Open house on the challenges of managing prairie dogs in irrigated fieldsOpen Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) held an open house on Wednesday, Oct. 23. This meeting provided community members an opportunity to learn about the challenges and share ideas on managing irrigated agricultural fields north of Jay Road currently occupied by extensive prairie dog populations. During the OSMP meeting, OSMP also asked community members to share their interests and ideas to address this complex topic. OSMP also provided informaiton on:
* Updates on ongoing prairie dog management and implementation of Prairie Dog Working Group recommendations. These updates will begin about 5:30 p.m.
* Agricultural uses on the city’s northern open space lands and city efforts to preserve healthy and sustainable agricultural operations
* Challenges the city faces in managing prairie dogs in and around agricultural areas, especially when there is a high abundance of prairie dog colonies.