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04.10.13 OSBT voluteer memo with attachments CITY OF BOULDER OPEN SPACE BOARD OF TRUSTEESAGENDA ITEM MEETING DATE:April 10, 2013 AGENDA TITLE: Summary of 2012Open Space and Mountain ParksVolunteer Services and Declaration to Honor Open Space and Mountain Parks Volunteers during National Volunteer Week. PRESENTER/S: Michael D. Patton, Director, Open Space and Mountain Parks Jim L. Reeder, Land and Visitor ServicesDivision Manager Lisa Dierauf, Community Outreach Coordinator JennelleFreeston, Coordinator of Volunteer Services EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: National Volunteer Week takes place April 21-27, 2013.The City of BoulderOpen Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department joins communities across the country and around the world in recognizing volunteers for their efforts and contributions. Each year hundreds of volunteers aid the department in carrying out its mission, goals and objectives. They help to inform the public and protect the resources that make Boulder’s OSMPa special place. In 2012, over 1,040dedicated volunteers contributed approximately 26,000hours. Reportshighlighting programs and activities areattached (AttachmentsA, B andC). STAFF RECOMMENDATION Open Space and Mountain Parks staff members requestthat theOpen Space Board of Trusteesjoin them in honoring these dedicated people during National Volunteer Week with a declaration to this effect: The Open Space Board of Trustees joins the staff of the City of BoulderOpen Space and Mountain Parks Department in recognizing all of our volunteers during National Volunteer Week 2013. We salute the more than1,040Open Space and MountainParks volunteers who contribute their talents and efforts in helping the department carry out its mission. These irreplaceable individuals are an inspiration as they help to protect the resources that make Boulder so special. AGENDA ITEM 5 PAGE 1 COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENTS AND IMPACTS Environmental: City of Boulder OSMPis a significant community-supported program that is recognized worldwide as a leader in preservation of open space lands contributing to the environmental sustainability goal of City Council. The department’s volunteers act as stewards to help preserve and protect the Open Space values of these lands. Economic: OSMPcontributes to the economic vitality goal of the city as it provides the context for the diverse and vibrant economic system that sustains services for residents. Social: Because the Open Space land system is accessible to all members of the community, it helpssupport council’s community sustainability goal because all residents who live in Boulder can feel a part of, and thrive in, this aspect of their community. OTHER IMPACTS Fiscal:The work provided byOSMP volunteers is equivalent toabout 13 full- time staff members. This is quite a contribution to the City of Boulder and reaches beyond any kind ofmonetary value.Engaged, educated and informed citizens are apriceless asset to the well-being of a community and the landwhich is here to enjoy and protect. Staff time: Working with volunteers requires staff time and planning. Two FTEs are dedicated to directly manage both volunteer programs and individual volunteers, and over 40 other staff members work with volunteers as program leads and field supervisors. PUBLIC COMMENT AND PROCESS This item is being heard at the public meeting, advertised in the Daily Cameraon April 7, 2013. BACKGROUND Volunteers have been assisting on Boulder’s landssince the turn of the century when Mart Parsons patrolledFlagstaff Mountain.Formal volunteer programs have been in place since the 1980s, providing residentsa way to contributeand give back to the land. OSMPvolunteers span in age from 8 to 80 and have been active for years, like Elaine Smithand Elaine Hill, whohavebeen assisting with rare plant monitoring for over 27 years. Pat Meyers has been a dedicated raptor and bat monitorfor 23 years and Tom Harrold has been a Trail Guide for 20 years. The OSMPvolunteer program is thriving. Although the application processis competitive, most of the programs fill to capacity each year. In the last five years, overall volunteer contribution has remained relatively the same, which speaks to thedepartment’s ability maintain a robust program. In 2012, OSMP offered all of the same opportunities, plus