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2011 Projects
Project Name Day(s) Date(s)
Winter Seeding Project - Littleton Friday Jan 14, 2011

WRV Spring AmeriCorps Crew Monday - Friday Mar 14, 2011 - May 06, 2011

Fourmile Canyon Fire Restoration 1 Saturday Mar 19, 2011

Willow & Cottonwood Harvesting Project (Fossil) Saturday Mar 26, 2011

Fourmile Canyon Fire Restoration 2 Thursday Mar 31, 2011

Fossil Creek Restoration (Fort Collins) Saturday Apr 02, 2011

Fourmile Canyon Fire Restoration 3 Tuesday Apr 05, 2011

Fourmile Canyon Fire Restoration 4 Saturday Apr 09, 2011

Willow & Cottonwood Harvesting with Yoga on the Pawnee Saturday Apr 09, 2011

Rock Creek Restoration Saturday Apr 16, 2011

Pawnee National Grasslands Riparian Restoration Saturday
Sunday
Apr 16, 2011
Apr 17, 2011

Boulder Creek Adopt Site Restoration 1 Friday Apr 22, 2011

Willow & Cottonwood Harvest (Campbell Vly) & Training Friday Apr 22, 2011

Carnage Canyon Restoration Saturday Apr 23, 2011

Campbell Valley Riparian Restoration Saturday Apr 30, 2011

Spring Creek Wetland Demonstration Site Friday May 13, 2011

Willow Harvest & Plant Staging for St. Vrain Greenway Friday May 13, 2011

St. Vrain Greenway Riparian Restoration Saturday May 14, 2011

Campbell Valley Watershed Restoration I Saturday
Sunday
May 21, 2011
May 22, 2011

Fourmile Canyon Fire Straw Bale Unload Wednesday May 25, 2011

Boulder Prairie - Med Sage Removal Saturday Jun 04, 2011

Moraine Park Willow Carr Restoration Sunday
Friday
Saturday
Jun 05, 2011
Jun 03, 2011
Jun 04, 2011

Campbell Valley Watershed Restoration II (Adopt) Saturday Jun 18, 2011

Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory Interpretive Trail Tuesday
Wednesday
Jun 21, 2011
Jun 22, 2011

Fossil Creek Restoration Followup (Fort Collins) Wednesday Jun 29, 2011

Rock Staging Project Summit Lake Thursday
Friday
Jun 30, 2011
Jul 01, 2011

Seed Collection 1 - Wed July 6th Wednesday Jul 06, 2011

Summit Lake Alpine Restoration 1 Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Jul 08, 2011
Jul 09, 2011
Jul 10, 2011

San Luis Valley - Volunteer Vacation Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Jul 06, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
Jul 08, 2011
Jul 09, 2011
Jul 10, 2011

Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory 1/2 Day Mulching Friday Jul 15, 2011

Pawnee NG Seed Collection (Golden Currant) Sunday Jul 17, 2011

Boulder Creek Adopt Site Restoration 2 Wednesday Jul 20, 2011

Mt. Yale 14er Trail Restoration Thursday - Sunday Jul 21, 2011 - Jul 24, 2011

Seed Collection 3 - Sat. July 23 (3/4 day) Saturday Jul 23, 2011

Hewlett Gulch Trail Construction #2 Saturday
Sunday
Jul 23, 2011
Jul 24, 2011

Seed Collection 4 - Thur. July 28 Thursday Jul 28, 2011

Vedauwoo (Veedavu) Seed Collection (Pole Mtn) Saturday
Sunday
Jul 30, 2011
Jul 31, 2011

Seed Collection 5 - Friday Aug 5 Friday Aug 05, 2011

Medicine Bow-Routt Seed Collection Saturday
Sunday
Aug 06, 2011
Aug 07, 2011

Seed Collection 6 - Wed Aug 10 (3/4 day) Wednesday Aug 10, 2011

Tool Migration- Moving Tools to Our New Shed Tuesday
Wednesday
Aug 09, 2011
Aug 10, 2011

Hewlett Gulch Trail Construction #3 (Adopt) Saturday Aug 13, 2011

Sugar Magnolia Trail Restoration Saturday
Sunday
Aug 13, 2011
Aug 14, 2011

Fossil Creek Restoration Followup II (Fort Collins) Thursday Aug 18, 2011

Seed Collection 7 - Sat. Aug. 20 (1/2 day) Saturday Aug 20, 2011

Hewlett Gulch Restoration #1 Saturday
Sunday
Aug 27, 2011
Aug 28, 2011

Seed Collection 8 - Sat. Sept 10 (3/4 day) Saturday Sep 10, 2011

Summit Lake Alpine Restoration 3 Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Sep 09, 2011
Sep 10, 2011
Sep 11, 2011

Seed Collection 9 - Sat Sept 17 (3/4 day) Saturday Sep 17, 2011

Kingston Peak Alpine Restoration Saturday
Sunday
Sep 17, 2011
Sep 18, 2011

Hewlett Gulch Trail Construction #4 (Adopt) Saturday Sep 24, 2011

Left Hand Canyon Forest Restoration Saturday
Sunday
Sep 24, 2011
Sep 25, 2011

Seed Collection 10 - Sun. Sept 25 (3/4 day) Sunday Sep 25, 2011

Seed Collection 11 - Sat. Oct 01 (3/4 day) Saturday Oct 01, 2011

Red Rocks Rehab Saturday
Sunday
Oct 01, 2011
Oct 02, 2011

Campbell Valley Watershed Restoration IV Saturday
Sunday
Oct 01, 2011
Oct 02, 2011

