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Dry Creek Trail grand opening set for Thursday
Boulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Commissioners and Boulder County Parks and Open Space staff will host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting for the Dry Creek Trail this Thursday, May 10 from 3-4 p.m. at the Lefthand Valley Grange Trailhead.
The Dry Creek Trail is a new 2.5-mile soft surface multiuse trail from Lefthand Valley Grange Park, along Dry Creek, to Niwot Road. The trail completes the loop in the Niwot Trails system and allows community residents to recreate and commute off-street throughout town.
Project partners include the Niwot Community Association, Niwot High School, Niwot Sanitation District and the St. Vrain Valley School District. The trail is part of the Niwot Trails Master Plan that was approved by the Board of County Commissioners in July 2006.
Visit the Niwot Trails website for more information about the trail system, including maps, recreation opportunities and the Niwot Trails Master Plan.
Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010
Eric Stone, Open Space and Mountain Parks, 720-564-2068
Steve Mertz, Open Space and Mountain Parks, 303-921-1791
Sarah Huntley, Media Relations, 303-441-3155
Dry Creek Trailhead re-opened after New Zealand Mudsnail closure
The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) department is re-opening the Dry Creek Trail and Trailhead, 6802 Baseline Road, today, Tuesday, Oct. 5, now that work has been completed to quarantine the affected area.
“A fence has been built to keep people and dogs out of the area where we know snails are present,” said Eric Stone, Resource Systems Division Manager for OSMP. “This will go a long way to help stop the spread of the mudsnails.”
While dogs will be kept out of the water in Dry Creek, another area along the trail will remain open for dogs to access the water.
“The trail crosses a bridge at the Dry Creek carrier ditch. This provides a nice area for dogs to play, since no mudsnails have been found in this waterway,” Stone said. “We are continuing to search for a way to get rid of the snails, but right now there doesn’t seem to be an effective treatment. Until this happens, we’d like to thank the public for its cooperation and understanding.”
OSMP ecologists will continue to monitor the situation and coordinate with local, state and federal agencies who are working on issues related to New Zealand mudsnails.
Information about New Zealand mudsnails
These non-native snails can reach very high densities in infested areas, likely competing with native mollusks and insects, and changing the aquatic ecosystem.
The snails attach themselves to people’s shoes, felt-bottom waders or the paws of animals, such as dogs. They can survive for extended periods of time out of water, allowing them to easily hitch a ride to a new, uninfected area. The combination of the snails’ small size, high densities, ability to survive days out of water, and asexual reproduction (it only takes one snail) makes preventing their spread the best method to control this species.
New Zealand mudsnails are only known to occur in three other places in the state, including Boulder Creek.
For questions about OSMP, please call 303-441-3440 or visit www.OSMP.org