RMA Wildlife Refuge History Series Kicks Off March 15

The past, present and future of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge will be the subject of a three-event speaker series for residents of Stapleton, the newest neighbors to the refuge.

The first event will be 5:30 p.m. Thursday March 15, 2018 at Stapleton MCA Event Center, 8371 Northfield. Blvd. It is free and open to the public.

David Lucas, Refuge Manager for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will introduce the refuge and its inhabitants. He will summarize the recreational and educational opportunities on this federally protected 27-square mile wildlife habitat.

Kip Cheroutes will tell 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 her honor.

The second event will preview summertime activities at the refuge and will detail the history of the environmental remediation there. That event date will be announced later.

The third event, on Thursday September 6, 2018, will conclude with reflections by State Historian Patricia Limerick of the University of Colorado’s Center for The New West. She will share her appreciation for the legacy of Colorado’s high plains that Stapleton and the refuge share.

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

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