• Wine & Cheese: Celebrate the 5 Open Space Boulder Council Candidates

    Enjoy tasty wine and appetizers, meet great people and celebrate the 5 Boulder Council Candidates that stand for Boulder Open Space and for listening to the community. Because we love Open Space we are celebrating Open Space candidates: -- Brian Dolan -- Mark Wallach -- Corina Julca -- Adam Swetlik -- Susan Peterson In comparison, candidate Bob Yates, who is known for his pro-development positions, voted to strip open space - other protection from the proposed Meadowlark Open Space @ CU South so that development of the wetlands and meadows habitat area can proceed. And Bob adamantly did NOT support the creation of the Twin Lakes Owl Preserve in north Boulder/Gunbarrel - instead Mr Yates voted for the attempted development of 300 apartments/condos on Great Horned Owl habitat. So let's celebrate the 5 great candidates who do want to make a positive difference! ***Bring a bottle of wine and cheese or fruit or other snack to share and come celebrate these 5 Boulder Open Space friendly Candidates at a fun get together with people who care! Please share this information on open space friendly candidates with 5 Boulder friends and family members too! If you copy and past this note and email to 5 friends we will celebrate a win for Open Space on Nov 4th! :) Looking forward to seeing you! For more information and to learn how you can help the 5 Boulder Open Space friendly candidates win election please visit: http://tg4b.org/ We are encouraging all members of the Boulder community who care about Open Space to host a celebration like this to share the good news about the 5 Open Space Candidates with family and friends. For more information please email: [masked]

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  • After Work Hike: Meadowlark Open Space

    Meadowlark Open Space - West Trailhead

    With the coming of fall, brilliant colors are arriving at the lovely proposed Meadowlark - Jumping Mouse Open Space. Join us on a beautiful 1.5 hour nature hike at the proposed 308 acre wild lands preserve at CU South. Home to meadowlarks, golden eagles and feeding grounds for elk and bear this is a guided hike not to miss! This gem of an open space in front of Eldorado Canyon runs between Table Mesa and Broadway/Highway 93 is a secret local's favorite destination. The federally endangered Preble's Jumping Mouse also lives here and next door at the South Boulder Creek State Natural Area. We will meet at 5:30 pm at the Meadowlark West Trail Head in the small parking lot across from the house at 834 Marshall Road. Questions or if you get lost txt or call Ken at[masked]. Feel free to bring friends and family. Be sure you are at the trailhead where the road ends immediately north of the parking area. To help protect the Meadowlark Open Space please sign the petition at: https://www.change.org/p/cu-board-of-regents-create-the-boulder-meadowlark-open-space Many people have asked us which Candidates running for Boulder City Council Support Open Space? Endorsed by Together For Boulder for their support of the Community, Neighborhoods and and Environment we are excited about these 5 candidates winning election: Susan Peterson Adam Swetlik Corina Jucia Mark Wallach Brian Dolan In comparison - Candidate Bob Yates voted to strip the CU South habitat area of its open space other designation to advance development efforts and did not support the creation of the Twin Lakes Owl Preserve. More information about Together 4 Boulder at: http://tg4b.org/ If you support Open Space and hiking trails in Boulder you will love Together 4 Boulder!

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  • Urgent: Help Protect South Boulder Creek State Natural Area From Disposal

