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Open Space and Mountain Parks’ Virtual Open House Highlights 2021 Projects

The City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department invites community members to access a “virtual open house” to learn how it is implementing its recently adopted Master Plan, which is guiding city open space management over the next decade.

Community members can visit this online “open house” by visiting bit.ly/OSMP-open-house, which features:

  • An online interactive map that provides information on the more than 50 trail and ecological restoration projects OSMP is conducting or is planning to implement in 2021.
  • A progress report detailing how the department is implementing 100 projects aligned with its Master Plan strategies.
  • Information on OSMP educational programming and how it is focusing on promoting equity and inclusion in the outdoors.
  • A “story map” that shows how OSMP works with academic researchers to learn more about lands the city manages and help identify ways the department can improve land stewardship practices.
  • Reports on how volunteers are helping the city to improve trails and protect wildlife and sensitive habitats.

The interactive project map highlights ecological projects OSMP will conduct this year, which will include:

  • Restoring habitats for native amphibians – including the Northern Leopard frog, a species Colorado Parks and Wildlife has designated a “species of greatest conservation need.”
  • Thinning trees west of Boulder to decrease the risk of catastrophic wildfires, provide habitat for a wide variety of wildlife and support more diverse vegetation communities.
  • Using cattle to conduct targeted grazing of tall oatgrass, an invasive grass that spreads rapidly and forms dense stands that threaten unique open space plant communities.
  • Regenerating degraded irrigated agricultural fields, suppressing noxious weeds and restoring native wetland plant communities in wetland areas.
  • Leveraging the generosity of volunteers to collect native plant seeds, which play a critical role in supporting ongoing OSMP ecological restoration projects.
  • Improving stream and wetland areas, which provide critical habitat for a range of wildlife species, by removing invasive weeds and non-native trees.

OSMP’s interactive project map also highlights planned trail projects, which includes work along the following trails:

  • Anemone Hill: OSMP continues to build the Anemone Hill Trail, a 3-mile trail loop west of downtown Boulder. This trail project is about 35 percent complete and is expected to be completed in June 2022. Trail construction in this area will require two to four days of helicopter use and will have associated trail closures, which may start in the coming weeks.
  • Gunbarrel Hill Loop: OSMP anticipates beginning construction on a new loop trail in the northwest corner of the Gunbarrel Hill area later this year. This trail is a result of the department’s recently completed Gunbarrel Hill Integrated Site Project.

Trail maintenance efforts are a top priority for OSMP. The department plans to conduct significant repairs along many city open space trails this year, including:

  • Royal Arch
  • Bear Canyon
  • Mount Sanitas
  • Red Rocks
  • Bluebell-Baird
  • Flatirons Loop
  • First/Second Flatiron
  • Tenderfoot
  • Der Zerkle Climbing Access Trail
  • Cragmoor Access Trail

OSMP highly encourages visitors to access OSMPTrails.org or download the Boulder Area Trails App to view trail closures before visiting open space areas.

Media Contacts:
Phillip Yates, Media Relations, 303-349-2438 

Published April 29, 2021