In this issue: Permits, Hermit Park and Volunteer Rangers 
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Season's Greetings

Happy Holidays from all of us at Larimer County Department of Natural Resources. We wish you a fun, festive holiday season with family and friends. May your New Year be filled with much time spent in the great outdoors!

NR News Issue 17 | December 2015
Entrance Permits

The 2015 annual entrance permits (left) are available until Dec. 31, 2015. The 2016 permits (right) will be available starting Jan. 1, 2016. Permits are good for 12 months.

Annual Entrance Permits Make Great Holiday Gifts!

Give the gift of the great outdoors with an annual entrance permit to Larimer County parks and open spaces. Permits are good for 12 months of access to camping, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, horseback riding and more!

Purchase permits online, call (970) 619-4570 or visit any Larimer County Department of Natural Resources office, the Citizen Information Center at the courthouse in Fort Collins or local businesses such as Jax and REI.

Hermit Park Open Space

Hermit Park Open Space is located in the shadow of Longs Peak. Photo by Mark Tabb.

Reminder: Hermit Park Closes for Season on Dec. 20

From Dec. 21 to the end of February, Hermit Park Open Space will be closed because of winter weather changes and wintering wildlife habitat.

Get directions and info on visiting Hermit Park »

Carter Lake

A sailboat cruises across Carter Lake during warmer months. Photo by Jim Janicki.

Boating Season Comes to a Close on Sunday

Don't miss the last weekend to hit the water in 2015! Boat ramps at Carter Lake (North Ramp) and Horsetooth Reservoir (South Bay ramps) will be open Dec. 12-13 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. We anticipate reopening ramps April 1, 2016.

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Celebrating 20 Years of Open Spaces Tax in 2016

From wildlife to trails to breathtaking views, natural resources are a big part of what makes Larimer County such a great place to live. Many of the natural amenities we all enjoy in the county have been conserved thanks to funding from the Help Preserve Open Spaces sales tax. Thank you, voters!

In 1995, citizens approved the Help Preserve Open Spaces sales tax in Larimer County. The successful initiative launched the county's Open Lands Program in 1996 to conserve special places around our communities.

In 2016, we're celebrating 20 years of Help Preserve Open Spaces with a year of fun, free activities. Stay tuned!

Apply to Become a Volunteer Ranger Assistant

Have you ever wanted to be a ranger? Now you can! Volunteer Ranger Assistants help visitors, report maintenance issues and educate people about regulations on Larimer County's open spaces and City of Fort Collins' natural areas. A training is set for the evenings of Feb. 16 & 18 and all day Feb. 20.

Apply by Jan. 20 on the City of Fort Collins' website.

Masthead photo: Pinewood Reservoir by Zach Schierl
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