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2018 Projects
Project Name Day(s) Date(s)
Myrtle Spurge Purge I Saturday Mar 31, 2018

Fort Collins Youth Project -Environmental Learning Center Weed Pull Saturday Mar 31, 2018

Myrtle Spurge Purge II (Evening Pull) Tuesday Apr 10, 2018

Family Project at Sombrero Marsh Saturday Apr 28, 2018

Myrtle Spurge Purge III Saturday Apr 28, 2018

Myrtle Spurge Purge IV (Evening Pull) Tuesday May 08, 2018

St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal Wednesday May 16, 2018

Med Sage Removal I (Boulder County) Saturday May 19, 2018

Med Sage Removal II Wednesday Jun 06, 2018

Coal Creek Youth and Family Stewardship Project Saturday Jun 30, 2018

Dolores River Restoration and Tamarisk Removal Monday
Tuesday
Sep 10, 2018
Sep 11, 2018

St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal II Saturday Sep 15, 2018

St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal III Wednesday Oct 10, 2018


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Myrtle Spurge Purge I

COMPLETED

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Blue Federal Credit Union
Date(s):
Saturday Mar 31, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 60
9am-4pm approx

Get ready to weed! Our first Spurge Purge of the year! The plan is a coordinated assault on Myrtle Spurge in the foothills of Boulder, CO.

Myrtle Spurge is an A-listed, aggressive and toxic invasive plant in Colorado. Our task is to prevent further spread and eradicate it at the source wherever found! WRV has established a dynamic regional partnership which will tackle this weed at multiple sites across the front range. That's where you come in! Join us on one or more of these dates to dig up this weed before it takes over our beloved state.

Become a Weed Warrior, join the movement!


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Fort Collins Youth Project -Environmental Learning Center Weed Pull

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Partial Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 10 (more info)
Sponsors
State Farm Insurance
Xcel Energy
EPA's Environmental Education Division
AEC Trust
Date(s):
Saturday Mar 31, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Join WRV and high school students from Poudre High School to tackle invasive weeds at the Environmental Learning Center in, right in the town of Fort Collins. Volunteers will remove Mullein and invasive Thistle plants and seed heads on the property, while learning about the importance of this great habitat which borders the Wild and Scenic Poudre River.

This is a youth planned event and we are delighted to help the next generation of environmental leaders learn how to plan and execute restoration projects in their own backyards. If interested in attending, please email annemarie@wlrv.org


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Myrtle Spurge Purge II (Evening Pull)

COMPLETED

Difficult    ●    Evening    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Blue Federal Credit Union
Date(s):
Tuesday Apr 10, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
5-7:30pm approx

Get ready to weed the evening away on our second event of the purgin' season. The plan is a coordinated assault on Myrtle Spurge in the foothills of Boulder, CO.

Myrtle Spurge is an A-listed, aggressive and toxic invasive plant in Colorado. Our task is to prevent further spread and eradicate it at the source wherever found! WRV has established a dynamic regional partnership which will tackle this weed at multiple sites across the front range. That's where you come in! Join us on one or more of these dates to dig up this weed before it takes over our beloved state.

Become a Weed Warrior, join the movement!


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Family Project at Sombrero Marsh

COMPLETED

Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Minimum Age: 5 (more info)
Sponsors
Thorne Nature Experience
Blue Federal Credit Union
Date(s):
Saturday Apr 28, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 50
Sombrero Marsh is a critical wetland habitat on Boulder County land that is used by Thorne Nature Experience for educational programs. In partnership with Thorne, this invasive weed management project is a great opportunity for new and returning volunteers alike, as well as those with younger children.

Older children (about age 8 and up) can work alongside parents, while we will also have educators from Thorne available to provide environmental education activities for youth age 5-10, allowing parents with younger children who usually wouldn't be able to attend to still participate in the event.

This is a morning event (9:30-1pm) and we'll have breakfast and lunch available for volunteers to enjoy!


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Myrtle Spurge Purge III

COMPLETED

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Blue Federal Credit Union
Date(s):
Saturday Apr 28, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 60
9am-4pm approx

Get ready to weed! Third of Four myrtle purging events, this is our final full day purge fest. The plan is a coordinated assault on Myrtle Spurge in the foothills of Boulder, CO.

Myrtle Spurge is an A-listed, aggressive and toxic invasive plant in Colorado. Our task is to prevent further spread and eradicate it at the source wherever found! WRV has established a dynamic regional partnership which will tackle this weed at multiple sites across the front range. That's where you come in! Join us on one or more of these dates to dig up this weed before it takes over our beloved state.

Become a Weed Warrior, join the movement!


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Myrtle Spurge Purge IV (Evening Pull)

COMPLETED

Difficult    ●    Evening    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Blue Federal Credit Union
Date(s):
Tuesday May 08, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 35
5-7:30pm approx

Final coordinated Myrtle Spurge assault of the season. Join us for the evening of fun-filled root ripping activities!

Myrtle Spurge is an A-listed, aggressive and toxic invasive plant in Colorado. Our task is to prevent further spread and eradicate it at the source wherever found! WRV has established a dynamic regional partnership which will tackle this weed at multiple sites across the front range. That's where you come in! Join us on one or more of these dates to dig up this weed before it takes over our beloved state.

Become a Weed Warrior, join the movement!


