Open space, per its charter, has a few thing it values. Wildlife protection is one, but so is preservation of agricultural land.
Why we're here is that there are now p dogs on ag land, and ag can't happen with the high number of p dogs that exist there today.
9 properties are no longer leased due to prairie dog populations, removing 454 acres from production.
Boulder has a policy of relocation, but it's very expensive, takes a long, long time and (right now) isn't keeping up with pop. growth.
Preserves are where dogs are relocated to.
So roughly 10% of occupied land is targeted for removal.
Land removed from production bc of prairie dogs: 465 acres (including 254 in the project area)
No, that's A LOT a bit.
1. Meet with stakeholders
2. Relocate prairie dogs from approximately 30-40 acres annually
4. Remove approximately 100-200 acres via lethal control annually
5. Establish a 100% removal goal per field relocated/lethally controlled
6. Implement with contractors w/OSMP oversight
8. Work with neighbors to coordinate removal
9. Restore soils and vegetation for irrigated agricultural use and C-sequestration
But, staff noted, this will be as the budget allows, since open space — like many dept — experienced cuts
Swanson: We have worked with contractors who use volunteers. Open space is not set up to oversee relocations; we've always contracted that work out.
Rella Abernathy: We have to research the legality of using it on each site before we do relocation.
I don't think relocating more p dogs south will be unsustainable...
"I'm not trying to avoid your questions, but it's a hard one to answer."
"If we can't get it right, I don't want to live on this planet anymore."
But, like, people also eat meat and that's not really stopping anytime soon.
Don't kill the prairie dogs!
Save the farms and the soil!
Darn, I missed Elizabeth Black. Did she do a cool presentation?
I didn't realize prairie dogs were such a draw in Boulder.
Who has the prairie dog bingo card?
Maybe remember that before you quote them in the future.
I don't remember that particular verse in my many readings of the Good Book, but it's been a few years.
Mike, I've got bad news for you about the first animals in space....
I've been trying for two years to regenerate that land with prairie dogs on it, "and I haven't been able to. I've failed."
Weaver: "I don't see any good way that we could have a thoughtful debate right now."
Gershman confirms. I TOLD YOU SO.
Anyway, @threadreaderapp please unroll. (Though IDK why, since nothing happened). Thanks!