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2018 Projects
Project Name Day(s) Date(s)
Button Rock Flood Restoration Friday Apr 27, 2018

Family Project at Sombrero Marsh Saturday Apr 28, 2018

Myrtle Spurge Purge III Saturday Apr 28, 2018

Apple Valley Stream Restoration VII Saturday Apr 28, 2018

Daniels Park Restoration Saturday May 05, 2018

McClelland Creek Restoration Saturday May 05, 2018

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

Big Thompson - Forest Service Flood II Saturday May 12, 2018

Elephant Revival at Red Rocks Saturday May 12, 2018

St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal Wednesday May 16, 2018

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

Young Gulch Brinkman Construction Project Friday Jun 01, 2018

Beaver Brook Trail - National Trails Day Saturday Jun 02, 2018

Young Gulch Trail Construction I Saturday
Sunday
Jun 02, 2018
Jun 03, 2018

Med Sage Removal II Wednesday Jun 06, 2018

Lory State Park-Climbers Access Trail Saturday Jun 09, 2018

Pella Crossing Webster Pond Wetland Restoration Saturday Jun 09, 2018

Rocky Mtn Natl Park Habitat Restoration - Part 1 Saturday
Sunday
Jun 16, 2018
Jun 17, 2018

Young Gulch Trail Construction II Saturday
Sunday
Jun 23, 2018
Jun 24, 2018

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

OSMP Seed Collection/Crew Leader Field Day - Saturday - June 30th Saturday Jun 30, 2018

Phantom Canyon River Trail Improvement (SPREE adopt) Saturday Jul 07, 2018

Mt Elbert Collaborative Volunteer Event Saturday
Sunday
Jul 14, 2018
Jul 15, 2018

Summit and Echo Lakes - Mt. Evans Restoration Saturday
Sunday
Jul 21, 2018
Jul 22, 2018

Indian Peaks Wilderness Trail Project - Part 1 Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Jul 28, 2018
Jul 29, 2018
Jul 30, 2018

Indian Peaks Wilderness Trail Project - Part 2 Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Aug 03, 2018
Aug 04, 2018
Aug 05, 2018

Mt Elbert Alpine Trail Restoration Saturday
Sunday
Aug 11, 2018
Aug 12, 2018

South Park Alpine Restoration - Part 1 Saturday
Sunday
Friday
Aug 18, 2018
Aug 19, 2018
Aug 17, 2018

Masontown Trail Project I Saturday
Sunday
Aug 25, 2018
Aug 26, 2018

Young Gulch Trail Construction III Saturday
Sunday
Sep 01, 2018
Sep 02, 2018

Uncompahgre Plateau Sage Grouse Habitat Restoration Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sep 05, 2018
Sep 06, 2018
Sep 07, 2018
Sep 08, 2018

High Rock Creek Road to Trail Conversion Saturday
Sunday
Sep 08, 2018
Sep 09, 2018

South Park Alpine Restoration - Part 2 Saturday
Sunday
Sep 08, 2018
Sep 09, 2018

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

Masontown Trail Project II Saturday
Sunday
Sep 15, 2018
Sep 16, 2018

Rocky Mtn Natl Park Habitat Restoration - Part 2 Saturday
Sunday
Sep 22, 2018
Sep 23, 2018

Fillius Park Trails Saturday Sep 29, 2018

Young Gulch Trail Construction IV Saturday
Sunday
Oct 06, 2018
Oct 07, 2018

St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal III Wednesday Oct 10, 2018

Tool Fest - Fort Collins Saturday Oct 27, 2018

Tool Fest - Boulder Saturday Nov 03, 2018


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Button Rock Flood Restoration

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Kiewit Infrastructure
Blue Federal Credit Union
South Platte Basin Roundtable - CWCB
Date(s):
Friday Apr 27, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Since 2013, WRV volunteers have been breathing life back into our flood damage watersheds. Please join us as we finish work on North St Vrain Creek near Button Rock Reservoir. Your efforts will help protect the water supply for Lyons and Longmont by revegetating scoured stream banks, and restore riparian habitat for wildlife, birds and fish. Activities will include soil amendment to improve fertility, native seeding, diverse plantings of native trees and shrubs, and mulch application.


