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2019 Projects
Project Name Day(s) Date(s)
Alpine Restoration: South Park Road Removal - Sheep Creek RESCHEDULED Saturday - Sunday Jul 20, 2019 - Jul 21, 2019

River Restoration: Middle South Platte V Saturday Jul 20, 2019

Seed Collection: City of Boulder II Wednesday Jul 24, 2019

Find Your 14er: Mt. Elbert Saturday - Sunday Jul 27, 2019 - Jul 28, 2019

Healthy Forests: Genesee Park Saturday Jul 27, 2019

Seed Collection: Boulder County II Tuesday Jul 30, 2019

Weed Warriors: Pollinator Habitat - Standley Lake Wednesday Jul 31, 2019

Alpine Restoration: Summit Lake Saturday - Sunday Aug 03, 2019 - Aug 04, 2019

Habitat Restoration: Campbell Valley II Saturday
Sunday
Aug 03, 2019
Aug 04, 2019

Seed Collection: Boulder County III Tuesday Aug 06, 2019

Find Your 14er: Grays & Torreys II Saturday - Sunday Aug 10, 2019 - Aug 11, 2019

Healthy Forests: Elk Ranch IV Saturday - Sunday Aug 10, 2019 - Aug 11, 2019

River Restoration: Middle South Platte VI Saturday Aug 10, 2019

Trails: South Park Trail & Boardwalk - Beaver Creek Friday - Sunday Aug 16, 2019 - Aug 18, 2019

Seed Collection: City of Boulder III Friday Aug 16, 2019

Trails: Indian Peaks Backcountry I Saturday - Monday Aug 17, 2019 - Aug 19, 2019

Trails: Indian Peaks Backcountry II Friday - Sunday Aug 23, 2019 - Aug 25, 2019

Trails: Hippo I Saturday - Sunday Aug 24, 2019 - Aug 25, 2019

Families: Boulder County Seed Collection IV Saturday Aug 24, 2019

Seed Collection: Boulder County V Wednesday Aug 28, 2019

WRV Youth Leadership Development (WYLD) Program: Applications Due! Friday Aug 30, 2019

Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry IV Saturday - Sunday Aug 31, 2019 - Sep 01, 2019

Alpine Restoration: South Park Road Removal - Sheep Creek Saturday - Sunday Aug 31, 2019 - Sep 01, 2019

Habitat Restoration: Gunnison Sage Grouse Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sep 04, 2019
Sep 05, 2019
Sep 06, 2019
Sep 07, 2019

Seed Collection: City of Boulder IV Saturday Sep 07, 2019

Trails: Indian Peaks III Saturday Sep 07, 2019

Seed Collection: Boulder County VI Thursday Sep 12, 2019

Trails: Masontown Finale - Women's Project Saturday - Sunday Sep 14, 2019 - Sep 15, 2019

Trails: Mount Margaret Molly Lake I Saturday Sep 14, 2019

Seed Collection: City of Boulder V Friday Sep 20, 2019

Trails: Hippo II Saturday - Sunday Sep 21, 2019 - Sep 22, 2019

Healthy Forests: Elkhorn Creek III Saturday Sep 21, 2019

Restoration: Jefferson County Open Space I Friday Sep 27, 2019

Healthy Forests: Elkhorn Creek IV Saturday Sep 28, 2019

Seed Collection: Boulder County VII Saturday Sep 28, 2019

Restoration: Jefferson County Open Space II - National Public Lands Day Saturday Sep 28, 2019

Seed Collection: City of Boulder VI Saturday Oct 05, 2019

Weed Warriors: St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal II Wednesday Oct 09, 2019

Seed Collection: Boulder County VIII Friday Oct 11, 2019

Healthy Forests: Elkhorn Creek V Saturday Oct 12, 2019

Restoration: Rocky Mountain National Park Willow Harvest Thursday Oct 17, 2019

Restoration Getaway: Dolores River Saturday - Sunday Oct 19, 2019 - Oct 20, 2019

Seed Collection: Boulder County IX Saturday Oct 19, 2019

Tool Fest: Fort Collins Saturday Oct 26, 2019

Restoration: Jefferson County Open Space III Saturday Oct 26, 2019

Tool Fest: Boulder Saturday Nov 02, 2019


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Alpine Restoration: South Park Road Removal - Sheep Creek RESCHEDULED

