Management Review of Irrigated Fields with High Prairie Dog Occupancy

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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.

City staff will present a preferred alternative to the OSBT on March 11

The Open Space Board of Trustees on Wednesday, March 11, will consider a preferred alternative as part of an expedited review process that involves prairie dog management and soil health. This effort is looking at new land management tools and agricultural uses on the northern grasslands including factors affecting the ecological conditions of the land, high soil health, healthy agricultural uses, wildlife health and other conditions. OSMP will post an OSBT memo that includes the preferred alternative, along with associated materials, on this webpage on Thursday, March 5.

The OSBT meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held in City Council Chambers, 1777 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80302. Community members can share their feedback to the board during the public comment section of the meeting or through an email to the OSBT at OSBT-Web@bouldercolorado.gov. The meeting can be viewed online through Boulder TV 8. The meeting also will be posted to YouTube.

Staff is scheduled to bring the OSBT recommendation and preferred alternative to City Council on April 21 also at City Council chambers. Community members are invited to attend the council meeting and provide comments. The Council meeting also will be available for viewing via Boulder TV 8 and YouTube.

QUICKLINKS

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 and soil health.

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.  Evaluated actions included 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.

City staff will present a preferred alternative to the OSBT on March 11

The Open Space Board of Trustees on Wednesday, March 11, will consider a preferred alternative as part of an expedited review process that involves prairie dog management and soil health. This effort is looking at new land management tools and agricultural uses on the northern grasslands including factors affecting the ecological conditions of the land, high soil health, healthy agricultural uses, wildlife health and other conditions. OSMP will post an OSBT memo that includes the preferred alternative, along with associated materials, on this webpage on Thursday, March 5.

The OSBT meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held in City Council Chambers, 1777 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80302. Community members can share their feedback to the board during the public comment section of the meeting or through an email to the OSBT at OSBT-Web@bouldercolorado.gov. The meeting can be viewed online through Boulder TV 8. The meeting also will be posted to YouTube.

Staff is scheduled to bring the OSBT recommendation and preferred alternative to City Council on April 21 also at City Council chambers. Community members are invited to attend the council meeting and provide comments. The Council meeting also will be available for viewing via Boulder TV 8 and YouTube.

QUICKLINKS

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 and soil health.

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.  Evaluated actions included 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.