Open Space Oversight & News:
PLAN Jeffco Conference Proceedings & Presentations now available:
"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 »
2014 Jefferson County Open Space Master Plan - Action Item Completed!
2014 Open Space Master Plan Approval
The final draft of the 2014 Jefferson County Open Space Master Plan was presented by Tom Hoby to OSAC at their January 9th meeting. PLAN Jeffco and a representative from the County Health department spoke in favor of the plan. The Plan was approved for presentation to the Commissioners. PLAN Jeffco is quite pleased with the final draft and feel that it is a very strong document. ... read the April 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 »
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 »
Read the article: 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 »
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 »
Colorado Voters Across Political Spectrum Agree: Our Public Lands are Essential to Our Economy
The results from the 2012 Colorado College State of the Rockies Conservation in the West poll find that Colorado voters across the political spectrum – from Tea Party supporters to those who identify with the Occupy Wall Street movement and voters in-between – view Colorado’s parks and public lands as essential to their state’s economy and want to see clean air, clean water, natural areas and wildlife funded and protected. ... read more »