Boulder Public Lands Coalition Summer Meeting

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BPLC members and any interested are invited to the Summer 2019 open meeting. Learn about BPLC here.

Monday July 1, 2019 | 6-7:30PM | Boulder Creek Room, Boulder Main Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Agenda:

  1. LOS for OSMP Master Plan (discuss/approve)

  2. BPLC press release (discuss/approve)

  3. Stewardship event tentatively scheduled for 8/7/19 at Heil Valley Ranch 9-Noon (discuss/approve)

  4. Recruiting new BPLC members (discuss/assign tasks)

  5. Review Scoop the Poo stewardship event statistics (discuss)

  6. Other news or business....

OSMP Master Plan Survey Results Made Public

Insights From City Residents to Shape Draft Plan

Overview

The Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Master Plan will shape the City of Boulder’s approach to future stewardship policy questions, such as: how to continue conservation of natural, cultural and scenic areas while also providing enjoyable visitor experiences, how to address population growth with increased visitation, how to create an inclusive environment where all visitors are welcome, in what ways can soil health improve on agricultural lands and how can the city make its natural areas more resilient amid climate change.

As part of the community engagement undertaken to provide resident and stakeholder feedback for the Master Plan, the City of Boulder contracted with National Research Center to conduct a community survey. OSMP gathered feedback from members of the public through three different surveys:  a statistically valid survey, an open participation survey online to which all residents were invited, and through a Spanish survey circulated to Spanish-speaking members of the community.

Key Findings

Boulder Valley residents strongly support OSMP’s Master Plan focus areas, especially the two most important focus areas of Ecosystem Health and Resilience (79%), and Responsible Recreation Stewardship and Enjoyment (67%). Residents also emphasized stewardship of existing lands and trails over acquisition of new properties or construction of new trails. Survey respondents preferred that OSMP focus on improving ecosystem health (68%) over acquiring more lands (32%) and the maintenance and design of the existing trails (76%) over building new trails (24%).

Public Lands Access & Recreation Key Findings

In our April newsletter, Open Boulder urged our constituency to take the online survey and to pay comment on the areas listed below. Here’s what the survey revealed:

  • Dog Off Leash Restrictions

    • To manage high visitation rates, 62% of residents supported requiring dogs to be leashed on more trails.

    • Resident sentiment was split on whether OSMP should provide more areas where dogs can be off-leash, or provide more areas where dogs are prohibited. Not only were nearly equal proportions leaning one way or the other, the strength of the sentiment in both directions was also nearly equal.

    • When all survey participants were asked why they did not visit OSMP areas more often, only 2% felt there were too many dogs or dogs off-leash, while a different 2% perceived the opposite, believing there were not enough dog-friendly/off-leash trails.

  • Nighttime Use Restrictions

    • No mention of specific night time (temporal) restrictions, however, 86% of residents supported closing trails for a period of time to protect wildlife and habitats

  • Reclaiming/Closing Unmanaged (Social) Trails

    • Survey respondents supported closing unmanaged trails to better protect natural resources (89%)

  • Increasing Recreation & Biking Opportunities

    • Survey respondents preferred that OSMP focus on the maintenance and design of the existing trails (76%) over building new trails (24%)

    • A slight majority (56%) felt OSMP should address increasing visitation by spreading out usage and creating amenities at other locations to attract visitors

    • While 85% of residents reported hiking as their predominant activity, 59% support improving opportunities for biking

  • Horse Trailer Parking at Trailheads

    • Seventy-two percent preferred that horse trailer parking be reduced at trailheads

Next Steps

OSMP staff will now develop a draft Master Plan that will be released to the public to review beginning Monday May 20. A public online comment period will follow and will close on June 12. Look for the Open Boulder “Action Alert” to be distributed by close of business May 25 with highlights of the Master Plan that impact public lands access in the City of Boulder.

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.

Boulder Public Lands Coalition Organizational Meeting Review

Founding & Invited Members of the Boulder Public Lands Coalition attended last Monday (2/25/19) organizational meeting and made good progress on forming an initial group committed to access to public lands. The plan is to build on the initial circle of coalition partners to form a diverse and robust group. Here’s a brief review of what was accomplished.

Re-cap of the Decisions

Last night we reviewed current open space issues; agreed on a name; reviewed, modified and agreed on our foundational documents; agreed to make the OSMP Master Plan our first policy focus; and, agreed to do a stewardship project in coordination with either the City or County open space agencies.

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

1. Boulder Area Trails Coalition (BATCO)

2. Boulder Mountainbike alliance (BMA)

3. Boulder Trail Runners (BTR)

4. Friends of Dogs in Open Space (FIDOS)

5. Indian Peaks Traverse Coalition (IPT)

6. Open Boulder Foundation (OB)

Other organizations that have expressed interest in joining:

1. Boulder Climbing Community

2. Boulder County Horse Association

3. Boulder Junior Cycling

4. CO High School Cycling League

5. Community Cycles

6. Cyclists 4 Community

Specific Action Needed from Coalition Partners

• Partner organizations are requested to approve the Boulder Public Lands Coalition Charter Agreement. Through Board motion and decision, the authorized person should sign the agreement and assign a primary and secondary liaison to be a representative of the organization in the Coalition. BPLC requests that it be approved and returned by March 31, 2019.