CANCELLED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative
Wild Connections
Park County Land and Water Trust Fund
Park County Department of Heritage, Tourism & Community Development
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 20, 2019 - Sunday Jul 21, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 60
Beneath Sheep mountain, down under Sheep ridge lays the majestic Sheep Creek, join us here for this lovely July weekend restoring the land in community. During this two-day project we will be removing and restoring a degraded and illegal road. This is an overnight project, so please come prepared with weather-appropriate camping gear and attire! And, be ready for good food and fun times once we wrap up work for the day. Be sure to bring your paddle, lest we find ourselves up Sheep Creek without 'em.

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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River Restoration: Middle South Platte V

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Middle South Platte River Alliance
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)
South Platte Basin Roundtable - CWCB
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 20, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 36
Come enjoy a day of restoration on the plains! This event will take place along the S. Platte River near the town of Milliken (just east of Loveland and Longmont). We'll be doing a bit of classic wetland and stream restoration in a beautiful, prairie location. This project is a fantastic introduction to restoration, or can provide a fun bit of stream work and planting for the restoration veteran!


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Seed Collection: City of Boulder II

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 8, with adult supervision* (more info)
Sponsors
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP)
Date(s):
Wednesday Jul 24, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 35
Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Some native species are not available commercially, are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

Volunteers will help ensure the success of future restoration projects by hand-collecting seeds from a variety of native species, including grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs. You will work in small groups led by an experienced crew leader. All supplies will be provided by WRV and the partner agency. Work will include hiking, sitting, squatting, standing, and bending. Local botanists will be working on site and will provide identification of wildflowers and other native plants during the project.

Our collected seeds will be used in local habitat restoration projects, or may be grown out in an agricultural setting to increase them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!

This project is in Boulder County. The exact 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. Local botanists visit many sites and closely follow the seed development of many species--we appreciate your patience! Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.


*If you are trained, and would like to serve as a Crew Leader or Greeter please email Erica (erica@wlrv.org) after registering.


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Find Your 14er: Mt. Elbert

SCHEDULED

Very Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 With an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 27, 2019 - Sunday Jul 28, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 15
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 species.
Team up with WRV and Colorado Fourteeners Initiative to give back to Colorado's highest peak! This project will restore and maintain the ecological and recreational value of the extremely high use route on Mt Elbert's East Ridge. Aside from stunning views and great company you can expect to have some fun transplanting native vegetation, hauling/decompacting soil, installing wattles for soil stabilization, installing check dams, and constructing retaining walls.

Note: This difficult back-country project will require a 2.5 mile hike to basecamp, with nearly 1,500 ft elevation gain. We will set up camp near 11,700 ft and hike a short but strenuous distance (up to 1 mile) from base-camp to the project site to help restore a closed section of trail on Mt. Elbert's East Ridge.

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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Healthy Forests: Genesee Park

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 27, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 30
We'll be using hand saws and tools to improving forest health within one of the Denver Mountain Parks properties near I-70.

By thinning dense stands of trees and piling and removing debris, volunteers will help protect water supply and improve forest health in this valuable and beautiful area. No experience is necessary--simply show up ready to work and learn, and our crew leaders will show you the ropes!


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Seed Collection: Boulder County II

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 8, with adult supervision (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
Date(s):
Tuesday Jul 30, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 35
Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Some native species are not available commercially, are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

Volunteers will help ensure the success of future restoration projects by hand-collecting seeds from a variety of native species, including grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs. You will work in small groups led by an experienced crew leader. All supplies will be provided by WRV and the partner agency. Work will include hiking, sitting, squatting, standing, and bending. Local botanists will be working on site and will provide identification of wildflowers and other native plants during the project.

Our collected seeds will be used in local habitat restoration projects, or may be grown out in an agricultural setting to increase them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!

This project is in Boulder County. The exact 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. Local botanists visit many sites and closely follow the seed development of many species--we appreciate your patience! Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.


*If you are trained and would like to serve as a Crew Leader or Greeter please write your intentions in the "Notes" section when registering.


