Management Plan for Chatfield State Park Dog Training Area

Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Project


Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Env Policy Mgmt


Environmental Policy And Management


William Robinson


Chatfield State Park; dogpark; dogs; Dogs; GIS; GPS; management; off-leash; Parks -- Colorado -- Denver Metropolitan Area; Parks -- Management; training


This report focuses on the dog training area at Chatfield State Park, located in Douglas County, Colorado. Chatfield's massive popularity, due to its large size and ponds, has produced countless management issues, including recreational impacts, boundary issues, aggressive dogs, excessive dog waste, overuse, and user conflicts. Due to the increasing recreational strain from the public, this area is in need of more defined guidelines and management tools in order to balance the integrity of the environment with recreational demand. Using information from literature, Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and a dog waste plot study, management options are considered. Such options include fencing alternatives, dog waste management, and suggestions for resolutions of other problematic topics.

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