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Forest Service officials announce plans to restructure camping near Nederland

Forest Service officials announce plans to restructure camping near Nederland
Camping restrictions, day-use rules will be implemented after Labor Day to protect health and safety

BOULDER, Colo., (Aug. 11, 2020) – Working in close collaboration with local officials and community leaders, the Roosevelt National Forest is announcing plans to reconfigure West Magnolia’s designated campsites into better organized loops with services and amenities, such as metal fire rings, pit toilets and trash receptacles. The plan includes improving signs and maps in the designated camping area, clarifying where camping is allowed and clarifying that campfires are allowed within metal fire rings at designated campsites only.

West Magnolia serves as a gateway to recreation opportunities around Nederland. The area’s proximity to Nederland makes it attractive for visitors interested in enjoying the restaurants, services and activities in town. The Forest has been working in shared stewardship with partners over the past few years to enhance the extensive network of mountain biking and hiking trails around West Magnolia. Yet, there is growing public concern over health and safety issues caused by people camping outside of the designated campsites in the area.

“This is a heavily populated area with thousands of private residences, in addition to the high school and town, bordering the national forest,” said Boulder District Ranger Angela Gee. “Escaped campfires have caused on average, between five and 10 small wildfires per year in this small and densely populated area. In addition, this area serves as a critical drinking water supply for millions of Colorado residents.”

In August 2018, in response to public concerns, Forest staff conducted a collaborative review of the site with a team of law enforcement, fire officials and community stakeholders. The team proposed improving the placement and definition of the 22 designated existing campsites, adding metal fire rings to the campsites, partnering with the town to provide restrooms and trash facilities, improving signs and maps specifying where camping is allowed, continuing educational efforts by existing community outreach groups, and implementing stricter regulations outside of the designated dispersed campsites.

To support the team’s proposal, the Forest is enacting temporary restrictions across approximately 3,800 acres of National Forest System land immediately south of the West Magnolia dispersed camping area from the Gilpin County line north to the Town of Nederland and east to the Front Range Trailhead [see map]. The order will go into effect after Labor Day and will require camping in designated sites only, restrict campfires outside of metal rings in designated sites and allow day use only. By keeping use to the hours between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., law enforcement can better educate the public about where camping is appropriate. Licensed hunting and fishing will be exempted from the day use only restriction.

“Our hope is that reconfiguring the campground will improve the user experience and that strengthening existing restrictions outside of designated campsites will improve the health and safety of the area for all users and neighboring residents,” Gee said.

The Forest will implement the review team’s recommendation in phases through community stewardship and partnership over the next few summers. Learn more about the site review, efforts to improve the area and provide comments and input at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/westmag.

Nederland Downtown Development Authority Meeting – August 12, 2020 at 6pm

Please join us for the Nederland Downtown Development Authority meeting on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 6pm. The meeting will be held virtually through WebEx and is open to the public.
 
Meeting number: 126 706 2229
Password: n6NEiXBpu83
Join by phone: +1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Access code: 126 706 2229
Password: 66634927 from phones and video systems
 

Town Hall Hours Week of 8/10 – 8/14

Town Hall Hours Week of 8/10 – 8/14
 
Monday, August 10th: 10am – 2pm
 
Tuesday, August 11th: By Appointment
 
Wednesday, August 12th: 10am – 2pm
 
Thursday, August 13th: By Appointment
 
Friday, August 14th: 10am – 2pm
 
If you need assistance on Monday, Wednesday or Friday outside of the 10am-2pm time frame, please call to make an appointment.
 
Appointments can be made by calling 303-258-3266 ext. 0. Please leave a message and someone will return your call.

The Fitness Center is OPEN!

The Fitness Place is OPEN! Weight room, cardio and studio are open, 8am-12pm and 4pm-8pm Tuesdays and Thursdays. Reservations are strongly encouraged but drop-ins are welcome! Masks will be required at all times while in the facility. Social distancing will be monitored and enforced by staff, those with reservations will be given priority.

Nederland Census Event – Monday, August 10, 2020

Census results affect your community every day and we need to make sure that Mountain People Count! (https://my2020census.gov/)

School lunches. Plans for highways. Support for firefighters and families in need. The Census determines where hundreds of billions in federal funding will go every year and provide data that will impact communities FOR THE NEXT  DECADE!