• Partner organizations are requested to sign the List Sharing Agreement. Through Board motion and decision, the authorized person should sign the agreement and return by March 31, 2019.

Next Steps

We will plan for a meeting in late April-mid May 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)

Included in this Blog

• Final, approved Boulder Public Lands Coalition Charter Agreement

• Approved List Sharing Agreement

SHIFT Principles to be used as guiding principles of the BPLC

Updated Coalition Charter Agreement!

Boulder Outdoor Coalition Charter Agreement (PDF)

Boulder Outdoor Coalition (BOC) is a county-wide partnership that serves as a platform for members to coordinate their efforts to protect public lands, waters and snowscapes and to ensure these places can be experienced in a meaningful and sustainable manner through stewardship and advocacy activities.

When anglers, backcountry skiers, bird watchers, climbers, coaches/trainers, dog walkers, gravel & road cyclists, hikers, horseback riders, junior rangers, land managers, local bicycle shops, mountain bicyclists, non-profit advocacy organizations, outdoor equipment and clothing manufacturers, retailers, para-gliders, regional trail advocates, stroller parents, trail builders, trail runners, and walkers speak with one voice, people, especially policymakers, listen. Our collective voice increases the leverage our community can apply to local decisions affecting public lands and recreation. By connecting at the local level, the human powered community can drive better policy creation and make sure it is implemented in a way that reflects the conservation and recreation values of our community.

BOC connects local knowledge, sensibilities and priorities and enhances all of the members’ policy, advocacy and organizational capacities. This connection empowers the human powered outdoor recreation community and enables its members to pursue common goals more effectively.

What we will do:

1)        Share and exchange information about:

a.        Public lands in Boulder, Colorado and the human powered outdoor recreational pursuits that these places support;

b.        Relationships with land managers and policy makers that members have at the local level; and

c.         Opportunities at the local level to shape and implement policies that relate to conserving and experiencing public lands in Boulder.

2)        Use shared information to collaborate on joint advocacy, policy development and implementation, education, communication and relationship building efforts at the local level.

3)        Present a unified voice and resources from the human-powered recreation community on relevant conservation and recreation issues affecting public lands, waters and snowscapes.

What we will not do:

1)        Tell each other what to do;

2)        Interfere with each other’s respective missions or internal memberships; or

3)        Use the partnership for reasons other than a common platform to support opportunities to work together.

How we will do this:

1)        Each member organization will designate at least one liaison;

2)        Open Boulder’s community organizer will be the initial coordinator for the group, responsible for convening BOC on a regular basis (quarterly);

3)        The regular meetings will be held with the members of BOC and with key decision makers, as necessary, and will serve as the setting for the partnership to identify opportunities to collaborate and to make progress towards its goals; and

4)        Liaisons will keep their respective organizations updated and briefed on the work of BOC.

5)        Primary communication will be email and a blog, www.openboulder.org/coalition-blog/

Member Criteria:

BOC will include conservation-minded, authentic representatives of the human-powered user community in Boulder, Colorado. The partnership will strive for consensus on the inclusion of new members and on all actions taken as a group.

Funding:

BOC presupposes no exchange of financial support between or amongst the members.

Members Agreement:

The undersigned organization agrees to the guidelines outlined above and enters into BOC as a founding member. The organization’s respective BOC liaison will be listed below.

(ORGANIZATION), is committed to being a member of the Boulder Outdoor Coalition (d/b/a to be determined), that has been formed to serve as a platform for members to coordinate their efforts to protect public lands, waters and snowscapes and to ensure these places can be experienced in a meaningful and sustainable manner. We are committed to the goals, objectives and strategies that have been or will be established and agree that our organization will not work to undermine the coalition’s goals or objectives. We agree to dedicate time for coalition meetings, calls, planning, and engaging in Coalition activities. As a member of the Coalition, our organization agrees to:

1.       Appoint a person who will represent our organization

2.       Attend Coalition meetings

3.       Share relevant information with the Coalition

4.       Share information with our supporters, members, and staff

5.       Participate in Coalition activities

6.       Follow Coalition policies adopted for participation in the Coalition

By signing onto this Coalition agreement, our organization agrees to allow its name to be used in public statements as a member of the Coalition.

Organization:

Name, Title, Email, Date:

Liaison name & email:

Boulder Outdoor Coalition Suggests Charter, Issues

issues

Draft policy agenda for the coalition:

  1. A recommendation for the City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks Master Plan

  2. Support of Community Cycles, Cyclists 4 Community, and Boulder Mountainbike Alliance's recommendations to the Boulder County Transportation Master Plan update

  3. Support for the SHIFT Principles.

Boulder Outdoor Coalition Charter (draft 01-29-2019)

Boulder Outdoor Coalition (BOC) is a county-wide partnership that serves as a platform for members to coordinate their efforts to protect public lands, waters and snowscapes and to ensure these places can be experienced in a meaningful and sustainable manner.

