June Volunteer Night

FOMP is pleased to be holding our monthly volunteer trail work session of 2016!

[Note: We really need volunteers to come out even if it is only once per year. We need new faces to help us maintain our trails – have you been out enjoying the trails this year? Please consider spending at least one evening per year giving back so we can keep the trails open and in great shape! — Thanks!]

After some wild weather the last month, it is time to get out there and work on a few trails sections that need a little TLC! Please join us!

FOMP and USFS provide all necessary tools. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing for performing outdoor landscaping type of work. Volunteers should bring leather gloves, a personal water supply, eye protection, sunscreen, and bug repellent. We meet rain or shine unless there is lightning active in the area. In the event that you are joining us late we try to leave a note at the trailhead parking lot or you can call Jon Nordby (719.640.1347) or Chris Tirpak(719.439.8865) to find out where in the Preserve we are working.

We make every effort to accommodate volunteer preferences and abilities at each event. Generally, we perform activities such as water bar building or renovation, trail renovation, maintenance, and trimming, etc. So, pretty much everything from trimming back scrub oak or digging lots of dirt to moving boulders. We assign duties based on interest and capabilities. Kids are welcome to join their parents; however, we do ask that you evaluate whether this is an appropriate activity for your child or not.

Meet at the main trailhead parking lot at the corner of Mt. Herman Rd and Nursery Rd at 6:00PM! (map: http://bit.ly/FOMPMeetingSpot)

May 2016 Volunteer Night

FOMP needs you for this work session!
Wednesday, May 11 at 6:00 PM 

FOMP is pleased to be holding our first volunteer trail work and tree trimming/seedling release work session of 2016!

[Note: We really need volunteers to come out even if it is only once per year. We need new faces to help us maintain our trails – have you been out enjoying the trails this year? Please consider spending at least one evening per year giving back so we can keep the trails open and in great shape! — Thanks!]

After a long winter, we will kick off the 2016 FOMP season by performing seedling release – this involves cutting back scrub oak growth and removing any remaining root balls that are sticking up that could injure people, horses, or bikes.

We will also hold our monthly BOD meeting in the parking lot prior to the start of activities.

FOMP and USFS provide all necessary tools. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing for performing outdoor landscaping type of work. Volunteers should bring leather gloves, a personal water supply, eye protection, sunscreen, and bug repellent. We meet rain or shine unless there is lightning active in the area. In the event that you are joining us late we try to leave a note at the trail head parking lot or you can call Jon Nordby (719.640.1347) to find out where in the Preserve we are working.

We make every effort to accommodate volunteer preferences and abilities at each event. Generally, we perform activities such as water bar building or renovation, trail renovation, maintenance, and trimming, etc. So, pretty much everything from trimming back scrub oak or digging lots of dirt to moving boulders. We assign duties based on interest and capabilities. Kids are welcome to join their parents; however, we do ask that you evaluate whether this is an appropriate activity for your child or not.

Meet at the main trailhead parking lot at the corner of Mt. Herman Rd and Nursery Rd at 6:00PM! (map: http://bit.ly/FOMPMeetingSpot)

Thanks and we hope to see you out there!

Hot Shot and Helitack Crew Appreciation Dinner + BOD Meeting

See below for April BOD Meeting details.

Every year FOMP holds a potluck dinner for the Hotshot and Helitack crews that are based right here with us in the Monument Preserve! (Helitack photos from the ’09 season are over at Flickr – these folks have a seriously cool job and what better home base than here in Monument?)

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This year it will be held next Wednesday April 20, at 5:30PM in the Fire Center Classroom building –  within the administrative area of the Preserve.

Both the Monument Hotshot Crew and the Monument Helitack crew will be there, so we expect ~30 very hungry young men and women + anyone else that attends. Everyone knows how hard they work helping fight fires right here in Colorado and across the country so we want to give them a big welcome back and remind them of our appreciation. In order to make it loud and clear FOMP needs volunteers to make food for this potluck and need the following:
  • Drinks
  • Main Dishes
  • Side Dishes/Salads
  • Desserts

If would like to help, please contact Diane Bandle at 719-494-8206 / dmbandle@hotmail.com.  If you would like to help but are unable to attend you can make arrangements to drop off your food in advance on Wednesday afternoon, or at the Fire Center Classroom between 4:30 and 5:30.

FOMP will also hold our monthly BOD meeting in conjunction with the dinner. BOD meetings are open to the public and all are welcome. Agenda is thin as we get ready for the summer work season:

Agenda:

  • Summer season 2016 planning
  • Finance update
  • Open forum for any discussion
    • scout projects?

Thanks in advance for your help!
FOMP Board of Directors

Reminder: March 2016 Board of Directors Meeting

Please read! New monthly meeting times!
Reminder: Board of Directors Meeting

BOD Meeting Time:
Wednesday March 9, 2016 at 7:00PM  
Attention: This is a new monthly meeting time and day!Last month the BOD approved a schedule change. For more information see the minutes on the website or the announcement on the website: New Trail and BOD Meeting Day for 2016 or February 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

BOD Meetings are held in the Fire Center Classroom. For those of you unfamiliar with the classroom building make the first left into the Fire Center after Mt. Herman Rd. turns to dirt, follow the road all the way into the administrative area and the classroom building is the first building on your right.

