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Date Saturday  5/18/2019
Group State CMC
Event Title Colorado Public Lands Day at Flying J Ranch
Status Approved
Leader Brinkley Messick
Co-Leader Steve Bonowski
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Leader Price Free
Available Participants 2
Type Service Projects


Flying J Ranch, Conifer

For the next 2 years Jefferson County Open Space's Forestry team will try to complete over 100 acres of forest management. Th focus will be towards wildfire mitigation, wildlife habitat improvement, and overall natural resource protection in and around Flying J Ranch Park.

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For additional information please contact Brink Messick with any questions. 



In May 2016, Colorado became the first state in the nation to establish a state holiday for our public lands. The third Saturday in May is now recognized as Colorado Public Lands Day, a day to celebrate how our public lands are central to our economy and our quality of life. Coloradans know that our forests, rivers, mountains, grasslands, and parks are a huge part of our economy, from fueling tourism and outdoor retailers to drawing in new businesses and residents.

What better way to show your apreciation for our public lands  than by lending a hand to help steward this great open space! No experience necessary, leadership provided by CMC Conservation and Jefferson County Land Managers.

CMC members will join other volunteers to assist the Jefferson County Open Space’s Forestry Team and their efforts to improve wildlife habitat and mitigate wildfire risks at Flying J Ranch to Celebrate Colorado Public Lands Day on May 18th.  

Location:Flying J Ranch, Conifer

Date:Colorado Public Lands Day, May 18th2019

Time:7:30 am to 1:30 pm

Meals: Bagels and Coffee provided in the morning and lunch provided by JeffCo Open Space!

The project: Work will focus on reducing the densities of mixed conifer stands, promoting aspen stands, creating lodgepole regeneration patch cuts, and restoring ponderosa pine forests. Over time, this effort will create a landscape more resistant to catastrophic wildfire and insect damage by increasing the diversity of tree species, age classes, and distribution patterns within the forest. This project will also enhance visitor safety by removing hazardous trees around the picnic area and priority trail corridors. 

What you will be doing to help with the overall project: Volunteers are needed to help consolidate some of the felled trees, so they can be chipped and or stacked to create habitat for wildlife. Volunteers will also be closing closing a user created trail in the park in an effort to protect habitat for native wildlife, plants and insects.  

Please come prepare with:

  • Work Gloves

  • Work Clothes Apropriate for Weather including: Long Pants Long Sleeve Shirt

  • Rain Gear

  • Closed Toed Shoes (Boots Preffered)

  • Sunglasses or Safety Glasses

  • Water Bottles and Water(2 Liters)

  • Day Pack


*Tools provided by Jeff Co Open Space. 



This is a project that which we(CMC) are a partner but is officially hosted by Jefferson County Open Space. We have limited spaces availible so please only sign up if you are serious about joining and contributing to Colorado Public Lands Day. 


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.