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2020 Projects
Project Name Day(s) Date(s)
Habitats: Rocky Mountain National Park Beavers 1 Friday - Saturday Apr 24, 2020 - Apr 25, 2020

Families: Sombrero Marsh Invasive Species Sunday Apr 26, 2020

Habitats: Daniels Park Saturday May 09, 2020

Weeds: Boulder Med Sage Removal Saturday May 16, 2020

Weeds: City of Boulder Med Sage Removal Wednesday May 27, 2020

Trails: Crosscut Saw Corridor Clearing I (edit needed) Saturday - Monday Jun 20, 2020 - Jun 22, 2020

Habitats: Summit Lake Alpine Tundra Saturday - Sunday Jul 11, 2020 - Jul 12, 2020

Trails: Grays & Torreys I Saturday - Sunday Jul 18, 2020 - Jul 19, 2020

Habitats: Buena Vista Pinyon Pine Forests Saturday - Sunday Jul 18, 2020 - Jul 19, 2020

Trails: Crosscut Saw Corridor Clearing 2 (edit needed) Saturday - Monday Jul 25, 2020 - Jul 27, 2020

Trails: Indian Peaks Backcountry I Friday - Sunday Jul 31, 2020 - Aug 02, 2020

Trails: Keystone Hippo 1 Saturday - Sunday Aug 01, 2020 - Aug 02, 2020

Trails: South Park Boardwalk - Beaver Creek 1 Wednesday - Sunday Aug 05, 2020 - Aug 09, 2020

Trails: South Park Trail - Beaver Creek 1 Saturday - Sunday Aug 08, 2020 - Aug 09, 2020

Trails: Indian Peaks Backcountry 2 Friday - Sunday Aug 14, 2020 - Aug 16, 2020

Trails: Crosscut Saw Corridor Clearing 3 (edit needed) Saturday - Monday Aug 15, 2020 - Aug 17, 2020

Trails: South Park Trail - Beaver Creek 2 Saturday - Sunday Aug 22, 2020 - Aug 23, 2020

Trails: Mt. Elbert 14er Saturday - Sunday Aug 22, 2020 - Aug 23, 2020

Trails: South Park Boardwalk - Beaver Creek 2 Saturday - Sunday Aug 22, 2020 - Aug 23, 2020

Trails: Indian Peaks Backcountry 3 Friday - Sunday Aug 28, 2020 - Aug 30, 2020

Trails: Uncompahgre Peak 14er Friday - Saturday Sep 04, 2020 - Sep 05, 2020

Trails: Crosscut Saw Corridor Clearing 4 (edit needed) Saturday - Monday Sep 05, 2020 - Sep 07, 2020

Habitats: Greater Sage Grouse in NW Colorado Wednesday - Saturday Sep 09, 2020 - Sep 12, 2020

Trails: Keystone Hippo 2 Saturday - Sunday Sep 12, 2020 - Sep 13, 2020

Trails: Mount Margaret Molly Lake 2 Saturday Sep 19, 2020

Habitats: Dolores River Saturday - Sunday Oct 03, 2020 - Oct 04, 2020

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

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

Tool Fest: Fort Collins Saturday Nov 07, 2020

Tool Fest: Boulder Saturday Nov 14, 2020


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Habitats: Rocky Mountain National Park Beavers 1

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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):
Friday Apr 24, 2020 - Saturday Apr 25, 2020 - 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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Families: Sombrero Marsh Invasive Species

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Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Minimum Age: 5 (more info)
Sponsors
Thorne Nature Experience
AEC Trust
Xcel Energy
University of Colorado, Boulder
Date(s):
Sunday Apr 26, 2020 - 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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Habitats: Daniels Park

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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)
Date(s):
Saturday May 09, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 80
Join us at one of Denver Mountain Parks most iconic parks, just south of Denver, with conveniently located panoramic views of the mountains 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 may include revegetation, rock work to stabilize steep eroding slopes, or fencing to keep visitors on the trails. 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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Weeds: Boulder Med Sage Removal

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City of Boulder

Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
Date(s):
Saturday May 16, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 50
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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Weeds: City of Boulder Med Sage Removal

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City of Boulder

Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
Date(s):
Wednesday May 27, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 25
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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Trails: Crosscut Saw Corridor Clearing I (edit needed)

SCHEDULED

Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
State Farm Insurance
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (CPRW)
Colorado Department of Natural Resources (CDNR)
Xcel Energy
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 20, 2020 - Monday Jun 22, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 7
Trained sawyers play an important role in restoration and trail projects in wilderness areas. We use them to remove invasive species, close trails and roads, provide building materials for new trails and clear fallen trees and debris from existing trails.