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Family Project at Sombrero Marsh

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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

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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.

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Apple Valley Stream Restoration VII

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Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Blue Federal Credit Union
U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
Date(s):
Saturday Apr 28, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 40
In September 2013 the St. Vrain Creek flooded, devastating multiple communities in the area. Five years later, Federal disaster relief money is funding permanent repairs of the river.

Join WRV in revegetating this beautiful area. Apple Valley is northwest of Lyons, and the stream channel has been repaired through extensive heavy equipment work. Volunteers will be wrapping up several months of work by planting thousands of native shrubs and trees.


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Daniels Park Restoration

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Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Blue Federal Credit Union
Date(s):
Saturday May 05, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 45
Join us at one of Denver Mountain Parks most iconic parks, just south of Denver, with conveniently located panoramic views of the city along the Front Range. Despite the fantastic natural beauty, the area is being heavily damaged by the sheer number of people who visit the area every day. The mess of unsanctioned trails that braids across the landscape is the root cause of this damage. Volunteers will reverse this trend by closing and restoring damaged areas.

The project will include revegetation and some rock work to stabilize steep eroding slopes. It is suitable for beginners and experienced volunteers alike. We will have trained crew leaders to make sure you have a great project and learn something new! This project is being completed in conjunction with new sustainable trails and amenities being added to the park.


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McClelland Creek Restoration

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Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly
Sponsors
Blue Federal Credit Union
Date(s):
Saturday May 05, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Twin Silos Park in south Fort Collins sits alongside a newly restored reach of McClelland Creek, where humans and wildlife use the park's newly constructed "suburbitat" (a great term we've borrowed from the High Plains Environmental Center). A great day trip project for our family crowd, volunteers will install a diverse palate of trees and shrubs to enhance habitat for wildlife and stabilize vulnerable riparian stream banks against erosion.

WRV is proud to partner with the City of Fort Collins Stormwater Utilities Department to offer our volunteers this exciting opportunity! As the wildland/urban interface continues to expand, WRV is committed to the restoration and enhancement of habitat for wildlife within our urban boundaries. This increased connectivity allows "pit stops" for migratory birds and corridors for mammals, while providing ecosystem services such as water quality enhancement and stability for the surrounding landscape.


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Myrtle Spurge Purge IV (Evening Pull)

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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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Big Thompson - Forest Service Flood II

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly
Sponsors
Audubon Rockies
Blue Federal Credit Union
South Platte Basin Roundtable - CWCB
Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment
U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
Date(s):
Saturday May 12, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 40
Did you know that the north fork Big Thompson projects on National Forest system lands have shown some of the highest seed emergence seen by WRV and forest botanists alike?

Join us for the classic full scale weekend experience on your very own public lands! Forest Service flood projects on the north fork are favorites among staff and volunteers alike for their use of compost! This ultra high quality soil amendment generates some of the highest seed emergence seen on restoration projects period, and is a pleasure to admire only 1 year after treatment! Volunteers will spread pre-staged piles of compost, broadcast native seed specially collected by the USFS, apply engineered wood straw mulch and plant native container plants grown out at WRV's own micro nursery facility.




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Elephant Revival at Red Rocks

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Easy    ●    Partial Day
Sponsors
Blue Federal Credit Union
Bohemian Foundation
Elephant Revival
Date(s):
Saturday May 12, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 100
9:00am - 2:00pm

This project is sponsored by Elephant Revival and is specifically for fans and supporters of this Colorado band, who will be performing later in the month on May 20th at Red Rocks Amphitheatre! During this project we will be working on restoring one of the most iconic trails at Red Rocks. This trail restoration will include laying down crusher fine, seeding, and laying down wood straw. Volunteers will celebrate the work that they have completed with a private acoustic set by Elephant Revival!


