Peaks to Plains Trail Project Receives 2018 Starburst Award from Colorado Lottery

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ERO is extremely proud to be part of the team that worked on the Peaks to Plains Trail Clear Creek Segment. Congratulations to Jefferson County Open Space and Clear Creek County!

ERO assisted Jefferson County Open Space and Clear Creek County with several segments of the Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek Canyon.  ERO completed a wetland delineation, mapped habitat for Preble’s meadow jumping mouse, and assessed the project area for other wildlife concerns.  ERO prepared several Section 404 preconstruction notifications and an Individual Permit for the various segments of trail in Clear Creek Canyon.  In addition, ERO assessed impacts to Preble’s meadow jumping mouse using a functional assessment method and prepared two Biological Assessments for formal consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  ERO also coordinated with Colorado Department of Transportation and prepared documents for submittal for environmental clearance, while assisting with mitigation plans and construction observation.



Jefferson County and Clear Creek County open spaces to receive Starburst Award for Clear Creek segment of the Peaks to Plains trail.
Nov 7, 2018
DENVER – Jefferson County Open Space and Clear Creek County Open Space will both receive a Colorado Lottery Starburst Award for using Lottery proceeds to construct the Clear Creek Canyon Segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail.

The creation of the trail was funded in part by a $4.6 million Lottery-funded Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant.

Each county will receive their respective award at the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners meeting that begins at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

The Clear Creek Canyon Segment is part of the Peaks to Plains (P2P) Trail that was selected as part of the Governor’s Colorado the Beautiful Initiative in 2016. This portion of the P2P trail hovers about Clear Creek as it passes through both county lines along one of the most challenging stretches on the 65-mile trail. This four-mile section opened was completed in the summer of 2017. A sizeable GOCO grant was used to construct the 10-foot wide trail, one of three bridges that cross Clear Creek, underpass beneath U.S. Highway 6, and a new parking lot and trailhead. This trail provides access for all athletic abilities to enjoy a beautiful part of Colorado.

After riding the trail at its grand opening, Governor Hickenlooper claimed, “couldn’t be better!”

The Colorado Lottery Starburst Awards recognize excellence in the use of Lottery proceeds in outdoor recreation and conservation that enhance a community’s environment.