Boulder Environmental Issues

I remember when the largest environmental issue in Boulder was either noise violations or perhaps a concern over someone picking up their dog’s poop. It didn’t amount to much more than that. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration to make the point.

In the 1980’s the City of Boulder had only a couple of Environmental Enforcement officers handling all of the complaints and issues for the city.

Fast forward to 2008 and you know we have a much different situation. The local city and county issues around Environmental issues are quite complex by comparison. The Boulder Office of Environmental Affairs coordinates many things including prairie dog management, integrated pest management (which includes mosquitoes), and management of the wildlife permitting process.

Given how broad and comprehensive the scope of this office’s responsibilities has become, it has become time to hire the city’s first Urban Wildlife Conservation Coordinator.

Former Open Space and Mountain Parks Departement Ranger, and Naturalist, Valerie Matheson has taken on this role. In her former position for the past eight years, she also managed the grassland raptor program, and she served as the staff liaison for the Division of Wildlife’s Front Range mountain lion study.

I have a friend that worked for the Division of Wildlife who used to tell me stories about how difficult is was sometimes to manage the PR related to how various groups of outdoor enthusiasts felt about proper use of public lands. In her case, one example was the conflict between hunters and non-hunters.

I think in Boulder, many of us are familiar with other controversies around things like how to deal with prairie dogs, closing trails to dogs or bikes in favor of hikers, and the amazing growth in the general use of public lands all around the area.

It’s good to see that we have such a pro-active community, and that the city works hard to provide what it thinks is the best possible working solution for the management of our public lands and wildlife.

Matheson is well qualified for the position it seems. In addition to her many years in the industry, she has a master’s degree in Zoology from Miami University where her research was centered on the effects of urbanization on faunal communities. Sounds pretty targeted for this new job.

If you are interested in other information about Boulder, or the surrounding area please keep reading my blog or shoot me an email if you have questions.

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-Zachary Epps, full-time, professional Realtor and Certified EcoBroker.


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