    Can you take an hour or so to help defend Boulder Open Space by attending a critical public hearing or by sending the email below? Pro development forces on City Council and the University of Colorado are attempting to "dispose" of Open Space in South Boulder in order to construct new CU sporting fields and more than a thousand apartments and condos on the adjacent habitat area. This is a terrible precedent that puts all Boulder Open Space areas at risk of development by developers hungry for profit. A critical meeting happens Weds Sept 11, 2019 at 6pm to explore Boulder Open Space disposal. This public meeting will happen at the Boulder Council Chambers at Broadway and Canyon by the public library. Attending for an hour will help give Boulder City Council and the Open Space Board of Trustees the support they need to say NO to the University of Colorado - despite immense political pressure and bullying from the University to allow bulldozing of the wetlands. Thank you for attending this meeting - there is also the option to speak for two minutes- but just being there will be tremendously beneficial to show that the people of Boulder care and stand up for our Open Space, our hiking trails and our quality of life. Thank you so much. Ken Beitel - Chair of Wilderness Conservation at the proposed Meadowlark Open Space m. [masked] (please text if you would like to volunteer with the campaign to help create the Meadowlark - Jumping Mouse Open Space. Events/Communication and Legal teams have urgent openings.) Can you take a minute to send the email below. Thank you deeply! === (copy/paste below email - add name at bottom) Subject: Please Protect Boulder Open Space Send to: [masked]; [masked]; [masked]; [masked] -- Email -- Honorable Open Space Board of Trustees, On behalf of the tens of thousands of Boulder community members that love and appreciate Boulder Open Space - at the Sept 11, 2019 Open Space Meeting we humbly ask you to reject the request to dispose and develop 5 acres of critically important wetlands in the South Boulder Creek Open Space and State Natural Area. The proposed University of Colorado 30 foot tall high hazard dam has been engineered to maximize buildable land for the proposed adjacent CU apartments and condos and to protect sporting fields. The high hazard dam represents a massive risk for downstream communities as climate driven storms worsen. If the high hazard dam overtops and breaches, hundreds of Boulder lives could be lost in minutes. What is the best alternative? With 308 acres of undeveloped land available to absorb and retain vast amounts of water, a newly created open space requires only a low earthen dam to safeguard downstream homes. An environmentally friendly proposal has CU build on existing CU parking lots with the addition of underground parking vs bulldozing wetlands and meadow habitat. Why is it important that the Open Space Board of Trustees act as a check and balance and reject the request for open space disposal? Despite requests from hundreds of Boulder citizens, pro development forces on Council have blocked the study of a flood engineering option at CU South supported by 308 acres of protected Open Space. Council has also rejected in person and written requests that an Environmental Impact Assessment be conducted at CU South which is required to protect the globally endangered Preble's Jumping Mouse and other rare animal and wetland plant species. The recent Open Space Master Plan survey shows protection of existing and creation of new Open Space is a key priority for the people of Boulder. As faithful guardians of Boulder's Open Space, we respectfully urge you to reject the request to dispose and develop 5 acres of critical wetlands habitat in the South Boulder Creek Open Space and State Natural Area. Thank you, (add name here)

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  • Garden Party - Meadowlark - Jumping Mouse Open Space

    South Side Walnut Cafe

    ***Location change to South Side Walnut Cafe so we can get brunch after the morning hike. Call Ken when you arrive at[masked] and I'll let you know where our group is. Have you ever wanted to work with an amazing team of people to create a new Boulder Open Space? Imagine if you could help create a place like Chautauqua and Eldorado State Park! Come enjoy meeting great people and lean more at a fun Volunteer Wine and Cheese Social with the Meadowlark - Jumping Mouse Open Space! There are roles to do what you love including: - event and concert organizers - community outreach - email supporters with invites and opportunities to make a difference - meetup outreach - post great events - fundraising -legal - are you a law student or attorney? The University of Colorado and City of Boulder are violating the law by not conducting Preble's Jumping Mouse wildlife studies and an Environmental Impact Assessment before annexing this wildlife habitat into the city and approving development. The federal Endangered Species Act will be a key tool in protecting the Meadowlark open space. -web design and graphic artists -accounting/finance -speak at City Council and community events -lead volunteer teams and nature hikes at the Open Space -media and public relations. The University of Colorado claims to be an environmental and sustainability leader even as they plan to bulldoze wetlands and meadows habitat. Media attention will help CU Boulder to do the right thing and build new condos and apartments on existing parking lots rather than destroying wildlife habitat. -what other things do you love to do? For the Volunteer Garden Party please bring an item to share like cheese or fruit or a bottle of wine or other snacks/beverages. Come enjoy a great mission and meeting remarkable people. We are looking forward to seeing you! And do hike with us at the area at 9:30 am Sunday morning before the garden party volunteer meeting! Hike details here: https://www.meetup.com/MeadowLarkOpenSpace/events/264582989/ Best - Ken Ken Beitel Chair of Wilderness Conservation proposed Boulder Meadowlark - Jumping Mouse Open Space Feel free to contact us in advance of this fun meeting with any questions! m. [masked] email: [masked]

