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Dedication to open space preservation

Submitted by Douglas County

A champion of open space in Douglas County for more than 20 years will be honored in November by the county’s only non-profit land trust, the Douglas Land Conservancy (DLC).

Cheryl Matthews has worked for Douglas County for 22 years and has been director of the county’s Open Space and Natural Resources division since April of 2001. She will be given the Oak Leaf Award by the DLC at its annual fall celebration on November 6 at the Highlands Ranch Mansion. DLC gives its Oak Leaf Award periodically when the land trust believes there is a deserving recipient.

“Cheryl Matthews has been a champion of open space in Douglas County for many years,” said DLC Board President Pete Smith. “There are just a few people who have steadfastly supported open space in the county for such a long time. Cheryl is one of those people.”

The county’s open space program has protected 49,272 acres since it began in 1995, including properties near and dear to Castle Pines like the Glendale Farms Open Space (dog park), Cherokee Castle & Ranch, and Sanctuary Golf Course.

Matthews said she is most proud of having constructed 10 trailheads and nearly 77 miles of soft-surface trails used by pedestrians, mountain bikers, and equestrians. In 2013, more than 319,000 people enjoyed these trails, she said.

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