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2010 Projects
Project Name Day(s) Date(s)
Burns Tributary Riparian Restoration - Fort Collins Saturday Apr 17, 2010

Carnage Canyon Restoration Saturday Apr 17, 2010

Willow & Cottonwood Harvesting Project (Pawnee) Tuesday Apr 20, 2010

Anemone Hill Myrtle Spurge Project - Earth Day Thursday Apr 22, 2010

Pawnee National Grasslands Riparian Restoration Sunday
Sunday
May 02, 2010
Apr 25, 2010

Tarryall Creek Restoration Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Apr 29, 2010
Apr 30, 2010
May 01, 2010
May 02, 2010

Pawnee National Grasslands Riparian Restoration -- FOLLOW-UP Sunday May 02, 2010

Boulder Prairie Restoration VII Saturday May 08, 2010

Willow & Cottonwood Harvesting Project (Campbell Valley) Saturday May 08, 2010

Dames Rocket Removal Thursday May 13, 2010

Rock Creek Restoration Saturday May 22, 2010

Campbell Valley Restoration Sunday May 23, 2010

Boulder Prairie Restoration VII - Med Sage Follow-up Wednesday Jun 09, 2010

Hotsprings Creek Endangered Species Habitat Restoration Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Jun 18, 2010
Jun 19, 2010
Jun 20, 2010

Rock Creek Restoration - Part 2 Wednesday Jun 23, 2010

Campbell Valley Watershed Restoration Saturday Jun 26, 2010

Seed Collection 1 - Wednesday, 5:30PM to 8:30PM Wednesday Jul 07, 2010

Summit Lake Alpine Restoration Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Jul 09, 2010
Jul 10, 2010
Jul 11, 2010

Boulder Creek Adopt Site Restoration 1 Friday Jul 16, 2010

Seed Collection 2 - Saturday, 9:30AM to 3:30PM Saturday Jul 17, 2010

Seed Collection 3 - Tuesday, 5:30PM to 8:30PM Tuesday Jul 20, 2010

Bobolink South Boulder Creek Riparian Restoration Friday Jul 23, 2010

Medicine Bow-Routt Seed Collection Saturday - Sunday Jul 24, 2010 - Jul 25, 2010

Seed Collection 4- Wednesday, 5:30PM to 8:30PM Wednesday Jul 28, 2010

South St. Vrain Trail Sunday
Saturday
Aug 01, 2010
Jul 31, 2010

Seed Collection 5 - Monday, 5:30PM to 8:30PM Monday Aug 02, 2010

Seed Collection 6 - Tuesday, 5:30PM to 8:30PM Tuesday Aug 10, 2010

South Platte Purple Loosestrife Float and Pull Wednesday Aug 11, 2010

Seed Collection 7 - Saturday, 9:00AM to 4:00PM Saturday Aug 14, 2010

Mt. Bross 14er Trail Sustainablity and Restoration Saturday
Sunday
Aug 14, 2010
Aug 15, 2010

Spring Creek Wetland Demonstration Site Saturday Aug 21, 2010

Spring Creek Environmental Education Day Camp Saturday Aug 21, 2010

Mt. Massive Trail Restoration Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Aug 26, 2010
Aug 27, 2010
Aug 28, 2010
Aug 29, 2010

North Fork Trail & Montane Restoration Saturday
Sunday
Aug 28, 2010
Aug 29, 2010

Seed Collection 8 - Wednesday, 5:30PM to 8:30PM Wednesday Sep 01, 2010

Summit Lake Alpine Restoration II Saturday
Sunday
Sep 04, 2010
Sep 05, 2010

Hawthorn Seed Collection - Wednesday, 5:30PM to 8:00PM on Sept 8 Wednesday Sep 08, 2010

Campbell Valley Watershed Restoration II Saturday Sep 11, 2010

St. Vrain State Park Tamarisk Removal Wednesday Sep 15, 2010

Big Mother Hill Forest Restoration Saturday Sep 18, 2010

Seed Collection 9 - Saturday, 9:30AM to 3:30PM Saturday Sep 18, 2010

Science Adventure Seed Collection Monday Sep 20, 2010

Seed Collection 10 - Saturday, 9:00AM to 4:00PM Saturday Sep 25, 2010

Cache la Poudre Wilderness Restoration Saturday
Sunday
Sep 25, 2010
Sep 26, 2010

Seed Collection 11 - Thursday, 1:00PM to 5:00PM Thursday Sep 30, 2010

Benjamin Betasso Trail Closure & Restoration II Saturday Oct 02, 2010

Spring Creek Wetland Demonstration Site II Saturday Oct 02, 2010

Benjamin Betasso Trail Closure & Restoration 2010 Mile High Youth Corps Monday - Thursday Oct 04, 2010 - Oct 07, 2010

Seed Collection 12 - Wednesday, 9:00AM to 12:00PM Wednesday Oct 06, 2010

Boulder Creek Adopt Site Restoration 2 Saturday Oct 09, 2010

Seed Collection 13 - Sunday, 9:00AM to 4:00PM Sunday Oct 10, 2010

Longmont St. Vrain Creek Restoration Saturday Oct 16, 2010

Seed Collection 14 - Sunday, 12:00PM to 4:00PM Sunday Oct 17, 2010

Seed Collection 15 - Saturday, 12:00PM to 4:00PM Saturday Oct 23, 2010

South Boulder Creek Aquatic Restoration Saturday Oct 30, 2010

Ghoulish Tool Fest - Fort Collins Saturday Oct 30, 2010

Tool Fest - Boulder Saturday Nov 06, 2010


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Burns Tributary Riparian Restoration - Fort Collins

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 17, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 65

A stream knows no borders! Such is the case with the Burns Tributary, flowing out of the foothills west of Fort Collins and joining Fossil Creek, an important wildlife corridor in the Fort Collins area. By restoring this urban portion of the Burns Tributary, volunteers will add tremendous value to the wildlife corridor between the foothills and the Fossil Creek Natural Area. Volunteers will help plant hundreds of native trees and shrubs, remove Russian Olives, and make improvements to the stream channel. This project supports an important first stem in attaining sustainability goals set by the City of Fort Collins Storm Water Utility Department and continues an important relationship between WRV and the City of Fort Collins. Join us to commemorate this landmark project.

