Please Help Us Keep Open Space Open!

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

One comment on “Please Help Us Keep Open Space Open!

  1. I recently received an e-mail newsletter from the Boulder County Horse Association in support of trail development on the West side of Highway 36, the North TSA area up for discussion. Well I Beg to Differ and I think you should be informed of a different point of view.

    I am of hiker, dog owner, and horse owner and yes I could be selfish and support this trail construction—I love trails. But actually I am very disappointed in three of our five Open Space Board of Trustees and their vote to move ahead with a plan to develop a trail on the highly-sensitive habitat on the West side of Highway 36. I am also disappointed in our Boulder County Horse Association’s Board as they support this trail construction.

    What is the Mission of the Boulder County Board of Trustees?
    The Open Space and Mountain Parks Department preserves and protects the natural environment and land resources that characterize Boulder. We foster appreciation and use that sustain the natural values of the land for current and future generations.

    This area contains several key drainages that are extremely important to wildlife. I think that three of our five Open Space Board of Trustees are moving ahead too fast in approving this area for development and are not acting true to the oath they took. The impact of a trail on the West side will be detrimental to the hillside and the wildlife that use it.

    What will be the visual future as you come into our city from the North? It will become a bike highway smack in the middle of this now beautiful hillside—a negative impact in my opinion. The outcome will be a highway of bikes moving at high speed along this corridor— and this will affect these important wildlife corridors and habitat. We need to preserve our lands not continue to cave in to the pressure of an increasingly hungry and growing population of recreational users with no care for the future.

    Cyclists and some other users cry for a better “user experience” and are supporting a trail on the west side for this and many other reasons. But I point out that a cyclist can not enjoy the view, their eyes must be focused forward not outward on a landscape or they will crash or ride off the cliff side.

    I urge you to get informed of all the facts before supporting any trail development. Review the minutes and maps but stay true and protect the future of our “natural environment and land resources” first, before providing recreational access to an increasingly hungry and insatiable population of tunnel-visioned users.

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