*Due in large part to our advocacy, the City of Golden has contracted with a consultant, Great Ecology, to develop an Open Space Master Plan.
*Staff from the Colorado Natural Heritage Program (https://cnhp.colostate.edu/) completed their field work in the fall of 2020 and recently published their report titled Biological Survey of Golden Open Space Property, Jefferson County.
Stewards has provided the City of Golden and Stonebridge HOA, who contributed to the cost of the survey, with copies of the complete report and have recommended that the findings be included in the development of the City's Open Space Master Plan. These findings were presented to the Parks Recreation and Museum Advisory (PRAM) Board.
Download or view the complete report including significant findings and recommendations below.
*As an organization Stewards provided public comments to the PRAM Board for use in their development of an RFP for the long awaited Open Space Master Plan.
*Stewards received the completed product from the Colorado School of Mines Senior Student Capstone project. One of our committee members worked with a third-party provider to convert the project data files to 3D models of two of the Golden Open Space parcels. Because of the impact of COVID on CSM resource access, the student team was unable to complete the 3D model development on their own.
*Stewards again participated in the Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF) Eco-Expo. We couldn’t greet you in person this year, due to COVID, but we enjoyed meeting you virtually!
*Stewards crafted a proposal that was selected for participation in the Colorado School of Mines Senior Student Capstone project resulting in our current work with a great team of 5 CSM senior environmental and civil engineering students. The students are designing a comprehensive physical record and inventory template, including 3D maps, hydrological and geological features and potential climate change impacts on our open spaces.
*Stewards began negotiations with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP) at CSU for a biological assessment (wildlife, birds and vegetation) of our open spaces to better understand the other species that share our important natural areas.
*In February we participated as an exhibitor in the Colorado Environmental Film Festival's Eco-Expo. The festival is held annually at the Colorado Mountaineering Center in Golden. We met a lot of folks who appreciate our open space and are as passionate about protecting and preserving it as we are. Thank you to everyone who stopped by!
*Attained non-profit status, formed a Steering Committee and created our website.
*Conducted two landmark geology/history tours of Kinney Run Open Space led by Mines Professor Donna Anderson and Councilor Paul Haseman that highlighted the unique and special aspects of this open space.
*Conducted a landmark botanical field trip of the North Washington Open Space for the Golden Parks, Recreation and Museum Advisory (PRAM) Board to explain the significance and importance of the native prairie located there. This tour was led by a member of our steering committee, Tom Schweich.
*Met with Jeffco Open Space staff to learn about best practices for cultural, wildlife, botanic, geologic and hydrologic assessment processes for open space assets and set the ground work for an ongoing working relationship.
*Supported the development of a City of Golden Open Space Master Plan that will provide clear and thoughtful guidance for the preservation, protection, management, use and future of our open space. As a result of our advocacy, funding for such a plan is in the current draft of the 2020 Capital Improvements Budget.
*Prepared educational materials about our open space elements and assets and submitted articles to local publications to introduce ourselves and our mission and gather community support.
*We participating in local community events, like the Golden Gallop, Golden Nonprofit Expo and the Colorado Environmental Film Festival Eco-Expo, and sponsored community events like the Coyote 5K fundraiser to publicize our mission and gather community support.
School of Mines Capstone students from left to right - Brock, Alex, Breanna, Charlie and Jack.
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