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Weed Warriors: Pollinator Habitat - Standley Lake

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Minimum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Connie Holsinger (formerly Terra Foundation)
Broomfield Open Space, City and County
Date(s):
Wednesday Jul 31, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Join us for this unique pollinator project at beautiful Standley Lake! WRV is collaborating with the Butterfly Pavilion, Standley Lake Regional Park and Westminster Open Space, to restore native grassland habitat, with specific emphasis on improved habitat for pollinator species. Volunteers will help promote pollinator insects and birds by removing various invasive species.

This event is family-friendly and will include a talk on pollinator species from a Butterfly Pavilion representative!


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Alpine Restoration: Summit Lake

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 03, 2019 - Sunday Aug 04, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 40
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 camping at Echo Lake and driving up to Summit Lake each day to plant small alpine plants and use other techniques to restore the native tundra. Both lakes offer breathtaking views in a stunning alpine environment.

Please note: Friday night arrival is encouraged to set up camp and acclimatize.


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Habitat Restoration: Campbell Valley II

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 16 and up with parent/ guardian (more info)
Sponsors
Cargill
Audubon Rockies
Colorado Watershed Assembly
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 03, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 35
Sunday Aug 04, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 35
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.

Volunteers will construct post and willow Beaver Dam Analogs and Induced Meandering Structures in Campbell Creek. Those staying for day two will have the option to camp under the stars in this beautiful valley which is otherwise closed to the public.


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Seed Collection: Boulder County III

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 8, with adult supervision (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
Date(s):
Tuesday Aug 06, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 35
Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Some native species are not available commercially, are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

Volunteers will help ensure the success of future restoration projects by hand-collecting seeds from a variety of native species, including grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs. You will work in small groups led by an experienced crew leader. All supplies will be provided by WRV and the partner agency. Work will include hiking, sitting, squatting, standing, and bending. Local botanists will be working on site and will provide identification of wildflowers and other native plants during the project.

Our collected seeds will be used in local habitat restoration projects, or may be grown out in an agricultural setting to increase them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!

This project is in Boulder County. The exact 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. Local botanists visit many sites and closely follow the seed development of many species--we appreciate your patience! Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.


*If you are trained and would like to serve as a Crew Leader or Greeter please email Erica (erica@wlrv.org) after registering.


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Find Your 14er: Grays & Torreys II

SCHEDULED

Very Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 With Adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Jax Mercantile
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 10, 2019 - Sunday Aug 11, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Colorado's magnificent 14ers attract heavy use. Grays and Torreys Peak is too popular! 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 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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Healthy Forests: Elk Ranch IV

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 10, 2019 - Sunday Aug 11, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 15
Join us for some forestry work in a truly breathtaking valley surrounded by forest and mountains! All volunteers are welcome, sawyers and non-sawyers alike!

Work will be occurring on privately owned land south of Estes Park, in the Little Valley region. It's on one of Colorado's original homesteads called Elk Ranch.

This is part of a larger Forest Management plan that ties into a vision of healthy forests and watersheds for the entire surrounding area, irrespective of property lines and ownership. The Arapahoe Roosevelt National Forest, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Big Thompson Conservation District are all partnering with WRV to make this happen.

By performing a Ponderosa Pine restoration treatment, we'll be improving water quality from the Little Thompson all the way to the Platte river and beyond. We'll also be tying into existing fuels-reduction treatments throughout the region, reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires in Estes Park and surrounding areas.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to run a chainsaw and are currently certified, please contact William Vieth at william@wlrv.org


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River Restoration: Middle South Platte VI

SCHEDULED
NEW DATE!

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Middle South Platte River Alliance
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)
South Platte Basin Roundtable - CWCB
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 10, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 36
Come enjoy a day of restoration on the plains! This event will take place along the S. Platte River near the town of Milliken (just east of Loveland and Longmont). We'll be doing a bit of classic wetland and stream restoration in a beautiful, prairie location. This project is a fantastic introduction to restoration, or can provide a fun bit of stream work and planting for the restoration veteran!


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Trails: South Park Trail & Boardwalk - Beaver Creek

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative
Wild Connections
Park County Land and Water Trust Fund
The Summit Foundation
Park County Department of Heritage, Tourism & Community Development
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Friday Aug 16, 2019 - Sunday Aug 18, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 60
Join us on this weekend in the beautiful open country along Beaver Creek, just minutes from the town of Fairplay. During this three-day project we will be building a single track trail with a boardwalk that will join into a larger network of existing trails, eventually connecting Fairplay to Breckenridge for non-motorized travelers.