Rain/Snow Back-up Date: May 9

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Carnage Canyon Restoration

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
James Creek Watershed Initiative

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 17, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 65

Last fall, WRV, working with US Forest Service, James Creek Watershed Initiative, Walsh Environmental Scientists, and Budhoe Backhoe, completely re-created and restored almost a mile of stream in the infamous Carnage Canyon, benefiting an entire watershed and preventing massive amounts of sediment from flowing downstream to choke Left Hand Creek. This work was WRV's sixth year of participation in an award-winning restoration project in the Left Hand Canyon travel management area, dating back to 2004.

In 2010, WRV volunteers will continue that important project, planting over 1000 native shrubs at key points along the stream. The planting of these shrubs will accelerate the re-establishment of native vegetation and provide critical stabilization to vulnerable stretches of the newly created streambank.

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Willow & Cottonwood Harvesting Project (Pawnee)

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

Date(s):
TuesdayApr 20, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Welcome to the wonderful world of willows. Where there's a willow there's a way. OK, enough with the alliteration. Besides the grammatical fun surrounding willows, they are also some of the most important riparian species used in restoration. Why? They can grow very quickly from a simple stem cutting and their roots provide a tremendous amount of stream bank stabilization. Also, mature willows are an important food, cover, and nesting source for many birds and small mammals in Colorado, as well as important forage for charismatic megafauna like moose and elk.

So, we hope you can enjoy a relaxing day with us harvesting willow cuttings and cottonwood poles that will be used to help restore riparian habitat along Little Owl Creek on the Pawnee National Grasslands. Healthy riparian areas (i.e., the diverse shrub and tree communities that thrive along stream sides) are critical for the existence of nearly 80% of wildlife in the arid Western US.

Where? Near Pierce, east of Fort Collins
Time: 8:30am-2:30pm


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Anemone Hill Myrtle Spurge Project - Earth Day

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP)
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)

Date(s):
ThursdayApr 22, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 42

Myrtle Spurge (EEEEK!!!) is taking over a beautiful native Ponderosa pine woodland just west of Boulder between Sunshine and Boulder Canyons. After a moderate 1/2 - 1 mile hike in, volunteers will pull the Colorado A-listed myrtle spurge (both toxic and noxious) on 10 acres of beautiful City of Boulder Open Space land. Hand pulling is one of the most successful means of eradicating this weed. Over the past 4 years, WRV volunteers reduced the myrtle spurge population in the Eldorado Canyon/Mesa Trailhead area by over 95% and we'll apply our successful techniques in this gorgeous foothills site.

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Pawnee National Grasslands Riparian Restoration

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

Date(s):
SundayMay 02, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 60
SundayApr 25, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 60

In the arid western US, 80 percent of wildlife relies on healthy riparian areas at some point in their life cycle. However, riparian areas (lush vegetated areas next to streams and rivers) occur on less than 5% of the overall landscape. On the Pawnee National Grasslands, many riparian areas have been severely denuded by over a century of grazing. This project is designed to restore

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Tarryall Creek Restoration

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB

Date(s):
ThursdayApr 29, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 40
FridayApr 30, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 40
SaturdayMay 01, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 40
SundayMay 02, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 40

Join us to restore riverside wildlife habitat in one of Colorado's most splendid and serene areas, Tarryall Creek, near the Lost Creek Wilderness. This area is a hidden treasure in Colorado, and volunteers will have a unique opportunity to visit a working ranch while doing some important restoration work. Since 2002, a comprehensive multi-agency program has been underway with the goal of improving ecological conditions along 20+ miles of the Tarryall Valley in Park County, Colorado. The program has worked towards improving stream and riparian condition in the valley by several different means (i.e., securing conservation easements, direct ecological restoration activity, enhance stream functioning, and increase participation in the South Park Flyfishers program as a means to generate income from recreation as an alternative to complete reliance on agriculture). During this project, volunteers will plant a variety of native riparian shrubs and trees (e.g., streamside vegetation), including mountain willow, narrow leaf cottonwood, balsam poplar, and more. Wednesday night arrival encouraged.

IMPORTANT: Rain Back-up date on May 20-23 Please reserve this date as well.


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Pawnee National Grasslands Riparian Restoration -- FOLLOW-UP

RESCHEDULED, THEN COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Trees, Water & People

Date(s):
SundayMay 02, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 60

In the arid western US, 80 percent of wildlife relies on healthy riparian areas at some point in their life cycle. However, riparian areas (lush vegetated areas next to streams and rivers) occur on less than 5% of the overall landscape. On the Pawnee National Grasslands, many riparian areas have been severely denuded by over a century of grazing. This project is designed to restore

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Boulder Prairie Restoration VII

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 10 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP)
NOAA - Dept. of Commerce
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Amante  Uptown

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 08, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 120

LIVE MUSIC, GOOD FOOD, GOOD WORK!

Building on six years of progress, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers continues the urgent quest to remove Mediterranean Sage from Boulder County. 100 volunteers are needed as part of a multi-agency partnership, targeting our removal efforts at the highest priority sites in Boulder County, especially on Table Mountain.
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.

This is an all day project with a music and food after-party starring the Sugarloaf String Band. We hope to see you out there!

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Willow & Cottonwood Harvesting Project (Campbell Valley)

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

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 08, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Welcome to the wonderful world of willows. Where there's a willow there's a way. OK, enough with the alliteration. Besides the grammatical fun surrounding willows, they are also some of the most important riparian species used in restoration. Why? They can grow very quickly from a simple stem cutting and their roots provide a tremendous amount of stream bank stabilization. Also, mature willows are an important food, cover, and nesting source for many birds and small mammals in Colorado, as well as important forage for charismatic megafauna like moose and elk.

So, we hope you can enjoy a relaxing day with us harvesting willow cuttings and cottonwood poles that will be used to help restore riparian habitat in Campbell Valley, north of Fort Collins. Healthy riparian areas (i.e., the diverse shrub and tree communities that thrive along stream sides) are critical for the existence of nearly 80% of wildlife in the arid Western US.