volunteers assisted with new trail projects, informed visitors during the Flagstaff Fire, and helped to protect resources and answer spectator questions during the USA ProCycle Challenge Race. Staff is thankful for all of the volunteers who make both long-term and short-term commitments to the environment and the community. For more information on OSMP volunteer opportunities, please visit www.bouldercolorado.gov/osmpvolunteers. AGENDA ITEM 5 PAGE 2 Attachment A Volunteer Services Annual Report2012 City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks The success of a society lies in the willingness of its citizens to give of themselves, to perform or give a service of their own free will. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP)connects with community!There are many opportunitiesfor people to be on and give back to the land inmeaningful ways.OSMP offers a number of stewardship In 2012,over 1,040volunteerscontributed projects and program-related volunteer opportunities. approximately 26,000hours! OSMP volunteers greet visitors on trails, monitor wildlife, lead interpretive hikes, restore natural habitats, pull noxious weeds, build trails, monitor rare plants, andso muchmore! They provide inspiration to staff and community members alike. StewardshipProject Volunteers participate in one-day or multi-day,on-the-ground projects. They help various OSMP work groupswith restoration, trail building, trail cleanups, ditch maintenance, integrated pest management and more. In 2012, Stewardship Volunteers contributed 16,542hours! 2012 Stewardship Project Highlights: Two AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) teamsworked with OSMP for forty hours aweek during a four month period.Teams removed acres of the invasive Mediterranean sage, tons of invasive shrubs and acres of myrtle spurge.NCCC removed and maintained thousands of feet of cattle fence for agriculture,assisted with trail construction on the Green Bear and Homestead reroutes,maintained twelve miles of irrigation ditches,and assisted the forestry crew 5,080 Hours byreducing acres of forest fuels. OSMP had the Boulder County Jail Crew almost twice as often as in previous years. They are a 6,048 Hours strong work force and helped with a variety of projects across the OSMP system. Forty-five community service individuals and groupsassisted trailhead staff on a multitude of 1,078 Hours projects throughout the system. FiveEagle Scoutscompleted projects on OSMP properties. Mostof theseprojects included trail 871Hours work to make trails more accessible. Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV)planted hundreds of shrubs andtrees,and removed Russian olive trees along Boulder Creek on theColorado Open Lands and Weiser properties. They assisted staff in the annual Mediterranean sage removal project on East Beech. They also assisted 637 Hours with a trail closure at the Homestead Trail. AGENDA ITEM 5 PAGE 4 Flatirons Climbing Council (FCC)members assisted with the restoration of the bouldering area at 539 Hours Crown Rock and Contact Corner, totaling three days of service. The annual Trash Bash with the FCCcleaned hundreds of pounds of trash from the Flagstaff 255 Hours Summit andhelped prepfor the trail for the Crown Rock/Contact Cornerproject. Three summer volunteer stewardship projects focused ontrail construction on the Green Bear, 248 Hours Homestead and Sunshine Canyon trails. Volunteers for Outdoor Coloradoalongwith the International Catastrophe Insurance Managers, Boulder Mountain Bike Patrol, a group from Ohio State University and a number of Eagle Scouts 247 Hours all helped withtrailwork at Homestead, Sunshine CanyonandPrairie Vista trails. National Trails Day took place at the Homestead Trail where community members and the NCCC 282 Hours volunteers worked side by side, building hundreds of feet of trail for the new reroute. Severalother local community stewardship groups such as Senor Hire, CU Sewall Hall and many hundreds of hours more participated in a number of projects, totaling .SeeAttachments B and C for more details. Jared Polis works with AmeriCorps on SilverLake Ditch.Volunteers working on Homestead Trail reroute. ndrd Eagle Scouts work on the 2/3Flatiron Trail. Community members volunteer at Contact Corner. AGENDA ITEM 5 PAGE 5 Program Volunteers participate in longer-termor year-roundprogramsand contributed 9,483 hours in 2012. 