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Members Reception

On Thursday, March 15, 2018, the Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges held their first in a series of receptions.

The theme of the speakers series is the past, present and future of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. The FFRWR wish to introduce the Refuge to thousands of new neighbors and share what the Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges, a nonprofit organization, does for the Refuges.

At our reception in May, David Lucas, Refuge Manager for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, introduced the Refuge and its inhabitants. He summarized the recreational and educational opportunities on this federally protected 27-square mile wildlife habitat.

Kip Cheroutes told the history of how the Refuge came to be. As staff aide to U.S. Rep. Patricia Schroeder from 1978 – 1994, he with many others, guided the transformation of the land from a U.S. Army arsenal to a wildlife refuge. The visitors center is named in Rep Schroeder’s honor.

The second speaker discussed remediation on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Visitor Center, RMANWR.

The third event is with Dr. Patricia Limerick. Her talk will be 6:00 p.m. Thursday September 6, 2018 at Stapleton MCA Event Center, 8371 Northfield. Blvd., Denver, CO. It is free and open to the public.

She will reflect on the paradoxical land use history that Stapleton shares with the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, once a Superfund site. Lessons learned and appreciated will be the focus.

Patty Limerick is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, where she is also a Professor of History. Limerick has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between academics and the general public and to demonstrating the benefits of applying historical perspective to contemporary dilemmas and conflicts.

In January 2016 Patty became the Colorado State Historian. In addition, in January 2016 she was appointed to the National Endowment for the Humanities advisory board, the National Council on the Humanities. Patty was nominated by President Obama in Spring 2015 and was confirmed by the United States Senate in November 2015.

The 27-square mile Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Stapleton’s next-door neighbor, has an agricultural beginning, toxic past, cleanup present and wildlife future. It is a model in western land reclamation.

Limerick is University of Colorado’s Faculty Director and Board Chair of the Center of the American West. She is a leading historian of the American west and brings historical perspective to contemporary conflict

The 27-square mile refuge, Stapleton’s next-door neighbor, has an agricultural beginning, toxic past, cleanup present and wildlife future. It is a model in western land reclamation.

The series is hosted by Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges, the non-profit organization to support the refuge’s mission of connecting it to the community.

For more information, contact Board Member Kip Cheroutes at lxc.strategies@gmail.com.