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News Release

Larimer Commissioners Applaud County Open Lands Awards

Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Jun 17, 2014

Contact Information:

Kerri Rollins, Open Lands Manager, 970-619-4577,
FROM: Deni La Rue, Community Information Manager, (970) 498-7150,

The Board of Larimer County Commissioners today recognized the Natural Resources Department for several awards received for their ‘Our Lands – Our Future  (OLOF) - Conservation and Recreation Choices for Northern Colorado’ program,  a regional study of conservation and outdoor recreation preferences completed in 2013. OLOF has since received three awards.

Kerri Rollins, Open Lands Manager, explained the OLOF program this way: “With the recognition that change will inevitably occur and that open space is a diminishing resource in the urbanizing Front Range of northern Colorado, Larimer County and all eight of the municipalities in the County joined together to analyze the challenges, opportunities and possible gaps in their collective land conservation, stewardship, and outdoor recreation programs and portfolios. “ Larimer County worked with Logan Simpson Design on the project and they shared in the accolades today.
American Society of Landscape Architects – Colorado Chapter (ASLA)
Land Stewardship Award
Society for Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP)
Project Excellence Award
American Planning Association - County Planning Division (APA) & National Association of County Planners (NACP)
Award of Excellence – Grass Roots Initiative Award
The OLOF project wascompleted in 2013 and accomplished several things including engaging the public and identifying citizen priorities as well as analyzing the economic benefits of open space in Larimer County, developing an economic model to help determine future funding scenarios, and building an online interactive mapping tool designed to collect public feedback and help staff evaluate potential acquisitions. Furthers details are available at: Working with willing landowners and conservation partners, public land managers can utilize the tools and opportunity maps that were developed to ensure that investments are strategic, cost-effective, and representative of community values. In addition to the tools created, local governments are also using the information to update open space and natural area master plans. The accomplishments of Our Lands – Our Future will save time, effort, and financial resources for these planning efforts by using the study’s overall or jurisdiction-specific public survey results, land management tools, financial analyses and opportunity maps.                                                                    #####
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