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Wildlife and Nature

Hummingbirds are back!

Send Us Your Photos!

If you have any great photos of wildlife in the Canyon, we would love to post them! 

  • Send emails with photos attached to Rich Morgan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Let us know when and where the photo was taken, who took it, what kind of animal or plant is pictured and any other interesting info you would like to share.


Preserve Colorado



Vision Statement  
We believe:
  • Many of the current and future residents of Colorado value the quality of life afforded by outdoor recreation and the open space and waterways that support it.
  • Ongoing development must be congruent with the carrying capacity of this semi-arid region, especially with regard to water.
  • A balanced Colorado economy requires moving to sustainable water usage statewide by residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural sectors.
  • The time is now to implement “smart growth” concepts for new development.

Mission Statement
We seek:
  • A transformation of business-as-usual development to a holistic, smart growth approach.
  • A statewide master plan for water management and land use keyed to Colorado’s carrying capacity.
  • Valuation of the scenic beauty of streams and forests, and the wildlife habitat they represent, alongside standard economic parameters.
  • Adoption of the Precautionary Principle in planning for future growth, recognizing that we can’t predict the full impact of global warming.

Promote Smart Growth Alternatives:
  • Conserve first – before adding new water supply.  Conservation is only 10% of the cost of new supply according to Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) data, at $5,358-$8,183/AF vs. $60,000-$80,000/AF for new supply life-cycle costs.
  • Support the recommendations of the conservation community to the CWCB on the draft SWSI 2010 Report, on water conservation both through sustainable water management and land use (Appendix I).
  • Make Colorado a leader in water conservation/sustainable western development similar to its leadership in renewable energy.
  • Highlight the impact of the Candelas development in Arvada as a driver of the proposed Gross Reservoir expansion as well as a proposed toll way (Appendix II).


  • Develop a coalition of like-minded organizations, and identify activists at both leadership and membership levels.
  • Seek support for the goals from political representatives.
  • Launch an ongoing media outreach program.


Preserve Colorado: Appendix I




Preserve Colorado: Appendix II





John Lodenkamper
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River Watch

Saws and Slaws

The Forest Health Committee has been quite active since the beginning of 2011.  We have hosted a series of educational opportunities about our forests, pine beetles and mountain living.  Members of our group have been working in conjunction with Camp Eden, the Fire Department and Jefferson County to host annual 'Slash Days' to collect slash (tree tops, branches, limbs, etc.)  

Saws Logo

We also launched a new version of Coal Creek Canyon's Firewood Project' that we call 'Saws & Slaws'.  At the monthly events, we work for about four hours (i.e. Saws) then share a meal together (i.e. Slaws!).  We use this tool to engage neighbors to help neighbors with their forest health and fire mitigation work in order to make our shared forest healthier and our community safer.  For this project, we get significant support from Boulder County.  If you would like to find out more information about upcoming events and programs, please visit the Saws & Slaws website.  

In the Summer of 2014, we launched a new program where we are working on figuring out how to do bigger forest health and fire mitigation projects.  Based on our Community Wildfire Protection Plan (download it here), we are targeting areas that need help that is bigger than we can offer through individual Saws & Slaws events.  In order to get this work done effectively and efficiently, we need to hire professionals.  We were awarded our first grant and began a Camp Eden Community Egress Project this summer.  Click on this link to find out more.