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2008 Projects
Project Name Day(s) Date(s)
Gage Riparian Restoration Saturday Apr 12, 2008

Spring Brook Trail and Habitat Restoration Saturday Apr 19, 2008

Left Hand Canyon Habitat Restoration (Myrtle Spurge) Tuesday Apr 22, 2008

Idaho Creek Wetland Creation Saturday Apr 26, 2008

Micah's Test Event Tuesday Apr 29, 2008

Wonderland Hogback Myrtle Spurge Tuesday May 06, 2008

Boulder Prairie Restoration V Saturday May 10, 2008

Fan Lake Wetland Restoration Saturday
Sunday
May 17, 2008
May 18, 2008

Left Hand Creek Russian Olive Removal Wednesday May 28, 2008

Boulder Prairie Restoration V - Med Sage Follow-up Wednesday Jun 11, 2008

Kenosha Wetland Creation Saturday Jun 14, 2008

I Have a Dream Foundation Restoration Project Wednesday Jun 18, 2008

Seed Collection I Wednesday Jun 25, 2008

Lions Park Meadow & Wetland Restoration Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Jun 27, 2008
Jun 28, 2008
Jun 29, 2008

Arapaho NWR Boardwalk Construction Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Jun 26, 2008
Jun 27, 2008
Jun 28, 2008
Jun 29, 2008
Jun 30, 2008

Seed Collection II Wednesday Jul 09, 2008

Phantom Canyon Habitat Restoration Friday Jul 11, 2008

Cultiva Youth Project Wednesday
Thursday
Jul 16, 2008
Jul 17, 2008

Seed Collection III Tuesday Jul 22, 2008

Mt. Democrat and Bross 14er Trail Restoration Saturday
Sunday
Jul 26, 2008
Jul 27, 2008

Seed Collection IV Wednesday Jul 30, 2008

Crater Lakes Trail Project Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Aug 07, 2008
Aug 08, 2008
Aug 09, 2008
Aug 10, 2008

Seed Collection V Thursday Aug 14, 2008

2 Million Seed Collection I Saturday Aug 16, 2008

2 Million Seed Collection II Tuesday Aug 19, 2008

Berthoud Pass and Clear Creek Restoration Saturday
Sunday
Aug 23, 2008
Aug 24, 2008

Seed Collection VI Wednesday Aug 27, 2008

Canyon Lakes Stream and Wetland Restoration Saturday - Sunday Sep 06, 2008 - Sep 07, 2008

Seed Collection-Nodding Brome-USFS/BCPOS Saturday Sep 06, 2008

Seed Collection VII Saturday Sep 13, 2008

Left Hand Canyon Protection Barrier Wednesday Sep 17, 2008

Left Hand Canyon Restoration Saturday Sep 20, 2008

Seed Collection VII.5-Leadplant Seed Collection Saturday Sep 27, 2008

Seed Collection VIII Saturday Oct 04, 2008

St. Vrain Creek Restoration Saturday
Sunday
Oct 11, 2008
Oct 12, 2008

Tool Fest Saturday Oct 25, 2008

Seed Collection IX Saturday Nov 01, 2008


No experience is required. Meals are served in most cases.
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Gage Riparian Restoration

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Terra Foundation

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 12, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 90

Jump into spring with WRV's 2008 season kickoff project!

The historic 640 acre Gage Property is nestled in a hidden valley at the edge of the great plains, west of Longmont, with great uninterrupted views of the foothills. Along a side channel of St. Vrain Creek, volunteers will plant native willows, other native shrubs, and wetland plants to restore 8 acres of riparian (i.e., riverside) habitat that has been completely denuded by decades of cattle grazing.

Volunteers will also remove hundreds of small Russian Olive trees along the riparian corridor. The result will be increased habitat for a multitude of wildlife that thrive in the foothills-plains ecotone, including the following rare species: Prebles Meadow Jumping Mouse and Bald Eagle.

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Spring Brook Trail and Habitat Restoration

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 19, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 70

Celebrate Colorado Arbor Day by helping to protect Spring Brook!

