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2014 Projects
Project Name Day(s) Date(s)
Chico Basin Bird Habitat Restoration Saturday
Sunday
Mar 29, 2014
Mar 30, 2014

Broomfield Open Space Riparian Planting Friday Apr 04, 2014

Pawnee Prairie Dog Project Saturday Apr 05, 2014

Big Thompson Flood Recovery - Big Valley Reach Saturday Apr 05, 2014

High Park Post-Fire Restoration I Saturday Apr 05, 2014

Big Thompson Flood Recovery II - Cedar Cove Saturday Apr 12, 2014

Myrtle Spurge 1 - Boulder Foothills Saturday Apr 19, 2014

Red Rocks Restoration Saturday Apr 19, 2014

Campbell Valley Riparian Restoration Saturday Apr 19, 2014

Myrtle Spurge 2 - Earth Day @ Spruce Gulch Tuesday Apr 22, 2014

O'Fallon Park Bear Creek Restoration Saturday Apr 26, 2014

High Park Post-Fire Restoration II Saturday Apr 26, 2014

RESCHEDULED: Youth Project - South Boulder Creek Planting Saturday Apr 26, 2014

Purge Your (myrtle) Spurge: Longmont Saturday Apr 26, 2014

Spotted Knapweed Removal at Spruce Gulch Sunday Apr 27, 2014

Big Thompson Flood Recovery III - Glen Haven Sunday Apr 27, 2014

Myrtle Spurge 3 - Boulder Foothills: Pine Brook Hills Saturday May 03, 2014

High Park Post-Fire Restoration III Saturday May 03, 2014

Campbell Valley Watershed Restoration Saturday
Sunday
May 03, 2014
May 04, 2014

Myrtle Spurge 4 - North Table Mountain (Golden) Saturday May 10, 2014

Lyons Flood Restoration Saturday May 10, 2014

Poudre River and Screech Owl Restoration--RiverFest Saturday May 17, 2014

Boulder Prairie - Med Sage - Boulder County Saturday May 17, 2014

Big Thompson River Restoration IV - Glen Haven 2 Saturday May 17, 2014

Walden Ponds Flood Clean-Up Tuesday May 20, 2014

Myrtle Spurge 5 - Boulder Foothills: Pine Brook Hills Thursday May 22, 2014

Canyon Lakes Unauthorized Road Obliteration I Saturday May 24, 2014

Boulder Prairie - Med Sage Table Mountain 1 Wednesday May 28, 2014

Seed Collection FLOOD PROJECT- Friday - May 30 Friday May 30, 2014

Genesee Park Forest Restoration Saturday May 31, 2014

Boulder Prairie - Med Sage Table Mountain 2 Wednesday Jun 04, 2014

Myrtle Spurge Evening Pull 1 Thursday Jun 05, 2014

O'Fallon Park Trail ReRoute - Part 1 Saturday Jun 07, 2014

Boulder Prairie- Med Sage City of Boulder Sunday Jun 08, 2014

Seed Collection- Google Flood Project Tuesday - Tuesday Jun 10, 2014 - Jun 10, 2014

Myrtle Spurge Evening Pull 2 Wednesday Jun 11, 2014

Echo Lake- Restoration and Trail Saturday
Sunday
Jun 21, 2014
Jun 22, 2014

Mt Bierstadt 14er Trail Restoration I Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Jun 21, 2014
Jun 22, 2014
Jun 23, 2014
Jun 24, 2014

Seed Collection 1 - Wed - June 25 Wednesday Jun 25, 2014

Mt Bierstadt 14er Trail Restoration II Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Jun 26, 2014
Jun 27, 2014
Jun 28, 2014
Jun 29, 2014

Seed Collection 2 - Wed - July 2 Wednesday Jul 02, 2014

Seed Collection 3 - Wed - July 9 Wednesday Jul 09, 2014

Cameron Amphitheater Road Conversion and Rare Species Protection Saturday
Sunday
Jul 12, 2014
Jul 13, 2014