2012 Program Volunteer Highlights: Bat Monitors venture out at dusk to ponds and known bat roosts. They perform auditory and visual population counts for twoconsecutive nights a month,June through September. Information gathered aids resource managementdecisions. Both Mallory Cave and Harmon Cave roost sites are monitored. This program started in 1995. In2012, 44 volunteers completed110site visits. 914Hours BearCare Team memberseducate neighborsabout living safely with bears. Information is primarily dispersed door-to-doorin areaswhere bear activity has occurred. These volunteers also assist OSMP Rangers and Division of Parks and Wildlife officers by “bearsitting” bears that come 122Hours into town, monitoring the bears and minimizing disturbances. Bike Patrollers assist and educate trail users. By doing this, they help to reduce user conflict on trails. These 60 volunteersalso patrol for and helppartneringagencies: US Forest Service (USFS), Boulder County Parks and Open Space,Boulder Mountainbike Alliance(BMA), and City of 1,320 Hours Boulder Parks and Recreation at Valmont BikePark. Hayfield Monitors play a vital role in protecting rare birds that nest in grasslands. Volunteers survey hayfields at dusk or dawn, May and June, collecting data on bird species of concern. Their data helpstaff plan for better protection of the nesting birds. This program started in 2006.In 2012, 44 Hours nine volunteers made 33 site visits. Hosts greet the public and provide information and education. They reach thousands of visitors each year. Flagstaff Fire volunteers staffed trailheads affected by the Flagstaff Fire, informing visitors o 153Hours and providing closure updates. Flagstaff Nature Center is filled with exhibits and information about OSMP. It is staffed o 100 percent by volunteersand isopen May through September, on weekendsand some 198 Hours weekdays. In 2012, over 2,053visitors enjoyed the Flagstaff Nature Center. Meadow Music volunteersact as “safety bunnies” to greet attendees, make sure they cross o the street safely, assist with the naturehike, andprovideextra eyes and ears to ensure these 45 Hours very popular summer events gosmoothly. AGENDA ITEM 5 PAGE 6 Chautauqua RangerCottage Hosts assist with visitor questions at the Ranger Cottage, o which is a main visitor contact point for OSMP. In 2012, staff and volunteers at the Ranger 58 Hours Cottage mademany face-to-facecontacts. OSMP volunteers assisted staff during the Procycle Challenge raceon Flagstaff o Mountainbyansweringquestions, protecting resources, and providing feedback. 252 Hours Native Garden Team members plan, plant, and maintain the Ann Armstrong Memorial Native Garden at the Chautauqua Ranger Cottage. At this demonstration garden, all of the plants are labeled for educational purposes.While working in the garden,volunteers provide information on 179Hours native gardening to interested visitors.It has never looked better. Naturalists provide interpretive nature programs for school-aged children, on trails and in classrooms. In 2012, Volunteer Naturalists provided 264 programs, inspiringthousands of school- aged childrenand their teachers. Through education comes understanding of the land and therefore, 956 Hours sound stewardship. This program beganin 1995. Open Space Board of Trustees research issues, adviseon policyand recommendactions. 1,000 Hours Raptor Monitors enjoy the unique and rare opportunity ofmonitoringcourtship, nest development and fledging of Front Range birds of prey. This programstarted in 1985and is a model for the country. Volunteers commit to a 2-hour shift each week, February through July. In 2,165 Hours 2012,50volunteers made over 797site visits. Staff Assistants and Interns provide support with individual research and help with field work innumerous areas, including native plant conservation, rare plant monitoring, cultural 225Hours resources, administration, maintenance and outreach. Trail Guides have been traveling OSMP trails forover 20years, enhancingthe visitor experience. These 60volunteersprovide information on area features, natural and cultural history, seasonal changes, policies, safety, regulations and more.They also assist those in needand serve as 1,852 Hours extra “eyes and ears” on the system. Thank you to all of our volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering, go to our web page at www.bouldercolorado.gov/osmpvolunteers AGENDA ITEM 5 PAGE 7