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St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal

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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)

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Come celebrate Colorado Public Lands Day, in celebration of our treasured public lands!

Intermediate    ●    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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Young Gulch Brinkman Construction Project

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Blue Federal Credit Union
Date(s):
Friday Jun 01, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
The Young Gulch trail was a very popular destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through in 2012, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in 2013. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is washed away. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail: more fun and resilient, with less disturbance to the creek and the Poudre downstream.

We've constructed almost 3 miles of trail, meaning that volunteers can enjoy a hike filled with wildlife through a beautiful canyon that is regrowing beautifully after the fires and floods of the past.

WRV is delighted to have employees from Brinkman Construction volunteer to clear the trail corridor to prepare the area for our summer of trail construction projects. This project day is limited to Brinkman employees and families, so please register for one of the other 4 project weekends this summer at Young Gulch to participate and help us rebuild this great trail!






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Beaver Brook Trail - National Trails Day

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Come celebrate National Trails Day!

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Blue Federal Credit Union
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 02, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 50
The historic and very popular Beaver Brook Trail begins just north of Genesee and winds northeast to Lookout Mountain, near Golden. Volunteers will be addressing erosion problems on the trail by adding timber water bars and steps. Volunteers will be closing social trails and helping to define the trail tread to reduce future erosion. Maintenance of the trail tread will help ensure proper drainage and function of this popular trail.

While its location is conveniently located near the Denver-metro area, the trail offers hikers a remote backcountry feel. In fact, this year's project site requires a one-mile hike in!


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Young Gulch Trail Construction I

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Jax Mercantile
Odell Brewing Company
Blue Federal Credit Union
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 02, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Sunday Jun 03, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 20
The Young Gulch trail was a very popular destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through in 2012, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in 2013. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is washed away. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail: more fun and resilient, with less disturbance to the creek and the Poudre downstream.
We've constructed almost 3 miles of trail meaning this season we'll be working some distance from the trailhead. We'll have a backcountry base-camp set up so that volunteers can chose to camp closer to the work area or to hike in daily. Please let us know your preference.
WRV is very pleased to work collaboration with the USFS, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi-year effort.


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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: 35
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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Lory State Park-Climbers Access Trail

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 12 (more info)
Sponsors
Odell Brewing Company
Blue Federal Credit Union
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 09, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Love rocks? So do we!

Rock climbing is one of the fastest growing outdoor sports and the trails to access this great sport need a little help from WRV volunteers. Join us to make improvements on the climbing access trail in Lory State Park and enjoy views of the Front Range and iconic Arthur's Rock cliffs during the project.

Located about 20 minutes from Downtown Fort Collins, Lory State Park is a true gem of protected land. This project will include a gentle 1 mile walk into the project site from the Arthur's Rock trailhead. Park admission fees will be covered by Lory State Park for volunteers on the project day.

Partners on this project include the Northern Colorado Climbers Coalition, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and CATS (Colorado Addicted Trail builders Society). If you are a member of the Northern Colorado Climbers Coalition please email annemarie@wlrv.org to sign up.


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Pella Crossing Webster Pond Wetland Restoration

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 14, accompanied by adult (more info)
Sponsors
Blue Federal Credit Union
Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 09, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 50
This June, we are returning to the site of Wildlands Restoration Volunteer's first project! Back In 1999, and over 1000 projects ago, 20 volunteers restored a stretch of shoreline at this Boulder County Pond. The willows planted have thrived and are now full-grown trees! However, Pella Crossing Open Space was severely damaged by the flood of September 2013. A large portion of Webster Pond was filled with sediment from the flood. Boulder County recognized the opportunity to transform this sediment deposit into thriving wetland habitat. This year, we will follow up on our efforts from 2017 with additional plantings. This project is located in Hygiene, between Longmont and Lyons.
Please note we have a rain date scheduled for Saturday, June 23rd. Please reserve this date in your calendar in case we have to cancel for inclement weather.