Seed Collection 12 - Sat. Oct 08 (3/4 day) Saturday Oct 08, 2011

Pawnee National Grasslands Watershed Restoration Saturday
Sunday
Oct 08, 2011
Oct 09, 2011

Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory Native Planting Monday Oct 10, 2011

Boulder Creek Adopt Site Restoration 4 Wednesday Oct 12, 2011

Seed Collection 13 - Thur. Oct 13 (1/2 day) Thursday Oct 13, 2011

Hewlett Gulch Trail Construction #5 (New Belgium adopt) Saturday Oct 15, 2011

South Boulder Creek Aquatic Restoration Saturday Oct 15, 2011

Seed Collection 14 - Wed Oct 19 (1/2 day) Wednesday Oct 19, 2011

Garden Park Road Restoration Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Oct 21, 2011
Oct 22, 2011
Oct 23, 2011

Seed Collection 15- Sun Oct 23 (3/4 day) Last one this year! Sunday Oct 23, 2011

Tool Fest - Boulder Saturday Oct 29, 2011

Pawnee National Grasslands Watershed Restoration Part II Saturday Oct 29, 2011

Tool Fest - Fort Collins Saturday Nov 05, 2011


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Winter Seeding Project - Littleton

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)

Date(s):
FridayJan 14, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Enjoy the winter season outdoors on FRIDAY January 14, 2011, as we mark off and seed an area of South Platte Park along the South Platte River in Littleton. This first-ever winter project at WRV will benefit wildlife and help to boost native plant species in this wonderful natural area south of Denver. The technique of winter seeding is very effective, given the need for cold and wet in order to activate early growth of native wildflowers and grasses. Either over snow or before the snow falls, January is a great time to do this type of seeding. This project will occur regardless of weather conditions (short of a blizzard!). Join us!

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WRV Spring AmeriCorps Crew

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Multi Day

Date(s):
MondayMar 14, 2011 - FridayMay 06, 2011 - Number of Volunteers:

WRV was fortunate in getting a crew of 11 hearty and hardworking young people dedicated to actively learn about and participate in environmental restoration. They started right away on the Fourmile Canyon Fire Restoration, covering hundreds of acres of scorched land, seeding and raking and leading volunteers. The Americops team was trained as crew leaders and became a key to the success for the large volunteer projects. Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV) and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) teamed up to coordinate a series of up to a dozen volunteer fire restoration projects.

During the 2 months of their stay with WRV, they collaborated with Boulder County Parks & Open Space (BCPOS) on support for unloading straw mulch for residents in the Fourmile burn area. The Americorps crews also partnered with BCPOS on removing invasive weeds from the Boulder Prairie and planting native species at Rock Creek. At Boulder Creek they removed Russian Olives for City of Boulder, and planted chokecherries and collected trash at Carnage Canyon for the US Forest Service. We are proud of the work they've done and the contribution they have made to Boulder habitats and the larger Boulder County community!


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Fourmile Canyon Fire Restoration 1

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder Outlook Hotel
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
First Congregational Church, Boulder

Date(s):
SaturdayMar 19, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 110

In September 2010, a wildfire swept through the mountains west of Boulder, burning through an area of 6,000 acres and destroying more than 170 homes. The fire directly impacted hundreds of residents and gripped the larger community for weeks, instilling a deep desire for us all to join together to restore the damaging effects of the fire. The wildfire has left thousands of acres vulnerable to severe erosion and invasion by weeds. A multi-agency team, led by Boulder County Parks and Open Space, has developed a restoration plan for the area.

Volunteers will plant native grass seeds on over 500 acres to resist the invasion of weeds and reduce the threat of erosion. Volunteers may also apply straw mulch and construct sand-bag barriers in flood prone areas.

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV) and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) are teaming up to coordinate a series of up to a dozen volunteer fire restoration projects.

This is the first of those events. WRV will hold three additional Fourmile Canyon Fire Restoration projects on March 31, April 5, and April 9.

VOC is organizing three other fire restoration events on Mar 24, 26, and Apr 2. To register for any of those dates, click here.

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Willow & Cottonwood Harvesting Project (Fossil)

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

Date(s):
SaturdayMar 26, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 12

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 that will be used to help restore riparian habitat in Pawnee National Grasslands,east 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? City of Fort Collins
Time: TBD


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Fourmile Canyon Fire Restoration 2

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder Outlook Hotel
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
First Congregational Church, Boulder

Date(s):
ThursdayMar 31, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 40

In September 2010, a wildfire swept through the mountains west of Boulder, burning through an area of 6,000 acres and destroying more than 170 homes. The fire directly impacted hundreds of residents and gripped the larger community for weeks, instilling a deep desire for us all to join together to restore the damaging effects of the fire. The wildfire has left thousands of acres vulnerable to severe erosion and invasion by weeds. A multi-agency team, led by Boulder County Parks and Open Space, has developed a restoration plan for the area.

Volunteers will plant native grass seeds on over 500 acres to resist the invasion of weeds and reduce the threat of erosion. Volunteers may also apply straw mulch and construct sand-bag barriers in flood prone areas.

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV) and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) are teaming up to coordinate a series of up to a dozen volunteer fire restoration projects.

WRV will hold three additional Fourmile Canyon Fire Restoration projects on March 19, April 5, and April 9.

VOC is organizing three other fire restoration events on Mar 24, 26, and Apr 2. To register for any of those dates, click here.

