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Date: December 29, 2014

Stampeding Black Elephants

by Michelle Poolet

Stampeding Black Elephants by Michelle Poolet

Did you realize that PLAN Jeffco and Jefferson County Open Space are an integral part of a world wide effort to deal with massive environmental problems such as global warming, climate change, deforestation, mass extinction and water pollution? Well, we didnít either until we read Tom Friedmanís op-ed piece in the New York Times Sunday Review Section on November 23, 2014 entitled "Stampeding Black Elephants." ... read more »

Date: December 12, 2014

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

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 Dennisonís "Golden Newsletter." Judy re-published a letter that Dr. Moore had written for the Boulder Camera, the ... read more »

Date: November 24, 2014

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

Apex Park Fully Reopens - All trails open to the public following flood recovery efforts 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 and effectiveness, a helicopter was used to deliver the staff-built bridge decks to the park for final assembly and installation. Visitors can now ... read more »

Date: November 10, 2014

Apex Park Update - Work Progresses on the New Trailhead Apex Park Update - Work Progresses on the New Trailhead

You may have noticed the flurry of activity happening at Apex Park. The large dirt mound from excavation and grading is now gone as work progresses on the new trailhead area. In addition, much work has occurred on the closed portion of the lower Apex Trail. ... read more »

Date: November 4, 2014

Tuesday Birder group visits Lair O' Bear Open Space Park

Tuesday Birders lead by Dave Hill, Ann Bonnell and Mary Keithler, visited Lair O' Bear, a Jeffco Open Space Park, on November 4th amidst 31 - 53° weather to record bird species and numbers. Click to see their report. ... read more »

Date: September 2014

Jefferson Conservation District

The Jefferson Conservation District is a local unit of state government (a Title 32 Special District), one of 76 conservation districts in Colorado that work to provide a local voice on natural resource issues, and work collaboratively with private landowners, residential communities, and local, state and federal government entities to protect the natural resources of Jefferson, Gilpin, and Clear Creek Counties of Colorado's Front Range. The district was formed 73 years ago in 1941. ... read more »

Date: September 2014

Jeffco Open Space Communications and Community Involvement Plan

The long-desired goal to develop a Jeffco Open Space Communications and Community Involvement Plan was completed in July and approved by the Advisory Committee at their August meeting. Multiple events garnered momentum for this plan, from the public input during the Crown Hill Park project to the process which updated the Jeffco Open Space Master Plan. Also, as a requirement of the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA), Jeffco Open Space has to have this plan in place. ... read more »

Date: September 2014

Dinner Speaker Describes Elk Mountains Retreat

by Vicky Gits

Ian Billick, PhD, the executive director of one of the nation's renowned biological laboratories, founded 80 years in the Colorado ghost town of Gothic, spoke May 8 at Plan Jeffco's annual dinner with the commissioners at the Applewood Golf Course. Dr. Billick introduced the dinner attendees to the activities of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL), a scientific research outpost eight miles north of Crested Butte and the Crested Butte ski area. The summer program at this famous biological study center attracts ... read more »

Date: July 17, 2014

Land Trust Alliance - House Votes to Make Conservation Tax Incentive Permanent House Votes to Make Conservation Tax Incentive Permanent

Land Trust Alliance

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 »

Date: February 14, 2014

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!

by Michelle Poolet and Ann Bonnell

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 worldís largest research teams, gathering data on a scale that would be impossible to achieve otherwise. ... read more »

Date: April 8, 2014

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. Grants to non-profits included ... read more »

Date: January 30, 2014

The Great Backyard Bird Count between Friday, February 14 & Monday, February 17. Have You Watched Any Birds Lately?

by Ann Bonnell

Over 135,000 individuals recorded their bird sightings from 100 countries in last year's count. They counted 3,610 different species of birds. You count species and numbers of birds you see for at least 15 minutes in your backyard, driving somewhere, or in a park. If you Google the word Birdsource, you will be taken to the. ... read more »

Date: January 30, 2014

The Next 40 Years: Jeffco Open Space Conservation

by Michelle Poolet & Vicky Gits

The Next 40 Years - Jeffco Open Space Conservation

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 more »

Date: January 30, 2014

Jeffco Outdoors Foundation

The Jeffco Open Space Foundation, Inc. (JOSF) changed its official name to the Jeffco Outdoors Foundation (JOF) at the beginning of 2014. JOSF was started in 1998. The specific purposes for which JOSF was organized were to receive, solicit, administer and disburse gifts, grants, devises, bequests or other conveyances of real and personal property or the income derived therefrom for the benefit of the Jefferson County Open Space Division (JCOS) upon a request from ... read more »

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