Where? Campbell Valley, North of Fort Collins
Time: 8:00am-2:00pm


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Dames Rocket Removal

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 10 (more info)
Sponsors
Starbucks- Littleton

Date(s):
ThursdayMay 13, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 50

This pretty (but pretty awful) invasive flower has escaped from a Littleton retirement community and in the last 2 years has gone from quietly invading 2 acres to taking over 12 acres of adjacent South Platte Park land. Without the help of WRV volunteers, this plant will continue its aggressive march towards the South Platte river, endangering native species and habitat on a much larger scale. The park employees stepped up their efforts to try to slow the spread last spring, but anticipate a bumper crop again in 2010. Invasive species are vigorous, very hardy, self-sowing and naturalizing. They harm our natural areas, reduce forage for wildlife & livestock, and cost agricultural producers & land managers money every year for control efforts. Become part of the brigade against Dame's Rocket on this project!

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Rock Creek Restoration

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 13 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 22, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Join us for our project season opener by planting native shrubs and willows in a newly restored section of Rock Creek and stay for a season kick off celebration after! Just below upper Rock Creek, one of the largest undisturbed grasslands in Boulder County, volunteers will work to restore a portion of the stream bank altered in the late 1960's.
The changes made to the creek in the sixties, as a result of the utilities access road crossing it, precipitated a large head cut that has gotten worse in the last ten years and would have continued to erode without intervention. Over 500 herbaceous forbs, grasses, leadplant, hawthorn, and narrow-leaf cottonwoods will find new homes along the 700 ft. stretch of creek that has recently been restored to a natural channel.




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Campbell Valley Restoration

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 with adult (more info)
Sponsors
Trees, Water & People
Sunbelt Rentals
Colorado Lien Company
Gallegos Sanitation

Date(s):
SundayMay 23, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 70

Campbell Valley lies about 20 minutes north of Fort Collins in one of the most important foothills-plains transition zones in the Front Range. This is a fascinating and historic ranch being managed with a conservation easement by The Nature Conservancy. In the early 1900's, the North Poudre Irrigation Ditch breached, flooding Spring Gulch, the primary spring-fed creek in the Campbell Valley. The elevation of the creek was down cut by approximately 40 feet, causing the elevation of most of the valleys tributaries to drop commensurately. This massive change in the watershed has caused head-cutting and downcutting of every tributary to in the valley, resulting in the estimated loss of over 150,000,000 (that's right, Million) cubic feet of sediment. Gullies range from 5 to 30 feet deep and run up to 1,000 feet long. A healthy riparian community no longer exists. Volunteers will help to restore the riparian plant community and begin implementing a gully stabilization pilot project.

This project engages multiple partners to design and implementation strategy to address gully stabilization and healing; support improved grazing management practices with strategic hardened water gaps and fencing; restore the diverse riparian plant community, and stabilize and heal the existing gullies. This is an exciting and important first phase of a multi-phase and multi-year restoration program.

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Boulder Prairie Restoration VII - Med Sage Follow-up

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 10 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
NOAA - Dept. of Commerce
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)

Date(s):
WednesdayJun 09, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 45

Come enjoy a relaxing evening (5:30pm-dusk) on the prairie to protect our native grasslands.

Building on six 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.

This is a follow-up project from our main project on May 8th.

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Hotsprings Creek Endangered Species Habitat Restoration

RESCHEDULED, THEN CANCELLED
This event, originally scheduled for May 21-23, was reschedule to June 18-20, and then ultimately cancelled until next year, due to heavy spring snow and wind, which delayed site preparations.

Intermediate    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 accompanied by adult (more info)
Sponsors
Orient Land Trust -- Valley View Hotsprings

Date(s):
FridayJun 18, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 35
SaturdayJun 19, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 35
SundayJun 20, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 35

Orient Land Trust (OLT) is home to lovely Valley View Hot Springs. Join us for this three day working vacation to help create/enhance habitat for two rare/endangered species and soak in luxurious hot springs. The scenery is jaw-dropping spectacular!

OLT is replacing an old reservoir with a new larger one on its historic Everson Ranch to support the current population of Rio Grande Chubb, a state species of concern, and a soon-to-be-introduced population of Rio Grande Suckers, a state endangered species. In the late winter/early spring of 2010, OLT will work with the US Fish & Wildlife Service's Partners for Wildlife Program to restore Hot Springs Creek, which flows into the Reservoir, to its natural state by creating meanders and more suitable fish spawning areas and habitat.

WRV volunteers will plant approximately 3500 native plants and trees around the new reservoir and along Hot Spring Creek. Volunteers will camp in a beautiful grove of Cottonwoods and have access to the clothing optional hot springs, showers and other facilities.



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Rock Creek Restoration - Part 2

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Partial Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 13 accompanied by an adult (more info)

Date(s):
WednesdayJun 23, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 18

Join us to continue restoration work on the beautiful Zaharias property in the South County Grasslands complex of Boulder County Parks and Open Space. In May, WRV volunteers helped to restore a section of degraded and channelized creek bed along Rock Creek by planting trees and shrubs along the newly contoured banks. Continued maintenance is necessary to ensure the success of this restoration. Volunteers will water plants, remove invasive plants from the restoration area, and help to install a drip irrigation system. This is a great chance to visit an area normally closed to the public, and to see the continuation of past restoration projects!


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Campbell Valley Watershed Restoration

COMPLETED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 with adult (more info)
Sponsors
Gallegos Sanitation

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 26, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Campbell Valley lies about 20 minutes north of Fort Collins in one of the most important foothills-plains transition zones in the Front Range. This is a fascinating and historic ranch being managed with a conservation easement by The Nature Conservancy. In the early 1900's, the North Poudre Irrigation Ditch breached, flooding Spring Gulch, the primary spring-fed creek in the Campbell Valley. The elevation of the creek was down cut by approximately 40 feet, causing the elevation of most of the valleys tributaries to drop commensurately. This massive change in the watershed has caused head-cutting and down-cutting of every tributary to in the valley, resulting in the estimated loss of over 150,000,000 (that's right, Million) cubic feet of sediment. Gullies range from 5 to 30 feet deep and run up to 1,000 feet long. We began earlier this summer with a project to re-establish a healthy riparian community. In this project, volunteers will help begin implementing a gully stabilization pilot project, building stone check dams seeding and installing erosion matting.

