North Trail Study Area Plan: First Expert panel to kick off this Wednesday

Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) and the Open Space Board of Trustees (OSBT) will hold two public meetings to help inform the interested community in and around Boulder and OSMP staff/OSBT about ways that other land managers or areas have addressed challenges related to:
1) natural resource management and protection
2) trail sustainability and visitor experience.

Their hope is that the panelists will bring their knowledge, experience, creative solutions, and approaches that have been tried in other areas into the Boulder community conversation related to the North Trail Study Area.

Wednesday, August 26
Expert Panel on Visitor Experience
6 – 8:30 pm

Council Chambers
1777 Broadway
Featuring speakers who will discuss recreational management strategies that have been applied in other areas of Colorado and outside the state. 

Wednesday, September 2
Expert Panel on Natural Resources
6 – 8:30 pm
Main Library Canyon Theater
1001 Arapahoe Avenue
Focusing on natural resource strategies that have been implemented elsewhere. 

North Trail Study Area needs equestrian input!

Work on the North Trail Study Area (NTSA) continues throughout the year. 
OSMP recently released a compilation of the public feedback that they have received through their workshops, website, and  This compilation was released as part of the August 12th Open Space Board of Trustees (OSBT) meeting and study session.  
You can read the exhaustive compilation of diverse interests, starting on p. 38 at this link:
OSMP has been recruiting panels of experts to discuss various aspects of the NTSA planning.  There are two public meetings planned which  you may want to add to your calendar:
Wednesday, August 26
6 – 8:30 pm in Council Chambers, 1777 Broadway
Expert Panel on Visitor Experience
Wednesday, September 2
6 – 8:30 pm in the Main Library Canyon Theater, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue
Expert Panel on Natural Resources

Joder Ranch Tours

We need equestrians to participate in these hikes — especially if you know the trails that “used to be there”!!! 

These are physically strenuous hikes with very limited shade

Wed. Aug 5, 8:30 – 11 am, reserve a spot:

Sun. Aug 9, 8:30 – 11 am, reserve a spot:

If you are interested in seeing and learning about the Joder Ranch property, a newly acquired 335 acre property west of Hwy 36 and north of Neva Road, you’re invited to join OSMP staff on this hike. The Joder property was purchased by the City of Boulder in 2013 and the North Trail Study Area (TSA) Plan will help determine the long-term management of this property. The property is currently closed to public access until an interim trail is opened. Decisions about ongoing public access, trails, natural resource protection and how the property fits into the management of nearby OSMP lands will be part of the community-driven North TSA Plan. Space is limited and reservations are required. Location and additional details will be given at registration.


Let’s Hear from the Horse Community!

What would you like in the North TSA?
OSMP and the Open Space Board of Trustees received great feedback about the North Trail Study Area at recent workshops. If you have thoughts to share about your desires for plan outcomes, please contribute to the  Inspire Boulder discussion on the city’s digital town hall. Comment is welcomed until July 12.

BCHA Horse Fair Rescheduled to November 15

Timing is everything.  And what we’ve gathered from our community is that the fall would be better timing for the BCHA Horse Fair.   So we are postponing the event from Spring to late Fall, when we horse-lovers can kick off the Holiday Season with pizzazz!  We’ll still be at the Longmont Fairgrounds — we’re just moving the event to Sunday, November 15.  And you can bet we’ll have great equine and equestrian arts & crafts, products & services, educational seminars, food, and music.  We look forward to seeing you there.  

Stay tuned for more information as the year progresses! If you have suggestions or would like to help organize this fun event, please contact Laura Edwards at or 303-775-2601, or Jill Talbot at 303-818-7254.

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