C.A.R.E.’s Future Direction, Call For Nominations

In two weeks we’ll be deciding the future of C.A.R.E. In years past, C.A.R.E. has done so much for our community since its inception in 1987, when it was formed to “…preserve and enhance the community and environment, to promote awareness, and provide a forum for community deliberation…” for the citizens who live in the I-70 corridor of the Foothills west of Denver.

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CARE all-delegate meeting June 16, 2015

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In a little over a month all delegates will be meeting to determine the direction of C.A.R.E. for the next year.

As read in the Bylaws (see below), January is when we are supposed to have our annual all-delegate meeting and when we elect new officers for the upcoming year. But so much happens in January, with Holiday travel and weather events, and as a result the annual meetings have shifted from January to June — and this June we’ll be electing a new slate of officers.

The decision-making body of CARE is comprised of delegates from each of the member associations and groups that are within the CARE area. From this body of delegates CARE officers are elected for 1-year terms.

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Activation Ministry Wins Long Legal Battle

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Canyon Courier, Wednesday May 6th, 2015: Lookout Mountain church wins long legal battle: Way is clear for Gateway on Mount Zion to expand when the Colorado Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal.

At some time in the recent past, Activation Ministry changed their name to Gateway on Mount Zion…

http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/lookout-mountain-church-wins-long-legal-battle

Purge Your Spurge, Myrtle Spurge

Purge Your Spurge! Event Aims to Help Eradicate Toxic Weed

You may have seen it in a neighbor’s yard. Maybe you have it in your own yard. And maybe you even think it is somewhat attractive. But the truth is, there is nothing pretty about the noxious weed Myrtle spurge. Jefferson County Weed & Pest needs your help in getting rid of this plant that takes over the landscape and is a danger to people, desirable plants and wildlife.

Myrtle spurge (Euphorbia myrsinites) is a highly invasive ‘List A’ noxious weed that is required by the Colorado Noxious Weed Act (C.R.S. 35-5.5-101-119) to be eradicated. Myrtle spurge contains a toxic, milky sap which can cause severe skin irritations, including blistering. Hand-pulling, digging, and herbicide applications are effective methods used to control it. It is highly recommended to wear gloves, long sleeves, shoes and eye protection when in contact with Myrtle spurge as all the plant parts are considered poisonous.

Identifying Myrtle Spurge: This weed, also called donkeytail spurge or creeping spurge, is a low-growing perennial with trailing fleshy stems which spreads rapidly to surrounding areas and can ‘jump’ fences to natural areas and displace native vegetation and reduce forage for wildlife. The leaves are fleshy, blue-green and alternate; the flowers are bright yellow-green, petal-like, and appear from February to May.

Jefferson County Weed & Pest is partnering with Wildland Restoration Volunteers (WRV) to raise awareness and ensure eradication of Myrtle spurge.  For more information about WRV and other Purge Your Spurge visit their website at www.wlrv.org.

Contact:
Alicia Doran, County Weed & Pest Management Specialist
303-271-5989, adoran@jeffco.us

Katie Matthews

Community Relations and Marketing Coordinator

Jefferson County Open Space

303-271-5960 Direct  720-415-9173 Cell

www.jeffco.us/open-space

 

Trails Talk Forum April 2015, “Know Before You Go”

For Immediate Release:
Trails Talk Forum 2015-Apr Teaser promo graphicJefferson County Open Space is hosting their Spring Trails Talk public forum with the theme of encouraging park visitors to “Know Before You Go”. Many of the topics center around being prepared before visiting a park, and knowing your alternatives—resulting in a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience.

This event will be held on Wednesday, April 29, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., at the American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St, Golden, CO 80401 in the first floor conference rooms.