This project engages multiple partners to design and implementation strategy to address gully stabilization and healing; support improved grazing management practices with strategic hardened water gaps and fencing; restore the diverse riparian plant community, and stabilize and heal the existing gullies. This is an exciting and important first phase of a multi-phase and multi-year restoration program.

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Seed Collection 1 - Wednesday, 5:30PM to 8:30PM

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

Date(s):
WednesdayJul 07, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity; some even say it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

THIS IS AN EVENING EVENT -- 5:30PM TO 8:30PM -- Using native seeds in re-vegetation 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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Summit Lake Alpine Restoration

COMPLETED
Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Sunbelt Rentals

Date(s):
FridayJul 09, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 40
SaturdayJul 10, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 40
SundayJul 11, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 40

Summit Lake Park is one of five iconic landscapes managed by the Denver Mountain Parks (DMP) system, also referred to as a "Star" component of the system-and for a reason. Summit Lake Park encompasses Summit Lake (12,800 feet in elevation) and 160 acres of its surrounding alpine tundra environs, including outstanding scenic viewsheds of national importance, habitat for rare plants, and important wildlife habitat for species such as bighorn sheep. Summit Lake Park was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1965, was designated to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990 and 1995 and is adjacent to and visible from the Mount Evans Wilderness Area administered by the United States Forest Service.
Recreation in the area has far outstripped the capacity of the local trail, resulting in severe damage to sensitive alpine tundra. In some areas, a foot of topsoil can be dated back to 12,000 years old, and it is being lost at an alarming rate. A new high use trail is being installed and substantial restoration work is needed to repair decades of damage. Volunteers will harvest and transplant alpine tundra, help create a sustainable trail, and enjoy three days in a spectacular alpine setting. Who knows, you might just catch a glimpse of a mountain goat, or an elusive short-tailed weasel.


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Boulder Creek Adopt Site Restoration 1

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
EPA's Environmental Education Division
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB

Date(s):
FridayJul 16, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 50

WRV has recently adopted a 2.3 mile stretch of Boulder Creek near 55th and Valmont in Boulder for long term restoration. In this area, historic wetlands have been degraded or eliminated and much of the historic native plains riparian plant community has been replaced by a non-native mixture of trees, with substantially reduced value to wildlife. The non-native tree canopy is unnaturally dense, which overly shades the ground and prevents native understory shrubs, grasses and wildlife from thriving.

There is tremendous potential at this site to replace the non-native plant community with a thriving native plains riparian community. This restored habitat will better support a variety of riparian and wetland dependent species including several neotropical migrant songbird species, northern leopard frog and Prebles meadow jumping mouse. Restoring a healthy riparian zone in this urban setting will also benefit the local community by reducing nonpoint source pollution, mitigating flood hazards during rain events, and providing other benefits associated with functional riparian ecosystems. Given the highly visible urban location, this site offers a unique opportunity to create a "living classroom" that will offer opportunity for community engagement in educational stewardship activities that illustrate the critical importance of healthy riparian areas and wetlands throughout the Northern Colorado landscape.

ACTIVITIES: Volunteers will help remove non-native tree species (like Russian olive and crack willow) in preparation for a planting in October of native plains cottonwood, peachleaf willow, western snowberry, wood's rose, wild plum, western chokecherry, sandbar willow, and golden currant.


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Seed Collection 2 - Saturday, 9:30AM to 3:30PM

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

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 17, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity; some even say it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

THIS IS A SATURDAY EVENT -- 9:30AM TO 3:30PM -- Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. But often times, 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 multiply 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 3 - Tuesday, 5:30PM to 8:30PM

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

Date(s):
TuesdayJul 20, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 35

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity; some even say it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

THIS IS AN EVENING EVENT -- 5:30PM TO 8:30PM -- Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. But often times, 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 multiply them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

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Bobolink South Boulder Creek Riparian Restoration

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP)
Sunbelt Rentals

Date(s):
FridayJul 23, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 50

The Bobolink trail (along South Boulder Creek) is one of the most heavily used trails in Boulder, with many thousands of visitors each year. South Boulder Creek is recognized as one of Colorado's State Natural Areas due to its mosaic of high quality wetlands, plains riparian forests, wet meadows, mesic tallgrass prairie ecosystems, and a remnant of the plains cottonwood riparian ecosystem, which provide essential wildlife habitat in an urbanized area. The floodplain in the area includes habitat for three rare plants and two animal species of concern.

Volunteers will remove non-native shrubs, small trees and broadleaf plants from riparian area. By opening the canopy in unnaturally shaded areas, we will allow light into to support establishment of native plants. Species to be removed: crack willow, green ash, russian olive, privet, buck thorn, and common teasel. We may collect native seed too, if ripe at the time of our project. This project is a first phase of an on-going effort.

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Medicine Bow-Routt Seed Collection

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Trees, Water & People

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 24, 2010 - SundayJul 25, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 15

North Park, whose economic and cultural center is the town of Walden, is surrounded by majestic and beautiful mountains. This seed collection will provide you with a two-day experience in the mountains surrounding North Park, with a chance to view moose and enjoy other northpark wildlife.

Many land restoration projects depend on precious hand collected native seed because purchased seeds are unavailable, too expensive or not adapted well enough to local conditions. The seeds you collect will be multiplied agriculturally by an inter-government agency partnership. This process increases your seeds 100-1000 fold to create a high volume of locally adapted seed that can be used for post-fire revegetation projects. This project is being done in collaboration with the USFS and the Owl Mountain Partnership, which is working with local farmers to increase this native seed for future restoration projects.

FREE camping will be provided.

FRIDAY night arrival encouraged.