Platt Seed Collection Tuesday Jul 15, 2014

Seed Collection 3.5 - Thurs - July 24 Thursday Jul 24, 2014

Summit Lake Restoration - Mt Evans Saturday
Sunday
Jul 26, 2014
Jul 27, 2014

Emergency Seed Collection - Wed - July 30 Wednesday Jul 30, 2014

Seed Collection 4 - Fri - Aug 8 Friday Aug 08, 2014

High Park Post-Fire Restoration IV Sunday Aug 10, 2014

Cal-Wood Forest Health Day Wednesday Aug 13, 2014

Peck Garden Seed Harvest - Wed - August 13 Wednesday Aug 13, 2014

Bobolink South Boulder Creek Teasel Removal Tuesday Aug 19, 2014

Sombrero Marsh Restoration 1 Thursday Aug 21, 2014

Waldrop - Red Rock Lake Connector Trail (Brainard Lake Recreation Area) Saturday
Sunday
Aug 23, 2014
Aug 24, 2014

Peck Garden II - Seed Collection - Wed - August 27 Wednesday Aug 27, 2014

Eldorado Canyon Trail Flood Repairs Thursday Aug 28, 2014

Grand Ditch Seed Collection (Rocky Mtn NP) Saturday - Sunday Aug 30, 2014 - Aug 31, 2014

McCullough Gulch Trail Reroute and Rehab Saturday
Sunday
Aug 30, 2014
Aug 31, 2014

Myrtle Spurge 6 - Spruce Gulch Saturday Sep 06, 2014

Pawnee Riparian Exclosure Fence Saturday
Sunday
Sep 06, 2014
Sep 07, 2014

Upper Gunnison Basin Habitat Restoration Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Sep 03, 2014
Sep 04, 2014
Sep 05, 2014
Sep 06, 2014
Sep 07, 2014

Eldorado Canyon Trail Flood Repairs II Thursday Sep 11, 2014

Alpine Seed Collection at Summit Lake Mt Evans Thursday Sep 11, 2014

White Rocks - Boulder Creek Restoration Saturday Sep 13, 2014

Seed Collection 5 - Saturday - Sept. 13 Saturday Sep 13, 2014

O'Fallon Park Trail ReRoute - Part 2 Saturday Sep 20, 2014

Seed Collection 6 -Sat. - Sept. 20 Saturday Sep 20, 2014

Seed Collection 7 - Fri - Sept. 26 Friday Sep 26, 2014

Brainard Slope Restoration & Waldrop Trail Finish Work- National Public Lands Day! Saturday Sep 27, 2014

Seed Collection 8 - Sat. - Sept. 27 Saturday Sep 27, 2014

Canyon Lakes Unauthorized Road Obliteration II Saturday - Saturday
Sunday - Sunday
Sep 27, 2014 - Sep 27, 2014
Sep 28, 2014 - Sep 28, 2014

Seed Collection 9 - Fri. - Oct. 3 Friday Oct 03, 2014

Anemone Hill Habitat Restoration - Boulder Open Space Saturday Oct 04, 2014

Big Thompson River Restoration- V Glen Haven Saturday - Saturday Oct 04, 2014 - Oct 04, 2014

Pawnee Riparian Exclosure Fence II Saturday Oct 04, 2014

Emergency Seed Collection 9.5 - Saturday Oct 4 Saturday Oct 04, 2014

Vedauwoo Unauthorized Route Restoration Saturday - Sunday Oct 11, 2014 - Oct 12, 2014

Seed Collection 10 - Sat.- Oct 11 Saturday Oct 11, 2014

Coal Creek Flood Restoration Saturday Oct 11, 2014

Longmont Discovery Trail Flood Rebuild (Kaiser Project) Friday Oct 17, 2014

Canyon Lakes Unauthorized Road Obliteration (odell) Friday Oct 17, 2014

Canyon Lakes Unauthorized Road Obliteration III Saturday Oct 18, 2014

Longmont Discovery Trail Flood Rebuild Saturday Oct 18, 2014

High Park Post-Fire Restoration V Sunday Oct 19, 2014

High Park Post-Fire Restoration VI Sunday Oct 26, 2014

Tool Fest - Boulder 2014 Saturday Nov 01, 2014

Big Thompson Willow Nursery Build Saturday Nov 01, 2014

Tool Fest - Fort Collins Saturday Nov 08, 2014

High Park Post-Fire Restoration VII - Skin Gulch Sunday - Sunday Nov 09, 2014 - Nov 09, 2014

