Increasing open space visitation leading to instances of trail & natural resource damageOpen space agencies remind visitors to practice responsible recreation and stay close to homeFour Colorado Front Range park and open space agencies are seeing instances of trail and natural resource damage as visitation to area public lands has increased over the last month.
With high visitation likely to continue and declining tax revenue likely to decrease overall open space maintenance efforts, a group of Front Range open space agencies want to remind Coloradoans to practice responsible recreation to help protect each other and our shared public lands. They also continue to stress open space visitors need to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance and wear face coverings while recreating on open space lands.
Recently, Rangers, ecologists and staff members with Boulder County Parks and Open Space, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, Denver Parks and Recreation Mountain Parks and Jefferson County Open Space have seen:
While the open space agencies have instituted several management actions to address crowding, such as temporary closures at crowded trailheads and full parking lots, they may implement additional closures to mitigate trail and natural resource damage. The park and open space agencies request the cooperation of the public in helping them to maintain shared public lands. To reduce the likelihood of trail closures, the park and open space agencies request visitors:
The agencies also request visitors plan their recreation visits carefully. View designated open space trail maps and closure areas through these websites:
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