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Fossil Creek Restoration (Fort Collins)

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 4 (see below) (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 02, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 60

A stream knows no borders! Such is the case with Fossil Creek, which flows out of the foothills west of Fort Collins to serve as an important wildlife corridor. By restoring this urban portion of the creek, volunteers will add tremendous value to the wildlife corridor between the foothills and the plains. Volunteers will help plant hundreds of native trees and shrubs, remove weedy Russian Olives, and stabilize eroding stream banks. This project is an important step 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 on the river! Number of volunteers: 60

BACK-UP DATE: April 10


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Fourmile Canyon Fire Restoration 3

CANCELLED
Cancelled due to high winds.

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder Outlook Hotel
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
First Congregational Church, Boulder
Whole Foods Market - Pearl St.

Date(s):
TuesdayApr 05, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 40

In September 2010, a wildfire swept through the mountains west of Boulder, burning through an area of 6,000 acres and destroying more than 170 homes. The fire directly impacted hundreds of residents and gripped the larger community for weeks, instilling a deep desire for us all to join together to restore the damaging effects of the fire. The wildfire has left thousands of acres vulnerable to severe erosion and invasion by weeds. A multi-agency team, led by Boulder County Parks and Open Space, has developed a restoration plan for the area.

Volunteers will plant native grass seeds on over 500 acres to resist the invasion of weeds and reduce the threat of erosion. Volunteers may also apply straw mulch and construct sand-bag barriers in flood prone areas.

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV) and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) are teaming up to coordinate a series of up to a dozen volunteer fire restoration projects.

WRV will hold three additional Fourmile Canyon Fire Restoration projects on March 19, March 31, and April 9.

VOC is organizing three other fire restoration events on Mar 24, 26, and Apr 2. To register for any of those dates, click here.

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Fourmile Canyon Fire Restoration 4

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder Outlook Hotel
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
First Congregational Church, Boulder

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 09, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 110

In September 2010, a wildfire swept through the mountains west of Boulder, burning through an area of 6,000 acres and destroying more than 170 homes. The fire directly impacted hundreds of residents and gripped the larger community for weeks, instilling a deep desire for us all to join together to restore the damaging effects of the fire. The wildfire has left thousands of acres vulnerable to severe erosion and invasion by weeds. A multi-agency team, led by Boulder County Parks and Open Space, has developed a restoration plan for the area.

Volunteers will plant native grass seeds on over 500 acres to resist the invasion of weeds and reduce the threat of erosion. Volunteers may also apply straw mulch and construct sand-bag barriers in flood prone areas.

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV) and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) are teaming up to coordinate a series of up to a dozen volunteer fire restoration projects.

WRV will hold three additional Fourmile Canyon Fire Restoration projects on March 19, March 31, and April 5.

VOC is organizing three other fire restoration events on Mar 24, 26, and Apr 2. To register for any of those dates, click here.

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Willow & Cottonwood Harvesting with Yoga on the Pawnee

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

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 09, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 9

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.

We have joined forces on this project with a Free Yoga group from Fort Collins who will be helping us to make the most out of the experience by leading a session before and after the harvest.

So, we hope you can enjoy a relaxing day with us with Yoga and harvesting willow cuttings that will be used to help restore riparian habitat in Pawnee National Grasslands,east 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? Pawnee National Grasslands
Time: TBD


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Rock Creek Restoration

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 13 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 16, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 75

Join us on this early season planting in an amazingly pristine open space right near a historic working farm in Broomfield. In 2005, WRV volunteers planted over 5,400 wetland plants just a stones throw away, literally. Then in 2010 WRV returned 3 miles up steam to plant over 500 native shrubs and willows in a newly restored section of this stream channel. As part of Boulder County Parks and Open Space's larger effort to restore the entirety of Rock Creek this year volunteers will plant native over 500 willow poles, 20 trees, 40 native shrubs, and thousands of plugs to restore another newly recreated stretch. This project is a great opportunity to help restore an important oasis of habitat surrounded by development.

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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)
Pioneer Sand Company

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 16, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 45
SundayApr 17, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 45

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 Creek Adopt Site Restoration 1

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Sunbelt Rentals
Eco-Products
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB

Date(s):
FridayApr 22, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 23

Please join us to celebrate Earth Day and help restore Boulder Creek.

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) 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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Willow & Cottonwood Harvest (Campbell Vly) & Training

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

Date(s):
FridayApr 22, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 22

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.

This project is critical to our riverside and habitat restoration work at Campbell Valley! Join us for this fun Earth Day event along the north fork of the Poudre River on the historic Robert's Ranch and help restore Campbell Valley at the same time.


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Carnage Canyon Restoration

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

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 23, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 55

Come celebrate Earth Week! Starting back in 2009, WRV, working with US Forest Service, and James Creek Watershed Initiative, 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 2011, 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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Campbell Valley Riparian Restoration

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 with adult (more info)
Sponsors
Pioneer Sand Company

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 30, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 60

Campbell Valley lies about 30 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.

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Spring Creek Wetland Demonstration Site

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)

Date(s):
FridayMay 13, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Along the popular Spring Creek recreation corridor lays an oasis of flowering plants at the Gardens on Spring Creek. The Gardens isn't just for high society plants. This project has been designed to showcase some of Colorado's wet and wild natives by establishing hundreds of wetland sedges, grasses, wildflowers, and streamside (e.g., riparian) trees and shrubs. Volunteers will have an option to install native plants, help put the final touches on the interpretive trail, or do some weeding.

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.

MUSICAL NOTE
If you are "very supersticious", Stevie will be the first to tell ya' "superstition aint the way."


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Willow Harvest & Plant Staging for St. Vrain Greenway

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

Date(s):
FridayMay 13, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 39

Lend your expert hands on this Friday project for cutting willow stakes and staging plants for the St. Vrain Greenway project on Saturday.
If you have no training with willow harvesting, you'll be valued as a stager!

