Boulder Public Lands Coalition Forms

Bit of History

An outdoor coalition of recreationalists has existed as an ad hoc body  on and off for the last 20 years in Boulder. Formed as needed to weigh in on master plans, trail study areas, visitor plans, etc. the Open Boulder Foundation agreed to fund the organization of the coalition into a more formal, autonomous organization. So far, the coalition has organized to align with other outdoor recreation and conservation coalitions, such as the Outdoor Alliance.

Potential founding members of the newly named Boulder Public Lands Coalition met in late February and agreed to organize to give a unified voice to recreationists. Our proposed overarching goal is to maintain and improve quality of life around Boulder by partnering to protect access and make progress on the enjoyment and stewardship of public lands, public assets, and public rights-of-way (roads/bike paths) around Boulder.

During a straw poll, the following organizations committed to signing the Charter:

  • Boulder Area Trails Coalition (BATCO)

  • Boulder Mountainbike Alliance (BMA)

  • Boulder Trail Runners (BTR)

  • Friends of Dogs in Open Space (FIDOS)

  • Indian Peaks Traverse Coalition (IPT)

  • Open Boulder Foundation (OB)

  • Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) has also expressed strong commitment

Next Steps

The BPLC will meet (tentatively) at the Boulder Main Library, Flatirons Room, 5:30pm - 8:00pm, Monday, Apr 29 2019 to discuss next steps, namely:

  • Introducing language for the OSMP Master Plan statement from BPLC

  • Reviewing possible stewardship projects for BPLC in 2019

  • Recruitment and/or welcoming of additional Coalition partners

  • Other business: press release, open space updates, work group(s)

  • Consensus based decision making process

Stay Informed!

The BPLC is open to all conservation and recreation groups in Boulder. If you'd like additional information on how to join or what we're up to, please check out these links:

* The SHIFT Principles for Advancing Outdoor Recreation and Conservation are BPLC’s guiding principles.