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March 20, 2020

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Red Hill and Rabbit Mountain elk herd management plans presented for approval at March 30 virtual public meeting

Public comment accepted online through March 27, 4:30 p.m., for consideration by BOCC.

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder County Parks & Open Space staff will present the draft "Red Hill Elk Management Plan" and the "Ron Stewart Preserve at Rabbit Mountain Elk and Vegetation Management Plan (2017-2020) – Addendum" for approval by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on Monday, March 30, at 4:30 p.m.

Virtual Meeting

Although most public meetings and opportunities for public input have been postponed by the COVID-19 virus, Boulder County is proceeding with public input and the public meeting on the Red Hill and Rabbit Mountain elk herd management plans in order to meet an April 7 deadline from Colorado Parks & Wildlife. If that deadline is moved, the public input process and meeting may be delayed.

As an alternative to the in-person public hearing planned for March 30, the commissioners will instead conduct a web-based meeting that the public can view or listen to live. The link to view the meeting will be posted at shortly before the meeting. This decision is in accord with the Governor Polis' public health order on social distancing due to COVID-19 in Colorado limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people.

Board of County Commissioners Virtual Meeting
Monday, March 30, 4:30 p.m.

The link to view the meeting will be posted at

Online Public Comment

All public comment will be accepted online. The comment period began at the Feb. 5 open house and the comment form will remain open through March 27 at 4:30 p.m. All comments received through the comment form will be presented to the BOCC for consideration before the meeting. We hope to have the capacity to take comments from the public during the meeting online but encourage people to provide written comments through the form by March 27. The plans, comment forms, and all submitted comments can be found at

Both proposals were reviewed by the Parks & Open Space Advisory Committee (POSAC) and recommended for approval by the BOCC on February 27. The minutes and video of the POSAC meeting are available on

For more information or questions please contact Wildlife Biologist Dave Hoerath at or 303-678-6204.

Elk herd along Rabbit Mountain Open Space