Canyon Area Residents for the Environment

C.A.R.E. is a nonprofit coalition of HOAs and other neighborhood groups in the Central Mountain Area of Jefferson County.  Our purpose is to preserve and enhance the community and the environment, provide a forum for community deliberation and a unified affirmative action to promote positive governmental action consistent with the needs of the area.

C.A.R.E. Geographic Area

C.A.R.E. covers that section of Jefferson County between Clear Creek on the north to Bear Creek on the south, from the Hogback in the east to the western border of Jefferson County. The C.A.R.E. area is bisected by Mount Vernon Canyon and Interstate 70 and includes Mount Morrison, Genesee and Lininger Mountain and Mount Vernon. Read more about Who We Are …

C.A.R.E. Quarterly Meetings and Minutes

C.A.R.E. meetings are quarterly, usually a Wednesday evening at 7PM. Based on County Health Department recommendations, meetings are held by Zoom, in-person, or a combination thereof.  Go to the current year meeting schedule for more information on when and where, or contact for more information on our meetings.  Curious as to what we’ve been doing in past meetings? Link to Quarterly Meeting Minutes.

Fire Season

Information and Resources for dealing with fire in the mountains , including Kitty Pring’s presentation on wildfire mitigation grants for HOAs and the entire set of the CSU Extension Wildfire Wednesdays 2020 presentations. We’re continually adding wildfire preparedness digital resources, brochures on what to do, when to do it, and how to get it done. Read online or download the PDFs. For all the  information we have on file, go to Fire Season.

Weed War

Weeds are a growing concern in our neighborhood. Many homeowner associations and individuals informed C.A.R.E. that they felt overwhelmed by the numbers of weeds, particularly, the Bull, Canadian, and Musk thistles.  C.A.R.E. hopes to help share information on what works, investigate grants and foster cooperation in dealing with this invasion. Click here for information on how to fight noxious weeds.

1988 July Canada Thistle and deer from Yvonne Micke1988 Comparison then & now Elk and deer at Rilliet ParkPost Canada Thistle treatment

Read about what was done to achieve this Thistle free pasture.