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2019 Projects
Project Name Day(s) Date(s)
Healthy Forests: Elk Ranch I Saturday Mar 23, 2019

Weed Warriors: Myrtle Spurge I Saturday Mar 23, 2019

Outreach: Lucky's Market IMPACT Day - Fort Collins Tuesday Mar 26, 2019

Wildlands University - Fort Collins Saturday - Sunday Mar 30, 2019 - Mar 31, 2019

Weed Warriors: Myrtle Spurge II Wednesday Apr 03, 2019

Healthy Forests: Elk Ranch II Saturday
Sunday
Apr 06, 2019
Apr 07, 2019

River Restoration: Middle South Platte CU/CSU Friday Apr 12, 2019

Weed Warriors: Myrtle Spurge III Saturday Apr 13, 2019

Healthy Forests: Elk Ranch III Saturday
Sunday
Apr 13, 2019
Apr 14, 2019

Restoration: Rocky Mountain National Park Willow Harvest Friday Apr 19, 2019

Family Project: Middle South Platte River Restoration Saturday Apr 20, 2019

Restoration: Rocky Mountain National Park Willow Planting Sunday Apr 21, 2019

Cooks in the Kitchen I - Fort Collins Tuesday Apr 23, 2019

River Restoration: Middle South Platte IV Saturday Apr 27, 2019

Family Project: Sombrero Marsh Invasive Species Sunday Apr 28, 2019

Weed Warriors: Myrtle Spurge IV Wednesday May 01, 2019

Healthy Forests: Elkhorn Creek I Saturday May 04, 2019

Weed Warriors: Boulder Med Sage Removal I Wednesday May 08, 2019

Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry I Saturday - Sunday May 11, 2019 - May 12, 2019

River Restoration: Middle South Platte V Saturday May 11, 2019

Weed Warriors: Boulder Med Sage Removal II Saturday May 18, 2019

Healthy Forests: Elkhorn Creek II Saturday May 18, 2019

Weed Warriors: St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal I Wednesday May 22, 2019

Trails: Beaver Brook - National Trails Day Saturday Jun 01, 2019

Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry II - National Trails Day Saturday - Sunday Jun 01, 2019 - Jun 02, 2019

Trails: Young Gulch Frontcountry II - National Trails Day Saturday
Sunday
Jun 01, 2019
Jun 02, 2019

Restoration: Denver Foothills - Daniels Park Saturday Jun 08, 2019

Outreach: REI Garage Sale - Fort Collins Saturday Jun 08, 2019

Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry III Saturday - Sunday Jun 22, 2019 - Jun 23, 2019

Family Project: Lafayette Saturday Jun 29, 2019

Cooks in the Kitchen II - Boulder Tuesday Jul 09, 2019

Find Your 14er: Grays & Torreys I Saturday - Sunday Jul 13, 2019 - Jul 14, 2019

Alpine Restoration: South Park Road Removal - Sheep Creek Saturday - Sunday Jul 20, 2019 - Jul 21, 2019

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

Habitat Restoration: Pollinator Project - Standley Lake Wednesday Jul 31, 2019

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

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

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

Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry IV 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

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

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

Healthy Forests: Elkhorn Creek III Saturday Sep 21, 2019

Healthy Forests: Elkhorn Creek IV Saturday Sep 28, 2019

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

Healthy Forests: Elkhorn Creek V Saturday Oct 12, 2019

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

Tool Fest: Fort Collins Saturday Oct 26, 2019

Tool Fest: Boulder Saturday Nov 02, 2019


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Healthy Forests: Elk Ranch I

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Big Thompson Conservation District
Date(s):
Saturday Mar 23, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 15
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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Weed Warriors: Myrtle Spurge I

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Date(s):
Saturday Mar 23, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 40
9am-4pm approx

Get ready to weed! Our first Spurge Purge of the year! The plan is a coordinated assault on Myrtle Spurge in the foothills of Boulder County. This first purge will take place in Lyons, CO 20 minutes north of Boulder.

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

Become a Weed Warrior, join the movement!


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Outreach: Lucky's Market IMPACT Day - Fort Collins

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 1 (more info)
Sponsors
Lucky's Market-Fort Collins
Date(s):
Tuesday Mar 26, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 2
I bet you never knew that your weekly grocery shopping trip could help build community AND heal the land...well March 26th is your LUCKY DAY!