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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Seed Collection: City of Boulder III

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 8, with adult supervision* (more info)
Sponsors
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP)
Date(s):
Friday Aug 16, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 35
Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Some native species are not available commercially, are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

Volunteers will help ensure the success of future restoration projects by hand-collecting seeds from a variety of native species, including grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs. You will work in small groups led by an experienced crew leader. All supplies will be provided by WRV and the partner agency. Work will include hiking, sitting, squatting, standing, and bending. Local botanists will be working on site and will provide identification of wildflowers and other native plants during the project.

Our collected seeds will be used in local habitat restoration projects, or may be grown out in an agricultural setting to increase them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!

This project is in Boulder County. The exact 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. Local botanists visit many sites and closely follow the seed development of many species--we appreciate your patience! Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.


*If you are trained, and would like to serve as a Crew Leader or Greeter please email Erica (erica@wlrv.org) after registering.


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Trails: Indian Peaks Backcountry I

SCHEDULED

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
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 17, 2019 - Monday Aug 19, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 20
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 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 before the project 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. Volunteers who can make all three days will be given preference. 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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Trails: Indian Peaks Backcountry II

SCHEDULED

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
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Friday Aug 23, 2019 - Sunday Aug 25, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 20
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 Pawnee Pass 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, Friday-Sunday. Volunteers are encouraged to show up Thursday afternoon/evening to set up their camp and acclimatize. Volunteers who can make all three days will be given preference. 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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Trails: Hippo I

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Climax Molybdenum, a Freeport-McMoRan Company
The Summit Foundation
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 24, 2019 - Sunday Aug 25, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 40
Join us on this overnight trail building project near beautiful Keystone! Hippo connects to the Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide Trail, but was built in an unsustainable and unsanctioned location. In partnership with the US Forest Service, this is the start of a two-year effort to sustainably re-route Hippo trail--so get ready to put tools to dirt! We will be constructing new trail in a more sustainable location, before restoring the old trail in 2020.


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Families: Boulder County Seed Collection IV

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 5, with adult supervision (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 24, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 35
Calling all families with kids ages 5-18! We welcome YOU to this Family Friendly seed collection project!

Though most WRV projects are best for older youth, this event will be an opportunity for younger kids and their caregivers to join a seed collection and learn about native seeds! WRV staff and volunteers will provide activities for kids to participate in while their adults collect seeds. Kids will also be welcome to join their parents and collect seed in a safe environment. As parents ourselves, we know it's challenging to find family-friendly volunteer events, but this is meant to make giving back as a family as easy as possible! Please reach out if you have specific questions. (erica@wlrv.org)

When registering, please list the number of kids and ages in the comments sections. All youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Breakfast snacks and lunch will be provided, and a port-a-potty will be on site.

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Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Some native species are not available commercially, are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

Volunteers will help ensure the success of future restoration projects by hand-collecting seeds from a variety of native species, including grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs. You will work in small groups led by an experienced crew leader. All supplies will be provided by WRV and the partner agency. Work will include hiking, sitting, squatting, standing, and bending. Local botanists will be working on site and will provide identification of wildflowers and other native plants during the project.

Our collected seeds will be used in local habitat restoration projects, or may be grown out in an agricultural setting to increase them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

Breakfast snacks and lunch will be provided, and a port-a-potty will be on site.

LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!

This project is in Boulder County. The exact 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. Local botanists visit many sites and closely follow the seed development of many species--we appreciate your patience! Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.


*If you are trained and would like to serve as a Crew Leader or Greeter please email Erica (erica@wlrv.org) after registering.


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Seed Collection: Boulder County V

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 8, with adult supervision (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
Date(s):
Wednesday Aug 28, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 35
Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Some native species are not available commercially, are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

Volunteers will help ensure the success of future restoration projects by hand-collecting seeds from a variety of native species, including grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs. You will work in small groups led by an experienced crew leader. All supplies will be provided by WRV and the partner agency. Work will include hiking, sitting, squatting, standing, and bending. Local botanists will be working on site and will provide identification of wildflowers and other native plants during the project.

Our collected seeds will be used in local habitat restoration projects, or may be grown out in an agricultural setting to increase them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!

