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Wildlife and Prairie Dog Management Public Engagement Opportunities

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Everyone is invited to an Open House and Forum to learn about and share their thoughts on the City of Fort Collins’ approach to wildlife management on City-owned natural areas as well as how wildlife is regulated by the City on private land.   The Open House and Forum will be Thursday, July 28, 5-8 p.m. at the Lincoln Center, Canyon West Ballroom and Columbine Room, 417 West Magnolia Street, Fort Collins.  

Wildlife management on City-owned natural areas is shaped by the Wildlife Management Guidelines.  Wildlife protection and management on private land is regulated by the City’s Land Use Code

Read the summary of the proposed updates to the Wildlife Management Guidelines and proposed options for  Land Use Code changes (pdf).  Use this comment form if you are unable to attend the Open House.

Four New Natural Areas Named

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Four new natural areas have been added to Fort Collins’ extensive network.  Two of the sites will be open to the public within a year and access to the other two sites is expected after management planning efforts, public input, and trail construction. Learn more >>>

Upcoming Free Activities

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Fort Collins, the River, and You Saturday, July 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Poudre River Natural Areas, meet in the Museum of Discovery parking lot, 408 Mason Ct. Discover the Cache la Poudre River as it both meanders and rushes through our city. Learn where it has been, where it is going, and what it sees along the way. Explore what stake you have in the river’s flow and future. 1-2 miles; easy. Free, no registration required but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at naturetracker.fcgov.com

Nature Journaling Series: The Lay of the Land, Saturday, July 23, 6-8 p.m. Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area, meet at the parking lot. Mountains, foothills, trees, water, and plants are all visible in this beautiful natural area. Learn how to settle in and capture that which inspires you most. No art experience required! Program will include a short walk of less than 1 mile. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring water, snacks, journal or paper, your choice of medium (pens, pencils, etc.), and binoculars if you have them. Free, registration required at naturetracker.fcgov.com

Life in a Fire Tower, Wednesday, July 27, 7-8 p.m. Nix Farm, 1745 Hoffman Mill Rd.Hear stories of the summers Doug and Cathy Hutchinson lived in a remote fire lookout tower on West White Pine Mountain. The Fire Tower is now at Running Deer Natural Area. Free, registration required at naturetracker.fcgov.com

Rustic Women of Soapstone Prairie, Saturday, July 30, 1-2:30 p.m. Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, meet at the north parking lot. Discover three pioneer women homesteaders and get a glimpse of early life on the prairie. 0.5 miles, easy. Free, no registration required but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at naturetracker.fcgov.com

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