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June 12, 2017

Boulder County continues review of Elk & Vegetation Management Plan on Rabbit Mountain Open Space – June 20


Board of County Commissioners to accept public testimony in written form (in advance) and orally (in-person) at a public hearing on Tuesday, June 20


Boulder County, Colo. – The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hold a public hearing on the revised draft elk management plan for Rabbit Mountain Open Space beginning at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. The draft Rabbit Mountain Elk & Vegetation Management Plan can be viewed at: www.BoulderCountyOpenSpace.org/elkmanagement.

In order to protect the significant natural biodiversity of Rabbit Mountain, Parks & Open Space staff recommends a combination of limited public hunting, fencing, and hazing to encourage the herd to migrate and reduce overall elk numbers on Rabbit Mountain. In its staff memo to the BOCC, Parks & Open Space proposes using an adaptive management approach including continued elk and vegetation monitoring to determine the effects of this management throughout plan implementation.

Since the draft plan was first circulated for public consideration, public comments have been accepted and posted to the elk management plan website for review by the Parks & Open Space Advisory Committee (POSAC) and the BOCC. Revisions to the draft have been made as the plan has circulated through various public forums.

  • What: Board of County Commissioners’ Public Hearing on the Rabbit Mountain Elk & Vegetation Management Plan
  • When: Tuesday, June 20, beginning at 3 p.m.
  • Where: Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl St., Third Floor, Boulder (map)

Public Comments

Public comments may be submitted in written form (in advance) or delivered orally (in-person) at the public hearing on June 20. Online sign-ups are available for anyone seeking to secure a time slot in advance to speak in-person at the hearing.

Written Comments: Written comments may be submitted through a public comment form on the elk management plan website. (Note: To be considered by the county commissioners ahead of the public hearing, comments should be submitted by 4 p.m. on Monday, June 19.)

Online Speaker Sign-ups: A sign-up form for Individual Speakers and Pool Time Speakers is available at www.BoulderCountyOpenSpace.org/elkmanagement. All signups will be placed in order based on the time they are received. Those wishing to sign up for Pooled Time will need to include the names and addresses for anyone donating time to the Pool. In-person sign-ups on the day of the hearing will also be accepted. Anyone signing up at the time of the hearing will be added to the bottom of the existing list in the order received.

For more information, contact Therese Glowacki, Resource Management Division Manager, at 303-678-6206.

Elk herd along Rabbit Mountain Open Space