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Project Name Day(s) Date(s)
Seed Collection: City of Boulder V Friday Sep 20, 2019

Healthy Forests: Elkhorn Creek III Saturday Sep 21, 2019

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

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

Healthy Forests: Elkhorn Creek IV Saturday Sep 28, 2019

Seed Collection: Boulder County VII Saturday Sep 28, 2019

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

Seed Collection: Jefferson County II Monday Sep 30, 2019

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

Trails: Mount Margaret Molly Lake I Saturday
Sunday
Oct 05, 2019
Oct 06, 2019

Seed Collection: Jefferson County III Tuesday Oct 08, 2019

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

Seed Collection: Boulder County VIII Friday Oct 11, 2019

Healthy Forests: Elkhorn Creek V Saturday Oct 12, 2019

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

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

Seed Collection: Boulder County IX Saturday Oct 19, 2019

River Restoration: Arapahoe-Roosevelt National Forest IV Saturday Oct 19, 2019

Tool Fest: Fort Collins Saturday Oct 26, 2019

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

Tool Fest: Boulder Saturday Nov 02, 2019

River Restoration: Middle South Platte VIII Saturday Nov 02, 2019


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Seed Collection: City of Boulder V

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 8 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP)
Date(s):
Friday Sep 20, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 28
Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Some native species are not available commercially, are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

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

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

LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!

This project is in Boulder County. The exact location of seed collections can only be determined 2-3 days prior to each event, given the varying growth rates of the many species we collect. Local botanists visit many sites and closely follow the seed development of many species--we appreciate your patience! Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.


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


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Healthy Forests: Elkhorn Creek 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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Trails: Hippo II

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Climax Molybdenum, a Freeport-McMoRan Company
The Summit Foundation
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 21, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 40
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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Restoration: Jefferson County Open Space I

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 8 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Jefferson County Open Space
Date(s):
Friday Sep 27, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 60
Come join us in a new partnership with Jefferson County Open Space as we work to restore one of the local gems of the Evergreen Community inside the Elk Meadows Park. Volunteers will work to restore an area braided with trails by seeding, mulching, installing erosion control measures and transplanting native species. This will be part of a 3 project series at this site aimed at engaging the local community in stewardship. Work will be suitable for new and experienced volunteers alike, no experience necessary as all crews will work with trained volunteer leaders.



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Healthy Forests: Elkhorn Creek IV

SCHEDULED

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

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

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


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Seed Collection: Boulder County VII

SCHEDULED

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

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

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

LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!

This project is in Boulder County. The exact location of seed collections can only be determined 2-3 days prior to each event, given the varying growth rates of the many species we collect. Local botanists visit many sites and closely follow the seed development of many species--we appreciate your patience! Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.


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


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

SCHEDULED

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



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Seed Collection: Jefferson County II

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 8, with adult supervision (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
Date(s):
Monday Sep 30, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 10
Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Some native species are not available commercially, are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate. Our collected seeds will be used in local habitat restoration projects.

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


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


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Seed Collection: City of Boulder VI

SCHEDULED

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

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

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

LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!

This project is in Boulder County. The exact location of seed collections can only be determined 2-3 days prior to each event, given the varying growth rates of the many species we collect. Local botanists visit many sites and closely follow the seed development of many species--we appreciate your patience! Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.


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


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Trails: Mount Margaret Molly Lake I

SCHEDULED

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 Oct 05, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Sunday Oct 06, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
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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Seed Collection: Jefferson County III

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 8, with adult supervision (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
Date(s):
Tuesday Oct 08, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 10
Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Some native species are not available commercially, are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate. Our collected seeds will be used in local habitat restoration projects.

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


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


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Weed Warriors: St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal II

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    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):
Wednesday Oct 09, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 10
Enjoy panoramic views of the Front Range and heal a local area deeply impacted by the 2013 flood! In the aftermath of the flood, millions of tamarisk seedlings germinated, which pose a major threat to the watershed should they mature. Volunteers will continue work from the past few years, removing tamarisk through hand pulling, weed wrenching, and cut & stump treatment with herbicide.

