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Date: November 24, 2013

100 Years of the Magnificent Dream: The Denver Mountain Parks (Denver Mountain Parks Foundation)

Click to view the Denver Mountain Parks Foundation Video, 100 Years of the Magnificent Dream: The Denver Mountain Parks

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Date: November 22, 2013

Synergy: Partners for Parks

Denver Mountain Parks Foundation

Click to view a slideshow of photos by John Fielder 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 »

Date: September 1, 2013

Mountain Area Land Trust adds Gilpin County

by Steve Knapp

If the Mountain Area Land Trust recently decided to extend its energies and expertise into Gilpin County, it’s because Gilpin’s wealth of ecological and historic gifts make it a natural choice. Conserving mountain-area jewels since 1992 across 3,096 square miles of Clear Creek, Jefferson and Park Counties, MALT has more than 20,000 acres of pristine forests, sylvan meadows and timeless views already to its credit. As it happened, the hard-working nonprofit’s standing invitation to Gilpin County landowners was inspired by ... read more »

Date: September 1, 2013

JCOS Master Plan 2013

Jefferson County Open Space updates their Master Plan every five years. The last Master Plan was adopted in 2008. The process for the 2013 update started with a series of public meetings in May at which time comments from the public were solicited. June 6, at the OSAC retreat, staff presented philosophy that was being used to develop the master plan. This philosophy was for the plan to be brief and it would cover all four divisions ... read more »

Date: July 25, 2013

Hot Particle Politics on the Rocky Flats Highway

The Boulder Stand

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.

The Jefferson Parkway is the proposed toll road to run between Broomfield and Superior, linking the ... read more »

Date: June 2013

Greg Stevinson to be inducted to the Jeffco Hall of Fame

The Board of PLAN Jeffco has opposed the proposed W 470 - Jefferson Parkway/Tollway primarily because of the potential for releasing plutonium contaminated soils, increased traffic on Hwy 93, increasing development in sensitive scenic areas and ... read more »

Date: May 14, 2013

Crown Hill Park Final Plan for Current Project

Crown Hill Park Final Plan - Map (Jefferson County Open Space) Based on an abundance of information gathered through an extensive public involvement process, Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) has determined a final course of action for the current capital project at Crown Hill Park. This decision comes after thousands of citizens provided their input and ideas in a survey, community meetings and on site visits with JCOS staff. There was a broad range of thinking among community members with respect to the capital projects we were considering. In some cases, such as nature play areas, public desires were clear. In others, such as ... read the News Release from Jeffco Open Space »

Date: May 2013

Wildland Awareness & Educational Institute (WAEI)

WAEI, the Wildland Awareness & Educational Institute, is the new kid on the block among organizations whose focus is to connect people, especially youngsters, to nature. Susanne and Bret Roller, former district wildlife manager for State Division of Wildlife and professional outdoorsman and guide, respectively, established WAEI in 2008 with the mission “to raise awareness of natural resources and outdoor recreation, to cultivate tomorrow's conservation leaders and to foster a sense of appreciation for the natural world through ... read more »

Date: May 2013

Apex Park Trailhead

Apex Park sees approximately 50,000 visitors each year, with a high percentage of mountain bikers. The lower trailhead has had few improvements in the near 40-year life of the park. This is about to change in 2013. This summer Open Space will be connecting into the Golden water main that serves Heritage Square. Plans are to do some grading to improve the drainage, especially where the trail intersects Golden's Kinney Run Trail; construct a permanent restroom connected to the read more »

Date: May 2013

Party for Parks

The first fund-raising effort of Jeffco Outdoors was the Party for Parks, held April 5 at the Red Rocks Visitor Center. The event celebrated 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). Jan Wilkins and Greg Stevinson were co-chairs of the 14-member organizing committee and another 70 volunteers. read more »

Date: May 2013

Jeffco Outdoors Foundation

At their January 8, 2013 meeting, the Board of Directors of the Jeffco Open Space Foundation voted to change the name of the Foundation to the Jeffco Outdoors Foundation and to revise its objectives.

The Open Space Foundation was organized strictly for charitable and educational purposes as a 501(c)3 Private Foundation. The specific purposes for which the Foundation was organized were to receive, solicit ... read more »

Date: May 11, 2013

Mountain Area Land Trust Announcement

Mountain Area Land Trust is pleased to announce the conservation of 70 acres of land that has been preserved on Upper Bear Creek outside of Evergreen. The property protects relatively natural habitat for mountain lion, black bear, turkey, mule deer, elk, mourning dove, dusky grouse, skunk, bobcat, fox, coyote, raccoon, porcupine, rabbit, and squirrel. In addition to wildlife habitat, the property also preserves open space and provides scenic enjoyment for all who drive along Upper Bear Creek Road and all who enjoy the natural character of the area. ... read more »

Date: May 3, 2013

Letter to Governor Hickenlooper Regarding SB13-258

by Margot Zallen

PLAN Jeffco requests that you veto SB13-258. We are the group that initiated the Jefferson County Open Space Program in 1972 and worked on the Party for the Parks celebration that you recently attended. We oppose SB13-258, which is the proposed amendment that would result in developers no longer being required to demonstrate that they have adequate water for their entire project prior to initial approval of their development proposal. This new legislation is to assist Sterling Ranch obtain approval for its proposed ... read more »

