"House Votes to Make Conservation Tax Incentive Permanent"
July 17, 2014 - In a show of bipartisanship, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed the House bill to make permanent an enhanced tax incentive for conservation of farmland, rangeland, woodlands and other important open spaces. The bill, which included other charity provisions, passed by a vote of 277-130. ... read more »
Learn about Open Space:
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"Trails through Time: A Geologist’s Guide to Jefferson County Open Space Parks" by Jack Reed
Open Space Parks:
Open Space Oversight & News:
2014 Open Space Master Plan
Action Item Completed!
The Jefferson County 2014 Open Space Master Plan, which was approved on January 9, was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on March 18, 2014. After an 18 month process, the 2014 Master Plan was released on the Jefferson County website on April 18th. PLAN Jeffco is quite pleased with the final draft and feels that it is a very strong document: ... read the April 22, 2014 Update »
"Open Space Local Grants"
On February 11, the Board of County Commissioners approved the 2014 Local Grants as recommended by the Open Space Advisory Committee. Funds for the grants come from the County share of Lottery proceeds and Open Space Sales Tax Funds. Non-profits, recreation districts, and cities are eligible to apply for grants. Grants from the lottery proceeds must be used on publicly owned lands. Approximately $1.2 million are available for these annual grants. ... read this & other News Articles »
PLAN Jeffco Conference Presentations:
"The Next 40 Years: Jeffco Open Space Conservation Conference"
Conference held on Nov. 16, 2013 at Jeffco Fairgrounds.
The proceedings of the conference, including full write-ups and slides used by the presenters, are available as a 45 page printed Report or digitally on CD. The cost for the printed copy is $10 (postage paid) and the CD version is $5 (postage paid). The proceedings can be ordered online with a credit card or send a check by mail—purchase your copy today »
Didn't attend? Read a summary of the Conference Presentations:
The Next 40 Years: Jeffco Open Space Conservation
by Michelle Poolet & Vicky Gits
To honor the conception of the open space program as well as 40+ years of service as a watchdog and supporter, PLAN Jeffco gathered together prominent experts to present their findings on a wide variety of conservation issues. About 180 people attended the half-day event, which took place November 16, 2013 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
Nine speakers took the podium to address various subjects, from a five-year master plan to tracking mountain lions. Presenters also discussed climate change, state demographics, recreation trends, biodiversity, animal habitat, the economy and the impact of access to nature on public health. ... read what they had to say »
More Open Space News:
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) Results Are In - from the February 2014 Count!
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is one of the more popular projects run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, powered by thousands of citizen-scientists located in nearly every corner of the world. These citizen-science participants are part of one of the world’s largest research teams, gathering data on a scale that would be impossible to achieve otherwise. ... read more »
Synergy: Partners for Parks by the Denver Mountain Parks Foundation
Did you know that Jeffco Open Space (JCOS) and Denver Mountain Parks (DMP) share more than their interest in land protection in central Jeffco?
This year, as the DMP system celebrates its centennial and JCOS parks its 40th anniversary, seems a great time to explore the common ground. Despite the differences in ... read more & view a slideshow of photos by John Fielder »
The History of Jeffco Open Space:
Open Space Documents
Read the original 1972 Open Space Resolution authored by PLAN Jeffco over 40 years ago that established a ½ cent open space tax and resulted in the formation of the Jefferson County Open Space Program.
For four decades, this tax has funded the award winning Jefferson County Open Space Program and has also provided open space funds to cities and recreational districts. The Resolution provided for funds to be used only for open space purposes. It also established the Open Space Advisory Committee (OSAC) which oversees the Program and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC).
... read this & other Open Space Documents »