Invitation to the Plan Jeffco Annual Dinner – Make Your Reservations Now

Don’t miss the talk by Dr. Ian Billick on how science and land conservation should be used to bring a better tomorrowr at our annual dinner. Something that all of us interested in land conservation should learn and think about.

Join us for an interesting evening with other open space supporters, the County Commissioners, Open Space Staff, Open Space Advisory Committee and its Director.

Both the Democratic and Republican County Commissioner candidates, John Flerlage and John Rosier will be there. A great opportunity to tell them your concerns and get your questions answered.

Details about the dinner are below. Go to to make your reservations NOW. If you are already signed up, please bring a friend and send this information on.
Wild about Nature: Celebrating 42 years of Open Space
PLAN Jeffco Annual Dinner with the Commissioners

Thursday, May 8, 5:30 p.m.

The Vista at Applewood Golf Course, 14001 West 32nd Ave., Golden 80401

Speaker Ian Billick, PhD, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Crested Butte and Gothic: “Science and Land Conservation: Building a Better Tomorrow”.

Tickets are $40 and include a cocktail (cash bar) and an hors d’oeuvres reception, buffet dinner and dessert. Purchase online at or call 303-835-0979 to make a reservation.

PLAN Jeffco is a nonprofit citizen organization formed in 1972 to campaign for a one-half percent sales tax to purchase scenic lands for public benefit. It serves as a watchdog and a source of inspiration to the Jeffco Open Space Division, which acquires property and manages 51,000 acres of public land and parks.

In 2000, Billick joined the RMBL in Crested Butte. The RMBL was founded in 1928 as a living scientific laboratory in the abandoned mining town of Gothic. Thousands of students and scientists have studied and documented the ecosystems around Gothic, making RMBL an internationally renowned center for scientific research and education. Billick is interested in the interface between science and policy.

For information contact Michele Poolet, PLAN Jeffco board member,, 303-835-0979.

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Margot Zallen

Margot Zallen, PLAN Jeffco Board Chair. Margot Zallen is one of three of the original PLAN Jeffco founders and has chaired PJ for over 30 years. She was a senior attorney for the U.S. Deptartment of the Interior specializing in water and endangered species issues until her recent retirement. In that position she worked on many controversial matters including the veto of the Two Forks Dam south of Denver, reintroduction of wolves to the northern Rockies, and conservation of protected species in the Upper Colorado River and along the Platte River in Nebraska. She has chaired a successful effort to form a water district on Lookout Mountain; is an active member of Canyon Area Residents for the Environment and the League of Woman Voters; is on the Board of Directors for the Natural Resources Center at the Colorado College of Law and active in other volunteer capacities. In November 2012 she was given an award from the Denver West Chamber of Commerce as an Outstanding Woman of Jefferson County.

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