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    Boulder Trail Opp - Betasso/Benjamin Property

    15 February 2008

    CONTACT: Vivienne Jannatpour, Open Space Program Specialist, 303-678-6277; vjannatpour@bouldercounty.org

    Boulder County Parks and Open Space seeks public input on management of Betasso Preserve, Benjamin Property

    Boulder County Parks and Open Space is in the initial phase of preparing a management plan for Betasso Preserve, including the recently acquired Benjamin property. To help set the direction for the management plan, two initial public open house meetings have been scheduled. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the Houston Room of the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder's Office, 1750 33rd Street, Boulder. The second meeting will occur on Tuesday, March 4, at the Sugar Loaf Fire Protection District, Station #2, 1360 Sugar Loaf Road, Boulder. The public is invited to stop by any time from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on either day. Please note: because the same information will be presented at both meetings, it is not necessary to attend both meetings.

    The purpose of the open house meetings is to provide the public with background information on the existing natural and cultural resources and public uses at Betasso Preserve, including the Benjamin property, and to solicit public comment early in the planning process on the draft vision, goals and objectives, and opportunities and constraints for its management. The Parks and Open Space Department encourages the public to provide their preferences, concerns, and other thoughts about the management and use of this property prior to the preparation of the draft management plan, which is scheduled for completion by late summer 2008. For those who can't attend either meeting, public comments can be sent:

    By mail to: Boulder County Parks & Open Space
    c/o Ernst Strenge - Planning Division
    5201 St. Vrain Road
    Longmont, CO 80503

    Fax: 303-678-6180

    E-mail: estrenge@BoulderCounty.org

    All public comments must be received in writing.

    The management plan will be an update to the 1985 Betasso Preserve Management Plan (available at www.BoulderCountyOpenSpace.org, under "Management Plans"). The purpose of the management plan will be to establish the vision, goals and objectives, allowed uses, and implementation strategies for the management of the property. These will be based on an in-depth analysis and evaluation of the existing natural and cultural resources, existing and potential future public uses, public sentiment, the goals and policies of the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan and other relevant planning documents, and additional opportunities and constraints that come to light during the planning process.

    Betasso Preserve and the Benjamin property encompass a total of 1,175 acres and offer a variety of open space values. These values include a mosaic of native plant communities, important wildlife habitat and movement corridors, diverse and rugged topography, a hub for recreational activities, a piece of Boulder County history, a grand outdoor classroom, abundant scenic vistas, and a place to seek out peace and quiet, among others.
    For more information, to stay informed, or to submit comments, visit the Boulder County Parks and Open Space website at www.BoulderCountyOpenSpace.org or contact the project planner, Ernst Strenge, at 303-678-6269 or estrenge@BoulderCounty.org.

    1985 Betasso Management Plan (pdf)

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    Thanks for posting this, Thump. This a great opportunity to establish or legalize new and/or existing trails on the Benjamin Property. Also, since they are revisiting the Betasso master plan, It is also time to tell Boulder County to get rid of the stupid and arbitrary Wednesday/Saturday ban on mountain bikes.
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    Agreed.. Creating/legalizing the Benjamin Property trails would really open up some nice riding as well as connectors to surrounding local areas. From what I've heard, the horsey crowd made a strong showing during the public comment period last year and created a lot of noise about keeping bikes off these trails so if we want bike access we'll need to get involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thump
    Agreed.. Creating/legalizing the Benjamin Property trails would really open up some nice riding as well as connectors to surrounding local areas. From what I've heard, the horsey crowd made a strong showing during the public comment period last year and created a lot of noise about keeping bikes off these trails so if we want bike access we'll need to get involved.
    I do not ride this area but will do my part. My experience is that the equestrian crowds makes more noise, have more money and influence, (are responsible for more trail erosion and damage than any bike) and are more organized than most mtb communities so it is important to give constructive and well thought out feedback to boulder parks in big numbers. You can count on them making their voice heard.

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