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BATCO Rocks at Heil Valley Ranch!

We had a great work day on the East Side Trail at Heil Valley Ranch Saturday, October 27, 2018, and here are a few photos to prove it!  Thanks to everyone who participated.

Laying out the turnpike.

Turnpike trail taking shape.

View across the valley from the old grindstone quarry.

 

 

 

 

 

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BATCO Recognized for Trail Stewardship

At an art reception on October 23, 2018, BATCO President Suzanne Webel accepted an Annie Gifford print from Boulder County Parks and Open Space in recognition of the Boulder Area Trails Coalition’s volunteer trailbuilding and fundraising for trails generated by sales of our Trails and Recreation Map of Boulder County.

Join us for our last volunteer trailbuilding event of the year — Heil Valley Ranch, Saturday, October 27.  See details below.

 

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Calling All Trail Volunteers!

The new “East Side Trail” at Heil Valley Ranch is almost finished….

Help BATCO get it done!

                             
What:Please join BATCO and Boulder County Parks & Open Space in a fun morning of completing the NEW PEDESTRIAN / EQUESTRIAN TRAIL at Heil Valley Ranch.  This new trail will connect the new  lower parking / trailhead at Heil with two other new trails, the upper trailhead, and the existing trail system.The work will be moderately strenuous and will include the use of hand tools such as McLeods, pick mattocks, rakes, and shovels.  (However, you can do as much hard work or as little as you like!)

When: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Meeting time: 9:00am        Project End time: 12:30 pm

Where:  Location will be provided when you sign up

RSVP: Chris Morrison
chris-morrison@comcast.net
303-499-2033

Weather:
Weather in Colorado is unpredictable at any 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 even in slightly inclement weather (cold temps, light rain/snow).

What You Should Bring:
Water bottle and water
Snacks
Sturdy shoes/boots – no sandals please
Pants – recommended
Sunscreen
Work gloves (if you have a special pair) otherwise we will provide them
Layers of clothes
Rain gear
Backpack – for carrying clothing, food, etc.
Binoculars or camera (optional)

We will provide:
Snacks
Work gloves
Extra Water
First aid kit
All necessary tools
Corny jokes
Lunch!
Beer!

Thanks in advance for volunteering with BATCO and Boulder County Parks & Open Space!

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Eldorado Canyon to Walker Ranch Connection Feasibility Study

A group of three local and state governments have proposed a preliminary interagency recommendation for a regional connection between Eldorado Canyon State Park and Walker Ranch.

Public comments will be accepted until Dec. 9.

Note:  BATCO has not taken a position on this project because we have not reached consensus about our preferred alignment.

Feasibility Study

The feasibility study evaluated two conceptual corridors to make a multi-use connection between Eldorado Canyon State Park and Walker Ranch. While there is an existing pedestrian/equestrian link, the trail is too steep and rocky to accommodate bicyclists.

The study focused on a North Route (consisting of N1, N2, and N3 or N4 sub-alignments as identified in the plan) and a South Route (comprised of S1, S2 or S3, and S4 sub-alignments).

Partner Agency Recommendation

After collaboration to complete the Trail Feasibility Study and careful consideration of the findings, Boulder County Parks & Open Space, the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife are jointly recommending the North Route (using segments N1-N2-N4) as the preferred alignment for an Eldorado Canyon to Walker Ranch multi-use trail connection. The project partners are recommending this alternative as it achieves the desired objective of completing the multi-use trail connection in a way the partners believe will best balance the conservation and recreation needs of the area.

The North Route will:

  • Provide a meaningful and quality visitor experience for multi-use recreationists.
  • Result in significantly fewer environmental impacts than the South Route.
  • Meet multi-use design standards to accommodate bicyclists and improve the sustainability of the existing Eldorado Canyon Trail.
  • Integrate the new multi-use trail with current uses and future activities within Eldorado Canyon – State Park.

Challenges

There also is agreement among the project partners that current challenges facing Eldorado Canyon State Park must be addressed as part of future planning, design, and implementation phases. Eldorado Canyon State Park currently experiences visitation and capacity related concerns during peak summer months, particularly on weekends and holidays. The feasibility study and public comments identified significant challenges to successful implementation of either route due to these existing conditions. The findings call attention to several constraints that exist in the park and the surrounding town site of Eldorado Springs, especially regarding access and parking. It will be necessary to explore tools, best practices, and strategies for reducing the impact of additional users and develop a suite of options to address visitor management both within and approaching the state park.

With the recommendation to pursue the North Route, the partner agencies commit to continue working collaboratively to address the associated implementation challenges. The partner agencies will continue to work together towards strategies that provide access, connect visitors to enjoyable experiences, address traffic and crowding issues, and protect resources. Some of these approaches will rely on strengthening partnerships with other stakeholders.

While the project partners recognize that the extent of impact on their lands and management varies between the two alignment alternatives, we are united by a commitment to address these challenges and implement the recommendation collaboratively.

Public Comments

The public can use the online questionnaire to submit feedback on the agency recommendation. Input received will help the partner agencies confirm or refine the agency-preferred alternative to be considered by the City of Boulder, Boulder County, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife decision makers.

This online questionnaire closes on Sunday, Dec. 9.

Take The Questionnaire

The public and community stakeholders may also provide input during the upcoming public hearings to consider the staff recommendation.

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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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BATCO – BCHA Trail Work Project at Heil 2 a Big Success

Here are a few photos of the event to make you wish you’d been there (and a big thanks to those who were) — stay tuned for future trail projects!

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Greetings, Trail Users!   

                                                               
What:
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!

Date:
Saturday, September 30th from 9:00am-12:00pm.

Overview:
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.

Schedule:
Meeting time: 9:00am        Project End time: 12:00 pm

Location:  
“The Corrals” at Heil Valley Ranch.
2-1952 Geer Canyon Dr, Boulder, CO 80302.
Click for Map

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:
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
Snacks
Sturdy shoes/boots – no sandals please (yes, people have shown up in sandals)
Pants – recommended
Sunscreen
Work gloves (if you have a special pair) otherwise we will provide
Layers of clothes
Rain gear
Backpack – for carrying clothing, food, ect.
Binoculars or camera (optional)

We will provide:
Snacks
Work gloves
Extra Water
First aid kit
All necessary tools
Corny jokes

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!

Sincerely,
Suzanne Webel, for BATCO / BCHA
Ari Addes, for BCPOS

RSVP:
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
aaddes@bouldercounty.org
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Introducing Great Old Broads for Wilderness!

CANCELLATION

Please note that this event was cancelled because the speaker, Ralph Swain, was called in to help fight a fire in the Grand Junction area, and we wish him a safe and successful battle against the flames. We thank him and all firefighters there for their courage and their work! We will try to re-schedule this event hopefully in August, and will keep you all posted.

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BATCO Meeting Oct 24

aspen-above-central-city-claire-2016Monday, October 24, 2016

Alfalfa’s Boulder, Community Room

7-9pm

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 this fall.

Topics include:

  • Magnolia Trails Approval
  • Lagerman Trail Progress
  • New BCPOS Director Appointed
  • Debriefing on the North TSA
  • BATCO at Trail Fest Sept 10
  • Trailbuilding at Heil 2 Oct 22

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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