October 23 2019

Open house on the challenges of managing prairie dogs in irrigated fields

Open 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.

January 2020

Provide input on preliminary management recommendations

In January 2020. OSMP staff will consider community feedback from the open house, along with online input, to develop draft management recommendations that the department will present to the public in January. Community input on those initial staff recommendations will help OSMP to refine them further. These recommendations are expected to be presented to the city’s OSBT in March of next year. Come back in late December for more information on this second "engagement window."
March 2020

Open Space Board of Trustees meeting

Open Space and Mountain Parks will present management recommendations to the Open Space Board of Trustees on March 11. Those recommendations will be developed based on community input OSMP received at the Oct. 23 open house, and online community input the department receives in fall of 2019 and January 2020, and input from the Open Space Board of Trustees at its Feb. 12 study session.