Lucky's Market in Fort Collins will be hosting Wildlands Restoration Volunteer for their Community IMPACT day on Tuesday March 26th, 2019 to support youth restoration projects in Northern Colorado. 10% of ALL PROCEEDS from the day will benefit local youth so we encourage you to check your fridge and make a big grocery list to stock up! WRV staff will be onsite from 10am until 2pm to greet customers and would love it if you swung by to say hello!


One day each quarter at EVERY Lucky's Market, 10% of that day's sales are donated to a local nonprofit who is making change within one of our four areas of focus: Healthy Living, Youth & Education, Resilience, or Sustainability. Wildlands Restoration Volunteers is honored to partner with Lucky's Market in 2019. Check them out at www.luckysmarket.com.


If interested in volunteering for the event to help greet customers between 10am-2pm, please contact Annemarie in the Fort Collins office at 970-493-2075 ext 1# or annemarieatwlrv.org.



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Wildlands University - Fort Collins

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Xcel Energy
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Date(s):
Saturday Mar 30, 2019 - Sunday Mar 31, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 15
Interested in taking the next step by becoming a leader on WRV projects? New for 2019, new and existing WRV leaders will come together for two fun and informative weekends to learn leadership and technical skills and build our growing leader community.

Trainees will choose one of the following roles to focus on but will have the chance to hone their skills alongside other roles and practice as a team. Both current and future leaders can also participate in additional skills sessions like Technical Resource Library, Working with Youth, and Inclusiveness at WRV.

Crew Leadership in Ecological Restoration
Crew Leadership in Trails
Project Leaders
Tool Managers
Technical Advisors
Cooks

In your welcome email, you'll be asked to identify which of these roles you're registering for and which optional sessions you'd like to attend.

TRAINING FEE
Regular Fee: $110 (covers lunch both days and all training materials)
Discounted Fee: $40 (if you are a WRV member, have volunteered twice, or can commit to leading on two projects in 2019).

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DISCOUNTS and CANCELLATION POLICY

Please reach out to Rachel@wlrv.org or 303.543.1411 x109 with questions.


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Weed Warriors: Myrtle Spurge II

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Evening    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Date(s):
Wednesday Apr 03, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
5pm-8pm approx

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

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

Become a Weed Warrior, join the movement!


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Healthy Forests: Elk Ranch II

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Big Thompson Conservation District
Date(s):
Saturday Apr 06, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Sunday Apr 07, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Join us for some forestry work and camping in a truly breathtaking valley surrounded by forest and mountains! This project will occur over two days, with optional camping on Saturday night. Attend for either or both days. 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 CU/CSU

SCHEDULED
PRIVATE EVENT

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):
Friday Apr 12, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 50
CU and CSU are teaming up to send a large group of their Master's students for a volunteer day. Registration for this event is open only to students of these programs, as well as our experienced WRV crew leaders to help guide them!

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.


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Weed Warriors: Myrtle Spurge III

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Date(s):
Saturday Apr 13, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 40
9am-4pm approx

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

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

Become a Weed Warrior, join the movement!


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Healthy Forests: Elk Ranch III

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Big Thompson Conservation District
Date(s):
Saturday Apr 13, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Sunday Apr 14, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Join us for some forestry work and camping in a truly breathtaking valley surrounded by forest and mountains! This project will occur over two days, with optional camping on Saturday night. Attend for either or both days. 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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Restoration: Rocky Mountain National Park Willow Harvest

SCHEDULED
Note: This is the first of two RMNP projects this weekend!

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 16 Accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Audubon Rockies
Rocky Mountain National Park
Terra Foundation
Date(s):
Friday Apr 19, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 35
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 on Sunday the 21st!


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Family Project: Middle South Platte River Restoration

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 5 (more info)
Sponsors
Xcel Energy
EPA's Environmental Education Division
Middle South Platte River Alliance
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)
South Platte Basin Roundtable - CWCB
University of Colorado, Boulder
Date(s):
Saturday Apr 20, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 60
This event will take place along the S. Platte River near the town of Milliken (just east of Loveland and Longmont). Participants will spend a fun day planting and helping ensure that the S. Platte is sustainable for years to come, followed by lunch and midday s'mores around the fire circle. We'll also have some activities available for younger participants (age 5 and up), and if water levels and weather permit, we'll be able to check out some canoeing at the end of the project thanks to the support of volunteers from Rocky Mountain Canoe Club.