This project is in Boulder County. The exact 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. Local botanists visit many sites and closely follow the seed development of many species--we appreciate your patience! Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.


*If you are trained and would like to serve as a Crew Leader or Greeter please email Erica (erica@wlrv.org) after registering.


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WRV Youth Leadership Development (WYLD) Program: Applications Due!

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 14-18 (more info)
Date(s):
Friday Aug 30, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 15
The WYLD Program gives youth a chance to take their stewardship skills to the next level. WRV youth leaders participate in ongoing skill-building and community-building opportunities over the course of the season, by...

- Learning advanced restoration skills
- Leading youth and adults on stewardship projects
- Meeting awesome new people
- Learning about careers in natural resources from professionals in the field
- Building their resumes
- Fulfilling service-learning and volunteer requirements
- Having fun outside in beautiful places while making a big difference!

Check back soon to learn more about our 2019 schedule and apply.


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Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry IV

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Odell Brewing Company
REI - National Office
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 31, 2019 - Sunday Sep 01, 2019 - 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 Cache La Poudre downstream.

We've constructed almost 5 miles of trail leaving about 1/2 mile in the middle and some more technically difficult to finish this year. To accomplish this we'll be hiking or biking in Friday evening to our back country basecamp and staying closer to the work areas for the weekend. We have some gear to lend if needed.

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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Alpine Restoration: South Park Road Removal - Sheep Creek

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Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative
Wild Connections
Park County Land and Water Trust Fund
Park County Department of Heritage, Tourism & Community Development
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 31, 2019 - Sunday Sep 01, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 65
NEW DATES DUE TO HIGH SNOW:

Beneath Sheep mountain, down under Sheep ridge lays the majestic Sheep Creek, join us here for this lovely July weekend restoring the land in community. During this two-day project we will be removing and restoring a degraded and illegal road. This is an overnight project, so please come prepared with weather-appropriate camping gear and attire! And, be ready for good food and fun times once we wrap up work for the day. Be sure to bring your paddle, lest we find ourselves up Sheep Creek without 'em.

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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Habitat Restoration: Gunnison Sage Grouse

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Difficult    ●    Mid Week Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Audubon Rockies
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Wednesday Sep 04, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Thursday Sep 05, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Friday Sep 06, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Saturday Sep 07, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
WED-THURS-FRI-SAT
(SUN Travel day)

WE'RE GOING BACK to GUNNISON!!! This will be our fifth year of working in the Upper Gunnison Basin to restore native wet meadows - critical habitat for Gunnison Sage Grouse. This is a hugely popular project, in an awesome location and building really amazing structures

Wet meadows and riparian areas in sagebrush shrublands provide important brood-rearing habitat for the Gunnison sage-grouse, listed as threatened by US Fish and Wildlife Service. These habitats are also important for numerous other species, including neo-tropical migratory birds, elk and mule deer, as well as to ranchers for livestock grazing. A number of wet meadows and riparian areas, already compromised by erosion and lower water tables, are likely to be further altered from drought and high intensity rainstorms associated with a changing climate. These habitats are among the most at risk in the Gunnison Basin.

To address these challenges, we will be working with the US Forest Service and many local partners to restore riparian and wet meadow habitats in sagebrush shrublands in the Upper Gunnison Basin. We will use innovative, yet simple, restoration methods-small rock structures-to raise the water table to support plants and insects needed by wildlife. We will apply the approach of restoration expert Bill Zeedyk, author of Let the Water do the Work: Induced Meandering, An Evolving Method for Restoring Incised Channels (2012).


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WHEN YOU REGISTER, PLEASE SIGN UP IN ONE OF THE GROUP CHOICES -Gunnison, Front Range, or Other (please specify in notes)
This will help us keep track of our local recruitment goals.

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 camp nearby at the Miller Ranch House.
Food will be provided by talented volunteer cooks!


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Seed Collection: City of Boulder IV

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 8, with adult supervision* (more info)
Sponsors
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP)
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 07, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 35
Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Some native species are not available commercially, are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

Volunteers will help ensure the success of future restoration projects by hand-collecting seeds from a variety of native species, including grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs. You will work in small groups led by an experienced crew leader. All supplies will be provided by WRV and the partner agency. Work will include hiking, sitting, squatting, standing, and bending. Local botanists will be working on site and will provide identification of wildflowers and other native plants during the project.

