Sunday, September 25, 2011
Monday, June 11, 2007
Sent: Mon 6/11/2007 4:29 PM
Public input sought on trailhead improvements
OSMP is seeking public input on the proposed designs of two trailheads Tuesday, June 19:
* Flatirons Vista trailhead:
* Doudy Draw trailhead:
OSMP will have an artist's rendering of the proposed trailhead changes and staff will be on hand to discuss the projects and answer questions. For more information please call (303) 441-3440.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Here are my comments on the proposed Goshawk Ridge Trail. I will keep my comments short as on the Thursday, May 24 walk-through of the proposed trail alignment, I let Mike, Dave, Joe, Brad (?), and you know my strong support for the alignment proposed by OSMP (2C, 3B and 3C, 4B/C(?), and 5A). I feel that OSMP staff put considerable thought into the proposed Goshawk Ridge Trail and the result will be an excellent trail that I approve of.
OCALA, Fla., June 28 — Bald eagles, whose numbers dwindled to historic lows in the early 1960s, are again flourishing and no longer need the protections of the Endangered Species Act, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced Thursday.
For full article go to NYTimes
Monday, May 21, 2007
This success has left BATCO with a bit of a problem: what are the best ways to spend the money?
We need your help:
- first, to identify worthwhile projects
- next, to garner community enthusiasm
- and finally, to secure the approval of the relevant land management agencies.
This is a great opportunity. It gives trail advocates a unique chance to bring real money to the table when we start advocating for improvements to the system.
Given the significant amounts of money involved, BATCO has developed the attached "request for proposals." (Keep in mind that this is a new adventure and we welcome suggestions for improving the RFP and the entire project funding process.)
BATCO is willing to consider any project idea which is consistent with our overall goal of enhancing opportunities for non-motorized Boulder County Trail users. Preliminary ideas, wish lists, formal proposals, and offers to help are all welcome.
There is real money here. How do YOU think we can best use it???
Please circulate this announcement to the members of your respective groups, friends, fellow trail users and possible corporate-matching supporters.
And, if you have ideas, that you would you think might be worth pursuing contact Suzanne Webel at 303-485-2162 or firstname.lastname@example.org . At this point we are asking people who might be interested in taking advantage of this opportunity to let us know by June 1. This will give us a chance to maximize our impact on 2007-2008 trail development projects.
We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Boulder Area Trails Coalition (BATCO) Trail Fund
Call for Proposals
Unlike other Boulder area trail maps, revenues from the sale of the BATCO Comprehensive Trail Map of Boulder County are to be used exclusively for trail projects in Boulder County. With almost $50,000 already available in this fund as of April 1, 2007, BATCO is issuing a public Call for Proposals for Trail Projects in Boulder County. We are interested in funding the design and construction of new trails, the enhancement of existing trails, and other projects that will significantly improve the quality of the visitor experience on public lands.
BATCO hereby solicits short (approximately 2-3 pages plus a map) letters of interest from Boulder County land-management agencies, trail and outdoor recreation groups, corporations, and even individuals wishing to “champion” a trail project.
Following an evaluation of these letters of interest by the BATCO Board of Directors, BATCO will invite those with the best ideas to submit detailed proposals. We will ask that these full proposals include the following information:
- Specific plans for the trail projects to be constructed
- A work plan to be followed in constructing the project
- Budget with a description of financial and in-kind contributions (including volunteer labor) to be applied to the project
- Formal letters of support from appropriate land-use agencies whose approval and participation will be required for the project to proceed.
Letters of inquiry and formal proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:
- Attractiveness of the proposed project to a broad range of trail users.
- Value-added potential. Our highest funding priority involves projects, or significant
project enhancements, that would otherwise not be possible
- Matching Support for the project including direct financial support and in-kind, time and
- Enthusiastic "project champion" support from people willing to do the leadership work
required to make the project a success
- Support from relevant land-use agencies
- Ability to successfully address environmental or historical preservation concerns
- Ability to successfully address the concerns of project neighbors.
This is a new program of the Boulder Area Trails Coalition, and we welcome suggestions for implementing it. We also urge those interested in applying for a grant to sign up for our e-mail update list. This will allow us to notify you if any improvements are made to the program. If you would like to contribute to the project by donating money or expertise, helping us distribute maps, or promoting trail projects but can’t be a “Trail Champion” right now, please contact Suzanne Webel at 303-485-2162.
Individuals interested in attending the field trip are requested to RSVP by calling OSMP at 303-441-3440 by Monday May 21st. Transportation will be provided by OSMP from our administrative office leaving at 5:30 PM . Please keep in mind to bring food and water along, light refreshments will be available at the open house.
Thanks for your continued interest in the implementation of the EM / DD TSA and in the trail planning process. I look forward to a productive, fun and interesting field trip.
Visitor Master Plan Implementation Coordinator
Open Space and Mountain Parks
Sunday, May 20, 2007
By Pamela White (email@example.com)
We hear her before we see her — a high-pitched call emanating from the rock ahead of us. White splashes of guano mark the roosting sites she shares with her mate. Nearly the color of the rock herself and some 400 feet from the trail, she is almost impossible to see where she sits, watching over her brood of four-day-old chicks.
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Monday, May 07, 2007
Saturday, I was hiking with my dog in the Flatirons, as I have been for the last 10 years. I came across signs on the Saddle Rock trail that dogs were banned from trails leading to Green Mountain.
I understand that the city is supposed to make all of these decisions open for public discussion, but I have never seen these specific trail closures discussed, and I read the Camera regularly. I'm becoming concerned that the city is starting to make a lot of decisions without really telling the public.
Since dogs on trails issues seem to be such hot-button issues, if they really are, I think we need to start bringing these issues to the public ballot once and for all. Given what I know about most people in Boulder, I would guess that we would probably vote not to limit trail access for our pets. The same goes for bike access, horse access, and even people access, which all seem to be in jeopardy around Boulder lately.
I think it's time we start bringing Boulder back to being run by the people and not by a select vociferous few who don't represent our true population.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Three-quarters surveyed report pooch problems on Boulder trails
By John Ingold Denver Post Staff Writer
Article Last Updated: 04/30/2007 08:49:17 AM MDT
Boulder - Here come Sophie and Kippah boinging down the Chautauqua trail, sniffing at dandelions and twirling circles around the woman on the other end of the leash.
They're impish little puppies, Irish Jack Russell terriers, and they're good dogs, says Maureen Dobson, who takes the pooches on a walk in Boulder open space a couple of times a week as a favor to a friend.
They mind their manners when they're off leash.
"They don't usually pay attention to other people," she said.
Off-leash dogs have been controversial on the trails around Boulder for several years now. In Boulder, people like dogs and they like open space - but some Boulderites aren't always very fond of the two together.