Jan. 10, 2017 - City Seeks Feedback on Draft Agricultural Resources Management Plan
City seeks feedback on draft Agricultural Resources Management Plan
Meeting to inform community members of the plan is scheduled for Jan. 18
The City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department is seeking community feedback on a draft management plan to help ensure sustainable and thriving agricultural operations on city open space.
Today, OSMP leases about 15,000 acres of city open space to 28 farmers and ranchers to fulfill its city charter responsibilities of preserving agriculture and land suitable for agricultural production. To help plan for the future, the city has been developing an Agricultural Resources Management Plan, which seeks to improve city agricultural practices, help residents connect with their local food and agricultural producers and protect the ecological health of city agricultural land.
The draft plan is available for review at OSMPAgPlan.org. Recommendations in the plan include strategies to:
- Foster deeper community partnerships and connections with agricultural producers who lease city open space.
- Maintain and improve agricultural infrastructure to help farmers and ranchers sustain their businesses.
- Protect the scenic character of the working landscape surrounding Boulder.
- Maintain and enhance agricultural-related values for the community.
- Connect farmers and ranchers to resources focused on the local foods economy.
- Explore new agricultural-related experiences and activities for community members to connect with agricultural land. Those activities could include farm-to-table dinners, farm stands and “you-pick” opportunities.
- Maintain a diversity of agricultural operations on city land and continue the city’s existing policy of specifically prohibiting its agricultural lessees from cultivating genetically modified crops.
- Ensure that agricultural operations continue to play a role in OSMP’s efforts to conserve and manage grassland ecosystems and wildlife, pollinator and plant habitats.
OSMP will a host an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the West Boulder Senior Center, 909 Arapahoe Ave., to inform community members about the plan and to hear their feedback.
Community members may also provide input on the plan through an online form at OSMPAgPlan.org. Residents may also mail their comments to Kacey French, Open Space and Mountain Parks, 66 S. Cherryvale Road, Boulder, CO 80303. The department will accept comments on the plan through Sunday, Jan. 22.
OSMP staff will present an updated Agricultural Resources Management Plan, which will include community feedback and input, to the Open Space Board of Trustees in February for review and March for a recommendation to City Council. The City Council is expected to consider the plan in April. For more information about the plan, please call OSMP at 303-441-3440.