We need about 100 poles for cutting into stakes and also need some helping hands to stage plants at various planting areas near ponds and in grassy riparian areas near Sandstone Ranch. We'll be engaging over 120 volunteers the next day to do the planting but need people to help place those plants near the sites.

Please register to help with preparations for this great spring planting project at the old gravel mine site newly reclaimed and being restored along the St. Vrain Creek corridor.


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St. Vrain Greenway Riparian Restoration

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 with adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Longmont
Tom's of Maine

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 14, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 130

The St. Vrain Greenway, from E. County Line Road near Sandstone Ranch to Golden Ponds at 3rd Ave. and Hover Rd., winds its way through the City of Longmont and is an active wildlife area. Once a commercial gravel mine it is now being reclaimed for native species and human enjoyment- from willows and cottonwoods to prairie dogs and bald eagles!

HISTORY AND FUTURE OF THE GREENWAY
The original master plan for the St.Vrain Greenway was completed in 1992 calling for seven miles of trail corridor from North 75th Street to County line Road 1. An eastern corridor master plan update was adopted July 2001 for the portion west of Main Street and now extends the corridor from Weld County Road 1 to Weld County Road 7 (and to the newly acquired Boulder Creek Estates property - Longmont's first Open Space purchase).
Boulder County plans to continue the Greenway west to Lyons and Colorado State Parks will extend the trail through St Vrain State Parks to link to the Town of Frederick trail system.
The Greenway will eventually become part of the Front Range Trail, an 876-mile multi-purpose trail stretching from Wyoming to New Mexico!

WHAT WILL VOLUNTEERS DO ON MAY 14?
We'll be planting many species of native trees, shrubs and other small plants, right in Longmont's backyard. Join WRV for a fun, FULL DAY of planting, watering and mulching the new plants, on the reclaimed gravel mine area, along the eastern end of the St. Vrain Greenway. Come out and enjoy spring on the Front Range.


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Campbell Valley Watershed Restoration I

COMPLETED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 with adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mugs Coffee Lounge
Pioneer Sand Company
Colorado Lien Company

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 21, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 30
SundayMay 22, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Campbell Valley lies about 30 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 build gully stabilization structures to help control erosion.

The long-term Campbell Valley Restoration 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.

Camping will be provided at no cost on the ranch!

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Fourmile Canyon Fire Straw Bale Unload

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Morning    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)

Date(s):
WednesdayMay 25, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 12

In September 2010, a wildfire swept through the mountains west of Boulder, burning through an area of 6,000 acres and destroying more than 170 homes. The fire directly impacted hundreds of residents and gripped the larger community for weeks, instilling a deep desire for us all to join together to restore the damaging effects of the fire. The wildfire has left thousands of acres vulnerable to severe erosion and invasion by weeds. A multi-agency team, led by Boulder County Parks and Open Space, has developed a restoration plan for the area.

Volunteers will help unload straw bale from a truck. These bales will be available for residents of the comunity to use on their land for fire restoration.

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Boulder Prairie - Med Sage Removal

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

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 04, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 90

LIVE MUSIC, GOOD FOOD, GOOD WORK!


Building on seven 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 sponsorship by REI-Boulder & REI-Westminster, a great partner to WRV. We'll have music and food at an after-party starring the Sugarloaf String Band. We hope to see you out there!

YOUTH EDUCATION CAMP
Drop off your children or grandchildren ages 6-12 to participate in WRV's exciting Youth Service Learning Day Camp! A partnership program between WRV, REI 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 restoring a beautiful prairie ecosystem! For more information on the environmental camp, or to sign up a child, please email rachel@wlrv.org

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Moraine Park Willow Carr Restoration

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

Date(s):
SundayJun 05, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 33
FridayJun 03, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 33
SaturdayJun 04, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 33

We all love elk and the spirit of the mountains they embody!

However, at Rocky Mountain National Park, overgrazing by elk has contributed to the decimation of important willow habitat that sustains so many other wildlife species. Successful restoration of willow habitat is dependent upon restoring appropriate hydrology, developing a sound revegetation design, and reducing grazing pressure. A multi-phase approach is under way to restore Moraine Park willow habitats over a few years within the existing elk exclosures. Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, in conjunction with Rocky Mountain National Park, will harvest and install about 3,000 native willow cuttings to recreate native habitat.

The work site is nestled in a beautiful U-shaped glacier-carved valley in Rocky Mountain National Park. Camping in the park will be provided for volunteers.

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Campbell Valley Watershed Restoration II (Adopt)

COMPLETED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 with adult (more info)
Sponsors
Pioneer Sand Company
Colorado Lien Company

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 18, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 20

Campbell Valley lies about 30 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 phase of the project will engage volunteers to build interesting erosion control structures in the gorgeous valley.

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Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory Interpretive Trail

COMPLETED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (formerly Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory)

Date(s):
TuesdayJun 21, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 20
WednesdayJun 22, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 20

Working in partnership with Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory and the Butterfly Pavilion, volunteers will get the chance to help construct a small trail system that will connect with an interpretive native garden at the Old Stone House, the near Barr Lake State Park. RMBO is dedicated to providing visitors with a real world example of how native flora can be used to create habitat for a variety of birds. This small mid-week project is the perfect opportunity for individuals or groups of all types to get out and help with the construction of a short section of crusher fine trail. Through a controlled phasing out of invasive and planting of native species, over the next few years the surrounding area will be transformed into a more natural habitat for migratory and permanent birds.

