In an effort to minimize impacts to OSMP resources and to maximize the success of each proposed project, potential investigators must submit a proposal to OSMP staff before the initiation of a project. Proposals will be reviewed and approved projects will be issued permits. This process may take 4-6 weeks, depending on the nature of the proposal. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY. Please allow extra time for proposal review during the field season (generally April thru September).
We issue three types of permits—research, collection and those for field courses—and each has their own unique application form. Collection requests that are not part of a research project or field course (i.e., native seed collection) need only to submit the collection permit application for staff review. However, in practice, we want nearly all people that are proposing collections to complete a research or field course permit application. The research and field course permit applications gives us much more information than the collection permits, allowing us to evaluate the context and justification for the collections. If you complete a research or field course permit, you do not need to complete a separate collections permit application. If you have any question on which permit to complete, please contact Alycia Alexander via email AlexanderA@bouldercolorado.gov
OSMP uses a permitting process to help achieve the following goals: 1) to ensure that OSMP plants, animals, visitors, and sensitive habitats are not directly or indirectly impacted by research, 2) to ensure that data and results are made available to staff so that information can be incorporated into management of OSMP lands, and 3) to maximize the success of each project by working directly with researchers to ensure that ongoing management activities or other research projects do not adversely affect their study areas or data collection.