Spring Brook winds through a beautiful grassland nestled at the edge of the foothills. The area is important for wildlife and offers great views in a popular open space area. The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks will be constructing a system of new trails in the Dowdy Draw area, and closing a network of social (AKA "user created") trails. WRV will close and restore 3,400 feet of eroding social trails to help protect native prairie. Volunteers will plant seeds and install erosion matting and drainage structures where needed. This project will help protect habitat for the rare birdsfoot violet and Prebles Jumping Mouse.

At three nearby sites, volunteers will remove invasive myrtle spurge. This "A" listed weed has escaped from home landscapes onto open space land. This is considered a top priority weed for eradication in Colorado. WRV volunteers have been tremendously effective at reducing populations of this noxious weed over the past 3 years.


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Left Hand Canyon Habitat Restoration (Myrtle Spurge)

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)

Date(s):
TuesdayApr 22, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 20

Come Celebrate Earth Day by helping protect the native foothills habitats near Left Hand Canyon. Volunteers will pull the A-listed myrtle spurge (both toxic and noxious). This is one of the easiest weeds to pull, and pulling is a very successful method of eradicating this weed! Over the past 3 years, we reduced the myrtle spurge population in the Eldorado Canyon & Mesa Trailhead area by over 95%. We'll apply our successful techniques in the Left Hand Canyon area this year (near our road closure and restoration sites).

As an "A-listed" weed species in Colorado, myrtle spurge is among the highest priority weeds to eradicate from the State, especially when found in isolated populations. Therefore, our work can prevent its spread into hundreds, maybe thousands, of acres of uninfected land.

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Idaho Creek Wetland Creation

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 10 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 26, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 80

Come Celebrate National Volunteer Week and Arbor Day with a day of fun at St. Vrain State Park!

The new 600 acre St. Vrain State Park is being created as an oasis of habitat within a rapidly developing region. The park's master plan calls for extensive habitat restoration over the coming decade. WRV has already completed three large wetland revegetation projects over the past years. In 2008, we will continue this effort, creating a 45,000 square foot wetland plant community along the banks of Idaho Creek. Volunteers will install native willow cuttings and over 8,000 sedges, rushes, and other wetland plants. This work will enhance the upland-riparian-wetland "complex" that improves diversity on a landscape level within the St. Vrain Creek floodplain.

There is much work to be done at St. Vrain Park to transform it into the gem of habitat envisioned in the master plan. WRV is continuing work with St. Vrain State Park to help form a "Friends of St. Vrain State Park" group devoted to this long term vision.

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Micah's Test Event

COMPLETED
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Intermediate    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 99 (more info)

Date(s):
TuesdayApr 29, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 10

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Wonderland Hogback Myrtle Spurge

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)

Date(s):
TuesdayMay 06, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 8

Jump into May by helping protect the native foothills habitats near Wonderland Lake (Boulder County Open Space). Volunteers will pull the A-listed myrtle spurge (both toxic and noxious). This is one of the easiest weeds to pull, and pulling is a very successful method of eradicating this weed! Over the past 3 years, we reduced the myrtle spurge population in the Eldorado Canyon & Mesa Trailhead area by over 95%. We'll apply our successful techniques at Wonderland Lake this year and a few other high priority sites.

As an "A-listed" weed species in Colorado, myrtle spurge is among the highest priority weeds to eradicate from the State, especially when found in isolated populations. Therefore, our work can prevent its spread into hundreds, maybe thousands, of acres of uninfected land.

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Boulder Prairie Restoration V

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 10 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 10, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 115

Come celebrate Mother's day weekend with WRV!

Building on three years of successful progress, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers will continue the urgent quest to remove Mediterranean sage from Boulder County. Left unchecked, this A-listed weed aggressively invades grasslands, reduces native plant populations, and degrades wildlife habitat. We'll be part of a multi-agency partnership, targeting our removal efforts at the highest priority sites in Boulder County, especially on Table Mountain. With sustained action, state-wide eradication is possible, which would protect prairie ecosystems and wildlife habitat throughout Colorado. This will be an all day project with specific times provided 10 days prior to the event.

