Ecosystem relationship refers to the interconnected experiences shared with the natural ecosystem in and around Nederland. It includes stewardship in the form of education, preservation, restoration, and remediation as well as more participatory aspects such as recreating, harvesting, and listening.
The relationships to the ecosystem are complex, evolving, personal, and communal. Determining what these look like will help the community thrive as well as understand what natural limits will need to be respected in order to do so over the long haul. Actions in this section focus on information gathering, education, and actions that directly impact our relationships to the natural ecosystems.
Relationship to Existing Plans/Initiatives:
The educational aspects and actions that focus on redefining a more balanced relationship with nature are directly in line with multiple portions of Vision 2020, especially the parts relating to conservation, environmental stewardship, and a thoughtful relationship between recreation and the environment. Many actions are directly from the Comprehensive Plan, and the community education aspects build on initiatives emanating from the Sustainability Advisory Board.
Identify and implement actions to allow Nederland’s residents and visitors to live within the identified carrying capacity of the ecosystem and then move into a regenerative relationship.
F. Firewise Communities - #NedZero #Firewise @Firewise
- 1F-01 Continue to apply the criteria for being a Firewise Community.
- 1F-02: Support and help coordinate wildfire mitigation efforts by Saws and Slaws, the USDA Forest Service, Boulder County, and others.
G. GIS Database & Land Use Data - #NedZero #GIS
- 1G-01: Following the adoption of the Comprehensive Plan Update, assemble a GIS database of hydrology, and environmental resources/ecological areas of interest
- 1G-02: Standardize and manage GIS data to central database with consistent format, metadata, and data management techniques
- 1G-03: Assemble a GIS database of land use data, including parcels, and future land use.
- 1G-04: Map riparian corridors, areas of higher biodiversity and other areas that feature important ecosystem functionalities (i.e., alpine meadows, wetland system, etc.) to accompany the Town/ FLU Map. Work to develop better guidelines for development within creek corridors, based research asst. on this inventory of the town's natural resources and functions.
K. Parks Management Plan - NedZero #Parks
- 1K-01: Identify high priority land for conservation, including open space, environmental education, and passive recreation. Work with partners such as land trusts and Great Outdoors Colorado to secure funding for those properties.
Q. Downtown Culture - #NedZero #DowntownCulture
R. Local Resources - #NedZero #LocalResources
- 1R-01: Sponsor educational food gardening presentations (e.g., by the State Extension Service or by successful local gardeners).
S. STAR Rating System - #NedZero #STARCommRating @STARCommRating
- 1S-01: Identify current actions and potential actions form the STAR rating system that would result in most achievable points for Nederland.
- 1S-02: Pursue no and low cost items in STAR rating system to achieve highest practical STAR community rating
- 1S-03: Assess Carrying Capacity of local ecosystem via the Ecological Footprint Network or another
T. Eco-System Restoration - #NedZero #EcoRestore
- 1T-01: Establish noxious weed committee and develop a noxious weed control plan
- 1T-02: Hold community Noxious Weed action events such as weed pulls, replanting, etc.
- 1T-03: Create ongoing education and cooperation process for residents centered around sustainability with monthly events
- 1T-04: Research feasibility and implement mycological restoration project pilot
- 1T-05: Discuss resolution defining Responsible Recreation for use as part of Town literature, decision making, and future planning with community-wide support
- 1T-06: Develop a Principles of Permaculture series of community workshops
- 1T-07: Promote environmental education, interpretation, and stewardship through interpretive signage and stewardship activities such as those offered through the Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center.
- 1T-08: Develop Sustainability Analysis for current town‐owned open space property for: 1. Increasing ecosystem functionality 2. Improving wildlife habitat 3. Improving stormwater management by use of natural passive systems 4. Water, natural resources, and current land use data
- 1T-09: Implement management plans for current Town open space that emphasize best practices for forest health, including forest floor/soil health, wildfire mitigation, and site‐appropriate public access with assistance from state and county foresters.
- 1T-10: Encourage rebuilding plans for recreational trails and adjacent soil restoration in areas impacted by forest mitigation work.
- 1T-11: Develop the Tungsten Trail along Middle Boulder Creek and the western shoreline of Barker Reservoir as a riverwalk, with sensitivity towards both public needs for water access and preservation of riparian habitat.