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Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm Management Plan Update
Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm

Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm
Management Plan Update

Parks & Open Space has drafted an updated management plan to better balance the multiple uses of Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm.

Draft Plan

The Draft Management Plan Update is now available. The plan includes recommendations for refinements to the management of the Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm.

Virtual Public Meeting
Oct. 27, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Staff will present an overview of the draft plan update, recommendations, and the public input and approval process. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Please register to attend the virtual public meeting. There is no deadline to register as registrations will be accepted until the meeting ends. The meeting will be conducted as a Zoom Webinar and will be recorded. The recording will be posted the following day.

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Public Comment

Public comments are being accepted on the draft plan. Comments received by Nov. 9 will be incorporated into the staff presentation to the Parks & Open Space Advisory Committee on Thursday, Nov. 19. Comments received by Dec. 7 will be incorporated into the presentation to the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, Dec. 15, for consideration of a decision on whether to adopt the plan.

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Objectives

The primary objectives of the plan update are:

  • Create a working document that shows and respects the values and interests of all stakeholders.
  • Is balanced, flexible, and innovative in its approach.
  • Has been thoroughly analyzed through a thorough and transparent process.
  • Limits current and future conflicts.
  • Provides for the preservation and management of the area’s important agricultural, natural, cultural, and recreational resources.

The updated management plan is envisioned to:

  • Document the most up-to-date information about the property including its agricultural, natural, cultural, and recreational resources and open space activities.
  • Identify opportunities for enhancement to balance and optimize multiple resource priorities.
  • Consider input from public stakeholders and agency partners.
  • Inform future budget allocations and annual funding requests.

Plan Adoption Process

Historic Preservation Advisory Board Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 5, 6 p.m.
Information item with staff presentation and board discussion on the draft plan update, with an emphasis on cultural resources.

Parks & Open Space Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m.
Action item with a staff presentation, public hearing, and recommendation to the Boulder County Board of Commissioners on the draft plan.

Boulder County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1 p.m.
Public Hearing with a staff presentation and board consideration of recommendation to adopt the plan.

Background

Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm is a multi-faceted open space that encompasses a wide variety of resource activities including agriculture and water resources, wildlife, plant ecology, trails and recreation, education and outreach, cultural and historic preservation.

Purchased beginning in 1980, it is located along Highway 287 and Dillon Road and encompasses approximately 1,130 acres. The property borders the City and County of Broomfield to the south and City of Lafayette to the northwest. The current management plan was adopted in 2002. Key features include:

  • An active producing farm with irrigated and dryland cropland and rangeland.
  • Leases for agricultural operation and Birds of Prey Foundation rehabilitation center.
  • Over three miles of public trails including the Rock Creek Regional Trail and the Stearns Lake Trailhead with access to fishing and picnic facilities.
  • Visited by over 70,000 recreationalists in 2018.
  • Locally designated cultural landscape with seven prehistoric and 18 historic sites.
  • Three designated Critical Wildlife Habitat areas, a 40-acre prairie dog preserve, and an additional 158-acre Habitat Conservation Area for prairie dogs.
  • Two riparian creek corridors, 25+ acres of wetlands, and 64+ acres of significant natural communities include native short-grass prairie.
  • Four operating oil and gas wells.
  • Peopl at Carolyn Holmberg Preserve
  • Corn field at Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm
  • Cows at Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm
  • Sign at Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm
  • Trail at Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm
  • Prairie dog at Carolyn Holmberg Preserve
  • Pumpkins at Carolyn Holmberg Preserve
  • Stearns Lake at Carolyn Holmberg Preserve

Previous Meetings

POSAC on April 23

Staff presented an update at a virtual meeting of the Parks & Open Space Advisory Board (POSAC) on April 23. The update included analysis of public comments received thus far. The meeting was livestreamed and allowed the public to submit written comments which were read to POSAC members for their consideration.

Open House on March 11

An open house was held on March 11. Staff shared information and gathered input on what is working well, areas for enhancement, and opportunities and constraints to consider in developing redefined management direction.

Contact Us

Parks & Open Space

Marni Ratzel
303-678-6271