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OSMP Ecological Restoration Open House

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The City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department invites community members to an open house on Thursday, Nov. 7, to learn about city efforts to preserve and restore natural areas and sensitive wildlife and plant habitats.  This information session, like the trails open house OSMP held earlier this year, will provide community members an opportunity to learn about ecological projects the department has been working on and is planning to conduct next year. These projects will help the department to address key elements of the recently adopted OSMP Master Plan, which prioritizes several strategies to help ensure continuing open space ecosystem health and resilience. 

When:  November 7, 2019, 5:30-7:30 pm
Where:  OSMP Hub, 2520 55th St. Boulder, CO 80301

Project topics will include:

  • Restoring and improving native habitat in creek and stream corridors, which many wildlife species depend on for food and shelter. 
  • Forest thinning and prescribed burning to sustain healthy forests and help reduce fire risks for the community.  
  • Researching and investigating opportunities to implement soil health and carbon-farming practices on city agricultural lands, along with ways agricultural operations can support local ecological conditions. 
  • Reducing the spread of invasive plant species, such as tall oatgrass and non-native thistles, that can threaten the otherwise healthy ecosystems.  
  • Monitoring grassland species and preserving large grassland wildlife habitats areas for wildlife, such as burrowing owls, prairie dogs and grasshopper sparrows. 
  • Restoring undesignated “social” trails that have been designated for closure as part of OSMP management plans. These trails can fragment and disturb natural areas. 
  • Restoring wetland and pond habitats to support native amphibians – including northern leopard frogs, an animal of great conservation need in Colorado. 

OSMP staff will be available to answer questions and will provide information about how department ecologists work with other OSMP staff, outside agencies, and volunteers to protect habitats and to restore disturbed ecosystems. If community members cannot attend the open house, they can more about OSMP’s natural resources and the department’s ecological efforts in the department’s System Overview Report pdf. For more information, please contact OSMP at 303-441-3440.