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Plan Jeffco celebrates 40th anniversary with dinner speaker

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By Vicky Gits

Plan Jeffco, a grassroots organization responsible for pioneering the preservation of 53,000 acres and many of Jefferson County’s scenic landmarks, is holding an anniversary fund-raiser to celebrate 40 productive years.

The wine reception and dinner will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the restaurant 240 Union in Lakewood, with keynote speaker Ed Bangs, coordinator of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's gray wolf recovery program for more than 23 years.

Bangs led the program that re-introduced wolves to Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho in the mid-1990s.

Bangs retired in 2011 but still travels all over the world and speaks about his experiences with wolves in North America. He has been recognized with numerous awards for his work.

Tickets are $55 per person. R.S.V.P. to 303-835-0979 or at www.planjeffco.org.

Net proceeds will be used to fund Plan Jeffco activities.

Plan Jeffco was founded in 1972 by citizens concerned that the Jefferson County landscape would be forever altered by commercial and residential development. The group initiated and successfully campaigned for a ballot issue that established a half-cent open space sales tax that has provided millions of dollars for preserving mountain acreage as well as property and facilities in cities and recreation districts.