Natural Areas Plans, Policies and Permits
The 2014 Natural Areas Master Plan (PDF 0KB) updates the Land Conservation and Stewardship Master Plan 2004 (PDF 1.7MB) which updated the 1992 Natural Areas Policy Plan (PDF 12.4MB)
- Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Management Plan (PDF 2.5MB)
- Cache la Poudre River Natural Areas Management Plan Update, 2011 (PDF 8.1MB) and EXECUTIVE SUMMARY of Cache la Poudre River Natural Areas Management Plan Update, 2011 (PDF 629KB)
- Foothills Management Plan (PDF 17.4MB)
- Fossil Creek Natural Areas Management Plan (PDF 6.2MB)
- Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space Management Plan (PDF 1.9MB) Note: This site is now Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area
- Soapstone Prairie Natural Area Management Plan (PDF 5.2MB)
Other Policies, Position Statements
- Agriculture Position Statement (PDF 8.0MB)
- Easement Policy, 2012 (PDF 33KB)
- General Management Guidelines (PDF 861KB) directs the management of all City of Fort Collins natural areas.
- Other Power-driven Mobility Devices Policy (PDF 656KB) and Trail Assessment (PDF 39KB)
- Resource Management definition (PDF 85KB)
- Wildlife Management Guidelines (PDF 4.5MB)
Research and Survey Reports
- Interpretive Sign Evaluation Report (PDF 148KB) 2009 by Shawn Davis, Colorado State University
- Resident Survey, 2011 (PDF 1.4MB)
- Visitor Survey, 2006 (PDF 370KB)
Special use permit: A special use permit is required for a variety of activities such as groups over 15, research, collecting and much more. Check the Natural Areas Permit Conditions Table (PDF 33KB) for details. Please plan ahead, five business days are required to process permits. It is your responsibility to know and obey the regulations of the areas you visit.
Commercial use permit (PDF 471KB): If you are applying for a permit to operate a commercial activity in the Natural Areas please see the Commercial Use Policy and associated Fees, on the Commercial Use Permit application. Once we receive your application we will contact you to review to application, conditions and arrange payment. Ten business days are required to process Commercial Use permit applications.
A easement is required for any work on/access to the City’s Natural Areas.
Typical projects requiring easements or rights-of-way include but are not limited to streets, water, sewer, drainage, flood control, electric power, and telecommunications facilities.