Announcements for Late June

 Frozen river in North Fork of South Platte, Bailey Colorado, Division of Wildlife, David Hannigan

Frozen river in North Fork of South Platte, Bailey Colorado, Division of Wildlife, David Hannigan

Request For Proposals: Cozens Ranch Open Space / Fraser River Corridor Master Plan - Town of Fraser - deadline: June 23, 2017. The Town of Fraser is seeking proposals from qualified consultants or firms to develop a site-specific master plan for the Fraser River Corridor which lies within a 120-acre parcel of dedicated open space owned by the Town. This multi-use recreational area, sandwiched between the Fraser River and US Highway 40, is known locally as the Cozens Ranch Open Space, honoring William Cozens who first homesteaded this land in the late 1800's. The Town has completed over $1,000,000 in improvements within the open space in the last 15 years and is seeking a plan for additional enhancements and improvements. The selected firm will work with the Town to analyze existing conditions, gather public input, and develop the master plan. CONTACT: Catherine Trotter (970) 726-5491 x209, ctrotter@town.fraser.co.us.

Colorado WaterWise is seeking conservation case studies. They are compiling examples that exemplify water conservation best practices (BP), based on the Guidebook of Best Practices. Case Studies are available to members only, and are designed to assist water providers of all sizes in developing effective water conservation programs that deliver real demand reductions among existing customers, and ensure new customers join the system with efficiency already built in. For more information go to Coloado Waterwise Case Studies.

The EPA has produced a guide to encourage partnerships between park agencies and stormwater agencies to promote the use of green infrastructure on park lands.  Green infrastructure can help to maximize the environmental, economic, and social benefits of parks. By building strong partnerships, agencies can improve park lands and access to parks, better manage stormwater, increase community resiliency to shifting weather patterns, and provide funding to implement and maintain park enhancements that benefit the community. The guide is designed to provide a stepwise approach for building relationships with potential partners, and includes information on how to identify and engage partners, build relationships, involve the community, leverage funding opportunities, and identify green infrastructure opportunities. Click HERE for more information. 

Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate—This Urban Land Institute (ULI) report brings together an analysis of the stormwater policy landscape and an introduction to a variety of real estate development projects that have responded to them. After outlining the reasons that stormwater management is important to cities, this report introduces a series of real estate case studies and a range of types of stormwater policies. The report can be viewed here.

Ever been curious about what happens to a forest after a wildfire? Come explore the site of the 2002 Hayman fire, the largest recorded fire in Colorado history. See firsthand the surprising state of recovery as well as consequences on native plants, watershed conditions and ecology. Your guide will be Milt Robinson, formerly with the U. S. Forest Service and Denver University.  Saturday, June 24th, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  To learn more and to register, go to:  https://npm.eventbrite.com.

 SAVE THE DATE for the next Watershed Wildfire Protection Group meeting on Friday, July 7th, 2017 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm MDT at the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Administration Building; Bighorn Room @ 6060 Broadway in Denver. A tentative agenda for the meeting will be available by mid-June. Please also feel free to contact them in the meantime with any concerns, ideas, questions, or suggested agenda items for upcoming meetings, etc. Richard M. Edwards, CF at (970) 491-8036 or Rich.Edwards@colostate.edu.