Our collected seeds will be used in local habitat restoration projects, or may be grown out in an agricultural setting to increase them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!

This project is in Boulder County. The exact 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. Local botanists visit many sites and closely follow the seed development of many species--we appreciate your patience! Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.


*If you are trained, and would like to serve as a Crew Leader or Greeter please email Erica (erica@wlrv.org) after registering.


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Trails: Indian Peaks III

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Very Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 07, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Join us for a one-day project to wrap up this season's work 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 be hiking into the work site for the day to perform trail maintenance and reroute sections away from sensitive wetlands.

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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Seed Collection: Boulder County VI

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Easy    ●    Afternoon    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 8, with adult supervision (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
Date(s):
Thursday Sep 12, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 35
Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Some native species are not available commercially, are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

Volunteers will help ensure the success of future restoration projects by hand-collecting seeds from a variety of native species, including grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs. You will work in small groups led by an experienced crew leader. All supplies will be provided by WRV and the partner agency. Work will include hiking, sitting, squatting, standing, and bending. Local botanists will be working on site and will provide identification of wildflowers and other native plants during the project.

Our collected seeds will be used in local habitat restoration projects, or may be grown out in an agricultural setting to increase them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!

This project is in Boulder County. The exact 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. Local botanists visit many sites and closely follow the seed development of many species--we appreciate your patience! Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.


*If you are trained and would like to serve as a Crew Leader or Greeter please email Erica (erica@wlrv.org) after registering.


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Trails: Masontown Finale - Women's Project

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    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
Climax Molybdenum, a Freeport-McMoRan Company
Town of Frisco
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 14, 2019 - Sunday Sep 15, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Female identifying stewards: This weekend is for you. Join us on a wildland women's weekend continuing last summer's work on a popular Summit County trail that has been loved to death. We're partnering with 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!

Whether you're looking to spend the weekend with others in a safe, empowering environment; hoping to connect with other women who are passionate about the outdoors; or just want to get outside and make an impact, we hope to see you on the trail!

This is an overnight trip with meals provided. For more information about the project, please contact jackie@wlrv.org.


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Trails: Mount Margaret Molly Lake I

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Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
USFS - ARNF & PNG - Canyon Lakes RD
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Overland Mountain Bike Club
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 14, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 32
Help us restore this large trail system in a gorgeous location! The Mount Margaret and Lady Moon trails system near Red Feather lakes need our help. With over 25 miles of interconnected multi- use trails it could be an ideal and sustainable outdoor destination. Unfortunately much of it is segmented by washed out creek crossings and cattle fences. By installing pedestrian gates, developing hardened fords and constructing a few short connector trails we can open it up and take the pressure off of the area's less sustainable options.


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Seed Collection: City of Boulder V

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Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 8 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP)
Date(s):
Friday Sep 20, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 35
Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Some native species are not available commercially, are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

Volunteers will help ensure the success of future restoration projects by hand-collecting seeds from a variety of native species, including grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs. You will work in small groups led by an experienced crew leader. All supplies will be provided by WRV and the partner agency. Work will include hiking, sitting, squatting, standing, and bending. Local botanists will be working on site and will provide identification of wildflowers and other native plants during the project.

Our collected seeds will be used in local habitat restoration projects, or may be grown out in an agricultural setting to increase them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!

This project is in Boulder County. The exact 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. Local botanists visit many sites and closely follow the seed development of many species--we appreciate your patience! Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.


*If you are trained, and would like to serve as a Crew Leader or Greeter please email Erica (erica@wlrv.org) after registering.


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Trails: Hippo II

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Climax Molybdenum, a Freeport-McMoRan Company
The Summit Foundation
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 21, 2019 - Sunday Sep 22, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 40
Join us on this overnight trail building project near beautiful Keystone! Hippo connects to the Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide Trail, but was built in an unsustainable and unsanctioned location. In partnership with the US Forest Service, this is the start of a two-year effort to sustainably re-route Hippo trail--so get ready to put tools to dirt! We will be constructing new trail in a more sustainable location, before restoring the old trail in 2020.


