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Date: October 2012

PLAN Jeffco ~ Looking Forward to Another 40 Years

PLAN Jeffco Looking Forward to Another 40 Years - photo of wolf by Tracy Brooks, US Fish and Wildlife Continued stewardship of our open spaces cannot be taken for granted. PLAN Jeffco remains committed to its mission: ensuring that future citizens can enjoy the same quality of life and rich outdoor experiences that we do today, and that the value of open space lands is not forgotten or disregarded in exchange for short term gains.

Today, as the result of our fourdecade-long commitment to conserving open spaces, along with the community’s strong support and continued investment, we now enjoy a great variety of benefits. We all can be proud of the over 53,000 acres of lands that have been conserved in Jefferson County—the hundreds of miles of trails for all of us to enjoy, and that much of our treasured views, natural areas and wildlife are conserved. ... read more »

Date: October 2012

PLAN Jeffco Celebrating 40 Years

PLAN Jeffco 40th Anniversary Event Dec 2, 2012

Renowned wolf expert Ed Bangs discusses the human facination with wolves and the restoration of wolves around the country.

PLAN Jeffco 40th Anniversary Event Dec 2, 2012

Wolf biologists Ed Bangs (center) & Mike Jimenez with helicopter pilot Bob Hawkins capture, sedate & radio tag wolves in Wyoming.

"Humans have been fascinated by wolves since before recorded history" says Ed Bangs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator for more than 23 years. Retired in 2011, Ed still travels all over the world and speaks about his experiences and observations about wolves in North America. "Wolves and people have the greatest natural overlap of any two land mammals on earth. Since we have similar social structures it is understandable why we have embedded them so deeply in our culture."

Ed will speak about the love/hate relationshipbetween humans and wolves, delving into the fact and fiction surrounding wolves. He also speaks to the politics involving the restoration of wolves into various areas of the country.

"Wolves are just wolves," explains Ed. "Wolves are always honest about who they are, but people constantly change how we view them." ... read more »

View the Presentation by Margot Zallen (PDF) »

Date: October 2012

Life After Life

by Sally L. White / Illustrations by Jan Ratcliffe Life After Life. Article by Sally White. Illustrations by Jan Ratcliffe (drawing of a mushroom)

Hidden within our soils are a host of organisms engaged in decomposition, that deconstruction project without which life on Earth would long since have disappeared. As with other ecological systems, this one is an iceberg: The part we can’t see is far bigger and more complex than the small fragments that intrude into our ... read more »

Date: July 2012

Peaks to Plains Trail - Clear Creek Canyon Phase

Peaks to Plains Trail (map) Earlier this year GOCO announced that grants would be available for developments along Colorado river corridors. Both Clear Creek and Jefferson Counties expressed interest in applying for grants. The GOCO Staff suggested that the two counties partner in a joint application.

In mid-March a joint application was submitted by Clear Creek and Jefferson Counties for development of trail along six miles of Clear Creek spanning the county line. Clear Creek County already has ... read more »

Date: July 2012

Open Space Citizen Survey

RRC Associates Inc - Jefferson County Open Space 2011 Citizen Survey, 2011 In the Fall of 2011, the Open Space Department funded a scientific survey to gather public feedback on Jefferson County Open Space Parks. The survey covered usage characteristics of parks, trails and other facilities, community values with respect to open space, satisfaction with current facilities and the importance of various park features, views on park and trail management, and communication. This feedback and subsequent analysis was designed to assist Jefferson County Open Space in future planning and policy formulation efforts.

A total of 10,000 surveys were mailed to a random sample of Jefferson County residents in early October 2011 ... read more »

Date: January 2012

PLAN Jeffco and Open Space celebrate their 40th Anniversaries in 2012

Below are two pages from our original brochure:

PLAN Jeffco and Open Space celebrate their 40th Anniversaries in 2012 (PLAN Jeffco original brochure)

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Date: January 2012

A Great New Park

A Great New Park - Location Map of Booth and Rodgers property (map) December 15, 2011 Open Space closed on the 613-acre Booth-Rogers property. As one can see on the accompanying map, the Northeast portion of the property is adjacent to the undeveloped Coal Creek Canyon Park and the South boundary connects to White Ranch Park via two trail easements.

The property provides a second connection to Golden State Park from White Ranch and ... read more »

Date: January 2012

Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT)

Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) 1992 – 2011.
18,000+ Acres Protected.
52 Conservation Easements.

Located in Evergreen, Colorado, the Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) was formed in 1992 to work collaboratively with private landowners and public entities to save scenic vistas, natural areas, wildlife habitat, working ranches and historic lands for the benefit of the community and as a legacy for future generations.

Since its inception, MALT has successfully protected over 18,000 acres in Clear Creek, Park and Jefferson Counties. These protected lands truly represent the best of Colorado – including rugged mountains, free-flowing streams, productive hay meadows, working ranches, wetland habitats, dense forests, diverse wildlife habitats and outdoor ... read more »

Date: January 2012

Snowbirds

by Ann Bonnell

Sometimes called "Snowbirds," Darkeyed Juncos are slightly larger than House Finches, with white feathers at the outside edges of their tails. They always show up at your yards and feeders with the first snowfall of the season. The word junco comes from the scientific name for the genus coming from the Latin "a rush." This remains a mystery as juncos are not normally associated with reeds or rushes, only occasionally found in bogs. It may be from Junco - Medieval Latin for ... read more »

Date: January 2012

A Harvest for the Holly Days

by Sally L. White / Illustrations by Jan Ratcliffe

Photo by Franz Xaver from Wikipedia.org That holiday tradition of “decking the halls” is a long one still well practiced today. Seeing our homes and streets festooned with greenery, we might think little has changed from those nostalgic Victorian Christmases we emulate. Gathering decorative greens, however, is a rite best practiced in places where sustained harvests are possible. How well have familiar—and some not so familiar—holiday plants withstood the pressures of our seasonal festivities? ... read more »

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