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Rocky Mtn Natl Park Habitat Restoration - Part 1

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Rocky Mountain National Park
Blue Federal Credit Union
Audubon Rockies
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 16, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 50
Sunday Jun 17, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 50
Rocky Mountain National Park is a spectacular iconic destination in Colorado. WRV volunteers will be returning there twice this year to help restore three disturbed sites near Sprague Lake, Moraine Park and the Headquarters. This event is Part 1. Altogether, between these two events, volunteers will plant over 7,000 wetland plants, and seed, rake and mulch over 7 acres.

Camping in the park will be provided free for volunteers. This project fills quickly so sign up early! Friday night arrival encouraged.


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Young Gulch Trail Construction II

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Jax Mercantile
Odell Brewing Company
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 23, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Sunday Jun 24, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 20
The Young Gulch trail was a very popular destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through in 2012, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in 2013. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is washed away. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail: more fun and resilient, with less disturbance to the creek and the Poudre downstream.
We've constructed almost 3 miles of trail meaning this season we'll be working some distance from the trailhead. We'll have a backcountry base-camp set up so that volunteers can chose to camp closer to the work area or to hike in daily. Please let us know your preference.
WRV is very pleased to work collaboration with the USFS, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi-year effort.


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Coal Creek Youth and Family Stewardship Project

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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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OSMP Seed Collection/Crew Leader Field Day - Saturday - June 30th

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 8 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP)
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 30, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 35
This will be our first seed collection of the season and all volunteers are welcome! New Seed Collection Crew Leaders will work with experienced crew leaders and practice their skills on a seed collection! This is a very relaxing activity; some even say it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

THIS IS A morning 9:00am-12:00PM EVENT -- Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Often times, however, native seeds are not available commercially, they are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!

The location of seed collections can only be determined 2-3 days prior to each event, given the varying growth rates of the many species we collect. All of the projects are in Boulder County. Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.

Volunteers will help increase the availability of native seed by hand collecting a variety of species, including mostly grasses, sedges, and some wildflowers and other forbs. Local botanists will be working on site and will provide identification of wildflowers and other native plants during the project.

The seeds you collect will be grown out to increase them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.


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Phantom Canyon River Trail Improvement (SPREE adopt)

SCHEDULED

Very Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
The Nature Conservancy -- Phantom Canyon Office
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 07, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 15
Crew Leaders needed to lead a group of Youth from Denver in the task of rerouting and rebuilding some of the unsustainable portions of the river access trail on the beautiful Phantom Canyon Ranch. With multiple river crossings through the North Fork Cache La Poudre, this will be an exciting project even before we reach the work sites.


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Mt Elbert Collaborative Volunteer Event

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Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 14, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 10
Sunday Jul 15, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 10
Wildlands Restoration Volunteers is partnering with other Colorado outdoor stewardship groups and the U.S. Forest Service through the National Forest Foundation Find Your Fourteener campaign so that together we can do more on our majestic Fourteeners. We are working collaboratively to increase the pace and scale of trail improvements and ecological restoration. Our vision is to work together, with you, to build and maintain a sustainable trails network, ensuring these peaks remain healthy and inviting for decades to come. With help from skilled, passionate volunteers like you, we can complete even more on-the-ground work on Colorado's Fourteeners.

This particular project is very unique. On this project led by Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, you can expect to get your hands dirty with staff and volunteers from the following organizations: Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, Colorado Mountain Club, Get Outdoors Leadville, and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. Because of this WRV only needs about 15 people on site. SO, sign up now before it fills up!

Colorado's magnificent 14ers attract heavy use. Mt Elbert has some of the worst conditions with an estimated 1.5 million cubic feet of sediment already lost due to erosion. The current trail passes through habitat for local and globally sensitive species, as noted by the USFS. Because usage well exceeds the capacity of the current trail, the primary summit route has been degraded to the point where visitors walk off trail and destroy the sensitive alpine. This project will restore and maintain the ecological and recreational value of the extremely high use route leading up. Aside from stunning views and great company you can expect to have some fun building/closing social trails, creating rock check dams, constructing plank retaining walls, adding soil fill, transplanting local vegetation, and maybe even doing a little alpine seeding.