Gina's Test Event Wednesday Dec 31, 2014


No experience is required. Meals are served in most cases.
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Chico Basin Bird Habitat Restoration

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB

Date(s):
SaturdayMar 29, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 25
SundayMar 30, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 25

In partnership with a handful of wonderful agencies and organizations including the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, WRV is working with the Chico Basin Ranch to restore a classic plains riparian (i.e., streamside) plant community essential to well being of so many birds and other plains wildlife.
Many riparian areas on the plains have been severely altered throughout the years, resulting in dense cover of exotic Russian olive and/or tamarisk. The exotics have been controlled, and now the site is ready for the re-establishment of native shrubs and trees, such as golden currant, wild rose, chokecherry, plains cottonwood, coyote willow, and others.

On this project, volunteers will be installing willow cuttings and bare-root shrubs.
The ranch holds a BBQ using local grass finished beef for volunteers on this project. We hope you can join us to help restore habitat in one of Colorado's most important flyways - for birds that is.

FREE camping provided on the ranch for volunteers who stay both days.
FRIDAY night arrival highly encouraged.


View Chico Basin Ranch video and conservation info: www.chicobasinranch.com

Weather Back-up: In the event severe weather hits the ranch on March 22-24, please reserve April 12-13 as a back-up.

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Broomfield Open Space Riparian Planting

COMPLETED
Spring arrived just in time!

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Broomfield Open Space, City and County

Date(s):
FridayApr 04, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Please join us for another WRV project with Broomfield City and County Open Space. The project is on a Friday, it is in the spring, and it is a great excuse to start your weekend early helping restore a riparian habitat!
This is a beautiful open space in the heart of the city with fantastic views of the majestic high mountains. In 2009, non-native Russian olive trees were removed from the site and this year we plan to replant the area with native plant species.
Volunteers will restore habitat in The Field Open Space by collecting and planting native willow & planting cottonwoods whips. These native plants will provide important habitat for native wildlife.

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Pawnee Prairie Dog Project

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 05, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 15

With its patchwork of public and private lands the Pawnee National Grasslands is no stranger to controversy, not the least of which is the lowly prairie dog. Considered a keystone species by wildlife biologists and no less than a nuisance by ranchers this true Colorado native has a very difficult time finding a place to call home. When prairie dog towns encroach on private boundaries, land managers are often forced to resort to lethal control methods.
Come enjoy a day on the high prairie while putting a prairie dog town into protective custody on the Pawnee National Grasslands. On this project volunteers will help to put the final touches on the .36 mile long prairie dog fence that we began last fall. This project will help to reduce tensions between the Forest Service and neighboring ranchers as well the need for lethal control in one of the Pawnee's few remaining prairie dog towns.




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Big Thompson Flood Recovery - Big Valley Reach

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 with adult accompaniment (more info)
Sponsors
Community Foundation of Northern Colorado

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 05, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 50


On behalf of the Big Thompson River Restoration Coalition, we invite you to join Wildlands Restoration Volunteers as we address flood damage, protect stream banks and rebuild our community!

In September of 2013, devastating floods affected the Colorado Front Range. Our most sincere admiration goes out to all those who persevered through fires and floods. As so many individuals feel compelled to help with the recovery efforts, WRV has been working to set up post-flood clean up and river stabilization projects to help heal the land and its inhabitants. We are looking for community members to volunteer on April 5th at several sites affected by September's floods. Be a part of the WRV's volunteer projects on the Big Thompson River in the 2014! Volunteers will partner with AmeriCorps, WRV staff and local natural resource specialists to protect stream banks in anticipation of spring runoff as well as plant native seed and remove debris from the river channel. Those joining us can expect to spend a full day working outdoors and learning about the rivers hydrology and geomorphology. Food and tools will be provided. No experience necessary. To register for this event, visit www.wlrv.org.

