Create the Boulder Meadowlark Open Space

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Help us create the proposed Boulder Meadowlark Open Space - a remarkable ecosystem that is home to nesting song birds and raptors like the red-tailed hawk.  The Meadowlark Open Space provides important wetlands habitat and is the feeding grounds for deer, black bear and moose.  

Will the University of Colorado bulldoze the proposed Meadowlark Open Space?

To help can you:

1) Sign this petition

2)  Can you join us Tues Aug 7, 6pm at Boulder City Council to help protect the Meadowlarks that call this open space home and Boulder communities? Wear a green shirt or hat at this public hearing to make your voice heard!  RSVP at

3) Or copy and send the quick email below to Boulder City Council.  This will be a huge help.  Feel free to add a personal sentence on top for even greater impact.

Email to:;

Hon. Boulder City Council Member,

Please act quickly to implement flood protection at the proposed Meadowlark Open Space (CU South) using the Upstream and Variant 1 Options. This is the safest option for downstream Boulder neighborhoods that were devastated by the 2013 flood.

One thousand new CU apartments should not be more important than the lives of Boulder citizens.

Variant 2 and allowing CU to fill in wetlands in the NW corner of the property maximizes buildable land for CU but threaten the lives and homes of many Boulder communities including Frazier Meadows.

Variant 2 also threatens to cover with sludge the South Boulder Creek state natural area that features some of Colorado’s most important wet-meadow habitat along with endangered wildlife species.

Two large cottonwood trees wedged in the flow restricted Variant 2 drainage is all it would take for massive downstream flooding of Boulder to occur.

The cost effective Upstream and Variant 1 option will provide the highest amount of flood water detention and highest level of safety for Boulder Communities and protect a natural area of critical importance.

This option will also allow the NW corner wetlands to help hold back flood waters which will further ensure the safety of Boulder communities even as storms grow stronger every year.

Thank you,
(add your name here)


Thanks so much for being part of this community effort and bring a friend!

Best - Ken

Ken Beitel
Chair of Wilderness Conversation
Proposed Meadowlark Open Space
m. 720 436 2465

For more information or to volunteer with the Meadowlark Open Space campaign please email Ken at:  Thank you!


The proposed Meadowlark Open Space will provide ongoing recreational opportunities like hiking, cycling and bird watching are very special to the community.

As a signatory of our petition who cares about Boulder and our open spaces we encourage you to:

By working together to protect this special wetlands and meadow area near the base of the Flatirons, we can help the University of Colorado to not bulldoze this critically important proposed open space to make way for more than 1,100 town homes and apartments.

We will work in partnership with CU to help them build the CU Eco Village on existing CU parking lots with underground parking to host the new facilities.  With your help we will have new facilities and create the Meadowlark Open Space :)

To help volunteer with the Meadowlark Open Space team text "Meadowlark" and your name to 720 436 2465 :)

A rich diversity of songbirds and many rare and endangered species call this open space home including the Ute Ladies’ Tresses orchid, the Northern leopard tree frog and the Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse, federally listed as an endangered species.

This 220 acre wonderful natural and recreational area is located in front of Eldorado Canyon State Park and runs past Table Mesa and US 36 to South Boulder Road.

Neither CU or the City has conducted federally required environmental assessment and wildlife study - instead they are hiding development plans from the public and attempting to rush development approvals ahead.  You can help!

Sign this petition to call for the Creation of the Meadowlark Open Space - a beautiful and wild area for the people of Boulder and for CU Students who will be able to conduct wetland, song bird, moose and black bear studies into the future.

Why the CU Open Space Makes Sense?

1.  Annexation and development of the Flatirons-CU South property would violate the mission and charter of Open Space and Mountain Parks (City of Boulder), which is charged with protecting the ecological, passive recreational, and other values of Open Space.

2.  The site currently provides habitat for endangered, threatened, and rare species and ecosystems, which would be destroyed by development, including:

Wet Mesic Tallgrass Prairie
This type of prairie is mainly found along the eastern edge of the Great Plains. It is very special and rare to have in the Boulder area.
Less than 4 percent of the tallgrass prairie remains worldwide.
The biggest threat to this ecosystem is “incompatible surround land uses.”

  • Ute Ladies’ Tresses orchid, federally listed as endangered
  • Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse, federally listed as endangered
  • Colorado butterfly plant, threatened
  • Northern leopard tree frog, Colorado species of special concern
  • Three rare species of butterfly
  • Wetlands and the many species of wildlife that wetlands support.

3. The Biohabitats rapid assessment does NOT meet qualifications for U.S. Fish and Wildlife clearance to destroy, damage, or alter habitat for listed species.  

4.  Members of the Boulder County Nature Association toured the site and cautioned against ANY decision to annex or develop the site until thorough surveys of fish, wildlife, and other ecological values have been completed.

5.  NO meaningful assessment of groundwater and aquifer resources on the site has been done. A groundwater and aquifer study MUST be done BEFORE decisions regarding annexation and development are made.

 Read the Biohabitats report here:

Visit our website:

***Urgent - If at all possible can you attend the Boulder City Council Meeting on Tues Aug 7, 6pm to help protect the Meadowlarks? Council will be making a key final decision.  More info at:

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