In 2013, Larimer County and all of the cities and towns within partnered to complete a regional study of land conservation, outdoor recreation, and natural resources stewardship. The study, “Our Lands – Our Future,” examined citizen preferences for conservation and recreation, analyzed the economic benefits of open space in Larimer County, and developed an online interactive mapping tool and a financial model to help predict future funding scenarios. The study provided a wealth of information and has been recognized nationally, receiving awards from the Society for Outdoor Recreation Professionals and the Colorado chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

On the heels of “Our Lands – Our Future,” several partner agencies, including the Cities of Fort Collins and Loveland, are using the information gained to assist with planning efforts and the Larimer County Natural Resources is doing the same. The County recently kicked off a process to update the 2001 Open Lands Master Plan and will host a public open house on April 30.

The purpose of the meeting is to collect citizen input regarding Larimer County’s role in providing new and enhanced outdoor recreation opportunities and conserving land for water resources, agriculture and natural resource values. This come-and-go style event is free and open to the public, food and refreshments will be provided.

April 30, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Agave room (upstairs at the Rio Grande restaurant)
143 W. Mountain in Ft. Collins

Funding for the Larimer County Natural Resources Open Lands program comes from the citizen initiated 1/4-cent Help Preserve Open Spaces sales tax.

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