Have questions about the field day? Contact the Watershed Restoration Coordinator at lukas@wlrv.org or call 970-493-2075

Our multi-faceted approach will seek to first enhance the safety of the rivers inhabitants and infrastructure by removing debris and stabilizing the banks in anticipation of spring runoff in late April of 2014. Volunteers will assist in removing potentially hazardous debris from the channel, where it will be staged for transportation provided by our coalition partners.

After this first project, our objective is to restore and enhance geomorphic and ecosystem function in the canyon, including the ongoing re-grading of stream banks and the stabilization of banks, as well as the continued removal hazardous debris. Heavy duty tasks will begin late March through April in conjunction with our construction partners.

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers is the principle sponsor and lead entity for the coalition. The BTRRC has over 200 stakeholders and agency partners. This project is listed as critical in anticipation of spring runoff, namely removing hazardous debris jams and stabilizing river banks.

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High Park Post-Fire Restoration I

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

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 05, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 25

The High Park Fire ravaged over 85,000 acres of Northern Colorado lands, leaving hundreds of residents displaced and over 41,000 acres of land burned at a moderate to high severity! As a result, the Cache La Poudre River has been running black after heavy rains this summer, and landslides and flooding have been closing roads and threatening homes. WRV and our partners of the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed have spent months coordinating with agency partners, community organizations and hundreds of affected individuals to lay the ground for short- and long-term restoration actions.

The most immediate goals of our fall post-fire restoration projects is to protect roads, reservoirs, rivers, homes and communities from the threat of further landslides and flooding expected in the coming winter and spring months.

Whether you live downstream of the fire or in the actual burn area, please lend a hand and help restore some of the highest priority restoration sites within the High Park Fire area. The highest priority restoration work is estimated to take at least 3 years, and a great amount of community involvement. And it will not be possible without your support.

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Big Thompson Flood Recovery II - Cedar Cove

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly
Sponsors
Community Foundation of Northern Colorado

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 12, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Attention: Crew Leaders Needed!

Post Flood restoration is happening now! Join us on Sunday, April 12 as WRV and the Big Thompson River Restoration Coalition will be working to clean up and enhance the Big Thompson River.

On behalf of the Big Thompson River Restoration Coalition, we invite you to join Wildlands Restoration Volunteers as we address flood damage, protect stream banks and rebuild our community!

In September of 2013, devastating floods affected the Colorado Front Range. Our most sincere admiration goes out to all those who persevered through fires and floods. As so many individuals feel compelled to help with the recovery efforts, WRV has been working to set up post-flood clean up and river stabilization projects to help heal the land and its inhabitants. We are looking for community members to volunteer on April 13th at several sites affected by September's floods. Be a part of the WRV's volunteer projects on the Big Thompson River in the 2014! Volunteers will partner with AmeriCorps, WRV staff and local natural resource specialists to protect stream banks in anticipation of spring runoff as well as plant native seed and remove debris from the river channel. Those joining us can expect to spend a full day working outdoors and learning about the rivers hydrology and geomorphology. Food and tools will be provided. No experience necessary. To register for this event, visit www.wlrv.org.

Have questions about the field day? Contact the Watershed Restoration Coordinator at lukas@wlrv.org or call 970-493-2075

Our multi-faceted approach will seek to first enhance the safety of the rivers inhabitants and infrastructure by removing debris and stabilizing the banks in anticipation of spring runoff in late April of 2014. Volunteers will assist in removing potentially hazardous debris from the channel, where it will be staged for transportation provided by our coalition partners.

