This year, the City of Fort Collins is celebrating the twentieth anniversary of its natural areas program. According to the official timeline, the city began acquiring open space way back in the early 1970s. The “Natural Areas Policy Plan” was officially adopted by the City Council in October of 1992. The city now has 39 natural areas which total 35,000 acres and include over 100 miles of trails. Voters have continued to support the sales-tax funding for this program since the initial ballot measure in 1992.
As part of the celebration, the city has put together a Natural Areas 20th Anniversary Passport and is challenging folks to visit twenty different natural areas before November 15th. As a little incentive, there will be a drawing for a backpack full of “outdoor supplies.” I’m not exactly sure what that entails, but as long as it includes M&Ms and sunscreen, I’m good.
I think this little challenge sounds like fun, and I will be visiting as many natural areas as I can this year and posting a few pictures here. In addition, the city will offer classes, programs, and volunteer opportunities, and I hope to be involved in some of those, as well.
For more information about the anniversary and passport challenge, click here.