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Date: April 2009

Bond Funds: Where have they gone?

In 1998 the Jefferson County voters approved the issuance of $160 million in bonds to accelerate the acquisition of open space lands. In total the lands acquired by purchase total 16,236 acres and the lands acquired by easement total 3,448 acres. The total amount spent through the end of 2008 is $148,029,304. Following is a review of what has been accomplished with the bond funds during the past ten years. ... read more »

Date: April 2009

Many Jobs for Open Space Volunteers

Many Jobs for  Open Space Volunteers by Marilyn Mueller - chart of 2008 volunteer hours How about combining your recreational or educational interests with being a volunteer for Jefferson County Open Space? Want to help building a trail? Learn to identify birds? Meet and greet trail users? Help school kids tune in to nature?

The addition of a Volunteer Services Coordinator, in 1995, as a full time staff member has been a key element in the growth, development, land preservation and informational outreach efforts for Jefferson County Open Space. The present coordinator, Jana Johns, provided Plan Jeffco with some impressive volunteer numbers from 2008. Ongoing program volunteers, numbering 432, combined with 592 Special Project volunteers, add up to an impressive 1,024 people. Serving in one or more of a dozen different categories, these volunteers logged 20,356 hours for the year. ... read more »

Date: April 2009

2009 Joint Venture Grants

Boards of County Commissioners for the past few years have devoted $150,000 annually from the County’s share of the Conservation Trust Fund (CTF). These funds are distributions from the Colorado Lottery. The balance initially was used in upgrading the Fairgrounds and more recently major repairs and improvements to the Boettcher Mansion. The CTF funds are available to any non-profit or governmental institution provided the funds are spent on governmentally-owned properties. The 2009 CTF grants include ... read more »

Date: April 2009

Great Outdoors Colorado: Grant Funding Opportunities

The largest funding source for the preservation of open space in Colorado is the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Trust Fund. Created in 1992 by a citizen initiative, the GOCO Colorado initiative amended the Colorado Constitution to redirect a portion of lottery proceeds to the GOCO Trust Fund for projects that preserve, protect and enhance Colorado’s wildlife, parks and open space. The amendment also created the GOCO Board overseas distribution of the funds. ... read more »

Date: April 2009

Save the Date: The Annual PLAN Jeffco Dinner with the Commissioners, OSAC, and Open Space Staff will be Thursday, April 23, 2009

Jefferson County was formed 150 years ago in 1859. As the focus of a historical theme, the feature of the evening will be a presentation by "Dr. Colorado" Tom Noel on "The Historical Importance of Jefferson County Open Space." Dr. Noel is Professor of History at the University of Colorado Denver, the author of 26 books on Colorado history, and a biweekly columnist in the Denver Post. Dr. Noel’s has been working with the Jefferson County historical Society on the 150th Anniversary. His presentation will include contemporary and historic photos of Jeffco Open Space. ... read more »

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