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Date: September 2011

PLAN Jeffco’s Comments to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Relative to the Environmental Assessment of the Land Exchange

by Margot Zallen, Chair, PLAN Jeffco

PLAN Jeffco submits these comments in response to the Fish and Wildlife Services’ request for public comments as part of its NEPA scoping process relating to the Services’ development of an EA. The EA is being developed to analyze the impacts of the Service’s proposed transfer/sale of a 300-foot wide strip of land along the eastern boundary of the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge for use as a transportation corridor.

PLAN Jeffco is the citizens group that, in 1972, initiated the first county open space acquisition program in the country. We continue to monitor, advise and work with the staff, Open Space Advisory Committee and elected officials regarding the Jefferson County Open Space Program. In 1989, Plan Jeffco joined with other groups to urge the Open Space Program to preserve and acquire the important natural habitat in the Rocky Flats ecosystem including the acquisition of Section 16. That effort has resulted in much open space preservation by Jeffco which ... read more »

Date: September 2011

Heritage Conservation Areas, the New Approach to Open Space by John Litz - Map Heritage Conservation Areas, the New Approach to Open Space

by John Litz

The 10-year Funding Plan, discussed in the OSAC Notes in the June 2011 PLAN Jeffco Update, identifies significantly fewer dollars available for land acquisition from 2011 to 2020. The flat economy, which is generating only slight increases in sales tax revenue, is mostly responsible for this change. Servicing of the bonds is now taking almost one-half of the County's share of sales tax revenue.

The Funding Plan emphasized several strategies to maximize acquisition and development potential, such as partnerships, the use of conservation tools, and alternative funding to make the best use of available dollars. Consequently, Open Space is looking at a targeted acquisition strategy that identifies large areas that have significant wildlife, natural resource, and scenic and outdoor recreation values. These areas are preliminarily being called “Heritage Conservation Areas.” It is hoped that this “landscape level' approach can generate more partnerships and funding for future projects. ... read more »

Date: September 2011

Potential Big Changes at Chatfield Reservoir and State Park

by Ann Bonnell

Chatfield Lake was originally built for flood control and recreation. A study to store an additional 12 vertical feet, or 20,600 acre feet of water for residential, commercial and agricultural use, has been ongoing for over 10 years. There are 14 possible water users/districts who may use ... read more »

Date: September 2011

2011 PLAN Jeffco Annual Dinner with the County Commissioners

Join us and John Fielder, world renowned landscape photographer, and Lise Aangeenbrug, Executive Director of Great Outdoors Colorado, for our annual dinner celebrating our part in preserving our open spaces. We will enjoy seeing some of Mr. Fielder’s latest photographs from locations in Jefferson County — as well as an advance peek at Mr. Fielder’s current project, "Mountains to Plains: Documenting 20 Years of Preservation," offering visual testimony to the accomplishments by Great Outdoors Colorado and its many partners to protect Colorado’s natural heritage. Ms. Aangeenbrug will introduce Mr. Fielder, and explain GoCo’s role in our shared mission to ensure our land and open spaces can be enjoyed by future generations. ... read more »

Date: September 2011

Fall Harvest: the Gift That Keeps on Giving

by Sally L. White / Illustrations by Jan Ratcliffe

Fall Harvest - the Gift That Keeps on Giving. Article by Sally White. Illustrations by Jan Ratcliffe (drawing of a mouse) Year after year, domestic and wild plants give us— and local wildlife—"free food," as it were. But some years are special. Trees bent under the weight of fruit they carried; now pantry shelves bend under the weight of jams and jellies as we try to cope with overwhelming abundance. In the nut and seed world, when plants overwhelm the critters waiting to gobble their seeds, we call it a "mast year." Production becomes so impressive we can't help noticing. For pinons and perhaps acorns, this seems to be one of those years. Seed-eaters ... read more »

Date: June 2011

Bike Beat

by Paul Murphy

Powered Mobility Devices in JCOS Parks In response to a mandate from the federal level, Jefferson County Open Space has released its guidelines regarding the use of "mobility devices" in JCOS parks, and on JCOS trails. In short, persons with disabilities related to their mobility are permitted to access JCOS properties using powered devices of their choice. This does not mean that all parts of the park or every trail will become subject to this requirement, since it is not required that JCOS make alterations that "would fundamentally alter the nature of [its] service, program, or activity", as stated in the regulation. ... read more »

Date: June 2011

Jeffco Open Space Foundation, Inc.

The Jeffco Open Space Foundation was incorporated in June 1998 and received 501(c)3 status in April 1999. It was incorporated "for education and charitable purposes to receive, solicit, administer and disburse gifts, grants devices, bequests or other conveyances or real and personal property or the income derived therefrom for the benefit of the Jefferson County Open Space Department upon a request from the director of the Jefferson County Open Space Department." ... read more »

Date: June 2011

Jan Wilkins and Wayne Forman – OSAC’s Co-Chairs

Jan Wilkins and Wayne Forman – OSAC’s Co-Chairs When long-time OSAC Chairperson Greg Stevinson stepped down from this post as OSAC Chair in 2009, prior to the end of his term, Jan Wilkins & Wayne Forman – also seasoned veterans of OSAC, stepped up to co-chair the Committee. Finding that they worked together so well, they requested that this ruling structure remain in place, but alas...bylaws are bylaws, and OSAC doesn’t allow for co-chairing. So Wayne stepped into the Chairperson position, and Jan is now a Co-Vice Chair with Ken Morfit. ... read more »

Date: June 2011

Everything's Rosy!

by Sally L. White

Wild Rose - photographed in Matthews/Winters Open Space Park. Here in Colorado's foothills and mountain slopes, our future is rosy. So is our present, and for some time, so has been our past. We are fortunate in that almost everywhere we look, we see roses. Although June is the traditional month for traditional roses, the native roses we enjoy here often appear in May. Many of them, however, masquerade under other names, some even under disguises so complete most of us never suspect their true identities. There are roses hiding, literally, in almost every one of the flowering shrubs we seek out for their color and beauty each ... read more »

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