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Fan Lake Wetland Restoration

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)
Sponsors
Rocky Mountain Nature Association
Terra Foundation

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 17, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 80
SundayMay 18, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 80

In 1982, a dam at Lawn Lake breeched, sending a torrential flood down the canyon. The flood created a massive alluvial fan across the valley floor, artificially damming Fall River and destroying 12 acres of riparian habitat. Significant hydrological changes and continuous elk grazing are limiting the re-establishment of willows within the disturbed area.

To restore native habitat, RMNP must restore the hydrology, develop a revegetation design, and finally replant willows and other wetland plant species within appropriate elk-proof enclosures. Wildlands Restoration Volunteers will transplant approximately 20,000 wetland plants in this area, and re-establish willows, in this beautiful U-shaped glacier-carved valley in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Left Hand Creek Russian Olive Removal

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 10 (more info)

Date(s):
WednesdayMay 28, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 7

On Wednesday, May 28, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers will spend a morning enjoying the outdoors while protecting the Lefthand Creek area from noxious weeds. Join us in this small but important effort to prevent the spread of Russian Olive and other problem plants! Previous stream restoration transformed a damaged stretch of Lefthand Creek into a high quality wetland and stream area with habitat for diverse wildlife. Yearly removal of Russian olive and other noxious weeds will maintain the quality of this habitat and community pleasure in walking or bicycling the adjacent Longmont Greenway Trail.

Number of volunteers: 8. Minimum age with adult: 12.

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Boulder Prairie Restoration V - Med Sage Follow-up

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 10 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)

Date(s):
WednesdayJun 11, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 45

Come enjoy a relaxing evening on the prairie to protect our native grasslands.

Building on three years of successful progress, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers will continue the urgent quest to remove Mediterranean sage from Boulder County. Left unchecked, this A-listed weed aggressively invades grasslands, reduces native plant populations, and degrades wildlife habitat. We'll be part of a multi-agency partnership, targeting our removal efforts at the highest priority sites in Boulder County, especially on Table Mountain. With sustained action, state wide eradication is possible, which would protect prairie ecosystems and wildlife habitat.

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Kenosha Wetland Creation

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Terra Foundation

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 14, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 80

Come celebrate Father's Day weekend with a day of restoring wetlands!

Just west of the confluence of Coal Creek and South Boulder Creek lies the 58 acre property historically known as the Kenosha Gravel Mine. Boulder County Parks and Open Space is using this opportunity to create 13 acres of prime wetland habitat. Volunteers will work to plant approximately 150,000 square feet of wetland habitat with native willows, sedges, rushes, and other wetland plants to improve wetland on the edge of the Great Plains.

Helping to create a patchwork of healthy riparian, upland, and wetland habitats in a natural floodplain vastly improves the landscape-level diversity that supports an abundance of wildlife.

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I Have a Dream Foundation Restoration Project

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 10 (more info)

Date(s):
WednesdayJun 18, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 25

I Have a Dream volunteers will work with the City fo Boulder Parks and Recreation to restore land around Coot Lake near the Boulder Res. Volunteers will be engaged in tree planting, seeding, weed pulling and trail maintenance.

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Seed Collection I

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)

Date(s):
WednesdayJun 25, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 25

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity; some go as far as saying it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

Using native seeds in revegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Often times, however, native seeds are not available commercially, they are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

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

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

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Lions Park Meadow & Wetland Restoration

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)

Date(s):
FridayJun 27, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 20
SaturdayJun 28, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 20
SundayJun 29, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 20

Lions Park is the only open space area in Walden city Limits. With mountain meadows and wetlands, this park provides views of the majestic Mount Zirkel Mountains. In a new partnership with the Lions Club, Medicine Bow-Routte National Forest, and the Ranges and Rivers Forum, volunteers will install native locally-grown plants in this park setting.