WRV is partnering with The Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest to provide this beginner crosscut sawyer training in Winter Park. It is provided at no cost but there are limited spots and they are allocated first to ARNF staff and first come first served to volunteer organizations. If you are registering online with us here please also email Nate at nate@wlrv.org and provide current contact information so we can get your name in asap.

Training consists of 3 mandatory days of classwork and fieldwork.
* Thursday 1am - 5pm Classroom instruction in Fort Collins
* Friday 9am - 5pm Classroom instruction in Fort Collins
* Saturday 9am - 5pm Full-day hands-on training at a northern location to be determined.
ALL THREE DAYS WILL BE REQUIRED, no exceptions.

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Habitats: Summit Lake Alpine Tundra

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 11, 2020 - Sunday Jul 12, 2020 - 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 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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Trails: Grays & Torreys I

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Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 18, 2020 - Sunday Jul 19, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 15
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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Habitats: Buena Vista Pinyon Pine Forests

SCHEDULED
NEW DATE!

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 18, 2020 - Sunday Jul 19, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 50
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.

Our first project will be for sawyers, only. We need to make some work for our swampers in coming weeks. If you are a certified sawyer, please contact William Vieth at william@wlrv.org


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Trails: Crosscut Saw Corridor Clearing 2 (edit needed)

SCHEDULED

Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
State Farm Insurance
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (CPRW)
Colorado Department of Natural Resources (CDNR)
Xcel Energy
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 25, 2020 - Monday Jul 27, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 7
Trained sawyers play an important role in restoration and trail projects in wilderness areas. We use them to remove invasive species, close trails and roads, provide building materials for new trails and clear fallen trees and debris from existing trails.

WRV is partnering with The Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest to provide this beginner crosscut sawyer training in Winter Park. It is provided at no cost but there are limited spots and they are allocated first to ARNF staff and first come first served to volunteer organizations. If you are registering online with us here please also email Nate at nate@wlrv.org and provide current contact information so we can get your name in asap.

Training consists of 3 mandatory days of classwork and fieldwork.
* Thursday 1am - 5pm Classroom instruction in Fort Collins
* Friday 9am - 5pm Classroom instruction in Fort Collins
* Saturday 9am - 5pm Full-day hands-on training at a northern location to be determined.
ALL THREE DAYS WILL BE REQUIRED, no exceptions.

DISCOUNTS and CANCELLATION POLICY.


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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):
Friday Jul 31, 2020 - Sunday Aug 02, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 15
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: Keystone Hippo 1

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 01, 2020 - Sunday Aug 02, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 20
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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Trails: South Park Boardwalk - Beaver Creek 1

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):
Wednesday Aug 05, 2020 - Sunday Aug 09, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 20
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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Trails: South Park Trail - Beaver Creek 1

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):
Saturday Aug 08, 2020 - Sunday Aug 09, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 15
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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Trails: Indian Peaks Backcountry 2

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 14, 2020 - Sunday Aug 16, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 15
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: Crosscut Saw Corridor Clearing 3 (edit needed)

SCHEDULED

Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
State Farm Insurance
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (CPRW)
Colorado Department of Natural Resources (CDNR)
Xcel Energy
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 15, 2020 - Monday Aug 17, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 7
Trained sawyers play an important role in restoration and trail projects in wilderness areas. We use them to remove invasive species, close trails and roads, provide building materials for new trails and clear fallen trees and debris from existing trails.

WRV is partnering with The Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest to provide this beginner crosscut sawyer training in Winter Park. It is provided at no cost but there are limited spots and they are allocated first to ARNF staff and first come first served to volunteer organizations. If you are registering online with us here please also email Nate at nate@wlrv.org and provide current contact information so we can get your name in asap.

