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The Open Space and Boulder Mountain Parks Department take preventative measures against mud snails

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BOULDER, CO—Beginning on Monday, July 19, the City of Boulder will close admittance to South Boulder Creek at the South Mesa Trailhead to prohibit the spread of an exceptionally intrusive oceanic animal type in the most different stream environments along the Front Range.

While the city ecxecutes limitited South Boulder Creek closures to assist with stemming the human-caused spread of mudsnails in October, it is taking extra strides to forestall their spread into uninfested stretches of the stream by shutting brook access at the South Mesa Trailhead and regions toward the west.

New Zealand mudsnail colonies breed quickly and can uproot local bugs that fish depend upon for food, affecting fish populaces and the creatures that feed on them.

Related to stream access terminations to restrict the spread of New Zealand mudsnails, OSMP will lead huge rebuilding work along South Boulder Creek, a State Natural Area that upholds a wide scope of untamed life species.

This work will incorporate planting local bushes, shutting and finishing reclamation work on undesignated, unmaintained trails, and eliminating intrusive vegetation to reestablish territories for the Preble's glade bouncing mouse and Ute women's braid orchids, which are two governmentally undermined species.

OSMP plans brief terminations at the South Mesa Trailhead on Monday, July 12, and Tuesday, July 13 to assist with this natural reclamation exertion. OSMP expects carrying out extra brook terminations along Four Mile Canyon Creek and Dry Creek in 2022 and 2023. The city presently has year-round New Zealand mudsnail closures along portions of Dry Creek, Boulder Creek and South Boulder Creek. These terminations are planned to assist with safeguarding water assets – a particular open space reason in the city sanction.

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