  • Nature Hike: South Boulder Creek State Natural Area - Sunday Morning

    Meadowlark Open Space - West Trailhead

    With the flatirons providing a stunning backdrop, see the amazing creek and wetlands home of the globally and federally endangered rare Preble's Jumping Mouse that lives here and in the adjacent proposed Meadowlark - Jumping Mouse Open Space at CU South. This 1.5 hour long nature hike will reveal the wonders of Boulder's gorgeous wetlands habitat located at the South Boulder Creek State Natural Area located immediately south of town.

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  • Nature Hike: South Boulder Creek State Natural Area - Fri Evening

    Meadowlark Open Space - West Trailhead

    With the flatirons providing a stunning backdrop, see the amazing creek and wetlands home of the globally and federally endangered rare Preble's Jumping Mouse that lives here and in the adjacent proposed Meadowlark - Jumping Mouse Open Space at CU South. This 1.5 hour long nature hike will reveal the wonders of Boulder's gorgeous wetlands habitat located at the South Boulder Creek State Natural Area located immediately south of town. More Information on the remarkable South Boulder Creek State Natural Area: https://www.meetup.com/MeadowLarkOpenSpace/events/264473994/

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  • Nature Hike at the Meadowlark Open Space + South Boulder Garden Party

    Meadowlark Open Space - West Trailhead

    Home to meadowlarks, golden eagles and feeding grounds for moose and bear this is a guided hike not to miss! With the coming of spring the Meadowlarks and wetlands red-winged blackbirds are now in full song. Join us on a beautiful 2 hour nature hike at the proposed 308 acre wild lands preserve at CU South. This gem of an open space in front of Eldorado Canyon runs between Table Mesa and Broadway/Highway 93 is a secret local's favorite destination. We will meet at 9:30am at the Meadowlark West Trail Head in the small parking lot across from the house at 834 Marshall Road. Questions or if you get lost txt or call Ken at[masked]. Feel free to bring friends and family. Be sure you are at the trailhead where the road ends immediately north of the parking area. Following this hike join a 11:30am to 1:30pm South Boulder Garden Party with fine folk that love Boulder Open Space. Bring margarita's or wine and a snack to share! To encourage the University of Colorado Boulder and the City of Boulder to build 1,000 proposed town-homes and condo's on existing CU parking spaces rather than bulldozing wetlands and meadows- please sign the petition to create the Meadowlark Open Space at: https://www.change.org/p/cu-board-of-regents-create-the-boulder-meadowlark-open-space

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  • Evening Nature Hike at the Meadowlark Open Space

    Meadowlark Open Space - West Trailhead

    With the coming of spring the Meadowlarks are now in full song as they begin the nesting cycle at the the lovely proposed Meadowlark Open Space. Join us on a beautiful 2 hour nature hike at the proposed 308 acre wild lands preserve at CU South. Home to meadowlarks, golden eagles and feeding grounds for moose and bear this is a guided hike not to miss! This gem of an open space in front of Eldorado Canyon runs between Table Mesa and Broadway/Highway 93 is a secret local's favorite destination. We will meet at 5:45 pm at the Meadowlark West Trail Head in the small parking lot across from the house at 834 Marshall Road. Questions or if you get lost txt or call Ken at[masked]. Feel free to bring friends and family. Be sure you are at the trailhead where the road ends immediately north of the parking area. To help protect the Meadowlark Open Space please sign the petition at: https://www.change.org/p/cu-board-of-regents-create-the-boulder-meadowlark-open-space

