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Date: December 2015

Douglas Mountain Acquisitions

by John Litz

Douglas Mountain Acquisitions Map

By the end of 2015, Jefferson County Open Space will have closed on three parcels of land totaling 1,036 acres that include the summit of Douglas Mountain. The map shows that most of the three properties are located west of the intersection of Golden Gate Canyon and Robinson Hill Roads. The small acreage to the north of the intersection contains the Centennial House, which was built of stone between 1872 and 1876. The building served as a ... read more »

Date: December 21, 2015

Races and Large Events at Jeffco Open Space Parks Fall Under New Guidelines

by David Davenport, Outdoor Recreation Coordinator, Jefferson County Open Space

The number of applications for large events or events that require exclusive use of our parks or trails has significantly increased over the last three years. In order to better serve our visitors and to reduce impacts on visitors, neighbors, parks and natural resources, Jeffco Open Space has established new guidelines and ... read more »

Date: December 2015

Trails Talk (December 2015)

by John Litz

Tom Hoby opened with a quick review of accomplishments over the summer (mainly completing the repair of the flood damage with the help of many volunteers.) He also discussed the climbing management guidelines, the revised activity permits, and the results of surveys where designated trail use was evaluated. In this case ... read more »

Date: December 2015

Be Wild

by John Litz

In the summer of 2015, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), solicited proposals for a grant program designed to get low-income children and families more involved in the outdoors. The program consisted of two phases: 1) grants up to $100,000 for planning during 2015 and 2016 and, 2) grants in 2016 for implementing from a $5 million pool. ... read more »

Date: May 2016

In Plein Sight - Art in Open Air for Jeffco Open Spaces

In Plein Sight - PLAN Jeffco is excited to announce a series of events to celebrate the beauty of our open space in September & October 2016 - become a sponsor today! PLAN Jeffco is excited to announce a series of events in September and October 2016 to celebrate the beauty of Jefferson County’s Open Space. The events include:

September 19 to October 9 - An exhibit in the Government Center Rotunda of Open Space paintings from Greg and Susie Stevinson’s collection.

October 4 to October 8 - Painting by up to 30 artists in four Open Space Parks and along the Clear Creek Trail.

October 8 - VIP reception in the Golden Community Center.

October 8 & 9 - Art Gallery displaying the week’s paintings that are available for purchase.

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Date: December 2015

Land and Water Conservation Fund Expires

by John Litz

Tom Hoby opened with a quick review of accomplishments over the summer (mainly completing the repair of the flood damage with the help of many volunteers.) He also discussed the climbing management guidelines, the revised activity permits, and the results of surveys where designated trail use was evaluated. In this case ... read more »

Date: November 22, 2015

Encouraging Healthy Choices at Crown Hill Park

by Jefferson County Open Space News Release

Encouraging Healthy Choices at Crown Hill Park: No "BUTTS" About It! Starting the week of November 30, 2015, Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) will place signs at Crown Hill Park reminding park visitors, including teens, that state statute prohibits possession of any tobacco or marijuana product by a minor and prohibits public consumption of marijuana by anyone of any age. ... ... read more »

Date: August 2015

Meadow to Mountain: Mountain Area Land Trust

by Vicky Gits

Meadow to Mountain: Mountain Area Land Trust

Mountain Area Land Trust's first success was helping to preserve Elk Meadow Open Space Park near Evergreen, one of the most visible and most loved scenic parks in the foothills area. Still a viable elk grazing area today, 23 years ago, the land previously known as Noble Meadow was on track to become a high-end housing development. Under a cooperative land-purchase agreement, the developer/owner Hiwan Ridge Development donated the 281-acre conservation easement to ... read more »

Date: August 2015

Keeping the Canyon Beautiful: Clear Creek Land Conservancy

by Vicky Gits

Keeping the Canyon Beautiful: Clear Creek Land Conservancy - Clear Creek in Winter, Terri Rosevear, 2014

Clear Creek Land Conservancy works in the Clear Creek drainage basin from the Continental Divide to Golden, covering parts of Clear Creek, Gilpin and Jefferson counties. Its focus is Clear Creek Canyon, a ruggedly beautiful and historically development-threatened area. CCLC has conserved lands in and around Mount Vernon, Cody Park, Rilliet Park, the Beaver Brook Trail and throughout Clear Creek Canyon. The nonprofit treasures the canyon as a place “where people and nature exist together for ... read more »

