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Two Ponds Refuge – An Small Escape From City Life

The sun clears the trees and sheds sun rays across the prairie meadow at Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge in Arvada, Colorado.   Photo Credit: Seth Beres
The sun clears the trees and sheds sun rays across the prairie meadow at Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge in Arvada, Colorado.
Photo Credit: Seth Beres

Standing at just 72 acres, only 15 miles west of downtown Denver, Colorado Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge is more than just a small pocket of land nestled among office buildings, housing developments, and busy intersections. Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge is a symbol of what determined citizens are capable of.

Although it is one of the smallest urban wildlife refuges, it provides habitat for more than 120 bird species and provides a place of refuge for busy city dwellers. It has been described as an oasis in the city where visitors can escape their worries.

This little piece of refuge for both wildlife and people might not exist if it werenโ€™t for a passionate community.

Before it was established, the land was used mainly for agriculture, but also had a farm, a veterinary clinic, an apple orchard, horse pastures, and also wetlands. In 1990, a developer purchased 13 acres of the land and began the process to fill an acre of the wetlands and rezone the land from agriculture to business/professional and residential use. The local residents were outraged and fought to emphasize the value of the land for wetland protection and environmental education.

In September of that same year, the group of passionate citizens formed the nonprofit, Two Ponds Preservation Foundation. The nonprofit continues to partner with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect wetland habitat in Arvada, CO where the refuge is located.

Today, the refuge has 63 acres of upland habitat, nine acres of wetlands, and three small ponds all surrounded by tall cottonwood trees. Engaging the surrounding urban community, ย Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge has educational programs for schoolchildren, community service projects for Scout groups, trails for visitors, and wildlife-viewing opportunities for bird watchers and photographers.

This small refuge provides so much for the surrounding community, it has anything but a small impact.

For more information, read the full Refuge Update story here.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2015/02/two-ponds-refuge-an-small-escape-from-city-life/

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  1. certified Jude says:

    Good uplift

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