After this first project, our objective is to restore and enhance geomorphic and ecosystem function in the canyon, including the ongoing re-grading of stream banks and the stabilization of banks, as well as the continued removal hazardous debris. Heavy duty tasks will begin late March through April in conjunction with our construction partners.

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers is the principle sponsor and lead entity for the coalition. The BTRRC has over 200 stakeholders and agency partners. This project is listed as critical in anticipation of spring runoff, namely removing hazardous debris jams and stabilizing river banks.







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Myrtle Spurge 1 - Boulder Foothills

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 19, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Myrtle Spurge is an A-listed weed in Colorado -- EEEEK!!! That means that it is among the most aggressive weeds in Colorado, yet the distribution is limited enough that eradication is possible. Therefore there is very high ecological value to remove this plant. Un-managed, this plant spreads widely, crowding out native vegetation. It is toxic to people and wildlife.

WRV has established an exciting regional partnership which will tackle this weed at multiple sites in Boulder and Jefferson Counties.

That's where you come in! Join us to dig up this weed in the foothills west of Boulder in Pine Brook Hills before it takes over our beloved state. Delicious coffee will be provided by the Red Rocks Coffeehouse off 28th St. in Boulder, and bagels from Einstein's Bagels on 28th and Canyon in Boulder!


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Red Rocks Restoration

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

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 19, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Red Rocks Groupies Unite!

The combination of its location, where the foothills transition to the mountains, and the seclusion provided by rock formations make Red Rocks a diverse and flourishing ecosystem. Even before the Civilian Conservation Corps' work there, it has been a historic landmark, and in recent years the towering rock amphitheater has become an iconic music venue.

During the past three years, hundreds of WRV volunteers worked to stabilize a huge erosion gully near a rock formation deemed "Creation Rock." This year we are returning in early spring to continue repairing areas damaged by hikers traveling off trail. Our work will help preserve and protect the natural beauty and echoes of world famous music within the park.


Volunteers will get the chance to work on the very same ground the Civilian Conservation Corps toiled in the 1930's, restoring gullies and disturbed foothills. Through your help and new policies by Denver Mountain Parks that keep hikers on trails, we will be able to provide more sustainable natural habitat in this often-overlooked ecological wonderland.

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Campbell Valley Riparian Restoration

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day
Sponsors
Natural Resource Services, Inc.
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB
Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 19, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Just 20 miles north of Fort Collins exists one of the most important mountains-to-plains ecological transition zones in the Front Range-The Laramie Foothills Conservation Area. However, in the early 1900's, the North Poudre Irrigation Canal breached and flooded Campbell Valley, one of the most significant foothills valleys on the Robert's Ranch, in the heart of the Conservation Area.
The elevation of the creek bottom was down cut by approximately 40 feet, causing the elevation of the valley's tributaries to drop commensurately. This massive change in the watershed caused significant head-cutting and down-cutting of every tributary in the valley, resulting in a loss of an estimated 120,000,000 (that's right, 120Million!) cubic feet of sediment. Now, erosion gullies range from 5 to 30 feet deep and run up to 1,000 feet across the land. And a healthy riparian community no longer exists.

Today, this historic ranch is protected by a conservation easement held by The Nature Conservancy. Volunteers have worked the last four seasons to restore riparian areas (i.e., streamside forests), wetlands, and Reduce the rate of erosion from this tragically beautiful Valley.


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Myrtle Spurge 2 - Earth Day @ Spruce Gulch

COMPLETED
Come celebrate Earth Day!

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

Date(s):
TuesdayApr 22, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 20

Myrtle Spurge is an A-listed weed in Colorado -- EEEEK!!! That means that it is among the most aggressive weeds in Colorado, yet the distribution is limited enough that eradication is possible. Therefore there is very high ecological value to remove this plant. Un-managed, this plant spreads widely, crowding out native vegetation. It is toxic to people and wildlife.

WRV has established an exciting regional partnership which will tackle this weed at multiple sites in Boulder and Jefferson Counties.

That's where you come in! Join us on Earth Day to dig up this weed in the foothills west of Boulder at Spruce Gulch, before it takes over our beloved state.