Training consists of 3 mandatory days of classwork and fieldwork.
* Thursday 1am - 5pm Classroom instruction in Fort Collins
* Friday 9am - 5pm Classroom instruction in Fort Collins
* Saturday 9am - 5pm Full-day hands-on training at a northern location to be determined.
ALL THREE DAYS WILL BE REQUIRED, no exceptions.

DISCOUNTS and CANCELLATION POLICY.


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Trails: South Park Trail - Beaver Creek 2

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):
Saturday Aug 22, 2020 - Sunday Aug 23, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 15
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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Trails: Mt. Elbert 14er

SCHEDULED

Very Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 With an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 22, 2020 - Sunday Aug 23, 2020 - 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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Trails: South Park Boardwalk - Beaver Creek 2

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):
Saturday Aug 22, 2020 - Sunday Aug 23, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 20
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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Trails: Indian Peaks Backcountry 3

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 28, 2020 - Sunday Aug 30, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 15
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: Uncompahgre Peak 14er

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Friday Sep 04, 2020 - Saturday Sep 05, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 15
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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Trails: Crosscut Saw Corridor Clearing 4 (edit needed)

SCHEDULED

Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
State Farm Insurance
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (CPRW)
Colorado Department of Natural Resources (CDNR)
Xcel Energy
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 05, 2020 - Monday Sep 07, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 7
Trained sawyers play an important role in restoration and trail projects in wilderness areas. We use them to remove invasive species, close trails and roads, provide building materials for new trails and clear fallen trees and debris from existing trails.

WRV is partnering with The Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest to provide this beginner crosscut sawyer training in Winter Park. It is provided at no cost but there are limited spots and they are allocated first to ARNF staff and first come first served to volunteer organizations. If you are registering online with us here please also email Nate at nate@wlrv.org and provide current contact information so we can get your name in asap.

Training consists of 3 mandatory days of classwork and fieldwork.
* Thursday 1am - 5pm Classroom instruction in Fort Collins
* Friday 9am - 5pm Classroom instruction in Fort Collins
* Saturday 9am - 5pm Full-day hands-on training at a northern location to be determined.
ALL THREE DAYS WILL BE REQUIRED, no exceptions.

DISCOUNTS and CANCELLATION POLICY.


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Habitats: Greater Sage Grouse in NW Colorado

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Mid Week Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Audubon Rockies
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Bureau of Land Management - Southwest District Office BLM
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District
Date(s):
Wednesday Sep 09, 2020 - Saturday Sep 12, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 30
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).


Sign up for all 4 days or just one or more.
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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Trails: Keystone Hippo 2

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 Sep 12, 2020 - Sunday Sep 13, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 20
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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Trails: Mount Margaret Molly Lake 2

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Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    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 19, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 30
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.

Come for a day or camp with us all weekend in this beautiful setting.




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Habitats: Dolores River

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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 03, 2020 - Sunday Oct 04, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Spend a few days camped out under the cottonwoods along the spectacular Dolores River with us! This year, we'll be working on a reinforcing and fencing off a baffle - a structure which is designed to redirect the flow of an ephemeral stream back towards a stand of cottonwoods. In case you were worried, we also plan to kill some tamarisk! This will be our sixth year working down in this part of the state to eradicate the invasive water hogging, earth salting Tamarisk tree, and improve conditions along the river.

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





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Weeds: St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal I

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 12 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Longmont
Audubon Rockies
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) (SEP)
South Platte Basin Roundtable - CWCB
Aggregate Industries
Date(s):
Tuesday Oct 06, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Enjoy panoramic views of the Front Range and heal a local area deeply impacted by the 2013 flood! In the aftermath of the flood, millions of tamarisk seedlings germinated, which pose a major threat to the watershed should they mature. Volunteers will continue work from the past few years, removing tamarisk through hand pulling, 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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Weeds: St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal II

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 12 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Longmont
Audubon Rockies
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) (SEP)
South Platte Basin Roundtable - CWCB
Aggregate Industries
Date(s):
Tuesday Oct 20, 2020 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Enjoy panoramic views of the Front Range and heal a local area deeply impacted by the 2013 flood! In the aftermath of the flood, millions of tamarisk seedlings germinated, which pose a major threat to the watershed should they mature. Volunteers will continue work from the past few years, removing tamarisk through hand pulling, 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)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Date(s):
Saturday Nov 07, 2020 - 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)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Date(s):
Saturday Nov 14, 2020 - 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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