Not only does this project improve local natural habitats, but it will enhance environmental educational opportunities for local youth groups and residents. This project is taking place in conjunction with the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge boardwalk project, and we'll camp near the refuge.

Meals provided. Volunteers highly encouraged to arrive Thursday night.

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Arapaho NWR Boardwalk Construction

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)

Date(s):
ThursdayJun 26, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 30
FridayJun 27, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 30
SaturdayJun 28, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 30
SundayJun 29, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 30
MondayJun 30, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 30

The 25,000 acre Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge, near Walden, Colorado, protects critical wildlife habitat along 27.4 miles of the Illinois River. This place is gorgeous, with abundant elk, moose, birds, and a spectacular panorama of surrounding mountains. Volunteers will build on our success in the past three years, during which we constructed 1,000 feet of boardwalk and a 50 foot span bridge. In 2008, we plan to construct up to 600 more feet of boardwalk.

Our work will re-establish public access, especially for persons with disabilities, to a prime wildlife viewing area. If you enjoy carpentry, or would like to learn more in a spectacular outdoor setting, and you're available for a five day stretch, then this is the project for you. We'll camp near a house on the refuge, using it as our base. Meals provided. The photos below show the beautiful scenery and proud volunteers after the completion of last year's work on the boardwalk.

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Seed Collection II

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)

Date(s):
WednesdayJul 09, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 25

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity--some go as far as saying it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

Using native seeds in revegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Often times, however, native seeds are not available commercially, they are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

Volunteers will help increase the availability of native seed by hand collecting a variety of species, including grasses, sedges, and some wildflowers. Local botanists will be working on site and will provide identification of wildflowers and other native plants during the project. The seeds you collect will be grown out to increase them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

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Phantom Canyon Habitat Restoration

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
FridayJul 11, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 35

Enjoy a rare opportunity to visit the spectacular Phantom Canyon Preserve, located 25 miles northwest of Fort Collins.

Phantom Canyon spans six miles without any interruption from roads, providing habitat for 100 bird species and a varied topography and soil composition that supports over 200 plant species. The area is closed to the public in order to preserve its high quality wildlife habitat. WRV is part of a multi-year effort to control several invasive weed species that, if left untouched, would undo the area's ecological balance.

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Cultiva Youth Project

COMPLETED
   ●    Mid Week Multi Day

Date(s):
WednesdayJul 16, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 20
ThursdayJul 17, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 20

WRV strives to include a diverse spectrum of volunteers in its project activities. Youth are the next generation of land stewards. Involving them in our work is essential to the long term cultivation of a caring community of land stewards. WRV continued a seven year tradition, partnering with the Cultiva summer program to involve youth in continuing work on the Niwot Cutoff and Waldrop trails near Brainard Lake. The goal of this project is to provide team building, leadership development and conservation education opportunities to these youth while accomplishing tangible trail maintenance and sub-alpine restoration. The group will enjoy an overnight stay at the historic Brainard CMC Cabin.

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Seed Collection III

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)

Date(s):
TuesdayJul 22, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 40

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity--some go as far as saying it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

THIS IS AN EVENING PROJECT - 5PM-DUSK --- Using native seeds in revegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Often times, however, native seeds are not available commercially, they are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

Volunteers will help increase the availability of native seed by hand collecting a variety of species, including grasses, sedges, and some wildflowers. Local botanists will be working on site and will provide identification of wildflowers and other native plants during the project. The seeds you collect will be grown out to increase them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

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Mt. Democrat and Bross 14er Trail Restoration

COMPLETED
A volunteer attending the project created a simple YouTube video of the project. Check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1l6Ewt670pk

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 26, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 75
SundayJul 27, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 75

Help us kick off our new partnership with the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative and the South Park Ranger District!