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Seed Collection 4- Wednesday, 5:30PM to 8:30PM

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

Date(s):
WednesdayJul 28, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 35

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity; some even say it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

THIS IS AN EVENING EVENT -- 5:30PM TO 8:00PM -- Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. But often times, 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 native grasses and 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 multiply them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

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South St. Vrain Trail

COMPLETED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder Mountainbike Alliance
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
REI - Boulder

Date(s):
SundayAug 01, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 70
SaturdayJul 31, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 70

Join WRV for the second phase of this exciting trail reroute and restoration project. Building on the efforts of last year's work, volunteers will complete an additional nearly 1500 feet of trail reroute and use an array of restoration techniques to blend the old trail back into the natural beauty of the surrounding Indian Peaks Wilderness. The reroute will be beneficial for a variety of reasons. Primarily, it will create a single more sustainable trail that will stop erosion into the nearby creek. It will also reduce recreational use in the nearby heavily-used Indian Peaks Wilderness by moving the trail alignment out of the wilderness boundary. This new trail configuration will create a single year round alignment for all user groups to enjoy, compared to the current situation with separate winter and summer trail corridors. In line with our mission to be inclusive, the redesign will also grant mountain bikers access to this stretch of trail. Working in partnership with the US Forest Service and Boulder Mountainbike Alliance, volunteers will spend the weekend working on the border of the spectacular wilderness. We will also have the rare opportunity to camp on the edge of a beautiful meadow near both historical and ecological points of interest. Friday night arrival encouraged.

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Seed Collection 5 - Monday, 5:30PM to 8:30PM

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

Date(s):
MondayAug 02, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 35

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity; some even say it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

THIS IS AN EVENING EVENT -- 5:30PM TO 8:30PM -- Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. But often times, 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 multiply 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 6 - Tuesday, 5:30PM to 8:30PM

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

Date(s):
TuesdayAug 10, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 35

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity; some even say it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

THIS IS AN EVENING EVENT -- 5:30PM TO 8:30PM -- Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. But often times, 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 multiply them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

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South Platte Purple Loosestrife Float and Pull

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)

Date(s):
WednesdayAug 11, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Now here's an interesting change of pace for WRV. We'll float down a 15 mile section of the South Platte River near Ft Lupton removing purple loosestrife plants. This is a high priority A-list weed species in Colorado, which means that it's a very serious pest, but there is a relatively small amount of it in the state, so our removal efforts make a BIG difference. We'll prevent it from spreading downstream in the South Platte watershed. We'll collect seed heads, cut plants, and/or spray individual plants with Rodeo herbicide, which does not require certification to apply. The Weld County Weed District has a few boats we can use.

When you register, please let us know if you have a canoe or kayak.

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Seed Collection 7 - Saturday, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

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

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 14, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity; some even say it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

THIS IS A SATURDAY EVENT -- 9:00AM TO 4:00PM -- LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED -- Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. But often times, 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 multiply 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. Bross 14er Trail Sustainablity and Restoration

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

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 14, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 60
SundayAug 15, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 60

Volunteers will find themselves nestled in the Kite Lake area below the towering peaks of Mt. Democrat, Mt. Lincoln, and Mt. Bross. These mountain majesties act as ecological islands in the sky and contain some of the most spectacular scenery and wildflower displays you can find. In partnership with the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, the US Forest Service, and the Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative, WRV volunteers will work on three major project sites, constructing a 115 ft. trail re-route including several retaining walls, restoring over 260 square ft. of old trail, and adding structures such as check dams to prevent future erosion on the existing trail. This will be our third year in a row working on the slopes of Mt. Bross! 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, rare mustards, and a rare member of the sunflower family. Base camp will be located in a beautiful mountain meadow with glorious mountain views and historic relics within walking distance.

FRIDAY night arrival encouraged!

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Spring Creek Wetland Demonstration Site

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 4 (see below) (more info)
Sponsors
Trees, Water & People
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
EPA's Environmental Education Division
REI - Fort Collins

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 21, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Along the popular Spring Creek recreation corridor lays an oasis of plants at the Gardens on Spring Creek. The Gardens isn't just for high society plants. This project is designed to showcase some of Colorado's natives by establishing hundreds of wetland sedges, grasses, and wildflowers, and building an interpretive trail and boardwalk. Volunteers will have an option to install native plants, help build the interpretive trail, or construct the educational boardwalk. Get ready for a fun-filled day at the Gardens!

WONDERFUL SPONSORS
Thanks to Trees, Water, and People and REI Fort Collins for sponsoring this project.

YOUTH EDUCATION CAMP
Bring your children or grandchildren ages 5-12 along to participate in WRV's first Youth Service Learning Day Camp! A partnership program between WRV and CSU's Environmental Learning Center, this program will engage our youngest land stewards in a day of adventure, investigation, and service. This, all while you enjoy a day of restoration at the Spring Creek Gardens! For more information on the environmental camp, or to sign up a child, please email katie@wlrv.org

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Spring Creek Environmental Education Day Camp

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 5 (see below) (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 21, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 15

In conjunction with the Spring Creek Wetlands Demonstration Site Project, we are holding an event for the youngest WRV volunteers. Drop the youngsters off at the camp and enjoy a fun day at the Gardens on Spring Creek installing an interpretive trail and establishing native wetland plants. The kids will join the project in the afternoon to help with the planting.

Children ages 5-12 will spend the day with trained environmental educators from CSU's Environmental Learning Center in a day of adventure, investigation, and service.


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Mt. Massive Trail Restoration

COMPLETED
Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Backpacker's Pantry

Date(s):
ThursdayAug 26, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 15
FridayAug 27, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 15
SaturdayAug 28, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 15
SundayAug 29, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Note: this is one of WRV's most strenuous projects requiring a 3 mile hike to camp carrying tools and food. And then a 2 mile hike from camp, at 11,000 ft, to the work site, at 13,700 ft, each day.

Located near Leadville, Mt Massive is Colorado's second highest peak, and will be providing the rugged setting for this amazing backcountry restoration project. Volunteers will spend three days at nearly 13,500 ft enjoying amazing views of the Arkansas River Valley and the slightly taller Mt Elbert. This project is vital to re-establishing fragile alpine tundra and our efforts will help jump start a restoration process that would take decades or longer to take effect naturally. Working in conjunction with Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, we will restore up to 200 ft of an old ascent route by building rock check dams and using alpine vegetation plugs. To reach this beautiful project site volunteers will hike 3 miles to a base camp and then another 2.5 miles to the work site each day. Working within Mt. Massive Wilderness makes this an adventurous and pristine project, but it also limits this project to only 10 lucky volunteers. This project will be strenuous, but well worth the challenge.