This project is being organized by WRV Youth Leaders. Please come out in support of their hard work and help improve our local watershed!


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Restoration: Rocky Mountain National Park Willow Planting

SCHEDULED
Note: This is the second of two RMNP projects this weekend!

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 14 With adult (more info)
Sponsors
Audubon Rockies
Rocky Mountain National Park
Terra Foundation
Date(s):
Sunday Apr 21, 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!

During this project, we will be planting willow stakes that volunteers harvested the Friday before in areas of Moraine Park that need it most. Please note this project takes place on Easter Sunday. Join us in nature's cathedral and take part in the rebirth and renewal of the park's resources!


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Cooks in the Kitchen I - Fort Collins

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Partial Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Xcel Energy
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Date(s):
Tuesday Apr 23, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 6
Cooks are some of the most important volunteers on a restoration project, let's make their lives a little bit easier! We will be gathering to take over a large kitchen space to cook and prep meals for the freezer. This way, cooks in a bind can simply grab pre-made food and take it out into the field for projects in May and June.

Join us from 4pm until 8pm at the Grey Rock Cohousing Community Kitchen for a fun evening of cooking, and community! Note: Extensive sampling of food encouraged... for quality assurance, of course.


Questions? Please call the Fort Collins office to speak with Annemarie at 970-493-2075 ext 1#.




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River Restoration: Middle South Platte IV

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 Apr 27, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 36
Come enjoy a day of restoration on the plains in a project area that we will be revisiting in the 2019 season! 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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Family Project: Sombrero Marsh Invasive Species

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Minimum Age: 5 (more info)
Sponsors
Thorne Nature Experience
Blue Federal Credit Union
Date(s):
Sunday Apr 28, 2019 - 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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Weed Warriors: Myrtle Spurge IV

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Evening    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Date(s):
Wednesday May 01, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
5pm-8pm approx

Get ready to weed on our final purge fest. The plan is a coordinated evening assault on Myrtle Spurge in the foothills of Boulder, CO.

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

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Healthy Forests: Elkhorn Creek I

SCHEDULED

Very Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (CPRW)
State Farm Insurance
Date(s):
Saturday May 04, 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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Weed Warriors: Boulder Med Sage Removal I

SCHEDULED
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 08, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 35
Building on more than a decade of profoundly successful progress, WRV continues the urgent quest to remove Mediterranean Sage from the Boulder area. Volunteers will dig up plants on Boulder OSMP Properties just north of Boulder.

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


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Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry I

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Odell Brewing Company
National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
REI - National Office
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday May 11, 2019 - Sunday May 12, 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 backcountry 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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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 May 11, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 36
Come enjoy a day of restoration on the plains in a project area that we will be revisiting in the 2019 season! 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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Weed Warriors: Boulder Med Sage Removal II

SCHEDULED
Boulder County

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    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 18, 2019 - 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 BCPOS 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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Healthy Forests: Elkhorn Creek II

SCHEDULED

Very Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (CPRW)
State Farm Insurance
Date(s):
Saturday May 18, 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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Weed Warriors: St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal I

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 10 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Longmont
Audubon Rockies
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)
South Platte Basin Roundtable - CWCB
Date(s):
Wednesday May 22, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 30
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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Trails: Beaver Brook - National Trails Day

SCHEDULED
Come celebrate National Trails Day!

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 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 Jun 01, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 60
Come celebrate National Trails Day at this well-loved front range trail! The historic and very popular Beaver Brook Trail begins just north of Genesee and winds northeast to Lookout Mountain, near Golden. Volunteers will be addressing erosion problems on the trail by adding water bars and steps. Volunteers will be closing braided trails and helping to define the trail tread to reduce future erosion. Maintenance of the trail tread will help ensure proper drainage and function of this popular trail.

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


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Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry II - National Trails Day

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Odell Brewing Company
National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
REI - National Office
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 01, 2019 - Sunday Jun 02, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Spend National Trails Day on a classic WRV trail project! 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 have two different groups:

This one will 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.

The Front Country crews (sign up HERE)will be based out of the trailhead and hike in about 1.5 miles to some sections that need some finishing.

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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Trails: Young Gulch Frontcountry II - National Trails Day

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Odell Brewing Company
National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
REI - National Office
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 01, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Sunday Jun 02, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Spend National Trails Day on a classic WRV trail project! 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 have two different groups:
This one will be based out of the trailhead and hike in about 1.5 miles to some sections that need some finishing.

