The days are getting longer and much, much warmer. A few drifts of snow remain on the north-facing slopes along the Beaver Brook trail and soon the sand lilies and pasque flowers will be out and blooming, so we should all be thinking about canyon hikes soon to come. There hasn’t been much snow so far this March and as I write this letter there is a 1500-acre fire burning in Indian Gulch, immediately north of Clear Creek Canyon, which they believe started as a small fire near the mouth of Clear Creek Canyon. They have been fighting the fire for five days. Three hundred firefighters are on the line right now, and Governor Hickenlooper just authorized 1.5 million in aid to help fight the fire.
This underscores not only how dry things have become and how much we need some rain or snow, but also how much this beautiful canyon country in the foothills of Denver is valued by the community. Let’s all cross our fingers and hope for some big, wet storms in the next few weeks to saturate the ground, bring out the spring flowers, and lower this summer’s fire danger.
2011 is the 25th anniversary of the Clear Creek Land Conservancy. In these 25 years, CCLC and other conservation organizations have protected almost 6000 acres in the canyon, either through direct ownership or through conservation easements. One of CCLC’s founding goals was to protect all the land surrounding the Beaver Brook trail and that task is now complete. While there are still significant land protection goals to be met in the Canyon, all those who have worked on its conservation over the years can be proud of what they have accomplished. The CCLC Board is planning to hold an event in early September to celebrate our anniversary. We will highlight all the conservation triumphs in the Canyon and have a big celebration, sure to be fun. Look to this website for details of the celebration as we progress with our planning.
Now, everyone get out and enjoy spring in Clear Creek Canyon.