Remember meetings are open to all members and the public, we want to hear from you!

Agenda:
  • Summer season 2016 planning
  • Finance update
  • Open forum for any discussion
    • proposed raised bridge by schilling road parking
    • scout projects?
Thanks and we hope to see you there!
FOMP

New Trail and BOD Meeting Day for 2016

At the February Board of Directors meeting a vote was taken and unanimously approved to move the monthly trail day and BOD meeting day to the 2nd Wednesday of the month going forward. The FOMP calendars have all been updated with this information.

As of today 3/8/2016 the upcoming calendar of events (subject to change so please check back for current information) is as follows:

July 13, 2016
  • Trail Work Night
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: 2:30 pm

    Location: Main Preserve Trailhead


    Description:

    google map: http://bit.ly/FOMPMeetingSpot

August 10, 2016
  • Trail Work Night
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: 2:30 pm

    Location: Main Preserve Trailhead


    Description:

    google map: http://bit.ly/FOMPMeetingSpot

September 14, 2016
  • Trail Work Night
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: 2:30 pm

    Location: Main Preserve Trailhead


    Description:

    google map: http://bit.ly/FOMPMeetingSpot

October 12, 2016
  • FOMP BOD Meeting
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: 2:00 pm

    Location: Work center classroom


November 9, 2016
  • FOMP BOD Meeting
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: 1:00 pm

    Location: Work center classroom


December 14, 2016
  • FOMP BOD Meeting
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: 1:00 pm

    Location: Work center classroom


Postponed: Board of Directors Meeting

New BOD Meeting Time:

Tuesday February 16, 2016 at 7:00PM  
BOD Meetings are held in the Fire Center Classroom. For those of you unfamiliar with the classroom building make the first left into the Fire Center after Mt. Herman Rd. turns to dirt, follow the road all the way into the administrative area and the classroom building is the first building on your right.

Remember meetings are open to all members and the public, we want to hear from you!

Agenda:
  • Summer season 2016 planning
  • Finance update
  • Open forum for any discussion
Thanks and we hope to see you there!
FOMP

Santa Fe Trail East Update

Hello FOMP Members!

Please see the fantastic progress made to date on the proposed Santa Fe Trail East project. This project needs still needs your support, if you can make the meeting Monday and express your support for the project that would be fantastic! Support really helps, if the town knows you want this we will get it!

If you have question. please contact Phil – his contact info is at the below!

Thanks,
FOMP
FOMP representative for Santa Fe Trail East:
Phil Schweizer
877-743-3566
phil@koobi.com

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Developer does turn around on recreational corridor. Next public meeting Nov 2.

Greetings to fellow trail users.

This is a follow up of the Oct 14 Monument planning commission meeting. In that meeting, developer Pine Tree Properties discussed its rezoning request, from commercial to residential, of an 84 acre parcel that lies east of I-25, south of hwy 105 along both sides of the north end of Jackson Creek Parkway. At prior public meetings the developer received input to add a multi-use recreational corridor on the western edge of the property and ignored this input.

Supporters have tentatively identified it as Santa Fe Trail East/Jackson Creek trail.

At this 3rd public meeting, Pine Tree Properties verbally introduced, for the first time, the addition of an easement on the western edge and the southern edge of the development for a “trail”. This is completely new and a turnaround from the developer’s prior public position. The verbal introduction was light on details.

In a phone call Oct 27 with the developers’ representative Tim Seibert, he discussed the concept of an 8-10 foot easement that would be on western and southern property edges. This easement would allow space for a “trail”.

The next public meeting will be 6:30 PM, Monday Nov 2 at the Monument Town Hall, board of trustees. The board will decide whether or not to grant the developer’s request for rezoning based on developers sketch plan. These sketch plans are very general in nature with limited details. At this point in the process, the city will be in a powerful position. If the city grants the developer’s request for rezoning then the developer will move forward with the project details.

Summary

Pine Tree Properties has reversed its position on Santa Fe Trail East/Jackson Creek Trail. For this we applaud them, but details are thin. Supporters should again attend and affirm that a Santa Fe Trail East/Jackson Creek trail recreational corridor be a condition for granting rezoning.

If Pine Tree Properties follows thru with minimum design, then the development will be an asset to the Monument community. It will provide a model for future development and should be supported. Again supporters should attend Nov 2, 6:30 PM, Monument town hall planning meeting.

The minimum design trail should be:
A. Minimum 10 foot width on southern boundary.
B. Minimum 20 foot width on western boundary, with the most northern 50 yards being 40 foot width (to accommodate the construction challenges of the steeper slop in this area).
C. The most northern 50 yards on the west side and the most eastern 25 yards on the south side should be concrete. The balance should be crushed stone similar to Santa Fe Trail on west side of interstate.
D. Public access points: A. west side northern end. B. west side southern end. C. south side east end.
E .Pine tree properties should construct trail. Monument should commit to maintaining the trail.

Thank you
Phil Schweizer