The Back Country crews (sign up HERE)will be hiking or biking in Friday evening to our back country basecamp and staying closer to the work areas for the weekend.

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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Restoration: Denver Foothills - Daniels Park

SCHEDULED

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 Jun 08, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 50
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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Outreach: REI Garage Sale - Fort Collins

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 21 (more info)
Sponsors
REI - Fort Collins
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 08, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 8
Join Wildlands Restoration Volunteers Staff and Board members at the Fort Collins REI Garage sale on Saturday June 8th. REI is hosting us from 9am to 4pm for a day of community outreach and fundraising in the sun! All proceeds from beer and non-alcoholic beverage sales will benefit Wildlands Restoration Volunteers' projects, so come on down, grab a cold beverage and talk about your favorite piece of outdoor gear or wander the store to find that new favorite! Come on, you know you love talking about your gear...and we don't blame you.

Outreach Volunteers are needed to help staff the WRV booth, chat with guests about our programs and to assist the WRV staff and Board with quenching everyone's thirst! Volunteers are neded for 2 shifts, 8:30am to 12:30pm and 12:30pm to 4:30pm. If interested in volunteering for the event (must be 21 years of age or older), please contact Annemarie in the Fort Collins office at 970-493-2075 ext 1# or annemarieatwlrv.org.



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Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry III

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Odell Brewing Company
National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
REI - National Office
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 22, 2019 - Sunday Jun 23, 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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Family Project: Lafayette

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 12 (more info)
Sponsors
Xcel Energy
EPA's Environmental Education Division
AEC Trust
Great Outdoors Colorado - GOCO
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 29, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 80
Join us for a fun morning helping out the Lafayette community. Final project details are still in the works, but volunteers will likely be planting pollinator species along the new Sanchez Nature Play Area. We'll also have fun, educational activities for younger volunteers to learn about local ecology and help out with the work.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and we will have bilingual Crew Leaders available. This project is part of the Nature Kids/Jovenes de la Naturaleza Initiative. For more information, contact Rachel@wlrv.org. We hope to see you there!


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Cooks in the Kitchen II - Boulder

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Partial Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Xcel Energy
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Date(s):
Tuesday Jul 09, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 6
Cooks are some of the most important volunteers on a restoration project, let's make their lives a little bit easier! We will be gathering to take over a large kitchen space to cook and prep meals for the freezer. This way, cooks in a bind can simply grab pre-made food and take it out into the field for July and August projects.

Join us from 4pm until 8pm at the Nyland Cohousing Community Kitchen for a fun evening of cooking, and community!
Note: Extensive sampling of food encouraged... for quality assurance, of course.

Questions? Please call the Fort Collins office to speak with Annemarie at 970-493-2075 ext 1#.


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Find Your 14er: Grays & Torreys I

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
USFS - Pike and San Isabel NF - Leadville RD
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 13, 2019 - Sunday Jul 14, 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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Alpine Restoration: South Park Road Removal - Sheep Creek

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
USFS - PSICC - South Park Ranger District
Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative
Wild Connections
Park County Land and Water Trust Fund
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: 50
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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Find Your 14er: Mt. Elbert

SCHEDULED

Very Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 With an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
USFS - Pike and San Isabel NF - Leadville RD
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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Habitat Restoration: Pollinator Project - Standley Lake

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
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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Find Your 14er: Grays & Torreys II

SCHEDULED

Very Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 With Adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
USFS - Pike and San Isabel NF - Leadville RD
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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Trails: South Park Trail & Boardwalk - Beaver Creek

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
USFS - PSICC - South Park Ranger District
Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative
Wild Connections
Park County Land and Water Trust Fund
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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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 Wilderness Stewardship 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 Wilderness Stewardship 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    ●    Family Friendly   ●    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
USFS - White River NF
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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Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry IV

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Odell Brewing Company
National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
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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Habitat Restoration: Gunnison Sage Grouse

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Mid Week Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
USFS - Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison Nat'l Forest - Gunnison Ranger District
Audubon Rockies
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).


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: Mount Margaret Molly Lake I

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    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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Trails: Hippo II

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
USFS - White River NF
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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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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Weed Warriors: St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal II

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 10 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Longmont
Audubon Rockies
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)
South Platte Basin Roundtable - CWCB
Date(s):
Wednesday Oct 09, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 30
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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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 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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Tool Fest: Fort Collins

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Date(s):
Saturday 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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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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