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2020 Projects
Project Name Day(s) Date(s)
Trails: Indian Peaks 4 - RESCHEDULED Sunday Sep 27, 2020

Habitats: Pollinator Planting at Ollin Farms 5 Wednesday Sep 30, 2020

Habitats: Rocky Mountain National Park Beavers Friday - Saturday Oct 02, 2020 - Oct 03, 2020

Seeds: Fort Collins Seed Cleaning 4 Friday Oct 02, 2020

Habitats: Dolores River Saturday - Monday Oct 03, 2020 - Oct 05, 2020

Trails: Elephant Butte - CANCELLED Saturday Oct 03, 2020

Weeds: St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal 1 Tuesday Oct 06, 2020

Habitats: Pollinator Planting at Ollin Farms 6 Wednesday Oct 07, 2020

Trails: Pawnee Buttes Saturday
Sunday
Oct 10, 2020
Oct 11, 2020

Trails: Boulder Flatirons Restoration Saturday
Sunday
Oct 10, 2020
Oct 11, 2020

Habitats: Campbell Valley 4 - Trees & Fences Saturday
Sunday
Oct 17, 2020
Oct 18, 2020

Weeds: St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal 2 Tuesday Oct 20, 2020

Habitats: Pollinator Planting at Ollin Farms 7 Wednesday Oct 21, 2020

Seeds: Northern Colorado Native Seed Swap Saturday Oct 24, 2020

Habitats: Pawnee Grassland 1 Sunday Oct 25, 2020

Tool Fest: Fort Collins Saturday Nov 07, 2020

Tool Fest: Boulder Saturday Nov 14, 2020


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Trails: Indian Peaks 4 - RESCHEDULED

RESCHEDULED
This project was rescheduled due to weather, from its original date on September 12th.

Very Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
Colorado Mountain Club - Boulder Group
Date(s):
Sunday Sep 27, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Join us for this rescheduled one-day trail project in the spectacular Indian Peaks Wilderness, west of Brainard Lake. This area is one of the most popular wilderness areas in the country, which has caused a great deal of impact to the Mitchell Lake Trail. Volunteers will perform trail maintenance, building steps, improving drainage and blocking and restoring social and braided trail sections.

Sign up and celebrate National Public Lands Day with us in the Indian Peaks on September 26 or 27th...or both!

WRV has been working in the Indian Peaks Wilderness and Brainard Lake area for over a decade. It is rare for us to be able to offer a single-day event in this beautiful and beloved area, so come on out for a fun and rewarding day!


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Habitats: Pollinator Planting at Ollin Farms 5

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly
Sponsors
Great Outdoors Colorado - GOCO
Finish Line
AEC Trust
Date(s):
Wednesday Sep 30, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 10
Volunteers will be helping Ollin Farms with Project 95, an educational initiative to showcase the implementation of conservation practices and restoration of pollinator / wildlife habitat as part of regenerative farming methods. Volunteers will be planting native perennial species, removing weeds and invasive species, and collecting native seeds for future conservation plantings. This event will be run by Project Leader Tracy Halward. For questions or more information contact Amy@wlrv.org


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Habitats: Rocky Mountain National Park Beavers

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 16 Accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Audubon Rockies
Rocky Mountain National Park
Date(s):
Friday Oct 02, 2020 - Saturday Oct 03, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Join your fellow volunteers for this early autumn overnight project planting willows to restore beaver habitat in Moraine Park, at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park has given so much to the community of Northern Colorado and it's time to give back! Over-browsing by elk and pressure from visitors have taken their toll on this uniquely western destination. But with a little help from volunteers, Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) can reverse these trends and help the natural habitat of many animals thrive! Join us as we have the rare opportunity to do restoration within the park boundaries. Volunteers will camp in Moraine Park, Thursday night October 1st and Friday night October 2nd.


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Seeds: Fort Collins Seed Cleaning 4

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Partial Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 8, with an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Odell Brewing Company
Date(s):
Friday Oct 02, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 10
This afternoon, outdoor seed cleaning session will prepare seeds collected in the Alpine life zone at a recent event at Summit Lake on Mt Evans. The seeds have been been drying at our office...now they need your helping hands.