In this new partnership, WRV volunteers will help to close, stabilize, and re-vegetate 800 feet of denuded alpine tundra and vastly improve 1,000 feet of eroded alpine trails. This is a very popular area with Fourteener enthusiasts, who number over 10,000 hikers per year on these mountains alone. Work will take place above 12,000 feet in elevation near the Kite Lake trailhead, 10 miles west of Alma, Colorado.

Targeted restoration and trail work will help to prevent further resource damage in the sensitive alpine tundra and help protect habitat for the beautiful-yet-rare dwarf columbine and two species of rare mustards. Enjoy a great weekend of camping.

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Seed Collection IV

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)

Date(s):
WednesdayJul 30, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 40

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity--some go as far as saying it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

THIS IS AN EVENING PROJECT - 5PM TO DUSK --- Using native seeds in revegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Often times, however, native seeds are not available commercially, they are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

Volunteers will help increase the availability of native seed by hand collecting a variety of species, including grasses, sedges, and some wildflowers. Local botanists will be working on site and will provide identification of wildflowers and other native plants during the project. The seeds you collect will be grown out to increase them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

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Crater Lakes Trail Project

COMPLETED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Mountain Club - Boulder Group

Date(s):
ThursdayAug 07, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 35
FridayAug 08, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 35
SaturdayAug 09, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 35
SundayAug 10, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 35

Escape the August heat and spend a weekend in a spectacular mountain setting!

Crater Lakes are among the highest and most scenic lakes along the Front Range. With the relatively new James Peak Wilderness designation, trail use will only increase in the years to come. A new trail route is needed to replace the severely eroded maze of unofficial social trails that now lead to Crater lakes. Building on our success at Crater Lakes in 2007, we will construct up to 2,000 feet of trail and close/restore social trails to help complete the new route to Crater Lakes.

This work is designed to reduce soil loss and ecosystem damage caused by eroding social trails and to protect rare orchids from trampling.

Volunteers will camp at a beautiful subalpine site near Crater Lakes. The food and gear will be hauled in by llamas 2.5 miles to the base camp. If you'd like to help with the llama packing, please let us know. No experience required. The elevation of our worksite is 10,600 feet.

We suggest that folks pack into the campsite by Thursday evening the 7th if possible. We will be beginning work early on Friday the 8th. We will be finished with work around 2:00pm on Sunday.

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Seed Collection V

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)

Date(s):
ThursdayAug 14, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 40

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity--some go as far as saying it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

THIS IS AN EVENING PROJECT - 5PM TO DUSK --- Using native seeds in revegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Often times, however, native seeds are not available commercially, they are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

Volunteers will help increase the availability of native seed by hand collecting a variety of species, including grasses, sedges, and some wildflowers. Local botanists will be working on site and will provide identification of wildflowers and other native plants during the project. The seeds you collect will be grown out to increase them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

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2 Million Seed Collection I

CANCELLED
Cancelled due to snow!

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 16, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 10

Join us for a great day along Clear Creek near Berthoud Pass with a relaxing but intriguing goal....

THE CHALLENGE
Collect 2 million seeds over the course of 2 days. Given the density of desirable native plants up there, we know this is possible. BUT, not without your help. Actually, with your help,we think over 2 Million seeds can be collected for immediate planting on our Berthoud Pass/Clear Creek project.

FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME....
This seed will be used directly on a WRV restoration project. The timing is critical and the need is very high. I hope you can join us!


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2 Million Seed Collection II

COMPLETED
   ●    Full Day

Date(s):
TuesdayAug 19, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Join WRV for a relaxing but intriguing goal for seed collection at beautiful Berthoud Pass.

THE CHALLENGE
Collect 2 million seeds over the course of 2 days. Given the density of desirable native plants up there, we know this is possible. BUT, not without your help. Actually, with your help, we think we can collect OVER 2 Million seeds!

FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME....
This seed will be used directly on a WRV restoration project. The timing is critical and the need is very high. I hope you can join us!