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Fossil Creek Restoration Followup (Fort Collins)

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

Date(s):
WednesdayJun 29, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 5

A stream knows no borders! Such is the case with Fossil Creek, which flows out of the foothills west of Fort Collins to serve as an important wildlife corridor. On April 2 of this year we planted container stock and willows, and removed invasive species from the site. The upland container stock we planted at our project is now in need of some additional water to help get it through the heat of the summer. Number of volunteers: 10



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Rock Staging Project Summit Lake

COMPLETED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 with adult (more info)

Date(s):
ThursdayJun 30, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 20
FridayJul 01, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 20

Summit Lake is the continuation of nearly 3 months of work last year. Nestled at nearly 12,800 ft this hanging lake is one of the most beautiful yet highly used trails on Denver Mountain Parks land. The affect of such high use has been the degradation of vegetation up-slope from the trail. In a two part, multi-year effort WRV is re-routing the trail to create more sustainable grades and doing a huge planting effort to jumpstart the restoration of the up-slope hillside. The success of this years projects hinges on the staging of large amounts of rock from a nearby quarry. Heavy machinery can transport the rock once it is pulled out of the quarry. The original plan was to have Americorps use their rock skills to get the rock within reach of the machinery. We are now adding two one-day volunteer projects back-to-back in order to get these rock where they need to be so they can be used on the volunteer project the following weekend. Please join us for either or both days. Well have fun and get a great work out playing with some fun rocks!

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Seed Collection 1 - Wed July 6th

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

Date(s):
WednesdayJul 06, 2011 - 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 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 1

COMPLETED
Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
FridayJul 08, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 40
SaturdayJul 09, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 40
SundayJul 10, 2011 - 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. Building upon the hard work of two volunteer projects and a Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, 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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San Luis Valley - Volunteer Vacation

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
WednesdayJul 06, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 35
ThursdayJul 07, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 35
FridayJul 08, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 35
SaturdayJul 09, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 25
SundayJul 10, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 25

Two Projects in One:
1. San Luis Fen Restoration: July 6-8 (Wed-Fri) - Please arrive by Tuesday evening
2. Valley View Hotsprings: July 9-10 (Sat-Sun)

Get away from it all, protect a rare fen wetland, remove invasive plants to protect conservation land, soak in luxurious hot springs, and enjoy the long days of mid-summer in the scenic Sangre De Cristo range. We'll start off at the San Luis fen site and then move 15 miles down valley to Valley View Hot Springs.

You can sign up for one or both parts of this event. However, volunteers working on the San Luis Fen have top priority to attend the Valley View Hot Springs portion.

San Luis Fen Restoration: Fens are a rare form of wetland that can take thousands of years to develop and harbor unique plant associations. This beautiful site on the Rio Grande National Forest (south of Poncha Pass) has been degraded by grazing, which has caused the water table underneath the fen to drop. We will work to stabilize an erosion gully adjacent to and currently draining the fen, thus raising the water level. Volunteers will also install 2,000 feet of buck-n-pole and 3-strand wire fences to protect the fen, and seed some eroding slopes next to the fen.

Valley View Hot Springs: Join us in our fifth year working two half-days to remove houndstongue, bull thistle, and other invasive plants at the Orient Land Trust. The rest of the time, we'll soak in the luxurious hot springs, enjoy local trails and more. Volunteers enjoy FREE entrance ($26 value) for each half-day of work. Note: Valley View Hot Springs is a wholesome family friendly clothing optional facility.

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Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory 1/2 Day Mulching

COMPLETED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (formerly Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory)

Date(s):
FridayJul 15, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 8

WRV has been working in partnership with Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory and the Butterfly Pavilion, to construct a small trail system and interpretive native garden. Part of this process is a controlled phasing out of invasive Black Locusts that dominate the habitat. Volunteer sawyers have gone through and cleared a large amount of material and an earlier project was able to mulch all but one pile of this. On this project we will spend the morning out at the Old Stone House on Barr Lake sending cuttings through a large Mulcher that Barr Lake State Park is letting us use.

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Pawnee NG Seed Collection (Golden Currant)

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

Date(s):
SundayJul 17, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 10

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 collect the seed of golden currant, a shrub that provides good cover and forage for wildlife.

The seed you collect will be grown into shrubs at the Colorado Forest Service Nursery in Fort Collins and used to restore riparian areas in the future. The project will take place at the Crow Valley campground, east of Ault, Colorado.

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Boulder Creek Adopt Site Restoration 2

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Sunbelt Rentals
303 Tree
Eco-Products
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB

Date(s):
WednesdayJul 20, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 30

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 remove non-native tree species (like Russian olive, green ash and crack willow) and remove biennial weeds (like teasel, musk thistle and houndstongue) in preparation to plant more native plains cottonwood, peachleaf willow, western snowberry, wood's rose, wild plum, western chokecherry, sandbar willow, and golden currant in October.

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Mt. Yale 14er Trail Restoration

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

Date(s):
ThursdayJul 21, 2011 - SundayJul 24, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 15

�Note: This is one of WRV's most strenuous projects requiring a 2 mile hike to camp carrying all your personal gear. And then a 2 mile hike from camp, at 11,000 ft, to the work site, at 13,700 ft, each day. Previous backpacking experience is highly recommended and participants will have to talk to the trip leader prior to the expedition.

Mt. Yale overlooks the pristine and remote Sawatch Range and is the twenty-first tallest of Colorado's 14ers, eight of which are located in the same Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. In addition, Yale shares the wilderness area with six other 13,000+ peaks and over 105 miles of trail. Partnering with and building on the hard work of many Colorado Fourteeners Initiative projects, WRV volunteers will spend a long weekend restoring a section of the old trail which is has eroded to over 20ft wide in some places. Due to Wilderness restrictions on group size, only 12 lucky volunteers with get the chance to build check dams, transplant alpine plugs, add rock cover and enjoy pristine one of a kind views.


