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NR News: November

Happy Turkey Day!
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Larimer County Natural Resources! We hope you have a lovely holiday with friends and family and if you can muster getting up after turkey head to a Park or an Open Space for some quality outdoor time! Gobble Gobble. 

Thank you Voters!  

A Historic Election for Larimer County Open Spaces

The voters have spoken, well perhaps, demanded, that the Help Preserve Open Spaces sales tax continue. On behalf of Larimer County Natural Resources I’d like to thank voters for their overwhelming support of the County Open Lands and local Natural Areas programs.
This historic endorsement is a measure of these programs amazing success over the past 18 years and truly was a phenomenal team effort between citizens, elected officials, and agency staff. The election reaffirms the vision set forth by the citizen’s group, Help Preserve Open Spaces, who enthusiastically championed the measure in this and previous elections. Their tireless efforts have positioned open space protection as a basic service of local municipalities similar to water and electricity. We also appreciate the vote of confidence of the County Commissioners who placed the extension on the ballot and affirmed their support by calling it a ‘no brainer.’ Clearly the citizens agree. 
An 82% “approval rating” from voters is tough to beat but I guarantee that my staff and the supporters of these programs will continue to excel in land conservation and outdoor recreation management. We are poised to add acreage to the existing system with a nearly completed update to the Open Lands Master Plan and updated conservation priority areas.  
We accept your support and trust and take our responsibility seriously, promising the continuation of conservation, protection and enjoyment of rivers and streams, wildlife habitat, open space, regional parks and working farms and ranches.
The future of open space in Larimer County is brighter than ever thanks to Larimer County voters.

Gary Buffington
Larimer County Natural Resources

Volunteers Make a Difference

Larimer County Natural Resource volunteers joined the nation in celebrating Make A Difference Day in October. 

For more than 20 years, USA Weekend Magazine and Points of Light have worked together to sponsor Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. Millions of volunteers around the world unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others or their home community.

At Horsetooth Mountain and Hermit Park Open Spaces, Larimer County volunteers stacked slash from over 170 downed trees for burning this winter, reseeded over 100 fire scar areas, and removed invasive Russian Olive trees from a conservation easement. 75 volunteers participated in the four projects over the week.

Volunteers from Front Range Community College, Antea Group, Colorado State University, Colorado State Forest Service, City of Fort Collins, and Larimer County Project Team volunteers dedicated over 450 hours of service to the community during these events. 

If you would like information on joining the Natural Resources Volunteer Team or participating in a project, contact Pam Mayhew at 970.619.4552 or email

Open Space Purchase

Larimer County Natural Resources and willing landowner Denny Haskew have partnered to preserve nearly 7 acres just to the west of the Keyhole of the Devil's Backbone. Mr. Haskew opted to sell the land to Larimer County at a reduced price because he wanted to ensure its protection. 

Now the viewshed through the keyhole will be protected forever. 

Pinewood Face Lift

Pinewood Reservoir is getting a face lift, new trails, an outdoor classroom, a natural play area, and some new interpretive signs on Osprey and bird adaptations. 

The project is going very well and new sites and improvements are coming along nicely. Expect an improved Pinewood Reservoir experience this spring that retains all the rustic qualities we've come to know and love about this beautiful area. 

Backbone Plan 

A draft of the update to the Devil's Backbone Management Plan is available for public input. You can give input through the website, or by attending the upcoming public open house. The plan aims to address capacity challenges at the site and congestion on the popular trail system. Let us know what you think! 

Public Open House

December 4, 2014
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Gertrude Scott Room
Loveland Public Library
300 N. Adams Avenue
Loveland, CO 80537

Hermit Park Pavilion 

The Pavilion update at Hermit Park Open Space is nearly complete and it looks great! Visitors can rent the space for family picnics, weddings and reunions. It's a fantastic destination for an event of any size with scenic views and opportunities for wildlife viewing, hiking and enjoying the great outdoors. 
Photos from top to bottom left to right: Donna Mullen, Charlie Johnson, Kevin Burkhardt, Christa Ahrens, Rich Ernst, Chris Fleming, Chris Fleming 
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