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Berthoud Pass and Clear Creek Restoration

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Karl & Barbara Friedman Family Foundation
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Terra Foundation
MillerCoors Brewing Company

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 23, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 90
SundayAug 24, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 90

Come get away from the heat and the traffic of the Democratic Convention! This fun-filled weekend will provide opportunities to restore TWO important high elevation habitats in the historic Berthoud Pass area and upper Clear Creek. Both projects benefit threatened and endangered wildlife species. The scenery is spectacular!

1) We'll restore the sub-alpine habitat along the upper reaches of the West Fork of Clear Creek (above the town of Empire), which has been severely impacted by years of motorized recreation. Volunteers will restore 1.1 miles of unofficial roads, and two heavily impacted sections of the stream bank. Heavy equipment will prepare the site ahead of time. Volunteers will seed multiple areas, install willow poles, apply erosion fabric, and construct stream bank stabilization structures. Once this restoration work is completed, the USFS will re-introduce the endangered Greenback Cutthroat Trout.

2) We'll restore alpine and sub-alpine habitat on Berthoud Pass (at the old ski area) to improve critical wildlife habitat for the Canada Lynx, White-tailed Ptarmigan and other wildlife. Volunteers will plant seed, transplant vegetation, and install erosion matting in the alpine tundra. The views are amazing!

Volunteers will car camp at a beautiful site near the West Fork of Clear Creek.

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Seed Collection VI

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)

Date(s):
WednesdayAug 27, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 40

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity--some go as far as saying it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

THIS IS AN EVENING PROJECT - 5PM TO DUSK - Using native seeds in revegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Often times, however, native seeds are not available commercially, they are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

Volunteers will help increase the availability of native seed by hand collecting a variety of species, including grasses, sedges, and some wildflowers. Local botanists will be working on site and will provide identification of wildflowers and other native plants during the project. The seeds you collect will be grown out to increase them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

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Canyon Lakes Stream and Wetland Restoration

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Terra Foundation
USFS - ARNF & PNG - Canyon Lakes RD

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 06, 2008 - SundaySep 07, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 60

Come join WRV for our first ever project with the Canyon Lakes Ranger District. Dance to live music on Saturday night. Spectacular scenery!

WRV will improve fish habitat in North Fork of the Cache La Poudre River and protect rare wetlands near Jimmy Creek Springs. Both sites are west of Ft. Collins and west of the scenic Red Feather Lakes area. Volunteers will install in-stream drop structures to create plunge pools that improve stream habitat for trout and other aquatic life, and will create a permanent exclosure to protect several acres of rare montane wetland habitit. This project improves habitat for the rare boreal toad and several species of rare plants.

Volunteers will camp in a fantastic location, on the edge of a beautiful meadow with great mountain views. We'll enjoy great food and a Contra Dance with live music on Saturday night.

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Seed Collection-Nodding Brome-USFS/BCPOS

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 06, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity--some go as far as saying it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

Using native seeds in revegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Often times, however, native seeds are not available commercially, they are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

Volunteers will help increase the availability of native seed by hand collecting a variety of species, including grasses, sedges, and some wildflowers. Local botanists will be working on site and will provide identification of wildflowers and other native plants during the project. The seeds you collect will be grown out to increase them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

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Seed Collection VII

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Afternoon    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 13, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 45

Thanks to all who were able to attend the Saturday morning re-scheduled collection. Thursday night and Friday were cool and wet wet wet. Saturday was a beautiful day!

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity--some go as far as saying it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!
Using native seeds in revegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Often times, however, native seeds are not available commercially, they are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

Volunteers will help increase the availability of native seed by hand collecting a variety of species, including grasses, sedges, and some wildflowers. Local botanists will be working on site and will provide identification of wildflowers and other native plants during the project. The seeds you collect will be grown out to increase them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.


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Left Hand Canyon Protection Barrier

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)

Date(s):
WednesdaySep 17, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Help Recycle Steel and Restore Habitat!