IMPORTANT NOTE - THIS SITE WAS HEAVILY AFFECTED BY THE FLOOD AND THE MILE-ISH HIKE WILL NOT BE OVER WELL DEFINED TRAIL! IF YOU HAVE JOINT OR OTHER SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES, CONSIDER THIS DETAIL BEFORE REGISTERING!


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O'Fallon Park Bear Creek Restoration

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 26, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 45

Come celebrate Earth Week as we continue our multi-year effort to restore stream-side habitat and trails at beautiful O'Fallon Park, near Evergreen.

The O'Fallon, Corwina, and Pence Parks are among the most popular and heavily used of the Denver Mountain Parks system, established in the early 1900s. Bear Creek traverses the park complex, offering picnicking and trout fishing opportunities within an easy drive of Denver. The Bear Creek Trail is a popular regional multi-use trail that connects all three parks with Lair O' the Bear Park to the east.

In 2014, we will restore and protect stream-side habitat along Bear Creek. There will be a fun variety of tasks, including: harvest and planting of willows, installing protective buck'n'rail fencing, repairing trail erosion, and planting native seeds.

Rain date: Sunday, May 4. Please put this on your calendar if you're registering for this project.

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High Park Post-Fire Restoration II

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

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 26, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 25

The High Park Fire ravaged over 85,000 acres of Northern Colorado lands, leaving hundreds of residents displaced and over 41,000 acres of land burned at a moderate to high severity! As a result, the Cache La Poudre River has been running black after heavy rains this summer, and landslides and flooding have been closing roads and threatening homes. WRV and our partners of the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed have spent months coordinating with agency partners, community organizations and hundreds of affected individuals to lay the ground for short- and long-term restoration actions.

The most immediate goals of our fall post-fire restoration projects is to protect roads, reservoirs, rivers, homes and communities from the threat of further landslides and flooding expected in the coming winter and spring months.

Whether you live downstream of the fire or in the actual burn area, please lend a hand and help restore some of the highest priority restoration sites within the High Park Fire area. The highest priority restoration work is estimated to take at least 3 years, and a great amount of community involvement. And it will not be possible without your support.

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RESCHEDULED: Youth Project - South Boulder Creek Planting

COMPLETED
Nearly 40 volunteers, many of whom were youth, gathered on a beautiful April day to help restore a vital stretch of riparian habitat. Volunteers installed 2,500 square feet of erosion matting and planted over 900 plants!

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

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 26, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 35

This project was conceived, organized and implemented by one of our Youth Steering Committee members, who has gone on to become a Crew Leader, and recently a Project Leader with WRV. He is a senior in high school this year.

South Boulder Creek was affected by the floods of 2013, and is in need of some TLC! This project will include the installation of erosion control matting and the planting of willows, cottonwoods, and wetland plants along the banks of South Boulder Creek.

Come join us for a fun and fulfilling day along beautiful South Boulder Creek! As always, there will be plenty of free food for breakfast and lunch!





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Purge Your (myrtle) Spurge: Longmont

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Partial Day

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 26, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 0

Purge Your Spurge is an event taking place in the Denver, Boulder, and Jefferson County areas where residents can exchange myrtle spurge for native plants!

Boulder, Denver, and Jefferson County areas ask landowners to "Purge Your Spurge!"

Myrtle spurge is a noxious weed can take over landscapes and is a danger to people, plants, and wildlife! As an incentive to homeowners to take action, there will be a series of Purge Your Spurge events taking place where residents can bring in myrtle spurge they've removed from their property in exchange for free native plants! What a great way to make a difference and improve your yard!

With the arrival of spring Boulder, Denver, and Jefferson county areas are warning residents to aggressively remove the noxious weed, myrtle spurge. It may look harmless, but this plant can cause harm to people and natural areas.

