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The Jefferson County Open Space Environment in Photos

Centennial Cone,  Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Centennial Cone, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Indian Creek, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Indian Creek, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Elk Meadow, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Elk Meadow, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Bear Creek, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Bear Creek, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Jefferson County Open Space.

Jefferson County Open Space.

Bergen Peak Trail, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Bergen Peak Trail, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Windy Saddle, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Windy Saddle, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Jefferson County Open Space.

Mt. Falcon, Jefferson County Open Space.

Apex Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Apex Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Clear Creek Canyon, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Clear Creek Canyon, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy ofCarbonfibrephoto.

Indian Creek, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Indian Creek, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Elk Meadow, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Elk Meadow, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Elk Meadow, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Elk Meadow, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Jefferson County Open Space.

Jefferson County Open Space.

North Table Mountain, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

North Table Mountain, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

House Finch. Jefferson County Open Space

House Finch. Jefferson County Open Space.

Bear Creek Lake Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Bear Creek Lake Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Indian Creek, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Indian Creek, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

North Table Mountain, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

North Table Mountain, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Chief Mountain, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

Chief Mountain, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto.

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Blogs:

BLOG - Follow the PLAN Jeffco blogging team as they keep you up-to-date with news and events related to the Jefferson County Open Space program.

Action Alerts Blog

Follow the PLAN Jeffco blogging team as they keep you up-to-date with news and events related to the Jefferson County Open Space program.

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BLOG - Follow Margot, Chairperson for the PLAN Jeffco Board of Directors and member of PLAN Jeffco, as she provides insight into how to keep the Jefferson County Open Space program viable and relevant for the next 40 years.

Margot's Moments Blog

Follow Margot, Chairperson for the PLAN Jeffco Board of Directors and member of PLAN Jeffco, as she provides insight into how to keep the Jefferson County Open Space program viable and relevant for the next 40 years.

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Videos:

Crown Hill Park by RangeTrackerTV

View the JeffCo Open Space - Crown Hill Park by RangeTrackerTV

View the JeffCo Open Space Crown Hill Park Video by RangeTrackerTV »

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Party for Parks Video

View the Party for Parks Video on the benefits of outdoor recreation, open space and parks.

The Jeffco Outdoors' event "Party for Parks" was held April 5, 2013 at Red Rocks in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Denver Mountain Parks, the 40th Anniversary of the Jefferson County Open Space Program, and the 20th Anniversary of Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO).

View the Party for Parks Video on the benefits of outdoor recreation, open space and parks »

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Peaks to Plains Trail Video

View the Peaks to Plains Trail Video.

Recreation advocates testify to the overflowing support for a new 6-mile trail along Clear Creek. The trail will be completed by 2016, with 4 miles in Jefferson County ...

Read more & view the Peaks to Plains Trail Video »

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100 Years of the Magnificent Dream: The Denver Mountain Parks

View the Denver Mountain Parks Foundation Video: 100 Years of the Magnificent Dream: The Denver Mountain Parks

View the Denver Mountain Parks Video »

Open Space Oversight & News:

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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.

Reports and Studies - Conference Proceedings Report - The Next 40 Years, Jeffco Open Space Conservation Conference, November 16, 2013 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 »

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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 »


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"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 »

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The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) Results Are In - from the February 2014 Count! 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 »

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Read the article: Synergy: Partners for Parks by the Denver Mountain Parks Foundation

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 »

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Open Space Documents

1972 Open Space Resolution and Open Space Documents

Read the 1972 Open Space Resolution & other important 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 »

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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 »