I don't really like New Year's Resolutions in general. Most people make unrealistic commitments that they never intend to keep, usually to exercise more, eat less, lose weight. This has made me shy away from such resolutions, even though a brand new year does afford a good starting point for something new (or renewed).
Lately, I've been thinking about involvement in trail and open space advocacy. I see lots of other people giving of themselves and their personal time to help make our natural areas better and more accessible. I've done my little part; member dues to mountain bike organizations and volunteering for trail work days. But I felt I should be doing more, partially because I want to and partially because I can, due to a flexible job and no kids to take care of. So, I decided that in 2008, I would do more. There, I made a NY Resolution.
I've also always been interested in politics and policy matters. It's one of the things I miss about not working for the Ohio EPA anymore, where I was deeply involved in legislation and policymaking. I'm good at it too!
Last Thursday my musings to become more involved in open space issues and my longing to chew on important policy issues collided at Sherpas Restaurant. I went there to participate in a discussion with members of the Boulder Trail Runners (BTR) group about an upcoming City of Boulder trail access planning process that is getting underway this year. I also enjoyed a yummy bowl of Thupka, Nepalese soup, and a beer. I showed up to help BTR work with the local government on this plan to help ensure that access to important trails would be retained. Next thing I know it, the group has me considering applying for a vacancy on a Boulder County open space advisory board. Apparently, three positions on this committee were coming open and applications were due in a few days. Not much time.
At first I thought the idea was crazy. I don't know anyone at the County level. I wouldn't have a chance of getting on the board. But then I started filling out my application and I realized, hey, I'm pretty darn qualified for this position! So, I applied today. Wish me luck!