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Jeffco Briefs

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By Deborah Swearingen

JCOS receives Starburst Award

Jeffco Open Space received a Starburst Award for its work on the segment of the Peaks to Plain Trail that’s in Clear Creek Canyon.

The award, which was presented during the Jeffco commissioners’ Nov. 13 hearing, is given by the Colorado Lottery. The Colorado Lottery Starburst Awards recognize entities making good use of lottery proceeds in outdoor recreation and conservation to enhance a community’s environment. Clear Creek County Open Space also won the award for the joint project.

Upon its completion, the collaborative 65-mile Peaks to Plain Trail will stretch from the Continental Divide on Loveland Pass to the South Platte River Trail in Denver and Adams County. Part of the trail was funded by a $4.6 million lottery-funded Great Outdoors Colorado grant.

According to a press release, the Clear Creek Canyon segment was selected by Gov. John Hickenlooper as part of his Colorado the Beautiful Initiative in 2016. This 4-mile section was finished in the summer of 2017, and it sits above Clear Creek.

Funds from the Great Outdoor Colorado grant were used to construct the 10-foot wide trail, one of three bridges crossing Clear Creek, an underpass beneath Highway 6 and a new parking lot and trailhead.

Colorado Environmental Leadership

Furthermore, Jeffco Open Space and Jeffco Road and Bridge were recognized as bronze achievers by the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program.

The statewide environmental recognition and reward program offers benefits and incentives to members that voluntarily go above and beyond regulations and demonstrate a commitment to continual environmental improvement, according to the state website.

Among other things, Jeffco Road and Bridge was recognized for a project used to analyze fuel usage and identify ways to reduce fuel costs as well as a program that uses recycled materials for road projects and its county-wide slash program to reduce wildfire danger.

Jeffco Open Space, on the other hand, was founded as a land conservation organization contributes to park projects and preserved more than 54,000 acres.