Note: These alpine projects are some of WRV's most amazing projects but are also very strenuous, often requiring a hike in to the work site and sometimes carrying materials and personal gear. We will be car camping above 9,000 ft. and hiking to the worksite each morning.

Please be considerate and only sign up if you are willing and able to commit to the full project. Last minute cancellations are extremely detrimental to getting all the work done and our ability to hold projects like this in the future.


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Summit and Echo Lakes - Mt. Evans Restoration

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 21, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 50
Sunday Jul 22, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 50
Echo Lake and Summit Lake Parks are the beginning and end of a spectacular trail through Chicago Basin toward Mt. Evans. Due to the popularity of this area, these parks are heavily impacted. WRV has been working on these popular and majestic areas for several years with amazing results.

This year, volunteers will be repairing and restoring shoreline at Echo Lake and planting small alpine plants to restore native tundra near Summit Lake. Both lakes offer breathtaking views in a stunning alpine environment.


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Indian Peaks Wilderness Trail Project - Part 1

SCHEDULED
This is Part 1 of a two-part project. Consider combining them for a fun volunteer vacation with a two-day break in between.

Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 28, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Sunday Jul 29, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Monday Jul 30, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Join us 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/Blue Lake trail. Volunteers will perform trail maintenance and reroute sections away from sensitive wetlands. Normally, this area is closed for camping, but WRV has special permission to camp in the backcountry near our work site.

Llamas will be used to haul food and gear into the site. This is a three-day project, Saturday-Monday. Volunteers are encouraged to show up Friday afternoon/evening to set up their camp and acclimatize. WRV has been working in the Indian Peaks Wilderness and Brainard Lake area for over a decade. This will be one of the more adventurous projects of the season but also one of the most rewarding!


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Indian Peaks Wilderness Trail Project - Part 2

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This is Part 2 of a project begun a few days previously. Consider combining them for a fun volunteer vacation with a two-day break in between.

Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance
Date(s):
Friday Aug 03, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Saturday Aug 04, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Sunday Aug 05, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Join us 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/Blue Lake trail. Volunteers will perform trail maintenance and reroute sections away from sensitive wetlands. Normally, this area is closed for camping, but WRV has special permission to camp in the backcountry near our worksite.

Llamas will be used to haul food and gear into the site. This is a three-day project, Friday-Sunday. Volunteers are encouraged to show up Thursday afternoon/evening to set up their camp and acclimatize. WRV has been working in the Indian Peaks Wilderness and Brainard Lake area for over a decade. This will be one of the more adventurous projects of the season but also one of the most rewarding!


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Mt Elbert Alpine Trail Restoration

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Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
REI - National Office
USFS - Pike and San Isabel NF - Leadville RD
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 11, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 40
Sunday Aug 12, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 40
Colorado's magnificent 14ers attract heavy use. Mt Elbert has some of the worst conditions with an estimated 1.5 million cubic feet of sediment already lost due to erosion. The current trail passes through habitat for local and globally sensitive species, as noted by the USFS. Because usage well exceeds the capacity of the current trail, the primary summit route has been degraded to the point where visitors walk off trail and destroy the sensitive alpine. This project will restore and maintain the ecological and recreational value of the extremely high use route leading up. Aside from stunning views and great company you can expect to have some fun building/closing social trails, creating rock check dams, constructing plank retaining walls, adding soil fill, transplanting local vegetation, and maybe even doing a little alpine seeding.

Fall Colors! This project is located in one of Colorado's most beautiful fall locations. It is surrounded by aspen groves and our timing should be just about perfect for an amazing display of golden yellows!