Early Thursday Morning Arrival and Commitment to all Four Days Required Due to the group size limit we are only able to sign up 12 volunteers. Please be considerate and only sign up if you are willing and able to commit to the full project.

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Seed Collection 3 - Sat. July 23 (3/4 day)

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

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 23, 2011 - 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 3/4 DAY, SATURDAY EVENT -- 8:00AM TO 2:00PM -- 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.

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Hewlett Gulch Trail Construction #2

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 23, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 40
SundayJul 24, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 40

The Hewlett Gulch trail is a very popular mountain biking and hiking destination in the Poudre River Watershed. Severe erosion gullies have formed in particularly steep sections of the trail. Our 2011 work is designed to integrate the restoration of degraded areas with the development of a sustainable trail. Restoration of the old gullied trail will improve the aesthetics of the loop portion of the trail, reduce erosion, and restore native habitat. WRV is fortunate to have a chance to collaborate with the US Forest Service, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, New Belgium Brewing, and Single-Track Trails on this project.

On this phase of the project, volunteers will help build the new trail reroute on the loop portion of the trail.



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Seed Collection 4 - Thur. July 28

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

Date(s):
ThursdayJul 28, 2011 - 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 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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Vedauwoo (Veedavu) Seed Collection (Pole Mtn)

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 30, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 30
SundayJul 31, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 30

This is WRV's second project in Wyoming!

Vedauwoo (pronounced "veedavoo") is one of the most attractive natural features in southern Wyoming. A rock climbers paradise, this location boasts a tremendous variety of fauna and flora as well. We will camp north of Vedauwoo and spend two relaxing days, Saturday & Sunday collecting native seeds among the splendor or lush grasslands and dramatic rocky outcrops.

Many land restoration projects depend on precious hand collected native seed because purchased seeds are unavailable, too expensive or not an acceptable match to the local native species ecotypes. These seeds will be multiplied agriculturally by an inter-government agency partnership. This process increases seeds up to 1000 fold for revegetation projects on local public lands.

Fiday night arrival highly encouraged..

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Seed Collection 5 - Friday Aug 5

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

Date(s):
FridayAug 05, 2011 - 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 AN AFTERNOON EVENT -- 3:30PM TO 7:00PM -- 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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Medicine Bow-Routt Seed Collection

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 06, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 20
SundayAug 07, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 20

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 HIGHLY encouraged.

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Seed Collection 6 - Wed Aug 10 (3/4 day)

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

Date(s):
WednesdayAug 10, 2011 - 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 3/4 DAY EVENT -- 1:30PM TO 7:30PM -- 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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Tool Migration- Moving Tools to Our New Shed

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

Date(s):
TuesdayAug 09, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 18
WednesdayAug 10, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 10

WRV just got our tool sheds upgraded!! Due to a generous donation from Secure Care we are moving two side-by-side large sheds in the same facility. A couple amazing volunteer carpenters are in the process of constructing the raking system to be used in the new shed. Volunteers on this project will be the first ever to use the new sheds! We will spend the day sorting and shuttling tools to their new home. Come join the fun and be the first to get to know the new home all our tools!
New Second Date Added: Wednesday Aug 10 . Sign up for either or both!

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Hewlett Gulch Trail Construction #3 (Adopt)

COMPLETED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Mishawaka Amphitheater

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 13, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 15

The Hewlett Gulch trail is a very popular mountain biking and hiking destination in the Poudre River Watershed. Severe erosion gullies have formed in particularly steep sections of the trail. Our 2011 work is designed to integrate the restoration of degraded areas with the development of a sustainable trail. Restoration of the old gullied trail will improve the aesthetics of the loop portion of the trail, reduce erosion, and restore native habitat. WRV is fortunate to have a chance to collaborate with the Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, New Belgium Brewing, Single-Track Trails, and the US Forest Service on this project.

On this phase of the project, volunteers will help build the new trail reroute on the loop portion of the trail.



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Sugar Magnolia Trail Restoration

COMPLETED
Formerly known as the West Magnolia Project.
Friday night arrival recommended.

Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 13, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 70
SundayAug 14, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 70

The extremely popular West Magnolia trail network southwest of Nederland will be severely impacted by the exploding mountain pine beetle epidemic. To mitigate the effects of mountain pine beetle and extreme wildfire danger, the USFS will be doing extensive fuels treatment in the area, thus impacting over nine miles of very popular trails, which have been enhanced dramatically in the past few years by volunteer effort. WRV will conduct a pilot project on about 7,000 feet of the trail system to mitigate the effects of the fuels treatments. Trail treatments will include: heavy reconstruction, re-routes, installation of anchor rocks to stabilize the trail, installation of natural trailside barriers to keep traffic on trail, trail side revegetation and tree planting, and removal of hazard trees along sections of trail that run through the preserved "habitat islands." WRV will collaborate closely with the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance. Volunteers will camp in a beautiful area near the worksite.

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Fossil Creek Restoration Followup II (Fort Collins)

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

Date(s):
ThursdayAug 18, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 5

A stream knows no borders! Such is the case with Fossil Creek, which flows out of the foothills west of Fort Collins to serve as an important wildlife corridor. On April 2 of this year we planted container stock and willows, and removed invasive species from the site. The upland container stock we planted at our project is now in need of some additional water to help get it through the heat of the summer. Number of volunteers: 5



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Seed Collection 7 - Sat. Aug. 20 (1/2 day)

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

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 20, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 25

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

THIS IS AN 1/2 DAY EVENT -- 1:00PM TO 5:00PM -- 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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Hewlett Gulch Restoration #1

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Mugs Coffee Lounge
Happy Lucky's Teahouse

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 27, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 20
SundayAug 28, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 20

The Hewlett Gulch trail is a very popular mountain biking and hiking destination in the Poudre River Watershed. Severe erosion gullies have formed in particularly steep sections of the trail. This project will provide a single-track trail with grades appropriate for back-country mountain bike and hiking use. Restoration of the old gullied trail will improve the aesthetics of the loop portion of the trail, reduce erosion, and restore native habitat.