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Discover Wildflowers in Jeffco Open Space

From Bailey Becker, Jeffco Public Information Office, 4/03/2015:

WildflowersHave you ever wandered down a trail in your favorite Jeffco Open Space Park and wondered what those beautiful wildflowers were? If you take a Native Plant Master® Course, you will learn not only the names and identifying features of these trailside beauties but also discover interesting facts about their lifestyles, friends and foes. Upcoming offerings include:
•    NPM Course at Mt. Falcon Park on Fridays May 8, 15 and 22, 8:30 a.m.-12:40 p.m.
•    NPM Course at High Plains on Saturdays May 9, 16 and 23, 8 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
•    Plants of Green Mountain: Wednesday, May 13, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
For a list of other Native Plant Master offerings, see www.npm.eventbrite.com. Register soon as offerings fill quickly. If you would like to receive notices of future classes, contact npmassistant@jeffco.us.

For information about Jefferson County Extension, visit www.jeffcoextension.org or call 303-271-6620.

Jeffco Expands the Slash Program, Summer 2015

From Bailey Becker, Jeffco Public Information Office, 4/03/2015:

SlashAs we enter into the spring and summer, it is time to start spring cleaning our properties and clearing out our slash, which includes tree limbs, tree tops and pine needles. Doing this is essential to keeping our homes safe and the forests healthy in Jeffco.

You will be able to bring your slash to one of many collections that Jefferson County is offering this year. The slash collection program is expected to run every weekend, except July 4 and 5, from May 30 and 31 until October 24 and 25. Sites are being confirmed and will be announced on the slash web page.

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Save the Date, CARE meeting June 16, 2015

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Mark your calendars, we’re going to have our next CARE all-delegate meeting on Tuesday the 16th of June. Delegates and interested citizens are welcome to attend. More details to follow next month.

Warm regards,
Michelle Poolet
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Canyon Area Residents for the Environment (C.A.R.E.)
www.CAREjeffco.org
Golden CO 80401          303.526.1348, 303.598.8359
mapoolet@ix.netcom.com
Thank you for C.A.R.E.ing about our community and the environment!
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Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Twitter Chat, 4/7

From: “Cathy Prudhomme” <CPrudhomme@nfpa.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 2, 2015 2:08:15 PM
Subject: Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Twitter Chat – Tuesday, April 7

Wildland Fire Stakeholders,

Participate in next week’s Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Twitter Chat Tuesday, April 7 at 2pm EDT.  Using the hashtag #WildfirePrepDay the sixty-minute format will focus on projects that can be coordinated for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, Saturday, May 2 and America’s PrepareAthon Thursday, April 30.  The conversation will provide information on mitigation, communication and evacuation.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about Wildfire Preparedness Day and America’s PrepareAthon projects and the available resources and ideas. Special guest participants include:

  • U.S. Fire Administration:  Phyllis Krietz, Fire Program Specialist, United States Fire Administration
  • America’s PrepareAthon:  Allison Carlock, Individual and Community Preparedness Division, U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA
  • U.S. Forest Service:  Pam Leschak, National WUI/FAC Program Manager
  • Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS):  Brent Henzi, Public Affairs Manager

Post these promotional tweets and get your stakeholders involved too:

  • Participate in the #WildfirePrepDay Twitter Chat – 4/7 at 2pm EDT and learn how you can accomplish something great!
  • Find your role in Wildfire Community Preparedness Day – People.Projects.Purpose. #WildfirePrepDay Twitter Chat 4/7 at 2PM EDT.
  • Learn how to make communities more wildfire resilient – #WildfirePrepDay Twitter Chat, 4/7 at 2pm EDT.
  • Be a local preparedness champion – plan a Wildfire Prep Day activity. Learn more in the #WildfirePrepDay Twitter Chat 4/7 at 2pm EDT.
  • Reduce your community’s wildfire risk with a PrepDay project.  Get mentored in the 4/7 #WildfirePrepDay Twitter Chat at 2pm EDT.

Demonstrate your commitment to wildfire preparedness by adding your May 2 activities to the nationwide project map.  It’s easy to do and illustrates the magnitude of grassroots risk reduction projects occurring throughout the U.S.

Cathy Prudhomme
Community Outreach Program Manager – NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division
303-736-8461
6855 South Havana Street, Suite 180
Centennial, CO 80112

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