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NR News: July

All the latest greatest news from Larimer County Natural Resources 

Life Jackets Save Lives

Don't forget to have one for everyone on the boat 

Life jackets are the most basic piece of boating equipment you need to enjoy the open water. It's just like the seat belt in your car. This may seem pretty simple, but unfortunately non-accident related drowning is the 2nd leading cause of death nationally in children under the age of 12. 

The best life jacket is the one you have on when you need it, but you should also be sure that it's a Coast Guard approved life jacket as well. All children under the age of 13 are required to wear a PFD at all times and there must be a life jacket available for everyone in the boat. We recommend everyone wear them all the time regardless of their swimming ability. Parents should always check the labels on new life jackets because it is not often that a Ninja Turtle life jacket meets the Coast Guard standards. 

If you forget to bring enough PFDs when you visit the reservoirs check in with the Aquatic Nuisance Species Inspectors. The Department has loaner life jackets in all sizes and recently the Loveland Fishing Club generously donated a set to give away to visitors in need.  

Keeping everyone safe is a big part of having a great time when you visit the reservoirs. We hope you have had a great summer out on the water, and we want to help you keep it that way. 

Devil's Backbone Open Space Management Plan Update

Members of the public attended an open house to view and comment on proposed recommendations for an update to the Devil's Backbone management plan. The current plan, adopted in 2004, needs adjustment due to the increased popularity of the Open Space and some of the challenges that accompany that change. 

The department is considering redesigning the trailhead to alleviate some of the capacity challenges. Currently visitors interesting in hitting the trails on the weekends have the most success finding parking if they get to the trailhead before 10am or after 4pm.   
Additionally, to relieve trail congestion on the Wild Loop, a new trail is being proposed through Hidden Valley in order to allow users to by-pass the often busy Wild Loop. 

For more information about the project and to sign-up for updates visit

Pinewood Trail

The statewide nonprofit Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) is seeking volunteers to help Larimer County Natural Resources construct the Pinewood Reservoir Trail (near Loveland), which will include a short segment that is wheelchair accessible. If you want to land a hand, sign up at NO experience necessary; ages 14 & up

Master Plan

The Open Lands Master Plan will guide the program for the next 10 - 12 years. You can learn about the project, see our primary recommendations and
offer your feedback at The draft of the plan will also be available there before the end of August for public comment. 

Colorado Cares Day

Thank you to Arsenal soccer teams for coming out and working on the Horsetooth Rock Trail at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space for Colorado Cares Day!  The players cleared up the trail corridor, redefined the tread, closed down some social trails and built new log steps to address erosion on the trail. 

Shred Fest a Success

The 2nd Annual ShredFest at Horsetooth Reservoir saw 75 competitors showing off their radical wake surfing skills. The Horsetooth Reservoir event was their largest in the national series! 
Save the date for Nature Fest - September 27. The Birding Fair is now the Nature Fest. A free day of fun and learning for the whole family! Details at
Photos from left to right and top to bottom: Harry Strharsky, Tom Guinn, Rob Novak, Courtesy of VOC, Brenden Bombaci, Charlie Johnson, Courtesy of Shredfest
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