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Healthy Forests: Elkhorn Creek III

SCHEDULED

Very Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (CPRW)
State Farm Insurance
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 21, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 20
For the fifth year, WRV is partnering with the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed, The Nature Conservancy, Larimer County Conservation Corps and the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch to reduce the risk of severe wildfire in the Elkhorn Creek area. Not only is this area important wildlife habitat, it's also special because of its proximity to surrounding National Forest and crucial to the health of the Cache La Poudre River watershed.

By thinning dense stands of trees and piling and removing debris, volunteers are helping to protect the water supply and improve forest health in this valuable and beautiful area. Let's continue the excellent progress we made last year!

All volunteers are welcome on this project, sawyers and non-sawyers alike! If you are a certified volunteer sawyer, contact Will Vieth at william@wlrv.org


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Restoration: Jefferson County Open Space I

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 8 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Jefferson County Open Space
Date(s):
Friday Sep 27, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 50
Come join us in a new partnership with Jefferson County Open Space as we work to restore one of the local gems of the Evergreen Community inside the Elk Meadows Park. Volunteers will work to restore an area braided with trails by seeding, mulching, installing erosion control measures and transplanting native species. This will be part of a 3 project series at this site aimed at engaging the local community in stewardship. Work will be suitable for new and experienced volunteers alike, no experience necessary as all crews will work with trained volunteer leaders.



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Healthy Forests: Elkhorn Creek IV

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (CPRW)
State Farm Insurance
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 28, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 20
For the fifth year, WRV is partnering with the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed, The Nature Conservancy, Larimer County Conservation Corps and the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch to reduce the risk of severe wildfire in the Elkhorn Creek area. Not only is this area important wildlife habitat, it's also special because of its proximity to surrounding National Forest and crucial to the health of the Cache La Poudre River watershed.

By thinning dense stands of trees and piling and removing debris, volunteers are helping to protect the water supply and improve forest health in this valuable and beautiful area. Let's continue the excellent progress we made last year!

All volunteers are welcome on this project, sawyers and non-sawyers alike! If you are a certified volunteer sawyer, contact Will Vieth at william@wlrv.org


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Seed Collection: Boulder County VII

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 8, with adult supervision (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 28, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 35
Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Some native species are not available commercially, are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

Volunteers will help ensure the success of future restoration projects by hand-collecting seeds from a variety of native species, including grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs. You will work in small groups led by an experienced crew leader. All supplies will be provided by WRV and the partner agency. Work will include hiking, sitting, squatting, standing, and bending. Local botanists will be working on site and will provide identification of wildflowers and other native plants during the project.

Our collected seeds will be used in local habitat restoration projects, or may be grown out in an agricultural setting to increase them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!

This project is in Boulder County. The exact 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. Local botanists visit many sites and closely follow the seed development of many species--we appreciate your patience! Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.


*If you are trained and would like to serve as a Crew Leader or Greeter please email Erica (erica@wlrv.org) after registering.


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Restoration: Jefferson County Open Space II - National Public Lands Day

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Jefferson County Open Space
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 28, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 50
Come join us on National Public Lands Day in partnership with Jefferson County Open Space and PrAna as we work to restore one of the local gems of the Evergreen Community inside the Elk Meadows Park. Volunteers will work to restore an area braided with trails by seeding, mulching, installing erosion control measures and transplanting native species. This will be part of a 3 project series at this site aimed at engaging the local community in stewardship. Work will be suitable for new and experienced volunteers alike, no experience necessary as all crews will work with trained volunteer leaders.



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Seed Collection: City of Boulder VI

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 8 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP)
Date(s):
Saturday Oct 05, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 35
Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Some native species are not available commercially, are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

Volunteers will help ensure the success of future restoration projects by hand-collecting seeds from a variety of native species, including grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs. You will work in small groups led by an experienced crew leader. All supplies will be provided by WRV and the partner agency. Work will include hiking, sitting, squatting, standing, and bending. Local botanists will be working on site and will provide identification of wildflowers and other native plants during the project.

Our collected seeds will be used in local habitat restoration projects, or may be grown out in an agricultural setting to increase them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!

This project is in Boulder County. The exact 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. Local botanists visit many sites and closely follow the seed development of many species--we appreciate your patience! Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.


*If you are trained, and would like to serve as a Crew Leader or Greeter please email Erica (erica@wlrv.org) after registering.