Date: August 2015

Citizens Saving Vanishing Vistas: Colorado Open Lands

by Vicky Gits

Citizens Saving Vanishing Vistas - Colorado Open Lands

"Colorado Open Lands was an experiment. It was the incorporation of a citizens effort to save what Coloradans love about Colorado," wrote former Gov. Richard Lamm (1975 to 1987) in an introduction to Colorado's 30th anniversary report in 2011. A statewide land trust based in Lakewood since 1982, Colorado Open Lands is an outgrowth of the 1980 Colorado Front Range Project, a citizens group created by then-Gov. Lamm to help ... read more »

Date: July 2015

JCOS Staff Recommends Expansion of Coal Creek Canyon Open Space Park JCOS Staff Recommends Expansion of Coal Creek Canyon Open Space Park

JCOS Staff recommends the purchase of the Indigena LLC property and the Laramie Ridge, LLC property for a total purchase price of $6,750,000. The acquisition of these properties will expand the Coal Creek Canyon Open Space Park by roughly 1,076 acres. ... read more »

Jeffco Open Space Planning & Acquisition ... read more »

Date: June 5, 2015

SB-206 Signed Into Law: Greater Incentives for Conservation in Colorado

SB-206 Signed Into Law - Greater Incentives for Conservation in Colorado

Photo: Governor Hickenlooper signs SB-206 at the Colorado State Capitol. Bill sponsors Sen. Mary Hodge (D-Brighton), Rep. Alec Garnett (D-Denver), and Rep. Jon Keyser (R-Evergreen) are pictured at far left. Senate sponsor Ellen Roberts (R-Durango) not pictured.

This morning, Governor Hickenlooper signed Colorado Senate Bill 15-206 into law, providing greater financial return to landowners who wish to protect their land and water with a conservation easement.

Effective January 1, 2015, the bill increases the amount of the individual conservation easement tax credit in Colorado to 75% of the first $100,000 of the fair market value of the easement, and 50% of the fair market value above that amount. The cap is increased to $1.5 million.

THANK YOU to Sen. Roberts, Sen. Hodge, Rep. Garnett, and Rep. Keyser for sponsoring this bill. Another big thanks to CCLT lobbyist Benjamin Waters, CCLT public policy committee, and policy contractor Brandon Rattiner - your tireless efforts made the difference! SB-206 improves this conservation incentive and supports landowners in their decision to place conservation easements on their land.

Date: May 2015

Trails Talk (May 2015)

Open Space held their Second Trails Talk program at the Mountaineering Center April 29. Trails Talks are planned for the spring and fall of each year to make the public aware of the trails activities and to obtain feedback from the public. About 40 public and 15 staff were present.

Tom Hoby, Open Space Director, announced that JCOS has started using the Twitter blog #jeffcotrails as a means of communicating trail conditions. The Twitter blog allows trail users to report their observations of trail conditions on the web where others can access ... read more »

Date: February 28, 2015

Westerners Care About Conservation — The Results Are In!

by Michelle Poolet

Westerners Care About Conservation — the Results Are In! by Michelle Poolet

The most recent Conservation in the West poll, conducted by the Western Resource Advocates, shows that westerners really care about clean air, clean water, and access to their open spaces. Arizona Loves Its Water: Arizona may be a desert state, but the polls show the Arizonans care deeply about water. 89% of people in Arizona say that the low levels of water in rivers is a serious problem ... read more »

Date: February 24, 2015

Leaving Only Footsteps? Think Again!

by Michelle Poolet

Leaving Only Footsteps? Think Again! by Michelle Poolet

So you think you’re only leaving footsteps when you’re out in the wild? Think again after reading this opinion article in the February 13, 2015 New York Times by Christopher Solomon. Solomon discusses and quotes much of the data that Dr. Sarah Reed presented at PLAN Jeffco’s November 2013 conference. The title of Drs. Reed and Sarah Thomas' presentation at our conference was "Balancing Recreational Access and Conservation Objectives in Open Space Programs." The focus of ... read more »

Date: January 2015

Starting the Discussion: Regional Conservation Networks

by Vicky Gits

"We need to find out what's on your radar screen and get those things on the map," —Tom Hoby.

Jefferson County Open Space is encouraging conservation enthusiasts to think regionally and get together with like-minded individuals across county and organizational lines. In pursuit of the goal Jeffco Open Space conceived and hosted a "onservation Café," to explore the idea of creating "conservation networks," specifically four such networks, targeting four major drainage regions in Jefferson County. ... read more »

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