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St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal

COMPLETED

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 10 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Longmont
Blue Federal Credit Union
Audubon Rockies
Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment
Date(s):
Wednesday May 16, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Enjoy panoramic views of the Front Range and heal a local area deeply impacted by the 2013 flood! In the aftermath of the flood, millions of tamarisk seedlings germinated, which pose a major threat to the watershed should they mature. Volunteers will continue work from 2016 & 2017, removing tamarisk through hand pulling, weed wrenching, and cut & stump treatment with herbicide.

Notes: Our project is located on St Vrain Creek, just east of the Boulder/Weld County line, where the Sept 2013 flood breached several lakes and carved a new channel.
Tamarisk (aka Salt Cedar) has devastated watersheds throughout the west, costing billions of dollars in lost habitat, lost water, and lost electricity.


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Med Sage Removal I (Boulder County)

CANCELLED
** THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO HEAVY RAIN **

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 10 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
Blue Federal Credit Union
Date(s):
Saturday May 19, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Building on more than a decade of profoundly successful progress, WRV continues the urgent quest to remove Mediterranean Sage from Boulder County. Volunteers will have a full day of searching for and digging up plants on Boulder County Open Space Lands north of Boulder and west of Longmont.

Left unchecked, this Colorado A-listed weed aggressively invades grasslands, reduces native plant populations, and degrades wildlife habitat and the overall health of prairie ecosystems. With sustained action, state wide eradication is possible, which would protect prairie ecosystems and wildlife habitat. Indirectly, this work will help protect thousands of acres of Colorado grassland habitats. Approx. 8am to 4pm


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Med Sage Removal II

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Afternoon    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 10 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
Blue Federal Credit Union
Date(s):
Wednesday Jun 06, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 45
Building on more than a decade of profoundly successful progress, WRV continues the urgent quest to remove Mediterranean Sage from the Boulder area. Volunteers will dig up plants on Boulder OSMP Properties just north of Boulder.

Left unchecked, this Colorado A-listed weed aggressively invades grasslands, reduces native plant populations, and degrades wildlife habitat and the overall health of prairie ecosystems. With sustained action, state wide eradication is possible, which would protect prairie ecosystems and wildlife habitat. Indirectly, this work will help protect thousands of acres of Colorado grassland habitats.


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Coal Creek Youth and Family Stewardship Project

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 5 (more info)
Sponsors
State Farm Insurance
Xcel Energy
AEC Trust
The April Fund
Great Outdoors Colorado - GOCO
EPA's Environmental Education Division
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 30, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 100
Youth and families from around Lafayette will be joining WRV for a fun day spent outside along the Coal Creek Trail. Volunteers will be weed warriors, pulling out invasive teasel and lambsquarter; they'll also get the chance to plant native species to provide cover and restore these areas. Youth leaders from the community will be crew leading this project, too!

This project is part of the Nature Kids/Jovenes de la Naturaleza initiative. If you're interested in attending, please email Rachel@wlrv.org. We'd love to have you there!


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Dolores River Restoration and Tamarisk Removal

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Mid Week Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
RiversEdge West (formerly Tamarisk Coalition)
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB
Audubon Rockies
Date(s):
Monday Sep 10, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Tuesday Sep 11, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Spend a few days camped out under the cottonwoods along the spectacular Dolores River with us, while you're there, maybe kill some Tamarisk. That's what we'll be doing. Year 5 working down in this part of the state to eradicate the invasive water hogging, earth salting Tamarisk tree. Volunteers will cut small trees or regrowth of previously cut larger trees and may also cage some Cottonwoods to protect them from marauding beavers.

This is a really fun project, known far and wide for the fabulous food, the awe inspiring scenery and the colorful local history. Sign up for the geographically closer Uncompahgre Plateau Sage Grouse Restoration Project from September 6-9th and make a whole week of it. Anyone who signs up for both projects will get to ride in the WRV carpool and go on a special off day adventure with us!





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St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal II

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 10 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Longmont
Audubon Rockies
Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 15, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 40
Enjoy panoramic views of the Front Range and heal a local area deeply impacted by the 2013 flood! In the aftermath of the flood, millions of tamarisk seedlings germinated, which pose a major threat to the watershed should they mature. Volunteers will continue work from 2016 & 2017, removing tamarisk through hand pulling, weed wrenching, and cut & stump treatment with herbicide.

Notes: Our project is located on St Vrain Creek, just east of the Boulder/Weld County line, where the Sept 2013 flood breached several lakes and carved a new channel.
Tamarisk (aka Salt Cedar) has devastated watersheds throughout the west, costing billions of dollars in lost habitat, lost water, and lost electricity.


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St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal III

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 10 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Longmont
Audubon Rockies
Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment
Date(s):
Wednesday Oct 10, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Enjoy panoramic views of the Front Range and heal a local area deeply impacted by the 2013 flood! In the aftermath of the flood, millions of tamarisk seedlings germinated, which pose a major threat to the watershed should they mature. Volunteers will continue work from 2016 & 2017, removing tamarisk through hand pulling, weed wrenching, and cut & stump treatment with herbicide.

Notes: Our project is located on St Vrain Creek, just east of the Boulder/Weld County line, where the Sept 2013 flood breached several lakes and carved a new channel.
Tamarisk (aka Salt Cedar) has devastated watersheds throughout the west, costing billions of dollars in lost habitat, lost water, and lost electricity.


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