Notes: Our project is located on St Vrain Creek, just east of the Boulder/Weld County line, where the Sept 2013 flood breached several lakes and carved a new channel.
Tamarisk (aka Salt Cedar) has devastated watersheds throughout the west, costing billions of dollars in lost habitat, lost water, and lost electricity.


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Seed Collection: Boulder County VIII

SCHEDULED

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

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

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

LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!

This project is in Boulder County. The exact location of seed collections can only be determined 2-3 days prior to each event, given the varying growth rates of the many species we collect. Local botanists visit many sites and closely follow the seed development of many species--we appreciate your patience! Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.


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


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Healthy Forests: Elkhorn Creek V

SCHEDULED

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

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

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


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Restoration: Rocky Mountain National Park Willow Harvest

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 16 Accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Audubon Rockies
Rocky Mountain National Park
Connie Holsinger (formerly Terra Foundation)
Date(s):
Thursday Oct 17, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 50
Do you love Moraine Park? Watching elk grazing in the meadow or fishing the willow flats of the park's headwater streams? Rocky Mountain National Park has given so much to the community of Northern Colorado and it's time to give back! Overbrowsing by elk and pressure from visitors have taken their toll on this uniquely western destination. But with a little help from volunteers, Rocky Mountain National Park can reverse these trends and help the natural habitat of many animals thrive! Join us as we have the rare opportunity to do restoration within the park boundaries, and help harvest willows that volunteers will plant the following Sunday!


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Restoration Getaway: Dolores River

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
RiversEdge West (formerly Tamarisk Coalition)
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB
Audubon Rockies
Date(s):
Saturday Oct 19, 2019 - Sunday Oct 20, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Spend a few days camped out under the cottonwoods along the spectacular Dolores River with us! 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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Seed Collection: Boulder County IX

SCHEDULED

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

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

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

LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!

This project is in Boulder County. The exact location of seed collections can only be determined 2-3 days prior to each event, given the varying growth rates of the many species we collect. Local botanists visit many sites and closely follow the seed development of many species--we appreciate your patience! Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.


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


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River Restoration: Arapahoe-Roosevelt National Forest IV

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 12 (more info)
Sponsors
South Platte Basin Roundtable - CWCB
Audubon Rockies
Date(s):
Saturday Oct 19, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 36
James Creek was hit hard in the 2013 flood, and this is a project to restore those severe impacts. We will be planting numerous species of container stock as well as wetland plugs using hand tools. Boulder County and the Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group, in collaboration with the James Creek Watershed Initiative and the Town of Jamestown, have developed stream restoration designs for James and Little James Creeks. Funding for the designs was provided by a Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Relief planning grant through the Colorado Watershed Resilience Planning Grant Program to complete the stream restoration 30% design.

Work is currently underway on this project as part of the James Canyon Flood Recovery Project. Join WRV in replanting vegetation and restoring James Creek!


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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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Restoration: Jefferson County Open Space III

SCHEDULED

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



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Tool Fest: Boulder

SCHEDULED

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Date(s):
Saturday Nov 02, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 24
9am-3:30pm approx

Volunteers are invited to celebrate a great season of restoration and put the tools you used to bed for the winter. There is a job for everyone: cleaning, sharpening, painting, applying protective oils, and re-organizing the tool shed to get ready for next years' project season. Word on the street is Tool Fest is a blast!


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River Restoration: Middle South Platte VIII

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) (SEP)
South Platte Basin Roundtable - CWCB
Date(s):
Saturday Nov 02, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 35
Come enjoy a day of restoration on the plains! This event will take place along the S. Platte River near the town of Milliken (just east of Loveland and Longmont). We'll be doing a bit of classic wetland and stream restoration in a beautiful, prairie location. This project is a fantastic introduction to restoration, or can provide a fun bit of stream work and planting for the restoration veteran!


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