Management Review of Irrigated Fields with High Prairie Dog Occupancy

Consultation has concluded

The City of Boulder is conducting expedited review of how it manages irrigated agricultural fields and prairie dogs later this month and will seek input on ways it can foster healthy soils and promote sustainable agricultural land uses. The preservation of agricultural uses and lands suitable for agricultural production is a specific open space purpose in the city charter.

Community feedback and input from the Open Space Board of Trustees (OSBT) will inform actions that staff will present to OSBT in March

  • Learn more about why OSMP is undertaking an expedited review on how it manages irrigable areas with a high abundance of prairie dogs.
  • Watch the Feb. 12 Open Space Board of Trustees (OSBT) meeting and study session regarding the expedited review of prairie dogs in irrigated lands.
  • Review a study session handout, which includes selected items from the staff memo below and presentation to facilitate following along with the Feb. 12 OSBT study session.
  • Review staff's presentation for the Feb. 12 OSBT study session.
  • Read a memo that staff provided for the Feb. 12 OSBT study session, which included community input through Feb. 4.
  • Community input and OSBT feedback will inform actions that staff will recommend to the OSBT in March.

From Monday, Jan. 6, through 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16, Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) sought public feedback on a draft approach and an evaluation of potential actions to manage irrigable agricultural land with large populations of prairie dogs.

OSMP’s identification of a draft approach and its evaluation of potential actions is a response to direction from the Boulder City Council, following a recommendation from the Open Space Board of Trustees (OSBT) last spring, and uses community input the department received this fall.  Proposed recommendations include options for both non-lethal and lethal control measures.

Expedited review of prairie dogs in irrigated lands

The City of Boulder has begun an expedited review of how it manages irrigated agricultural fields and prairie dogs and is seeking input on ways it can foster healthy soils and promote sustainable agricultural land uses. The preservation of agricultural uses and lands suitable for agricultural production is a specific open space purpose in the city charter.

Community feedback and input from the Open Space Board of Trustees (OSBT) will inform actions that staff will present to OSBT in March

  • Learn more about why OSMP is undertaking an expedited review on how it manages irrigable areas with a high abundance of prairie dogs.
  • Watch the Feb. 12 Open Space Board of Trustees (OSBT) meeting and study session regarding the expedited review of prairie dogs in irrigated lands.
  • Review a study session handout, which includes selected items from the staff memo below and presentation to facilitate following along with the Feb. 12 OSBT study session.
  • Review staff's presentation for the Feb. 12 OSBT study session.
  • Read a memo that staff provided for the Feb. 12 OSBT study session, which included community input through Feb. 4.
  • Community input and OSBT feedback will inform actions that staff will recommend to the OSBT in March.

From Monday, Jan. 6, through 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16, Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) sought public feedback on a draft approach and an evaluation of potential actions to manage irrigable agricultural land with large populations of prairie dogs.

OSMP’s identification of a draft approach and its evaluation of potential actions is a response to direction from the Boulder City Council, following a recommendation from the Open Space Board of Trustees (OSBT) last spring, and uses community input the department received this fall.  Proposed recommendations include options for both non-lethal and lethal control measures.

Expedited review of prairie dogs in irrigated lands

The City of Boulder has begun an expedited review of how it manages irrigated agricultural fields and prairie dogs and is seeking input on ways it can foster healthy soils and promote sustainable agricultural land uses. The preservation of agricultural uses and lands suitable for agricultural production is a specific open space purpose in the city charter.