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The Jefferson County Open Space Environment in Photos

Reynolds Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Indian Paintbrush - photo by Rachel Powell.

Reynolds Park - Indian Paintbrush on Oxen Draw Trail. More photos: Reynolds Park

Deer Creek Canyon Park, Jefferson County Open Space. View from Meadowlark Trail - photo by Rachel Powell.

Deer Creek Canyon Park - view from Meadowlark Trail. More photos: Deer Creek Canyon Park

The Nature Center at Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Preserve, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Poitra Visual.

Lookout Mountain Nature Center. More photos: Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Preserve

Village Walk Trail at Matthews-Winters Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo by Rachel Powell.

Matthews-Winters Park - view along Village Walk Trail. More photos: Matthews/Winters Park

View from Eagle's Eye Shelter at Mount Falcon Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo by Rachel Powell.

View from Eagle's Eye Shelter at Mount Falcon Park. More photos: Mount Falcon Park.

Village Walk Trail at Matthews-Winters Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo by Rachel Powell.

Matthews-Winters Park - view along Village Walk Trail. More photos: Matthews/Winters Park

Reynolds Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Indian Paintbrush - photo by Rachel Powell.

Reynolds Park - Oxen Draw Trail. More photos: Reynolds Park

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

Wildlife at Apex Park. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto. More about: Apex Park

Mount Galbraith Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo by Rachel Powell.

Mount Galbraith Park - Cedar Gulch Trail. More photos: Mount Galbraith Park

North Table Mountain Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo by Rachel Powell.

North Table Mountain Park, Jefferson County Open Space. More about: North Table Mountain Park

Windy Saddle Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo by Rachel Powell.

Windy Saddle Open Space Park. More photos: Windy Saddle Open Space Park

Mount Galbraith Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo by Rachel Powell.

Mount Galbraith Park - Hyles Euphorbiae (Spurge Hawk-Moth) seen on Cedar Gulch Trail. More photos: Mount Galbraith Park

The Nature Center at Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Preserve, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo courtesy of Poitra Visual.

Forest Loop Trail at the Lookout Mountain Preserve. More photos: Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Preserve

North Table Mountain Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo by Rachel Powell.

North Table Mountain Park, Jefferson County Open Space. More about: North Table Mountain Park

Deer Creek Canyon Park, Jefferson County Open Space. View from Meadowlark Trail - photo by Rachel Powell.

Deer Creek Canyon Park - view from Meadowlark Trail. More photos: Deer Creek Canyon Park

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

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

Jefferson County Open Space.

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

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

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

Bergen Peak Trail, 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.

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

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

Alderfer Three Sisters Park, Jefferson County Open Space. Photo by John Litz.

Alderfer Three Sisters Park. Photo by John Litz. More photos: Alderfer Three Sisters Park

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.

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

North Table Mountain. Photo courtesy of Carbonfibrephoto. More photos: North Table Mountain Park

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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 »

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Open Space Parks - Mountain Bikers message sign - Yield to other trail users, slow down, communicate, pass safely. Know the rules!

News:

Fish & Wildlife Proposes 700 Acre Burn
at Rocky Flats

by Michelle Poolet

Fish and Wildlife Proposes 700 Acre Burn at Rocky Flats by Michelle Poolet

Dec. 12, 2014

U.S. Fish & Wildlife is planning a “controlled burn” of 701 acres in the southern section of Rocky Flats. LeRoy Moore, PhD, a consultant with the Rocky Mountain Peace & Justice Center and Boulder resident who has followed Rocky Flats for 35 years, has raised the alarm.

We first heard of this plan via Judy Dennison’s “Golden Newsletter”. Judy re-published a letter that Dr. Moore had written for the Boulder Camera, the full text of which can be ... read more »

House Votes to Make Conservation Tax Incentive Permanent

by Land Trust Alliance

Land Trust Alliance - 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 »

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Learn about Open Space:

Apex Park Fully Reopens

All trails open to the public following
flood recovery efforts

by Tim Sandsmark, Lookout Region Supervisor

Apex Park fully reopened on Monday, Nov. 24 for the first time since the devastating floods of September 2013. Jeffco Open Space staff installed several bridges and abutments last week on lower Apex Trail, which was the only remaining area closed. To maximize efficiency ... read more »

Apex Park Fully Reopens Nov. 24 - All trails open to the public following flood recovery efforts

"Living and Playing in Coyote Country"

by Mary Ann Bonnel

Visitor Services Supervisor, Jefferson County Open Space
& Co-Principal Investigator, Denver Metro Area Coyote Study

Experience Open Space through Articles that Educate: Living and Playing in Coyote Country by Mary Ann Bonnell, Co-Principal Investigator, Denver Metro Area Coyote Study & Visitor Services Supervisor, Jefferson County Open Space

Join the conversationlearn how to send your coyote comments or questions!

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"Trails through Time: A Geologist’s Guide to Jefferson County Open Space Parks"

by Jack Reed

Experience Open Space through Articles that Educate: Trails through Time: A Geologist’s Guide to Jefferson County Open Space Parks by Jack Reed

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Open Space Oversight:

2014 Open Space Master Plan

Action Item Completed!

The Jeffco 2014 Open Space Master Plan is now available! 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 »

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PLAN Jeffco Conference Presentations:

Purchase your full copy of the
November Conference Proceedings
& 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 »


More information about the 2013 Jeffco Open Space Conservation Conference:

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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More Open Space News:

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 »

Synergy: Partners for Parks by the Denver Mountain Parks Foundation

Synergy - Partners for Parks by the Denver Mountain Parks FoundationDid 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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The History of Jeffco Open Space:

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 »