Who We Are
The Indian Peaks Group Conservation Committee consists of interested generalists and of subcommittees of specialists who work on particular issues of importance to the Indian Peaks Group in Boulder County. Please see the individual subcommittee descriptions below. The Conservation Committee’s purpose is to examine pressing conservation issues and recommend courses of action by the Executive Committee, the IPG’s governing body.
When and Where Does it Meet?
The Conservation Committee normally meets on the first Wednesday of
every other month. Click
here for more details about the meetings. There is a dedicated email list server which gives timely alerts about local conservation topics. If you would like to subscribe to these alerts (which go under the snappy title of RMC-IPG-CONS-COMM) go to our LISTSERV Page or contact Kirk Cunningham and he will add you to the subscriber list.
Toxics And Water Quality
Sustainable Agriculture Subcommittee
Contact: Subcommittee Chair Cosima Krueger-Cunningham
- Campaign to reduce or eliminate the use of toxic pesticides and herbicides
on City of Boulder Parks and rights-of-way.
- Monitor the implementation of the City’s new Integrated Pest
- Pursue a longer term goal of more closely regulating the private use of
pesticides and herbicides in Boulder to minimize both human and wildlife
- Monitor and comment on Boulder County’s mosquito control
Contact: pesticides issues person Susan Wolf
- Participate in the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s “Bear Aware” to educate people about not feeding wildlife.
- Provide Sierra Club input to the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s regulatory actions, e.g. by advocating reductions in the Division’s hunting quota for mountain lions in 2002.
- Protect prairie dog habitat and the habitat of other “at-risk” species in the City of Boulder's developing Urban Wildlife Management Plan.
- Attend public events with literature and displays to educate the public on these and other wildlife issues.
Contact Wildlife Subcommittee Chair Deirdre Butler
- Monitor management issues and government actions on both City of Boulder and Boulder County open space.
- Coordinate Sierra Club input in conflicts over recreational use and access to open space.
- Represent the Club on boards and task forces dealing with open space policy.
Contact: Subcommittee Chair Jim Gallo (email@example.com)
Toxics And Water Quality
- Cooperate with other organizations in fighting the proposal by Cemex Corp to burn tires for fuel at its cement plant near Lyons.
- Monitor and respond to water quality and watershed-related issues
in boulder county, e.g. Effects of development on wetlands and water
quality, malfunctioning septic systems, impacts of road traction gravel
on streams, etc.
- Do stream water sampling in Boulder in conjunction with our
Inner City Outings group
Contact: Kirk Cunningham, Water
Quality and Toxics Subcommittee Chair
- Monitor and comment on timber sales and other official Forest Service actions
the Forest Service’s Boulder Ranger District
- Organize letter-writing campaigns about National Forest-related legislation in Congress.
- Monitor “Forest Health” (aka fire mitigation) projects inside and outside Boulder County.
- Work with other environmental groups to promote and co-sponsor field work investigating road and trail conditions in roadless areas, or work projects in forest restoration.
Contacts: Todd Sanford National Forests Issue Specialist
- Monitor the management planning for the James Peak Wilderness Area, following several years of successful work on the designation of this area as wilderness.
- Participate in efforts to protect remaining roadless lands in the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest.
- Follow the progress of bills to designate wilderness in Rocky
Mountain National Park
Contacts: Bill Ikler, Wilderness