Seed cleaning is an essential activity for our native seed program, as native seeds are hard to purchase commercially. By cleaning seeds for our agency partners, you help to ensure that more native plants are used in local restoration projects.

Volunteers should bring their own camp chair for this event. Check out our other seed collection events this fall also!

For questions, contact annemarie@wlrv.org


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Habitats: Dolores River

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
RiversEdge West (formerly Tamarisk Coalition)
Audubon Rockies
Date(s):
Saturday Oct 03, 2020 - Monday Oct 05, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Restore riparian habitat on this spectacular river by planting native riparian species and removing invasive tamarisk. We'll camp out near the river, and spend a few days working to restore a critical riparian area in the desert. The Dolores River has been infested with tamarisk, and this project is part of a larger effort to improve habitat along the river.

This is a really fun project. It is known far and wide for the fabulous food, the awe inspiring scenery and the colorful local history!





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Trails: Elephant Butte - CANCELLED

CANCELLED

Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Family Friendly
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.
Date(s):
Saturday Oct 03, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 60
Elephant Butte is an obvious destination, visible from JeffCo Trails near Evergreens and offering panoramic views of the foothills and our front range home. The fact that it is off limits to the public hasn't deterred adventurous hikers and several unsustainable and unsafe routes have formed. Help Denver Mountain Parks build a new trail to the Butte so they can welcome visitors to this scenic overlook.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Jackie (jackie@wlrv.org)


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Weeds: St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal 1

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Longmont
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) (SEP)
South Platte Basin Roundtable - CWCB
Aggregate Industries
Date(s):
Tuesday Oct 06, 2020 - 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 the past few years, removing tamarisk through hand pulling and weed wrenching.

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.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Geoffrey (geoffrey@wlrv.org)


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Habitats: Pollinator Planting at Ollin Farms 6

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly
Sponsors
Great Outdoors Colorado - GOCO
Finish Line
AEC Trust
Date(s):
Wednesday Oct 07, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 10
Volunteers will be helping Ollin Farms with Project 95, an educational initiative to showcase the implementation of conservation practices and restoration of pollinator / wildlife habitat as part of regenerative farming methods. Volunteers will be planting native perennial species, removing weeds and invasive species, and collecting native seeds for future conservation plantings. This event will be run by Project Leader Tracy Halward. For questions or more information contact Amy@wlrv.org


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Trails: Pawnee Buttes

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 16 with adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) (SEP)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Oct 10, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Sunday Oct 11, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 30
The Pawnee Buttes trail is the only trail of any significance on the ~200K Acre Pawnee National Grasslands. The flooding of 2013 did a lot of damage in this highly erodible landscape but with all of the grazing and Natural Resource extraction to oversee the understaffed district hasn't been able to address it yet. We'll have a rare opportunity to camp on the high plains under the big sky surrounded by the Buttes and historic and modern windmills. Volunteers will rebuild wooden steps and drainages and resurface more remote sections of trail.

If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact Nate (nate@wlrv.org)


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Trails: Boulder Flatirons Restoration

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP)
Date(s):
Saturday Oct 10, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Sunday Oct 11, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Join us at the namesake National Center for Atmospheric Research Trail on OSMP property in Boulder for a day or two of trail restoration! This central gateway to Boulder's Flatirons and the 150 miles of OSMP trails is a magnet for concentrated use by hikers, runners, climbers and dog-walkers! After the 2013 floods that broadly impacted OSMP's trail system, maintenance of the NCAR trail has been low priority -- until now! Join us as we close and restore a network of social trails, and install buck & rail fencing to keep users traveling on a sustainable path.

If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact Geoffrey (geoffrey@wlrv.org)


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Habitats: Campbell Valley 4 - Trees & Fences

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Audubon Rockies
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) (SEP)
Date(s):
Saturday Oct 17, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Sunday Oct 18, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Plant cottonwood and peachleaf willow containers near previously constructed beaver dam analogs and maintain the fences that keep the cattle away from our new plants. Option to camp in the tragically beautiful Campbell Valley!

Just 20 miles north of Fort Collins exists one of the most important mountains-to-plains ecological transition zones in the Front Range - The Laramie Foothills Conservation Area. However, in the early 1900's, Campbell Creek was used to transport irrigation water while the North Poudre Irrigation Canal was being completed. The elevation of the creek bottom was down cut by approximately 40 feet, causing the elevation of the valley's tributaries to drop commensurately.