Wednesday arrival is critical to hike in and set up since work will begin Thursday morning.

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North Fork Trail & Montane Restoration

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
USFS - ARNF & PNG - Canyon Lakes RD
Poudre Wilderness Volunteers
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Trees, Water & People

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 28, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 50
SundayAug 29, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Join WRV and Poudre Wilderness Volunteers on a collaborative trail reconstruction and habitat restoration project along the scenic North Fork Trail along the Big Thompson River. This two-day project includes a wide range of interesting work, from major gully restoration and small reroutes on a heavily used trail, to streambank protection, construction of a causway, and tread stabilization. This trail is in the Comanche Peak Wilderness and serves as the "back door" to Rocky Mountain National Park. Volunteers will have a rare opportunity to spend Saturday night at Cheley Camps! Food provided both days.

Number of Volunteers: 50

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Seed Collection 8 - Wednesday, 5:30PM to 8:30PM

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

Date(s):
WednesdaySep 01, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 35

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity; some even say it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

THIS IS AN EVENING EVENT -- 5:30PM TO 8:30PM -- Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. But often times, 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 multiply them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

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Summit Lake Alpine Restoration II

COMPLETED
Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Sunbelt Rentals
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 04, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 30
SundaySep 05, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Phew, after a summer of hard work by volunteers and a trail crew its time to put the restoration icing on the cake and put a final touch on the trail work. Summit Lake Park is one of five iconic landscapes managed by the Denver Mountain Parks (DMP) system, also referred to as a "Star" component of the system-and for a reason. Summit Lake Park encompasses Summit Lake (12,800 feet in elevation) and 160 acres of its surrounding alpine tundra environs, including outstanding scenic viewsheds of national importance, habitat for rare plants, and important wildlife habitat for species such as bighorn sheep.
Recreation in the area has far outstripped the capacity of the local trail, resulting in severe damage to sensitive alpine tundra. In some areas, a foot of topsoil can be dated back to 12,000 years old, and it is being lost at an alarming rate. A new high use more accessible trail is being installed and substantial restoration work is needed to repair decades of damage. Depending on where our trail crew leaves the site, Volunteers will get the chance to harvest and transplant alpine tundra, build some small retaining walls, collect alpine seed for re-dispersing, do some finish work on the trail tread and some time in a spectacular alpine setting. Who knows, you might just catch a glimpse of a mountain goat, or an elusive short-tailed weasel.


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Hawthorn Seed Collection - Wednesday, 5:30PM to 8:00PM on Sept 8

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 6 (more info)

Date(s):
WednesdaySep 08, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 35

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity; some even say it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

THIS IS AN EVENING EVENT -- 5:30PM TO 8:00PM -- Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. But often times, 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 the red berries of Hawthorn, a native shrub. 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 multiply them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

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Campbell Valley Watershed Restoration II

COMPLETED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 with adult (more info)
Sponsors
Gallegos Sanitation

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 11, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 20

Campbell Valley lies about 20 minutes north of Fort Collins in one of the most important foothills-plains transition zones in the Front Range. This is a fascinating and historic ranch being managed with a conservation easement by The Nature Conservancy. In the early 1900's, the North Poudre Irrigation Ditch breached, flooding Spring Gulch, the primary spring-fed creek in the Campbell Valley. The elevation of the creek was down cut by approximately 40 feet, causing the elevation of most of the valleys tributaries to drop commensurately. This massive change in the watershed has caused head-cutting and down-cutting of every tributary to in the valley, resulting in the estimated loss of over 150,000,000 (that's right, Million) cubic feet of sediment. Gullies range from 5 to 30 feet deep and run up to 1,000 feet long. We began earlier this summer with a project to re-establish a healthy riparian community. In this project, volunteers will help begin implementing a gully stabilization pilot project, building stone check dams seeding and installing erosion matting.

This project engages multiple partners to design and implementation strategy to address gully stabilization and healing; support improved grazing management practices with strategic hardened water gaps and fencing; restore the diverse riparian plant community, and stabilize and heal the existing gullies. This is an exciting and important first phase of a multi-phase and multi-year restoration program.

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St. Vrain State Park Tamarisk Removal

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

Date(s):
WednesdaySep 15, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 40

The 1,050 acre St. Vrain State Park is an ideal location for a variety of outdoor enthusiasts, including fishermen, campers, birders, photographers, hikers, bikers, and boaters. The park boasts some of northern Colorado's best warm-water fishing. Continuing a tradition of work at St. Vrain State Park, volunteers will be removing invasive species along the St Vrain creek and surrounding ponds that will become Blue Heron Reservoir. Tamarisk (aka Salt Cedar) has devastated watersheds throughout the west, costing billions of dollars in lost water, lost habitat and lost electricity. It has invaded many Colorado Front Range watersheds, including the St. Vrain Creek and Boulder Creek watersheds. Once the reservoir is filled with water, park staff will monitor the area to assure no new invasive plant species return.

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Big Mother Hill Forest Restoration

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
James Creek Watershed Initiative
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Amante  Uptown

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 18, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 100

Please join us for the seventh year of ongoing restoration in in Left Hand Canyon. This year, we'll focus on Big Mother Hill.

Over the past six years, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers collaborated with the US Forest Service, James Creek Watershed Initiative, Walsh Environmental Services, and Trail Ridge Runners, to complete the first six phases of an award-winning restoration project benefiting hundreds of acres of forest habitat and downstream water quality. Most previous work has focused on reducing erosion from miles of spur roads that dissected hundreds of acres of upland forest habitat.

This fall, our work will concentrate on restoring an entire hillside that has been impacted by past motorized activity. Heavy equipment will prepare the area. Volunteers will seed and mulch the area, transplant tree seedlings, and install erosion matting to prevent erosion.

This projected is funded in part by a Colorado State 319 grant, and the National Forest Foundation.