This phase of the project will involve restoration of the old gullied trails. WRV is proud to have a chance to collaborate with the Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, New Belgium Brewing, Single-Track Trails, Mishawaka, and the US Forest Service on this project.

But wait there's more. And for the same low price of $0 Mishawaka has offered free entrance to the Keller Williams show Saturday night to all Hewlett Gulch Volunteers.

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Seed Collection 8 - Sat. Sept 10 (3/4 day)

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

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 10, 2011 - 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 3/4 DAY EVENT-- 9:30AM-3:30PM -- 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 3

COMPLETED
Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
FridaySep 09, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 40
SaturdaySep 10, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 40
SundaySep 11, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 40

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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Seed Collection 9 - Sat Sept 17 (3/4 day)

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

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 17, 2011 - 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 -- 9:30AM 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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Kingston Peak Alpine Restoration

COMPLETED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 17, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 70
SundaySep 18, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 70

Come enjoy lovely fall colors in the high country! Help restore and protect alpine and subalpine habitat near Kingston Peak, south of Nederland and the James Peak Wilderness, along the popular Apex Road. The area has spectacular views of the Continental Divide. Several subalpine sites have been impacted by motorized recreation along unofficial roadways, forming erosion gullies in this sensitive environment. Plus, a rare alpine wetland has been impacted and needs to be protected and restored.

Volunteers, working at elevations over 11,000 feet, will plant seeds, transplant vegetation, install erosion matting, construct drainage structures and a buck'n'rail fence. Volunteers will camp in a lovely forested area a few miles from the site, then carpool and hike each day to enjoy this late summer adventure in the high country.

Friday night arrival highly recommended. Rain backup date is October 8-9.

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Hewlett Gulch Trail Construction #4 (Adopt)

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

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 24, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 8

The Hewlett Gulch trail is a very popular mountain biking and hiking destination in the Poudre River Watershed. Severe erosion gullies have formed in particularly steep sections of the trail. Our 2011 work is designed to integrate the restoration of degraded areas with the development of a sustainable trail. Restoration of the old gullied trail will improve the aesthetics of the loop portion of the trail, reduce erosion, and restore native habitat. WRV is fortunate to have a chance to collaborate with the Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, New Belgium Brewing, Single-Track Trails, and the US Forest Service on this project.

On this phase of the project, volunteers will help build the new trail reroute on the loop portion of the trail.



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Left Hand Canyon Forest Restoration

COMPLETED
Come Celebrate National Public Lands Day!

Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
James Creek Watershed Initiative
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Amante  Uptown

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 24, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 60
SundaySep 25, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 25

Come join us to complete the eighth year of watershed-scale restoration in Left Hand Canyon. Since 2004, WRV has partnered with the Boulder Ranger District, James Creek Watershed Initiative, and others in an award winning effort to remove many miles of unofficial roads and re-create a mile of stream.

In 2011, we will continue this work in the "upper watershed" area by removing thousands of feet of roadways. Heavy equipment will prepare the site. Volunteers will plant seeds, install erosion matting, and spread mulch to revegetate the area and prevent erosion.

Sign up for ONE or BOTH Days.

SATURDAY, SEP 24
We'll hike in off the highway for a bit over one mile to several forest sites to continue restoration work. On the way in, you'll walk through several of our previous restoration sites, and get to see years worth of progress.

SUNDAY, SEP 25 - ADVENTURE DAY!
This is the adventure day of the weekend, involving only 25 volunteers. All the work this weekend is important, but this day involves restoration of the steepest highest priority site. The hike in is a little shorter than Saturday. However, we'll need to carpool on a rough 4WD road for about 2 miles. SUVs, Jeeps or pickups with 4WD and good clearance are required. Since we are carpooling, only 1 in 4 volunteers need a suitable vehicle. We hope you adventurous drivers will sign up! :-)

Rain backup dates are Oct 8-9.

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Seed Collection 10 - Sun. Sept 25 (3/4 day)

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

Date(s):
SundaySep 25, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 30

REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROJECT IS NOW CLOSED. Please look further down the list for our remaining seed collections.

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

THIS IS AN 3/4 DAY, SUNDAY 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 11 - Sat. Oct 01 (3/4 day)

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

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 01, 2011 - 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 HALF DAY, 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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Red Rocks Rehab

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 01, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 80
SundayOct 02, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 80

Surrounded by towering sandstone rocks of red and the echoes of world famous music, volunteers will get the chance to work on the very same ground the Civilian Conservation Corps worked on in the 1930's. The unique natural features of this area have led to heavy pressure in the form of highly visible denuded areas and large washed out gullies. Combined with a new management plan, the restoration done over this weekend will turn the ecological tide on this Denver Mountain Park geological gem that was once designated one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Volunteers will spend two full days restoring over 400 ft of gullies and nearly 2,000 ft of disturbed foothills while camping in and around the nearby, historic CCC bunkhouse.

