Conservation Committee

Minutes

August 6, 2008

THOSE PRESENT: Kirk Cunningham, Deirdre Butler, Brandon and Leah Hollinder

1. BOULDER CITY AND BOULDER COUNTY OPEN SPACE

Brandon and Leah attended a County tour of open space properties July 12th where an effort is being made to restore the land from damaged and weedy former agricultural use to something resembling a state of natural health. Approximately 1700 acres of open space land in the County require some degree of restoration, 266 of which have been restored already. 177 acres of the restored total are in the Rock Creek Open Space between Lafayette and Broomfield. The cost of the restoration effort at Rock Creek has been more that $150k. Here’s the general restoration procedure:

a. Any remnants of the native grassland existing in the area are examined for clues as to which grass and forb species should be established on the restored land.
b. The existing vegetation, if any, is treated with herbicide to kill any weeds
c. The land is plowed to a depth of 18 inches, then planted with a cover crop of sorghum, an annual.
d. The next year the land is sown with native plant seeds. Trails can be constructed fairly soon after the natives have been established.

2. WILDLIFE

Deirdre reported that the City of Boulder’s Grasslands Management Plan, on which a coalition of groups (including the IPG) commented on extensively, has not yet been issued.

3. OTHER ISSUES BEING WORKED ON BY IPG CONSERVATIONISTS

* Revisions to the trash ordinance to modify the recycling system and include provision for making garbage and food waste containers “bear resistant”. The main issue here is the cost of the bear-resistant containers. Deirdre Butler.
* Trail management in the Western Conservation Area, including most of the Flatirons west of Boulder. Brandon and Leah Hollinder.
* Reducing the use of toxic pesticides in the County’s mosquito control program. Kirk Cunningham.
* Proposed rezoning of the Orchard Grove Mobile Home Park. Sprawl and Transportation Committee.
* Alleged deficiencies of the pollution control system at the Valmont power plant. Kirk Cunningham
* Threats to Colorado roadless areas from proposed changes in the Colorado Roadless Rule. Todd Sanford.
* Monitoring the proposed development of the Eclipse Snow Park in Gilpin County, bordering on the James Peak Wilderness Area. Bill Ikler.
* Promoting new energy technologies and associated programs. IPG Energy Committee.


Kirk Cunningham
IPG Conservation Chair