Stratton Open Space
In 2016, RMFI began a multi-year stewardship project in partnership with the City of Colorado Springs to complete maintenance and stewardship work at several properties purchased with proceeds from the Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) tax. All work will be guided by the park's management plan developed by the City in cooperation with local citizens. Stratton Open Space is a 306.5 acre property at the southwest edge of Colorado Springs, at the transition from residential neighborhoods to the east to expansive public lands to the west, including North Cheyenne Cañon Park and Pike National Forest. The property contains a diverse mosaic of ecological communities, including grasslands, shrublands, and forests which provide habitat for a variety of wildlife species. The property is also a recreational asset, with a variety of trails that provide access for outdoor recreation and serves as a gateway to a regional system of trails.
2018 WORK OBJECTIVES
RMFI's work objectives will largely focus on helping the City of Colorado Springs complete trail maintenance, construction, and restoration projects within the open space in accordance with the park management plan.
PROJECT PARTNERS AND FUNDERS
- City of Colorado Springs
- The Friends of Stratton Open Space