Note: These alpine projects are some of WRV's most amazing projects but are also very strenuous, often requiring a hike in to the work site and sometimes carrying materials and personal gear. We will be car camping above 9,000 ft. and hiking to the worksite each morning.

Please be considerate and only sign up if you are willing and able to commit to the full project. Last minute cancellations are extremely detrimental to getting all the work done and our ability to hold projects like this in the future.


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South Park Alpine Restoration - Part 1

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Please Note: This event has been updated and a third project day added on Friday, August 17th. We will be checking in with you if you registered prior to the third day being added, we hope you can also join us on Friday, but accept that you may not be able to.

Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
USFS - PSICC - South Park Ranger District
Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative
Wild Connections
Park County Land and Water Trust Fund
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 18, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 55
Sunday Aug 19, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 55
Friday Aug 17, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 55
Join us for a weekend in spectacular high country at three sites within 10 miles northwest and southwest of Fairplay. The headwaters of both North Tarryall Creek, Sheep Creek and Beaver Creek have been impacted by illegal motorized activity which has damaged the alpine habitat and sent sediment into the watershed. After equipment preps the sites, volunteers will seed and mulch the area.

We'll be camping in a beautiful location with views across a meadow toward the continental divide. This is the first project in a series extending through 2019. WRV is pleased to be working with long-time partners, the Pike San Isabel National Forest, Wild Connections and Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative (MRHI).


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Masontown Trail Project I

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Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Friends of the Dillon Ranger District
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 25, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 45
Sunday Aug 26, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 45
This popular access to Summit County Trails has been loved to death. We're partnering with the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and the Town of Frisco to give it a much needed transformation starting with the construction of bridges and boardwalks across the creek and sensitive riparian areas!


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Young Gulch Trail Construction III

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Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Jax Mercantile
Odell Brewing Company
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 01, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Sunday Sep 02, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 20
The Young Gulch trail was a very popular destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through in 2012, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in 2013. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is washed away. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail: more fun and resilient, with less disturbance to the creek and the Poudre downstream.
We've constructed almost 3 miles of trail meaning this season we'll be working some distance from the trailhead. We'll have a backcountry base-camp set up so that volunteers can chose to camp closer to the work area or to hike in daily. Please let us know your preference.
WRV is very pleased to work collaboration with the USFS, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi-year effort.


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Uncompahgre Plateau Sage Grouse Habitat Restoration

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WED-SAT Project, Sunday is either a FUN DAY before we head to the Dolores River project, or a travel day if you don't plan on joining us for Dolores.

Difficult    ●    Mid Week Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
USFS - Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison Nat'l Forest - Gunnison Ranger District
Audubon Rockies
Date(s):
Wednesday Sep 05, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Thursday Sep 06, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Friday Sep 07, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Saturday Sep 08, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
WE'RE BACK for another year of restoring critical habitat for Gunnison Sage Grouse, this year we're taking the success we've had in Gunnison over the past 4 years and moving up to the Uncompaghre National Forest to replicate our work with new partners.

This year we'll be camped out for 4 days at an old Civilian Conservation Corps camp and travelling from there to our work sites each day. The work will be much the same as previous years using rock to build small scale erosion control structures which help to trap sediment and raise the water table over time, and sustaining the plant community that the Gunnison Sage Grouse depends on. This work helps make the ecosystem more resilient to the effects of climate change.

One of WRV's most popular projects every year, this year may the best yet!

The site of our camp makes it much more difficult to accommodate volunteers looking to only come for 1 of the days so please plan on coming for all 4 days if you sign up.

You also have the EXCITING opportunity to register for 2 projects back to back for a true week long volunteer "vacation". Volunteers that register for both this project and the Dolores River Tamarisk project will have the opportunity to carpool with WRV (We'll be renting 1 or more passenger vans for this purpose), stay at the CCC Cabins an extra day (btw the cabins have showers!) between projects for a rest day and we are working on plans for a special rest day adventure!