On September 17, we WRV will construct a VERY IMPORTANT 800 foot post and cable fence barrier to protect forest habitat in Left Hand Canyon that is to be restored a few days later. Without this fence, the restoration cannot be completed! A backhoe will drill post holes. Volunteers will set the posts in concrete. To make things easier, we'll dry pack the holes with concrete and add water. The cable will be strung a few days later by contractors once the posts set up. We will use substantial amounts of recycled materials to reduce cost and be kind to the environment. This same technique has been used very successfully at other national forest sites. No experience is necessary.

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Left Hand Canyon Restoration

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
Karl & Barbara Friedman Family Foundation
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 20, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 100

Help WRV restore forest habitat and reduce severe erosion in Left Hand Canyon, impacted by years of motorized recreation. Over the past four years, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers collaborated with the Forest Service, Trail Ridge Runners, and Walsh Environmental Services, to complete the first four phases of an award-winning restoration project benefiting hundreds of acres of forest habitat and downstream water quality.

In 2008, we will build on our success by closing and restoring thousands of feet of severely eroded spur roads on lower Fireman's Hill. This begins our next exciting phase of work that will eventually restore the entire Carnage Canyon stream corridor, preventing thousands of tons of sediment each year from eroding into Left Hand Creek. Heavy equipment will prepare the site. Volunteers will seed multiple areas, apply erosion fabric and construct erosion preventing structures. End of day Celebration!

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Seed Collection VII.5-Leadplant Seed Collection

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 7 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 27, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 10

Due to acts of Mother Nature, Boulder County Parks and Open Space was not able to carry out a few important seed collections over the past few weeks. So, we have scheduled a "rain date" seed collection with BCPOS to collect the seeds from an interesting and beautiful local shrub called leadplant (Amorpha fruticosa). The flowers of this plant are unique among representatives of the pea family.

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Seed Collection VIII

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 04, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Join us for our first full-day seed collection and help kick off a new seed collaboration with the Boulder Ranger District, Boulder County Parks and Open Space, and WRV!

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity--some go as far as saying it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!
Using native seeds in revegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Often times, however, native seeds are not available commercially, they are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

Volunteers will help increase the availability of native seed by hand collecting a variety of species, including grasses, sedges, and some wildflowers. Local botanists will be working on site and will provide identification of wildflowers and other native plants during the project. The seeds you collect will be grown out to increase them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.


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St. Vrain Creek Restoration

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Terra Foundation
City of Longmont

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 11, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 90
SundayOct 12, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 90

Our volunteers are stars! In spite of drizzling cold weather on Saturday and Sunday, over 150 dedicated volunteers removed literally TONS of Russian olive and Siberian elm, planted and then placed protective wire around 200 native cottonwoods at Golden Ponds and along St. Vrain Creek in Longmont.
Russian olive and Siberian Elm have devastated watersheds throughout the west, costing $billions in lost water and electricity, not to mention the negative habitat impacts. It has invaded many Colorado Front Range watersheds, including St. Vrain Creek and Boulder Creek. WRV is continuing a concerted multi-year and multi-agency effort to control Russian olive, Siberian Elm and tamarisk in these watersheds, and improve the health of native riparian plant communities.


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Tool Fest

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 25, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 35

Our tools have been well used this year. They need lots of TLC to prepare them for winter storage and the season ahead. No experience necessary - we'll teach you everything you need to know about cleaning, painting, oiling, organizing, sharpening, repairing, and counting our wide variety of tools.

This is the last outdoor event of the season. It's a fun relaxed way to celebrate the success of the project season. Lunch will be served.

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Seed Collection IX

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Partial Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayNov 01, 2008 - Number of Volunteers: 40

Help make our last seed collection of the year a grand success!

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity--some go as far as saying it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!
Using native seeds in revegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. Often times, however, native seeds are not available commercially, they are too expensive, or the available seeds are not ecologically appropriate.

Volunteers will help increase the availability of native seed by hand collecting a variety of species, including grasses, sedges, and some wildflowers. Local botanists will be working on site and will provide identification of wildflowers and other native plants during the project. The seeds you collect will be grown out to increase them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.


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