part of the overall plan instead of merely a stand-alone topic.
Here is a link to the web page about this meeting and the plan. Please try to attend the meeting and provide your input. If you can’t make it to the meeting but would like to submit comments online, enter them on the web page above.
18 miles of bikeway along US 36 offers commuters an alternative mode of transportation between Denver and Boulder DENVER/BOULDER ? The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) and Plenary Roads Denver (PRD), the concessionaire for the US 36 Express LanesProject, today announced that the second phase of the US 36 Express Lanes commuter bikeway between 88th Street in Louisville/Superior and Table Mesa in Boulder will open tomorrow, March 1, completing the connection between Denver and Boulder. The US 36 corridor isa model for multi-modal options, and the bikeway is one of those components. The first phase of the bikeway opened to commuters in June 2015, and cyclists have been enjoying 11 miles of bikeway between 80th Avenue in Westminster and 88th Street in Louisville/Superior. The entire length of the finished bikeway is 18 miles and features 12-foot-wide lanes with 2-foot wide shoulders and 6-inch thick concrete to ensure a comfortable ride. The bikeway features a connection to the existing trail system, offering commuters and recreational users all the benefits of the bikeway. "?We are excited to have the bikeway open and ready to use. Coloradans have another opportunity to get outdoors, exercise, and ride with family and friends or commute between Denver and Boulder,"? said Executive Chairman of PRD Dale Bonner. While the bikeway will open to cyclists tomorrow, in order to ensure a final quality product, travelers may notice some minor construction, landscaping and cleanup activities going on this spring. ?We are encouraging cyclists to let us know if they notice that any particular part of the bikeway needs attention,? said CDOT Project Director Scott Rees. ?Since last July, we?ve seen an average of almost 100 people per day on some areas of the US ​36 Bikeway. ​With warmer weather, longer days and the completion of the second phase of the bikeway, we expect the numbers of riders to increase as riders realize this bikeway is a great commute option." The US 36 Express Lanes Project is a multi-modal project that is building an express lane in each direction on US 36, in addition tothe two free general-purpose lanes. The Express Lanes accommodate High Occupancy Vehicles (HOV), Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), which started running in January 2016, and tolled vehicles. In addition to the bikeway, the project is replacing several bridges, adding BRT improvements, and installing Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) for tolling, transit and traveler information, and incident management. Phase 1, from Federal Boulevard to 88th Street in Louisville/Superior, opened in July 2015. Phase 2, from 88th Street to Table Mesa Drive in Boulder, is substantially complete with toll commencement set to begin at the end of March. For more information about the project call 303-404-7042<tel:303-404-7042> or go to www.codot.gov<http://www.codot.gov>.
County seeking feedback on concept plans
Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County Transportation will host an open house to present concepts for extending the Boulder Canyon Trail further west along State Highway 119/Boulder Canyon Drive from its current terminus near Fourmile Canyon Drive west to Chapman Drive.
What: Public Open House
When: Thursday, Jan. 21, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Alfalfa’s Market Community Room – 1651 Broadway, Boulder
The meeting is an opportunity for the public to review the concept plans and options and provide feedback that will help inform the design process.
The goal of the project is to extend the off-street path for bicyclists and pedestrians in Boulder Canyon. The path will connect to the Chapman Drive trailhead and Flagstaff Mountain Trails and includes a potential new route to Betasso Preserve. Boulder County Transportation is working on this project with help from the Colorado Department of Transportation and the City of Boulder, and project funding is coming from all three entities.
A feasibility report was completed in 2011. This report is available on the project website –www.BoulderCanyonTrail.com.
For more information, contact Matt Wempe at 303-441-4554 or email@example.com.
Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) and the Open Space Board of Trustees (OSBT) will hold two public meetings to help inform the interested community in and around Boulder and OSMP staff/OSBT about ways that other land managers or areas have addressed challenges related to:
1) natural resource management and protection
2) trail sustainability and visitor experience.
Their hope is that the panelists will bring their knowledge, experience, creative solutions, and approaches that have been tried in other areas into the Boulder community conversation related to the North Trail Study Area.
Expert Panel on Visitor Experience
6 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, September 2
Expert Panel on Natural Resources
6 – 8:30 pm
Main Library Canyon Theater
1001 Arapahoe Avenue
Focusing on natural resource strategies that have been implemented elsewhere.