Celebration at the end of the day!

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Seed Collection 9 - Saturday, 9:30AM to 3:30PM

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

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 18, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity; some even say it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

THIS IS A SATURDAY EVENT -- 9:30AM TO 3:30PM -- A LIGHT LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED -- Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. But often times, 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 multiply them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

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Science Adventure Seed Collection

COMPLETED
   ●    Partial Day

Date(s):
MondaySep 20, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 15

A special Seed Collection for youth from the Science Adventure Program occurred on September 20, 2010. These youth ranging from 1st through 5th grades enjoyed a morning of picking hawthorn and choke cherry up Coal Creek Canyon. If you have a youth group interested in restoration and/or seed collections, please contact us for information about projects appropriate for your youth!
We want to get everyone involved!


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Seed Collection 10 - Saturday, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

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

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 25, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity; some even say it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

THIS IS A SATURDAY EVENT -- 9:00AM TO 4:00PM -- LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED -- Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. But often times, 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 multiply them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

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Cache la Poudre Wilderness Restoration

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 25, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 70
SundaySep 26, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 70

Periodic low intensity fire disturbance has been part of the natural process and evolution of the Cache la Poudre Wilderness environment for centuries. Fire is an integral component of the ecosystem that aids in promoting healthy diversity and stand densities in the pondorosa pine communities.

Since the early part of the 20th century, fire has been systematically suppressed on most National Forest System lands. This reduction in natural burning has resulted in unhealthy stand densities and substantial accumulation of on-the-ground fuels. The Cache la Poudre Wilderness Area is currently at risk from catastrophic wildfire within, and escaping from, the Wilderness Area. The potential for large and damaging wildfires could dramatically change the character of the wilderness landscape as well as increase the risk of wildfire negatively affecting the surrounding forest and water quality of the Cache la Poudre River and the South Fork Cache la Poudre River (both designated Wild and Scenic Rivers).

The goal of this project, the first of it's kind in Colorado, is to prepare the area for the initial use of prescribed fire to burn off the surface fuels while maintaining the mature and more fire resistant overstory trees. Once the risk of catastrophic fire is reduced, the forest service can permit natural fires to run their course, reestablishing the natural fire regime so important to the pondorosa forest health.

Volunteers will help to thin small trees and surface fuels will be piled along with all slash created from thinning/pruning activities. This work will help to restore healthy stand densities and reduce the threat of catastrophic fire in the Cache La Poudre Wilderness and adjacent forest areas.


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Seed Collection 11 - Thursday, 1:00PM to 5:00PM

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

Date(s):
ThursdaySep 30, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 35

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity; some even say it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

THIS IS AN AFTERNOON EVENT -- 1:00PM TO 5:00PM -- Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. But often times, 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 multiply them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

We don't yet know the location (although it will be somewhere on Boulder County property)because many species are still maturing and we won't know exactly where the best picking will happen until about 2-3 days prior to the project. We'll send you an update then, with directions and info on the species to be collected.


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Benjamin Betasso Trail Closure & Restoration II

COMPLETED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
New Planet Beer Company
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 02, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 90

Continuing to build upon the amazing restoration efforts of last year's volunteers, in 2010 we will revegetate another mile of unsustainable social trails on Boulder County Parks and Open Space's recently purchased Benjamin property. This 391 acre addition to Boulder County is adjacent to the extremely popular Betasso Preserve Open Space, and jointly they protect 1175 acres of important wildlife habitat in the lower montane life zone. In 2009, volunteers reduced over a mile of social trails on the property. Working in partnership again this year with the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance, another mile of the most eroded, unsustainable, and hazardous of the social trails will be revegetated. In conjunction with restoration efforts, the construction of a new multi-use trail will move users away from the sensitive wildlife areas within the preserve. The new trail combined with existing trails will provide hikers, mountain bikers, trail runners and equestrians with opportunities to access approx. 8.7 miles of secluded, varied and rugged forest terrain within a 20 minute drive of Boulder while leaving much of the preserve untouched.



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Spring Creek Wetland Demonstration Site II

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 02, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 20

Along the popular Spring Creek recreation corridor lays an oasis of plants at the Gardens on Spring Creek. The Gardens isn't just for high society plants. This project is designed to showcase some of Colorado's natives by establishing hundreds of wetland sedges, grasses, and wildflowers, and building an interpretive trail and boardwalk. On this project, volunteers will have an opportunity to help build the interpretive trail and construct the educational boardwalk. Get ready for a fun-filled day at the Gardens!

THANKS TO WONDERFUL SPONSORS
Thanks to Trees, Water, and People and REI Fort Collins for sponsoring this project.



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Benjamin Betasso Trail Closure & Restoration 2010 Mile High Youth Corps

COMPLETED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)

Date(s):
MondayOct 04, 2010 - ThursdayOct 07, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Continuing to build upon the amazing restoration efforts of last year's volunteers, in 2010 we will revegetate another mile of unsustainable social trails on Boulder County Parks and Open Space's recently purchased Benjamin property. This 391 acre addition to Boulder County is adjacent to the extremely popular Betasso Preserve Open Space, and jointly they protect 1175 acres of important wildlife habitat in the lower montane life zone. In 2009, volunteers reduced over a mile of social trails on the property. Working in partnership again this year with the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance, another mile of the most eroded, unsustainable, and hazardous of the social trails will be revegetated. In conjunction with restoration efforts, the construction of a new multi-use trail will move users away from the sensitive wildlife areas within the preserve. The new trail combined with existing trails will provide hikers, mountain bikers, trail runners and equestrians with opportunities to access approx. 8.7 miles of secluded, varied and rugged forest terrain within a 20 minute drive of Boulder while leaving much of the preserve untouched.



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Seed Collection 12 - Wednesday, 9:00AM to 12:00PM

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

Date(s):
WednesdayOct 06, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 35

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity; some even say it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

THIS IS A MORNING EVENT -- 9:00AM TO 12:00PM -- Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. But often times, 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 multiply them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

We don't yet know the location (although it will be somewhere on Boulder County property)because many species are still maturing and we won't know exactly where the best picking will happen until about 2-3 days prior to the project. We'll send you an update then, with directions and info on the species to be collected.

