Our 2020 accomplishments!
*We are excited because Stewards recently 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. The student team will also be designing a possible interpretive plan for a very significant, but currently closed, important paleontological site in Golden.
*Stewards is also recently in 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!
Our 2019 accomplishments!
*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. The feedback from these tours will help develop future educational tours of Golden’s other open spaces. Professor Anderson conducted a similar tour of the North Hogback Open Space which is a National Natural Landmark.
*Conducted a landmark botanical field trip of the North Washington Open Space for the Golden Parks, Recreation and Museum Advisory 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.
*Established a working group to research best practices for open space planning and preservation across Colorado.
*Currently supporting 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.
*Attended multiple meetings with city officials and staff to introduce ourselves and gain their support for our mission.
*Reached out to and begun forming alliances with other open space preservation and stakeholder organizations.
*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 are participating in local community events, like the Golden Gallop, Golden Nonprofit Expo and the Colorado Environmental Film Festival Eco-Expo, and sponsoring community events like the Coyote 5K fundraiser, to publicize our mission and gather community support.
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