Please Help Us Keep Open Space Open!
BCHA is one of several recreation advocacy groups that have worked very hard to come up with a balanced plan for trails in the North Trail Study Area, the entire swath of land between Boulder, Longmont, and Lyons — including Joder Ranch and Boulder Valley Ranch. We are so close to getting this plan adopted! A key component of the plan is utilizing the old railroad grade on the west side of Highway 36 to connect Boulder with Joder Ranch, and to Heil Valley Ranch north of that. This area has a strong equestrian heritage and should remain open to horses. The plan will create a high quality trail experience for equestrians. The plan represents thousands of hours of meetings, conversations and compromises and will deliver a quality visitor experience while protecting valuable habitat. However, at the last minute some individuals are trying to get the plan overturned in the belief that it does not do enough to protect potential areas of concern. We disagree. The appropriate public process has been followed and Council should ratify the plan that was approved by the Open Space Board of Trustees.
Please click here to write a personal email directly to Council urging them to accept the balanced recommendations of Open Space & Mountain Parks Staff and the public, regarding the North Trail Study Area (including the North Sky Trail) which have already been approved by the Open Space Board of Trustees.
And please Click here to join more than 1,000 other people in signing a petition to Boulder City Council on this issue. Council and staff are still trying to plan some field trips to look at the issues; there will be a Study Session on Tuesday May 24 (no public participation) with the final public meeting (public comment welcome) on Tuesday June 7.
Click here for more information about the project, upcoming meetings, and how you can participate. Get involved! It’s going to take all of us working together to make our excellent Open Space trail system even better!
Watch this video for an informative explanation of the trails