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Boulder Creek Adopt Site Restoration 2

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
EPA's Environmental Education Division
Rocky Mountain Native Plants - Defunct
Sunbelt Rentals
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 09, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 65

WRV has adopted a 2.3 mile stretch of Boulder Creek near 55th and Valmont in Boulder for long term restoration. In this area, historic wetlands have been degraded or eliminated and much of the historic native plains riparian plant community has been replaced by a non-native mixture of trees, with substantially reduced value to wildlife. The non-native tree canopy is unnaturally dense, which overly shades the ground and prevents native understory shrubs, grasses and wildlife from thriving.

There is tremendous potential at this site to replace the non-native plant community with a thriving native plains riparian community. This restored habitat will better support a variety of riparian and wetland dependent species including several neotropical migrant songbird species, northern leopard frog and Prebles meadow jumping mouse. Restoring a healthy riparian zone in this urban setting will also benefit the local community by reducing nonpoint source pollution, mitigating flood hazards during rain events, and providing other benefits associated with functional riparian ecosystems. Given the highly visible urban location, this site offers a unique opportunity to create a "living classroom" that will offer opportunity for community engagement in educational stewardship activities that illustrate the critical importance of healthy riparian areas and wetlands throughout the Northern Colorado landscape.

ACTIVITIES: Volunteers will help remove non-native tree species (like Russian olive and crack willow) and plant native plains cottonwood, peachleaf willow, western snowberry, wood's rose, wild plum, western chokecherry, sandbar willow, and golden currant.

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Seed Collection 13 - Sunday, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

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

Date(s):
SundayOct 10, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity; some even say it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

THIS IS A SUNDAY EVENT -- 9:00AM TO 4:00PM -- LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED -- Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. But often times, 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 multiply them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

We don't yet know the location (although it will be somewhere on Boulder County property)because many species are still maturing and we won't know exactly where the best picking will happen until about 2-3 days prior to the project. We'll send you an update then, with directions and info on the species to be collected.

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Longmont St. Vrain Creek Restoration

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 with adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Longmont
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB
Left Hand Brewing Company
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Cheese Importers
Sunbelt Rentals

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 16, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 130

WRV volunteers removed massive amounts of Russian olives at Golden Ponds and along the St. Vrain Creek watersheds in 2008, and City of Longmont foresters continued the work in 2009. There's always Russian olive to remove but we'll only spend half our time doing that. Happily, this year's project will also focus on planting hundreds of native trees and shrubs along a 1-2 mile stretch of St. Vrain Creek near Izaak Walton Park.

We'll be removing small Russian olive trees and regrowth from stumps of siberian elm, and planting native stock of cottonwoods, choke cherry, native plums and other fine Colorado species, further improving the health of native riparian plant and animal communities living within Longmont city limits. Expertise and food provided by WRV and City of Longmont. Join us!

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Seed Collection 14 - Sunday, 12:00PM to 4:00PM

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

Date(s):
SundayOct 17, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 60

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity; some even say it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

THIS IS AN AFTERNOON EVENT -- 12:00PM TO 4:00PM -- Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. But often times, 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 multiply them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

We don't yet know the location (although it will be somewhere on Boulder County property)because many species are still maturing and we won't know exactly where the best picking will happen until about 2-3 days prior to the project. We'll send you an update then, with directions and info on the species to be collected.

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Seed Collection 15 - Saturday, 12:00PM to 4:00PM

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

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 23, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Seed collection is a very relaxing activity; some even say it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

THIS IS AN AFTERNOON EVENT -- 12:00PM TO 4:00PM -- Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. But often times, 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 multiply them 100 or 1000 fold, vastly increasing the amount of locally-adapted seed that is available for local restoration projects.

We don't yet know the location (although it will be somewhere on Boulder County property)because many species are still maturing and we won't know exactly where the best picking will happen until about 2-3 days prior to the project. We'll send you an update then, with directions and info on the species to be collected.

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South Boulder Creek Aquatic Restoration

CANCELLED
This event has been postponed until Fall, 2011 because of a delay in the permitting process, experienced by City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks.

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP)

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 30, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 80

This section of South Boulder Creek, south of South Boulder Road, has uniform continuous riffles. The channel is too wide, shallow and straight. This makes for poor fish and aquatic habitat. OSMP plans to narrow the stream, add sinuosity, and create pools, with a month of heavy equipment work. This equipment work will create areas of new streambank that extend out into the current stream channel. Volunteers will seed and plant these areas with native shrubs, cottonwoods trees, and willow stakes. Volunteers may also remove Russian olive or other non-native trees, if it is not too late in the season.

South Boulder Creek is recognized as one of Colorado's State Natural Areas due to its mosaic of high quality wetlands, plains riparian forests, wet meadows and mesic tallgrass prairie ecosystems. A remnant of the plains cottonwood riparian ecosystem occurs in good condition along South Boulder Creek, providing essential wildlife habitat in a largely urbanized corridor of Colorado's Front Range. In combination with riparian and grassland communities, the wetlands found along South Boulder Creek are considered to be among the best preserved and most ecologically significant in the Boulder Valley. The floodplain in the area includes habitat for three rare plants and two animal species of concern.

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Ghoulish Tool Fest - Fort Collins

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 30, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 25

Volunteers will gather to celebrate a great season of accomplishment and put our tools to bed for the winter-cleaning, sharpening, painting, oiling tools, and re-organizing our tool shed to get ready for the next project season. Amazingly, this is a very fun project that has taken on its own identity over the past years, with a dedicated cadre of tool enthusiasts. Come join the Tool Corps and have a great time!

Nothing like sharpening axes just before Halloween! BBQ to follow.

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Tool Fest - Boulder

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayNov 06, 2010 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Volunteers will gather to celebrate another great season of accomplishment and put our tools to bed for the winter-cleaning, sharpening, painting, oiling tools, and re-organizing our tool shed to get ready for the next project season. Amazingly, this is a very fun project that has taken on its own identity over the past years, with a dedicated cadre of tool enthusiasts. Come join the Tool Corps and have a great time!

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