Date: May 2013

Crown Hill Park

The Open Space Department has had an on-going, five-year program on making repairs and changes at Crown Hill Park. During the initial years of the program, the improvements were to the natural surface trails, where crusher fines were added to level the trails and make them more useable in wet weather. Beginning in 2013, the County Road & Bridge Department replaced many sections of the hard surface trails that needed repair or rerouting. Additional plans were to make a small area for handicapped parking and JCOS ... read more »

Date: May 2013

Distelfinks and Dinosaurs Distelfinks and Dinosaurs by Sally White. Illustrations by Jan Ratcliffe (drawing of distelfinks)

Sparrows don't quite do it for me: I look at them and I clearly see birds, normal birds, hopping on the ground looking for seed or flying around. But distelfinks are different. Distelfink, literally "thistle finch," is a handy word still used by the Pennsylvania Dutch for a group of birds that reminded them of the colorful finches of their homeland. It's both memorable and descriptive, as distelfinks of all species adore thistles—in season, of course. Perhaps you've ... read more »

Date: May 2013

The Next 40 Years of Jeffco Open Space Conservation, November 2013

Plan Jeffco, with co-sponsorship from the Open Space Department and the Open Space Foundation, will be holding a conference November 16 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. The conference will focus on "The Next 40 Years of Jeffco Open Space Conservation."

It will be a great opportunity to learn: What the demographics of the metro area are and how they will change. How the recreation needs of the population will change. How local climate change will affect the parks. How outdoor activities benefit the populace. How to balance expanding the areas of preservation with increased use of the parks. How Jeffco Parks ... read more »

Date: March & April 2013

"Paradise Reclaimed, Open Space at 40"

by Vicky Gits, The Courier

In 1972, residents saw rooftops encroaching on landscapes, so they created the open-space system as their gift to future generations.

When development threatened to turn their paradise into parking lots, the people of Jefferson County decided to preserve the beautiful landscapes they treasured before open land became subdivision material.

Nov. 7, 2013, will mark the 40th anniversary of the day Jeffco voters agreed to enact a 0.05-cent sales tax to fund a program that would preserve some of the scenic peaks, outcrops, meadows and streams that define our county from the mountains to the plains.

Somewhat experimental in its day, the sales tax has produced a first-class portfolio of 28 open-space parks that have gone a long way toward keeping Jefferson County’s scenery ... read the two part article:

"Paradise Reclaimed, Open Space at 40, 4 Decades of a Groundbreaking Grassroots Movement," Part 1, March 27, 2013 »

"Paradise Reclaimed, Open Space at 40, 4 Decades of a Groundbreaking Grassroots Movement," Part 2, April 3, 2013 »

(Used by permission.)

Date: February 19, 2013

"Funding Announced For Rocky Mountain Greenway"

KUNC

Colorado will receive some $1.7 million to help cover the cost of a new seven mile trail link of the Rocky Mountain Greenway and improve access to Rocky Mountain National Park and Chimney Rock National ... read more »

Date: February 18, 2013

"$2 million transit grant fills gaps in Rocky Mountain Greenway"

Denver Post

Federal transportation chiefs injected $2 million for expansion of metro Denver greenway trails to help urban residents reach the great outdoors on bike and foot. The bulk of those bucks, $1.73 million, is aimed at creating a bike-and-pedestrian route running 7 miles from ... read more »

Date: February 18, 2013

"Rocky Mountain Greenway announcement today had a rocky buildup"

Westword Blog

At 2 p.m. today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Governor John Hickenlooper to make a "major announcement" about the Rocky Mountain Greenway, and also celebrate the recent expansion that added 1,200 acres of wildlife habitate to Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge ... read more »

Date: February 2013

1,200 Acres on and near Rocky Flats Conserved and Federal District Court Rules on Refuge Land Transfer to Hightway Authority

The Board of PLAN Jeffco has opposed the proposed W 470 - Jefferson Parkway/Tollway primarily because of the potential for releasing plutonium contaminated soils, increased traffic on Hwy 93, increasing development in sensitive scenic areas and ... read more »

Date: February 2013

When Winter Comes: Strategies for Survival

Sally L. White & Jan Ratcliffe When Winter Comes: Strategies for Survival. Illustration by Jan Ratcliffe (drawing of a bird)

Our world is surprisingly full of animals, even in our heavily developed areas. How does nature ensure that fullness? By paying a large price: excess. This annual tax often comes due in winter. Every student of nature stumbles upon and must come to terms with the necessity for such excess. Charles Darwin once remarked upon the "clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low and horribly cruel works of nature." Henry David Thoreau sounded a somewhat more optimistic note: "I love to see that Nature is so rife with life that ... read more »

Date: February 2013

Open Space Budget for 2013

Sales tax revenue for 2013 is projected at 4% more than the actual revenue in 2011. The operating budget remains the same as 2012, plus small increases in cost allocations for County provided services. The budgeting for acquisitions was reduced by ... read more »

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