Open Space Oversight & News:
The Great Backyard Bird Count between February 14 & February 17! Have You Watched Any Birds Lately?
Over 135,000 individuals recorded their bird sightings from 100 countries in last year's count. They counted 3,610 different species of birds. You count species and numbers of birds you see for at least 15 minutes in your backyard, driving somewhere, or in a park. If you Google the word Birdsource, you will be taken to the ... read more »
2014 Jefferson County Open Space Master Plan - Action Item Completed!
The Final Draft has been Approved!
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 January 2014 Update »
Read the article: 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 »
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 »
"Hot Particle Politics on the Rocky Flats Highway"
Like the radioactive dust spread across Rocky Flats soil, politics over the Jefferson Parkway – which might be one of the most controversial building proposals of an American city’s beltway system – might never go away. ... read this & other News Articles »
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 »