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
Volunteers will be constructing multiple rock structures on small streams and drainages in the watershed.
Volunteers will be working at an elevation of above 8,000 feet and camping nearby at a Civilian Conservation Corps Camp with multiple cabins. Food will be provided by talented volunteer cooks!


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High Rock Creek Road to Trail Conversion

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Intermediate    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Grand Adventure Brewing
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 08, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Sunday Sep 09, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Come camp and work in the high country. This project has something for everyone: unique location, riparian restoration, road obliteration, trail building... In order to protect sensitive wetland habitat we'll be restoring several creek-side campgrounds and obliterating 1.5 miles of jeep road in Routt National Forest West of Kremmling and converting it into multi-use trail.


Friday night arrival encouraged..


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South Park Alpine Restoration - Part 2

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Please Note: An additional day has been added to this project. We will now be working Saturday and Sunday, September 8-9th. We will follow up with those who registered before the second day was added, but we'd love it if you are able to join us for the whole weekend.

Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
USFS - PSICC - South Park Ranger District
Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative
Wild Connections
Park County Land and Water Trust Fund
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 08, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Sunday Sep 09, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Join us on this weekend in the spectacular high country at three sites within 10 miles northwest and southwest of Fairplay. The headwaters of both North Tarryall Creek, Sheep Creek and Beaver Creek have been impacted by illegal motorized activity which has damaged the alpine habitat and sent sediment into the watershed. After equipment preps the sites, volunteers will seed and mulch the area.

This is the second project in a series extending through 2019. WRV is pleased to be working with long-time partners, the Pike San Isabel National Forest, Wild Connections and Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative (MRHI).


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Dolores River Restoration and Tamarisk Removal

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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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Masontown Trail Project II

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Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Friends of the Dillon Ranger District
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 15, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 45
Sunday Sep 16, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 45
This popular access to Summit County Trails has been loved to death. We're partnering with the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and the Town of Frisco to give it a much needed transformation starting with the construction of bridges and boardwalks across the creek and sensitive riparian areas!


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Rocky Mtn Natl Park Habitat Restoration - Part 2

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Rocky Mountain National Park
Audubon Rockies
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 22, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 50
Sunday Sep 23, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 50
Rocky Mountain National Park is a spectacular iconic destination in Colorado. WRV volunteers will be returning there twice this year to help restore three disturbed sites near Sprague Lake, Moraine Park and the Headquarters. This event is Part 2. Altogether, between these two events, volunteers will plant over 7,000 wetland plants, and seed, rake and mulch over 7 acres.

Camping in the park will be provided free for volunteers. This project fills quickly so sign up early! Friday night arrival encouraged.


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Fillius Park Trails

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Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 29, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 50
Come celebrate National Public Lands Day! Fillius Park is a gem within the Denver Mountain Parks system, just outside of Evergreen, and serves as as the entryway to the Bergen Park community. Volunteers will be completing 1800 ft of new natural surface trail to complete a new hiking trail loop at Fillius Park, create ADA access to the historical shelter, and reclaim old roads and parking lots that are no longer being utilized.


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Young Gulch Trail Construction IV

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Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Jax Mercantile
Odell Brewing Company
Date(s):
Saturday Oct 06, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Sunday Oct 07, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 20
The Young Gulch trail was a very popular destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through in 2012, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in 2013. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is washed away. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail: more fun and resilient, with less disturbance to the creek and the Poudre downstream.
We've constructed almost 3 miles of trail meaning this season we'll be working some distance from the trailhead. We'll have a backcountry base-camp set up so that volunteers can chose to camp closer to the work area or to hike in daily. Please let us know your preference.
WRV is very pleased to work collaboration with the USFS, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi-year effort.


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St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal III

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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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Tool Fest - Fort Collins

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Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 14 (more info)
Date(s):
Saturday Oct 27, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 20
9am-3:30pm approx

Volunteers are invited to 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

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Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 14 (more info)
Date(s):
Saturday Nov 03, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 35
9am-3:30pm approx

Volunteers are invited to 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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