In this issue: New Open Space, Trout and Small Grants
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NR News Issue 25 | August 2016
New Open Space

This new open space helps the Department of Natural Resources further its mission to conserve working lands and our agricultural heritage in Larimer County. Photo by Charlie Johnson.

New Open Space Near Berthoud Offers Myriad of Values

Larimer County Department of Natural Resources purchased a 211-acre farm southwest of Berthoud, along with its valuable water rights. The farm offers many agricultural, historic, scenic, community buffer and educational values. Public access is not allowed at this time, but tours are planned for later this year.

Read about this yet-to-be-named open space (formerly Malchow Farm) »

Greenback Cutthroat Trout

About 270 1-year-old greenback cutthroat trout were placed in Sand Creek in July as part of an experimental stocking effort. Photo by Charlie Johnson.

Doing Our Part to Conserve Colorado's State Fish

In July, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Larimer County stocked greenback cutthroat trout in a section of Sand Creek on Red Mountain Open Space. This will help biologists determine if greenbacks, once near extinction, can thrive in the spring-fed creek and outcompete non-native brook trout.

Fishing is not allowed in Sand Creek, and the section of creek with greenbacks is closed to the public to protect sensitive plants and wildlife.

Learn more about the research behind this experimental stocking effort »

Horsetooth Reservoir

Larimer County Department of Natural Resources is updating its Parks Master Plan, which helps guide the facilities and management of county parks such as Horsetooth Reservoir.

Offer Feedback on Reservoir Parks at Public Open Houses

Larimer County is undergoing a planning effort that will guide the future of its reservoir parks (Carter Lake, Horsetooth, Pinewood and Flatiron). You can get involved in the process! Offer your input online, or attend one of these open houses. Each open house will be 5:30-8:30 p.m.

  • Aug. 22 (Mon.), Horsetooth Reservoir South Bay Group Pavilion, 4200 W. County Rd. 38 E, Fort Collins (entrance fees waived)
  • Aug. 23 (Tues.), Natural Resources Administrative Offices, 1800 S. County Rd. 31, Loveland
  • Aug. 24 (Wed.), The Ranch Events Complex, McKee Community Building, 5280 Arena Cir., Loveland

Visit for details on the planning process.

LCCC Saw Crew

The Larimer County Conservation Corps chainsaw crew worked for two weeks in June clearing trees for the new trail coming to Hermit Park Open Space. Photo by Joel Schwab.

Thank You to Larimer County Conservation Corps Crews!

This summer, chainsaw and land crews from the Larimer County Conservation Corps helped build the new trail coming to Hermit Park Open Space. They were a BIG help! Thank you as well to Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) for providing $40,200 in funds to support the crews' work at Hermit Park.

Read about LCCC's work and the new trail coming to Hermit Park »


Along with community projects, the Small Grants program supports research on open spaces. In 2016, it funded research on bison at Red Mountain. Photo by CSU Photography.

Got a Community Project? Apply for a Small Grant!

Receive up to $2,000 of Help Preserve Open Spaces funds to support a project in your community that helps connect people to the land. The deadline to apply for this year's grant cycle is Sept. 16, 2016.

Get more information and apply for a Small Grant »

Trail Building at Hermit Park

Service projects allow citizens to be a part of conservation in Larimer County. Photo of a trail-building project at Hermit Park Open Space in August by Pam Mayhew.

Volunteers Needed for Tree Clearing, Trail Building

Tree Clearing, Sept. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Hermit Park Open Space
Assist Larimer County and Colorado State Forest Service crews with clearing trees being cut for the new trail at Hermit Park. Lunch provided.

Trail Building, Oct. 15-16, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hermit Park Open Space
Assist Larimer County's trails crew with constructing a new trail at Hermit Park. Register for one or both days. Lunch provided.

Sign up or get info: Pam Mayhew, 970-619-4552,


Do you know what building used to stand on this foundation at Devil's Backbone Open Space? Bone up on your history of Devil's Backbone during a hike Aug. 29. Photo by Ken Jessen.

Upcoming Guided Hikes and Programs

20th Anniversary Program Series: On the Trail of Predators - Aug. 20 (Sat.), 8 a.m., Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, presented by David Neils (waiting list only)

Summer Plant Walk - Aug. 28 (Sun.), 8 a.m., Devil's Backbone Open Space

20th Anniversary Program Series: History of Devil's Backbone - Aug. 29 (Mon.), 5:30 p.m., Devil's Backbone Open Space, presented by Ken Jessen (rescheduled from May 11)

Tiny Trekkers - Sept. 6 (Tues.), 10 a.m., Devil's Backbone Open Space

Stargazing with Northern Colorado Astronomical Society - Sept. 24 (Sat.), 8 p.m., Devil's Backbone Open Space

Fall Plant Walk - Sept. 25 (Sun.), 8 a.m., Devil's Backbone Open Space

Geology Underfoot at the Devil's Backbone - Sept. 30 (Fri.), 10 a.m., Devil's Backbone Open Space

Registration is required for all programs.

Information and registration:, or Dan Marotti at (970) 619-4565 or

Nature's Harvest Fest

Celebrate All Things Nature and Harvest on Sept. 10

Join us at Nature's Harvest Fest on Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Gardens on Spring Creek, presented by Poudre Pet and Feed Supply.

Bring the whole family for cooking and urban homesteading workshops, two butterfly releases, a marketplace full of local artisans and food producers, kids' activities and more!

Get more info on the festival »

Masthead photo: New Open Space by Charlie Johnson
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