This massive change in the watershed caused significant head-cutting and down-cutting of every tributary in the valley, resulting in a loss of an estimated 120 million cubic feet of soil. Now, erosion gullies range from 5 to 30 feet deep and run up to 1,000 feet across the land and ever increasing leakage from the canal continues to threaten the valley's stability.



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Weeds: St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal 2

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Longmont
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) (SEP)
South Platte Basin Roundtable - CWCB
Aggregate Industries
Date(s):
Tuesday Oct 20, 2020 - 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 the past few years, removing tamarisk through hand pulling and weed wrenching.

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.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Geoffrey (geoffrey@wlrv.org)


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Habitats: Pollinator Planting at Ollin Farms 7

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly
Sponsors
Great Outdoors Colorado - GOCO
Finish Line
AEC Trust
Date(s):
Wednesday Oct 21, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 10
Volunteers will be helping Ollin Farms with Project 95, an educational initiative to showcase the implementation of conservation practices and restoration of pollinator / wildlife habitat as part of regenerative farming methods. Volunteers will be planting native perennial species, removing weeds and invasive species, and collecting native seeds for future conservation plantings. This event will be run by Project Leader Tracy Halward. For questions or more information contact Amy@wlrv.org


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Seeds: Northern Colorado Native Seed Swap

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 8, with adult supervision (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
Date(s):
Saturday Oct 24, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Start saving your seeds for a trick or treat native seed swap! People and Pollinators Action Network, The Colorado Native Plant Society, Wild Ones and Wildlands Restoration Volunteers are co-hosting a physically distanced native seed swap, in Fort Collins. We will be collecting seeds at drop off locations in Loveland and Fort Collins before the event and will prepackage seeds to adhere to COVID safety guidelines. To drop off seed or for more info, email us at: focoppan@peopleandpollinators.org.

Some native species are not available commercially, are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate. By growing locally adapted natives at home, you can help contribute to ecologically diversity within the city limits by providing pockets of native habitat for local wildlife and pollinators. Anyone who registers is welcome- there is no required seed donation. Registration and masks are required due to COVID-19 restrictions.


HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
1-REGISTER: All participants are asked to note ALL time slots that you can attend in the notes section of your registration. You will be assigned to one time slot to ensure we can maintain physical distancing at the event.

Time Slots available: 10-11am, 11am-12pm and 12pm-1pm.

2- SEED DROP OFF: Whether you have native seeds already collected or will be collecting seeds to share, multiple drop off locations are available in Fort Collins and Loveland prior to the event. Please email focoppan@peopleandpollinators.org to find a drop off location nearest you.


Sugar Beet Park, Fort Collins

This event will be outdoors at Sugar Beet Park in Fort Collins. The event will be rescheduled to October 31st in the event of inclement weather.

*If you have any questions or if you would like to volunteer ahead of time to help package seeds, please contact annemarie@wlrv.org after registering.


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Habitats: Pawnee Grassland 1

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) (SEP)
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Sunday Oct 25, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 15
Come join us for a fun day of fencing on the prairie! Pawnee National Grassland is home to abundant wildlife and recreation opportunities. It also exists in a patchwork of landownership, which means it has many miles of fencing. On this project, volunteers will work to maintain, repair and replace existing fenced exclosures with wildlife friendly fence!

Due to protections for ground nesting birds and raptors we have a limited annual window of time for these projects. Other projects will be schedule on Sundays throughout October, November and December as long as the weather cooperates.


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Tool Fest: Fort Collins

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Date(s):
Saturday Nov 07, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Celebrate a great season of restoration and put the tools you used to bed for the winter. There is a job for everyone: cleaning, sharpening, painting, applying protective oils, and re-organizing the tool shed to get ready for next years' project season. Word on the street is Tool Fest is a blast!


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Tool Fest: Boulder

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Date(s):
Saturday Nov 14, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 24
It's time to take out all of our tools for some cleaning, sharpening, painting, and applying protective oils. We've used our tools all season - now it's time to show them some love and celebrate our successes!

Word on the street is Tool Fest is a blast!


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