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Fall does not mean things slow down for LCNR! 
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Larimer County Natural Resources is 60 this year! So much has been accomplished to conserve the special places around the County and provide fabulous outdoor recreation opportunities over the past 60 years. Stay tuned for what's coming for the next 60! Learn more at the LCNR Website

NoCo Nature Fest 

Don't miss this free, family friendly event

Come spread your wings and branch out with a festival that celebrates the unique nature of Northern Colorado.  

NoCo Nature Festival
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Nix Farm Natural Area

Everyone is invited to a FREE day of fun and learning for the whole family that includes live animals, interactive activities, live music, food, presentations, a nature costume contest, vendors and more! Highlights include mass releases of lady bugs and butterflies and presentations by the Zoological Discovery Center and US Fish and Wildlife Service – they’ll be bringing live critters! 

More info on the event website. We hope to see you all there! 

Pinewood Reservoir Facelift

We're making some improvements and ensuring that the rustic nature of camping up at Pinewood remains intact.
 

Project Implemented from 2007 Master Plan

Project Highlights: New restrooms, electrified pull-through campsites, road improvements, walk-in campsites, day use area with shelters, natural playscape, outdoor classroom and expanded boat ramp.

Project Implementation: September 2014 - May 2015

For more information: Call (970) 619-4570

Pinewood Project Plans

Playscape Plans

During this project the Launch area, including the boat ramp, and the Windy Pines campground are closed to the public. We appreciate your patience during the project and hope you will come back to see it all when it's finished.

Open Lands Master Plan 

The update of the Open Lands Master Plan is nearly complete! Following a year of collecting public feedback, meeting with experts and local user-groups, and analyzing local natural resources, a draft will be available on the project website for public comment soon. Keep your eye out for it and please continue to give us your feedback. Once the public comment period is over, a final draft will be adopted later this fall and the Open Lands program will enjoy a fresh vision for the future of land conservation and outdoor recreation in Larimer County. 
 

October Hikes and Events

Check out all the ways you can get out and enjoy your local parks and open spaces with guided hikes, talks, and events! 

Big Thompson Canyon Conservation & Recreation Assessment

A year has passed since the floods of 2013 and much of the emergency recovery work has been completed. Now Larimer County Natural Resources and it's partners will undertake an assessment of potential land acquisition and the addition outdoor recreation amenities in the Big Thompson canyon. The project will evaluate flood risk, natural and cultural resource values, public input, current land ownership and management, and a variety of other factors to help determine if and where it may be appropriate to conserve land and provide recreation opportunities. 

Horsetooth Mountain Open Space Webcam

Be sure and check the lot at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space before you leave home! 

Seed Perennial Grasses 

Ellen Nelson - Larimer County Weed District
 
Seeding perennial grasses is different from seeding grain or planting a garden. Most perennial grass in northern Larimer County is seeded into dry-land, without irrigation, so success depends on natural moisture, timing, and luck. 

Dormant season seeding is used because it mimics how grasses reseed themselves. Mature seeds fall to the ground and are trampled in or covered with a thin layer of soil, so it is important not to plant too deep (¼” to ½” – the most common reason for failure is planting too deep).

Germination and survival depend on moisture and shelter from the elements balanced against competition from existing vegetation. A no-till drill is designed for planting perennial grass seed at the proper depth and among existing vegetation.

Recommended dates for dormant season seeding in Larimer County range from November 1st through April 30th.  Don’t plant too early, because if the seed germinates, the seedlings will not be hardy enough to survive the winter. Before planting, control weeds in the seeding area, to avoid competition. Grass seedlings are highly susceptible to herbicide, which should not be used the first year. Mowing is the best weed control method in newly seeded grass.
 
If possible, wait a year, do weed control in spring and plant a cover crop in spring or summer.  A cover crop is an annual grass like oats, triticale or sorghum that out-competes weeds, tolerates herbicide, and when mowed provides ideal “cover” for the seedlings germinating the following spring.
 
The Fort Collins Conservation District and Larimer County Weed District loan out no-till drills ideal for reseeding on small and large acreages. For more information on reseeding, seed mixes, weeds, weed identification, pasture management, herbicide recommendations, and free site visits please contact the Larimer County Weed District at 970 498-5768.
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