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Prairie Dogs and Irrigated Agriculture Restoration Meeting 12/13/2022 19:30 12/13/2022 18:00 America/Denver <p class="address" translate="no"><span class="locality">Boulder</span>, <span class="administrative-area">CO</span><br> <span class="country">United States</span></p> MM/DD/YYYY CONFIRMED OPAQUE

The City of Boulder will host a virtual meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 13, to provide updates about city work to conserve and manage prairie dogs on City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) lands. Staff plan to upload presentations for community viewing approximately a week in advance of the meeting. The material in the presentations will be covered in an abbreviated form at the virtual meeting on Dec 13.

Or join by phone: 1-719-359-4580, webinar ID: 815 521 29036.

During the online meeting, city staff will provide updates on prairie dog management work completed in 2022, the status of prairie dog occupancy on city Open Space lands and 2023 plans for Open Space and Mountain Parks’ system-wide management and conservation of prairie dogs. Staff will also provide information on how the department is implementing recently adopted City Council recommendations to manage prairie dogs and monitor soil health in irrigated agricultural areas where prairie dogs have been removed. There will be an opportunity for attendees to submit questions during the meeting that will be answered either during the meeting as time allows or answered in writing following the meeting.

If you have questions or comments regarding the 2022 annual prairie dog update, please email osmpinput@bouldercolorado.gov by Tuesday, Dec. 20, at midnight.

Past Opportunities for Public Input
Following a public process in 2019-2022, at their Aug. 11, 2020, meeting, City Council approved the Open Space Board of Trustees (OSBT) and staff recommended preferred alternative for prairie dog management and soil health on irrigated agricultural land in the northern portion of the OSMP land system to complete ~140-240 acres of prairie dog removal annually with barrier construction and soil health restoration activities. This direction added to the suite of prairie dog conservation efforts already undertaken by the department from past guidance including the Grassland Plan and the recommendations of the Prairie Dog Working Group.

OSMP staff held virtual public meetings in 2020 and 2021 to provide updates to the community on implementation of the prairie dog working group, restoration of soil health and agricultural sustainability, and to describe initial plans for management in the upcoming years. Prior to the virtual meetings, presentations on each of these topics were released for public viewing. At the meetings, OSMP staff gave abbreviated presentations and answered questions that had been submitted by the community both before and during the meetings.

Upcoming Opportunities for Public Input
The public will have to opportunity to submit questions and input during the virtual meeting, or within a week period following the Dec. 13, 2022, meeting.