When anglers, backcountry skiers, bird watchers, climbers, coaches/trainers, dog walkers, gravel & road cyclists, hikers, horseback riders, junior rangers, land managers, local bicycle shops, mountain bicyclists, non-profit advocacy organizations, outdoor equipment and clothing manufacturers, retailers, para-gliders, regional trail advocates, stroller parents, trail builders, trail runners, and walkers speak with one voice, people, especially policymakers, listen. Our collective voice increases the leverage our community can apply to local decisions affecting public lands and recreation. By connecting at the local level, the human powered community can drive better policy creation and make sure it is implemented in a way that reflects the conservation and recreation values of our community.

BOC connects local knowledge, sensibilities and priorities and enhances all of the members’ policy, advocacy and organizational capacities. This connection empowers the human powered outdoor recreation community and enables its members to pursue common goals more effectively.

What we will do:

1) Share and exchange information about:

a. Public lands in Boulder, Colorado and the human powered outdoor recreational pursuits that these places support;

b. Relationships with land managers and policy makers that members have at the local level; and

c. Opportunities at the local level to shape and implement policies that relate to conserving and experiencing public lands in Boulder.

2) Use shared information to collaborate on joint advocacy, policy development and implementation, education, communication and relationship building efforts at the local level.

3) Present a unified voice and resources from the human-powered recreation community on relevant conservation and recreation issues affecting public lands, waters and snowscapes.

What we will not do:

1) Tell each other what to do;

2) Interfere with each other’s respective missions or internal memberships; or

3) Use the partnership for reasons other than a common platform to support opportunities to work together.

How we will do this:

1) Each member organization will designate at least one liaison;

2) Open Boulder’s community organizer will be the initial coordinator for the group, responsible for convening BOC on a regular basis (quarterly);

3) The regular meetings will be held with the members of BOC and with key decision makers, as necessary, and will serve as the setting for the partnership to identify opportunities to collaborate and to make progress towards its goals; and

4) Liaisons will keep their respective organizations updated and briefed on the work of BOC.

5) Primary communication will be a blog and emails, www.openboulder.org/coalition-blog/

Member Criteria:

BOC will include conservation-minded, authentic representatives of the human-powered user community in Boulder, Colorado. The partnership will strive for consensus on the inclusion of new members and on all actions taken as a group.

Funding:

BOC presupposes no exchange of financial support between or amongst the members.

Invited Members:

The undersigned organizations have been invited to agree to the guidelines outlined above and enter into BOC as founding members. Each respective BOC liaison will be listed below.

ANGLERS

Front Range Anglers

CLIMBERS

Boulder Climbing Community

DOGS

Friends Interested in Dogs & Open Space

TRAIL RUNNERS

Boulder Trail Runners

CYCLISTS

Boulder Junior Cycling

Boulder Mountainbike Alliance

Cyclists 4 Community (Matt Muir)

Nederland Area Trails Organization

EQUESTRIANS

Boulder County Horse Association

TRAIL ADVOCATES

Boulder Area Trails Coalition

Indian Peaks Traverse

OUTDOOR INDUSTRY

Contour Logic

Full Cycle

Go Far Shop

University Bicycles

SNOW SPORTS

Boulder Nordic Club

NON-PROFITS

Better Boulder

Boulder Outdoor Business Alliance

Colorado High School Cycling League

Community Cycles

Open Boulder (Steve Watts)

Singletrack Mountain Bike Adventures

OTHER

Actively seeking additional groups, organizations and/or individuals

RESCHEDULED FOR JAN 29TH: Public Lands Coalition Open House & Social

What?

The working group tentatively named the Boulder Outdoor Coalition is planning a social event for Tuesday January 29, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00PM. The gathering and presentation will take place at Full Cycle Tap Room and Espresso Bar on Pearl Street in Boulder.

FREE TICKETS HERE.

Who Should Attend?

Leaders and members of local non-profits interested in the care, conservation and access to Boulder's public lands. The broad coalition should include representatives of all types of outdoor recreation enjoyed on our public lands, including:

Anglers, bird watchers, climbers, coaches/trainers, dog walkers, gravel & road cyclists, hikers, horseback riders, junior rangers, land managers, local bicycle shops, mountain bicyclists, non-profit advocacy organizations, outdoor equipment and clothing, para-gliders, regional trail advocates, stroller parents, trail builders, trail runners, and walkers

Why?

The event will serve both to meet folks in person and to announce the incremental plan to the group. Some ideas being considered are linking the coalition to a large national/regional established entity with an existing set of declared values. Another idea is to share a draft of a position statement on an item that the coalition could eventually endorse, for example, a statement regarding the OSMP Master Plan, the Eldo-to-Walker trail, and other special planning processes. Another idea is to ask that nonprofit participant groups indicate participation in the group by a vote of their organization's board. For profit organizations would also be invited to be named in the coalition.

Thanks to Boulder Beer, there will be free beer. Snacks will be provided thanks to Open Boulder Foundation.