Posted on February 19, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
The Rocky Mountain Greenway will help connect residents if the Denver metro area with the great outdoors. Map courtesy USFWS.
Open space vision aims to connect cities with wildlife refuges, parks and open space
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — A $1.7 million grant from the federal government will help move the metro Denver area closer to the final vision of the Rocky Mountain Greenway, with uninterrupted trails and open space connecting communities in the region.
“The Rocky Mountain Greenway is a shining example of what happens when strong federal, state, local and private partnerships align to take the vision of this uninterrupted trail and open space network and turn it into a reality for the Denver metropolitan area,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement. “Already we’ve constructed important links in the Greenway, and today’s funding will help complete another critical section to connect Denver’s hundreds of miles of trails.” Continue reading
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Posted on January 2, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
A land trade adding new land to Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge will help connect the federal parcel to regional open space and trail systems.
Expansion helps link parcel to regional open space and trail networks
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Federal, state and local officials have finalized a complex land swap that expand Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge by about 1,200 acres and connect the refuge to regional open space and trail systems.
“Today’s action will significantly expand one of the cornerstones of Colorado’s open space and trails network and will protect the Front Range’s mountain backdrop as one of the state’s crown jewels,” said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. “I applaud all the partners who have come together with the state and local communities to connect people to the great outdoors and to take this key step toward realizing the Rocky Mountain Greenway as America’s next great urban park.”
The Rocky Mountain Greenway will connect hundreds of miles of trails in the Denver metropolitan area. linking the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Rocky Flats and Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuges, Rocky Mountain National Park, and community trail systems. Continue reading
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Posted on June 4, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Rocky Flat National Wildlife Refuge. PHOTO COURTESY U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE.
$9.4 million deal was years in the making
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A key tract of Front Range land with important habitat for the threatened Preble’s meadow jumping mouse and a remnant stand of tall-grass prairie will be added to the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge.
The Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners this approved the first step in a $9.4 million deal to transfer ownership of the majority of the Rocky Flats School Section 16 to the federal government. Continue reading
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