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Campbell Valley Watershed Restoration IV

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Pioneer Sand Company
Colorado Lien Company

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 01, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 50
SundayOct 02, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 50

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 are continuing to address the ongoing challenge of leakage from the neighboring irrigation canal. This spring it was diverted back to the original channel on it's way to a holding pond that the ranch uses to manage the excess flow. by the project weekend, the previous down-cut route will have been regraded and compost incorporated. Our weekend will be spent prepping, seeding, mulching and installing simple rock structures to stabilize this compromised area.

Camping will be available Friday and Saturday night on site in the beautiful Campbell Valley. Come join us for one day, or the whole project weekend.

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Seed Collection 12 - Sat. Oct 08 (3/4 day)

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

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 08, 2011 - 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 AN 3/4 DAY, 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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Pawnee National Grasslands Watershed Restoration

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Pioneer Sand Company
Colorado Lien Company

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 08, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 45
SundayOct 09, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 45

Come enjoy two days of prairie living while stabilizing erosion scars and restoring the Pawnee National Grasslands. On this project volunteers will help close and restore an eroding road near Little Owl Creek, spread seed and erosion matting to help heal regraded gullies near the creek, and install erosion control structures and seed on two large erosion scars east of Little Owl Creek. This project will help to improve water quality and habitat for common and rare aquatic species, and improve the quality of our scarce short-grass prairie ecosystems. Fencing and a fundamental change in grazing management by the Pawnee National Grasslands will protect this riparian area and upland areas in the long term.

Friday night arrival encouraged


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Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory Native Planting

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

Date(s):
MondayOct 10, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 35

It's time to plant!! RMBO is dedicated to creating a native ecosystem with plenty of bird habitat around their head quarters at Barr Lake State Park. Through a controlled phasing out of invasive and planting of native species, over the next few years the surrounding area will be transformed into a more natural habitat for migratory and permanent birds alike. On this project we will plant over 400 large shrubs and trees to replace and improve habitat that was lost when invasive species were taken out earlier this year.

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Boulder Creek Adopt Site Restoration 4

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Sunbelt Rentals
Eco-Products
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB
Cummins  Rocky Mountain
Logrhythm
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Xcel Energy
Scotts Miracle-Gro
Jared Polis Foundation Gift Fund

Date(s):
WednesdayOct 12, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 50

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 remove non-native tree species (like Russian olive, green ash 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 - Thur. Oct 13 (1/2 day)

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

Date(s):
ThursdayOct 13, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 30

TIME: 1pm-5pm

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

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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Hewlett Gulch Trail Construction #5 (New Belgium adopt)

COMPLETED
Reduced to adopt project

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
New Belgium Brewing Co., Inc.
Overland Mountain Bike Club

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 15, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 40

The Hewlett Gulch trail is a very popular mountain biking and hiking destination in the Poudre River Watershed. Severe erosion gullies have formed in particularly steep sections of the trail. Our 2011 work is designed to integrate the restoration of degraded areas with the development of a sustainable trail. Restoration of the old gullied trail will improve the aesthetics of the loop portion of the trail, reduce erosion, and restore native habitat. WRV is fortunate to have a chance to collaborate with the US Forest Service, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, New Belgium Brewing, and Single-Track Trails on this project.

On this phase of the project, volunteers be supporting future sustainable recreation in Hewlett Gulch by constructing new trail tread, and beginning to reclaim some of the gullies left by the unsustainable trail.



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South Boulder Creek Aquatic Restoration

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

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 15, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 75

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.

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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Seed Collection 14 - Wed Oct 19 (1/2 day)

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

Date(s):
WednesdayOct 19, 2011 - 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 AN EVENING EVENT --1:00PM T 5:00PM -- 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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Garden Park Road Restoration

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

Date(s):
FridayOct 21, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 35
SaturdayOct 22, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 35
SundayOct 23, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 35

This project will be an essential step in the protection of one of Colorado's most significant paleontological and botanical hotspots. By obliterating and rehabilitating key roads in this area, this project will truly reduce threats to some of Colorado's most important natural treasures. The Garden Park State Natural Area is one of the most important Late Jurassic vertebrate localities in North America, boasting 20 genera and 19 described species of fossil fish, turtles, rhychocephalians, crocodiles, dinosaurs and mammals. Garden Park is the site where the 'Dinosaur Wars' of the late 1800s brought dinosaurs to the forefront of American culture.

Along with all of the great fossil finds in this area, the property also contains populations of three plant species that rank among the rarest in Colorado. Brandegee's buckwheat, dwarf milkweed and golden blazingstar are all ranked as 'globally imperiled' and occur in specialized habitats around the Garden Park Area of Critical Environmental Concern. Work will include seeding, erosion control, and mulching. Beautiful camping and access to the nearby nationally acclaimed rock climbing hotspot (shelf road) are but a few of the attractions.

Thursday night arrival highly encouraged

Free camping provided!

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Seed Collection 15- Sun Oct 23 (3/4 day) Last one this year!

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

Date(s):
SundayOct 23, 2011 - 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 SUNDAY 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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Tool Fest - Boulder

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

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 29, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 35

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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Pawnee National Grasslands Watershed Restoration Part II

CANCELLED
Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Pioneer Sand Company

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 29, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 10

Come enjoy a day on the prairie while stabilizing erosion scars and restoring the Pawnee National Grasslands. On this project volunteers will help to finish what we started on the rained out project earlier this month. We'll install basic small rock erosion control structures on the seeded and mulched restoration and then add fencing to keep the livestock out till the land can heal itself. This project will help to improve the quality of our scarce short-grass prairie ecosystems. The fencing and a fundamental change in grazing management by the Pawnee National Grasslands will protect this upland areas in the long term.

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Tool Fest - Fort Collins

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

Date(s):
SaturdayNov 05, 2011 - Number of Volunteers: 20

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

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