Integrated approach to managing ecosystems and green infrastructure
By creating an integrated management plan, Boulder will support its complex local ecosystem and plan for the systemic stresses and changes anticipated with climate change impacts. As part of Boulder’s long history of progressive planning, the city actively manages many aspects of the ecosystem, including monitoring wildlife-human interactions, maintaining a healthy forest canopy and conducting regular riparian renewal and restoration efforts. The success of these programs contributes to the city’s rich quality of life and sense of community. These programs also add to the ongoing success of Boulder’s signature planning achievement—the vast greenbelt of open space that encircles the city. Building on these efforts, Boulder will develop an integrated strategy that aims to knit disparate efforts to create a single management plan that will evaluate new opportunities and maximize value around existing and future green infrastructure planning initiatives.