  • Documentary Premiere: "The Human Element"

    CU Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Complex (SEEC) - Auditorium (C120)

    For all of our members who care about the proposed Meadowlark Open Space and mountain environments - from the makers of Chasing Ice - based out of Boulder, Colorado - we are excited to announce a special screening of the "Human Element". https://thehumanelementmovie.com Renowned photographer James Balog (CHASING ICE) uses his camera to reveal how environmental change is affecting the lives of everyday Americans. Following the four classical elements— air, earth, fire and water— to frame his journey, Balog explores wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, coal mining, and the changes in the air we breathe. With compassion and heart, THE HUMAN ELEMENT tells an urgent story while giving inspiration for a more balanced relationship between humanity and nature. After the film we will have one of the team members from the Earth Vision Institute for a Q&A session. Following the show we will gather at Under the Sun for 9pm Happy Hour to socialize. Questions? Text Ken at[masked] The show will be hosted by our friends at the Colorado Renewable Energy Society - Boulder County - more information at https://www.meetup.com/Boulder-Colorado-Renewable-Energy-Society-Meetup Location Directions - Auditorium C120 - CU Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Complex (SEEC) https://seec.colorado.edu/getting-here/directions

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  • Urgent: Help Protect the Meadowlark Open Space (City Council Public Hearing)

    Help us create the proposed Boulder Meadowlark Open Space - a remarkable ecosystem that is home to nesting song birds and raptors like the red-tailed hawk. The Meadowlark Open Space provides important wetlands habitat and is the feeding grounds for deer, black bear and moose. Will the University of Colorado bulldoze the proposed Meadowlark Open Space? Urgent - can you help? 1) Can you join us Tues Aug 7, at 7pm at Boulder City Council to help protect the Meadowlarks that call this open space home and Boulder communities? Wear a green shirt or hat at this public hearing to make your voice heard! RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/MeadowLarkOpenSpace/events/253468167/ 2) Or copy and send the quick email below to Boulder City Council. This will be a huge help. Feel free to add a personal why you care sentence on top for even greater impact. ------------------------------- Email to: [masked]; [masked] ------------------- Hon. Boulder City Council Member, Please act quickly to implement flood protection at the proposed Meadowlark Open Space (CU South) using the Upstream and Variant 1 Options. This is the safest option for downstream Boulder neighborhoods that were devastated by the 2013 flood. One thousand new CU apartments should not be more important than the lives of Boulder citizens. Variant 2 and allowing CU to fill in wetlands in the NW corner of the property maximizes buildable land for CU but threaten the lives and homes of many Boulder communities including Frazier Meadows. Variant 2 also threatens to cover with sludge the South Boulder Creek state natural area that features some of Colorado’s most important wet-meadow habitat along with endangered wildlife species. Two large cottonwood trees wedged in the flow restricted Variant 2 drainage is all it would take for massive downstream flooding of Boulder to occur. The cost effective Upstream and Variant 1 option will provide the highest amount of flood water detention and highest level of safety for Boulder Communities and protect a natural area of critical importance. This option will also allow the NW corner wetlands to help hold back flood waters which will further ensure the safety of Boulder communities even as storms grow stronger every year. Thank you, (add your name here) ---------------- Thanks so much for being part of this community effort and bring a friend! Best - Ken Ken Beitel Chair of Wilderness Conversation Proposed Meadowlark Open Space email: [masked] m. [masked] Thanks so much for being part of this community effort and bring a friend! For more information or to volunteer with the Meadowlark Open Space campaign please email KJ, Chair of Wilderness Conservation at: [masked] And thanks for signing the Change.org petition to Save The Meadowlark Open Space below: https://www.change.org/p/cu-board-of-regents-create-the-boulder-meadowlark-open-space

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