The 2020 Census is a simple questionnaire about yourself and everyone who was living with you on April 1, 2020. Here is a link to the questions. https://2020census.gov/en/about-questions.html

Starting in August, Census takers will start visiting the households that haven’t answered the Census. So fill it out now, online or call 844-330-2020 and do it over the phone.

Town of Nederland Awarded Grant Funds for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Please join us in congratulating Garrett McDaniel, Nederland’s Sustainability Coordinator, and the Sustainability Advisory Board, in being awarded $50,000 in grant funds for a Fast Charging Station by the Regional Air Quality Council. This grant will allow Nederland to increase electric vehicle infrastructure in the region. In addition, Nederland received a separate grant, funded by Xcel Energy, to pay for the necessary electrical required to run the charging station.
 
Congratulations Garrett and SAB! Thank you all for your continued commitment to Nederland’s energy efficiency goals!

Applications Due Tomorrow for PROSAB Vacancy!

Applications are due tomorrow for the Parks, Recreation & Open Space Advisory Board (PROSAB) vacancy.
 
PROSAB maintains the Town of Nederland and Surrounding Areas Open Space, Trails, Parks and Outdoor Recreation’s Master Plan in conformance with the Town’s vision and with the direction of the Board of Trustees. PROSAB members serve for three-year terms. Vacancy terms expire June 1, 2023
 
Interested parties should complete an application located at: https://nederlandco.org/government/town-boards/ and return it to the Town Clerk, Miranda Fisher. Applications can be submitted via email, in person at Town Hall, 45 West First St., or through postal mail at Town Hall, P.O. Box 396, Nederland, CO 80466.
 
Applications are due by 5pm on Friday, August 7, 2020.

Emergency Board of Trustees Meeting – Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 7pm

At the August 4, 2020 regular Board of Trustees meeting, the board decided to call for a special meeting on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 7:00pm to review Emergency Ordinance No. 810 imposing a temporary moratorium on the submission, acceptance, processing, and approval of any license application for all retail and medical marijuana establishments. This meeting will be held virtually through WebEx and is open to the public.

Website: https://townclerk.my.webex.com/townclerk.my/j.php?MTID=m7a4ccc473bcc53f8d23f6b8e52b839d0

Meeting number: 126 109 1470

Password: TRu6JeK43RP

Join by phone: +1-415-655-0001 US Toll

Access code: 126 109 1470

Password: 87865354 from phones and video systems

Click here for the agenda packet!

Connecting Colorado Career Workshops are Back, Virtually!

Career workshops are back, virtually!

Our Computer Training Center (formerly known as ‘SDL’) is open, virtually!

We have adapted some of our most in-demand workshops

and have opened them up to 40 participants.

Virtual Career Workshops

  • Career Exploration
  • Virtual Job Search
  • Updating and Tailoring Your Resume
  • Interview Preparation
  • LinkedIn 101
  • LinkedIn 201

For descriptions of the workshops, click here or see the attached flyer.

To see the workshop schedule for the first two weeks of August,

please create an account in www.connectingcolorado.com

and click on Workshops.

 

How this works:

  • To sign up, have clients go to www.connectingcolorado.com and login to their account.
  • If they don’t have an account they will need to create one in order to enroll in the workshops.
  • Towards the right-hand side of the screen, click on “Workshops” under “My Tool Box”. Then click on “Upcoming Workshops” located in the blue bar towards the left-hand side of the screen.  They select the workshop they would like to attend, then scroll to the bottom and hit “Go”.
  • Participants will be emailed a Microsoft Teams link to the workshop a day or two before the workshop date that include detailed instructions.
  • They do not need to have Teams downloaded, the link works through the internet.
  • Clients will need to have internet access, and either a smart phone (we recommend using Wi-Fi, otherwise data use would be too costly) or a computer to access the workshops.
  • If no internet access is available to the client, they can attend in listening mode by phone and we can send the learning materials by email.

Questions? Concerns? Need help getting signed up? Email us here at ceinfo@bouldercounty.org.

 

Virtual Computer Training Center

  • Clients can work on their computer skills remotely!
  • We offer a large selection of Microsoft programs as well as some Google applications (see attached flyer).
  • See the attached Computer Training information sheet for a list of available programs.
  • For access to the Virtual Computer Training Center, clients will need to send a request to CTCinfo@bouldercounty.org.
  • They will be sent a link with a user name and password that will allow them to access the computer training.

 

We’re glad to be back and happy to help your clients.