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Weed Warriors: St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal II

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Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 12 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Longmont
Audubon Rockies
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)
South Platte Basin Roundtable - CWCB
Aggregate Industries
Date(s):
Wednesday Oct 09, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 10
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, 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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Seed Collection: Boulder County VIII

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 8, with adult supervision (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
Date(s):
Friday Oct 11, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 35
Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Some native species are not available commercially, are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

Volunteers will help ensure the success of future restoration projects by hand-collecting seeds from a variety of native species, including grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs. You will work in small groups led by an experienced crew leader. All supplies will be provided by WRV and the partner agency. Work will include hiking, sitting, squatting, standing, and bending. Local botanists will be working on site and will provide identification of wildflowers and other native plants during the project.

Our collected seeds will be used in local habitat restoration projects, or may be grown out in an agricultural setting to increase them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!

This project is in Boulder County. The exact 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. Local botanists visit many sites and closely follow the seed development of many species--we appreciate your patience! Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.


*If you are trained and would like to serve as a Crew Leader or Greeter please email Erica (erica@wlrv.org) after registering.


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Healthy Forests: Elkhorn Creek V

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (CPRW)
State Farm Insurance
Date(s):
Saturday Oct 12, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 20
For the fifth year, WRV is partnering with the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed, The Nature Conservancy, Larimer County Conservation Corps and the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch to reduce the risk of severe wildfire in the Elkhorn Creek area. Not only is this area important wildlife habitat, it's also special because of its proximity to surrounding National Forest and crucial to the health of the Cache La Poudre River watershed.

By thinning dense stands of trees and piling and removing debris, volunteers are helping to protect the water supply and improve forest health in this valuable and beautiful area. Let's continue the excellent progress we made last year!

All volunteers are welcome on this project, sawyers and non-sawyers alike! If you are a certified volunteer sawyer, contact Will Vieth at william@wlrv.org


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Restoration: Rocky Mountain National Park Willow Harvest

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Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 16 Accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Audubon Rockies
Rocky Mountain National Park
Connie Holsinger (formerly Terra Foundation)
Date(s):
Thursday Oct 17, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 50
Do you love Moraine Park? Watching elk grazing in the meadow or fishing the willow flats of the park's headwater streams? Rocky Mountain National Park has given so much to the community of Northern Colorado and it's time to give back! Overbrowsing 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 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, and help harvest willows that volunteers will plant the following Sunday!


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Restoration Getaway: Dolores River

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
RiversEdge West (formerly Tamarisk Coalition)
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB
Audubon Rockies
Date(s):
Saturday Oct 19, 2019 - Sunday Oct 20, 2019 - 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. This will be our sixth year 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. It is known far and wide for the fabulous food, the awe inspiring scenery and the colorful local history!





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Seed Collection: Boulder County IX

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Afternoon    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 8, with adult supervision (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
Date(s):
Saturday Oct 19, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 35
Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Some native species are not available commercially, are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

Volunteers will help ensure the success of future restoration projects by hand-collecting seeds from a variety of native species, including grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs. You will work in small groups led by an experienced crew leader. All supplies will be provided by WRV and the partner agency. Work will include hiking, sitting, squatting, standing, and bending. Local botanists will be working on site and will provide identification of wildflowers and other native plants during the project.

Our collected seeds will be used in local habitat restoration projects, or may be grown out in an agricultural setting to increase them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!

This project is in Boulder County. The exact 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. Local botanists visit many sites and closely follow the seed development of many species--we appreciate your patience! Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.


*If you are trained and would like to serve as a Crew Leader or Greeter please email Erica (erica@wlrv.org) after registering.


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Tool Fest: Fort Collins

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Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Date(s):
Saturday Oct 26, 2019 - 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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Restoration: Jefferson County Open Space III

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Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Jefferson County Open Space
Date(s):
Saturday Oct 26, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 50
Come join us in a new partnership with Jefferson County Open Space as we work to restore one of the local gems of the Evergreen Community inside the Elk Meadows Park. Volunteers will work to restore an area braided with trails by seeding, mulching, installing erosion control measures and transplanting native species. This will be part of a 3 project series at this site aimed at engaging the local community in stewardship. Work will be suitable for new and experienced volunteers alike, no experience necessary as all crews will work with trained volunteer leaders.



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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 02, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 24
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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