Myrtle spurge (Euphorbia myrsinites) is a List A noxious weed, and the Colorado Noxious Weed Act requires its eradication. Hand pulling and digging are the most effective methods used to control this plant. Myrtle spurge contains a toxic, milky sap which can cause severe skin irritations, including blistering. This plant is poisonous if ingested, causing nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Wearing gloves, long sleeves, shoes, and eye protection is highly recommended when in contact with myrtle spurge, as all plant parts are considered poisonous.

This nasty weed, aka donkeytail spurge or creeping spurge, is a low growing perennial with trailing fleshy stems. It spreads rapidly to surrounding areas and can "jump the fence" to natural areas to displace native vegetation and reduce forage for wildlife. The leaves are fleshy, blue-green and alternate, and the flowers appear from March to May and are bright yellow-green with petal-like bracts. Unfortunately, it is commonly found in urban areas and the surrounding lands and has become a serious problem in the foothills and mountain ecosystems.

To help combat myrtle spurge, Boulder, Denver, and Jefferson county areas have launched an educational outreach program for residents called "Purge Your Spurge." Volunteers and staff are canvassing local neighborhoods looking for myrtle spurge and distributing information that encourage residents to remove it from their property or utilize volunteer help for removal (offered by the Wildlands Restoration Volunteers). For more information on volunteer help with removal, call or email Lauren Poulos at 303-543-1411 or lauren@wlrv.org


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Spotted Knapweed Removal at Spruce Gulch

COMPLETED

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) (more info)

Date(s):
SundayApr 27, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 20

Spruce Gulch is a low elevation roadless mosaic of forests and meadows with many areas not accessible to the public. This gorgeous, secluded landscape is nestled only 20 minutes from downtown Boulder and features a mixture of private and public lands.

Dappled among the abundant and striking flora is an "A listed" invasive species called Spotted Knapweed. This European native has found its way to the Front Range of Colorado and spreads aggressively if left unchecked. Fortunately, due to the committed and tireless efforts of local volunteers, it has been contained well enough that a strong push from the community could eradicate Spotted Knapweed from the area completely.

An exciting aspect of the work being done at Spruce Gulch is that the Spotted Knapweed has been contained on much of the landscape without the use of herbicides. If volunteers from the community continue to push forward, we may set an excellent precedent for future approaches to invasive species removal. Please join us at this idyllic locale to help restore our native landscape and heritage.

The Spotted Knapweed invasive species removal at Spruce Gulch involves a mile and half hike into the work site. Volunteers should be in good physical condition and prepared to traverse slow moving streams, climb over fallen logs and conquer several steep slopes. Hiking boots with good ankle support are required.

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Big Thompson Flood Recovery III - Glen Haven

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly
Sponsors
New Belgium Brewing Co., Inc.

Date(s):
SundayApr 27, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Attention: Crew Leaders Needed!

Post Flood restoration is happening now! Join us on Sunday, April 27th as WRV and the Big Thompson River Restoration Coalition will be working to clean up and enhance the Big Thompson River.

On behalf of the Big Thompson River Restoration Coalition, we invite you to join Wildlands Restoration Volunteers as we address flood damage, protect stream banks and rebuild our community!

In September of 2013, devastating floods affected the Colorado Front Range. Our most sincere admiration goes out to all those who persevered through fires and floods. As so many individuals feel compelled to help with the recovery efforts, WRV has been working to set up post-flood clean up and river stabilization projects to help heal the land and its inhabitants. We are looking for community members to volunteer on April 13th at several sites affected by September's floods. Be a part of the WRV's volunteer projects on the Big Thompson River in the 2014! Volunteers will partner with AmeriCorps, WRV staff and local natural resource specialists to protect stream banks in anticipation of spring runoff as well as plant native seed and remove debris from the river channel. Those joining us can expect to spend a full day working outdoors and learning about the rivers hydrology and geomorphology. Food and tools will be provided. No experience necessary. To register for this event, visit www.wlrv.org.

Have questions about the field day? Contact the Watershed Restoration Coordinator at lukas@wlrv.org or call 970-493-2075

Our multi-faceted approach will seek to first enhance the safety of the rivers inhabitants and infrastructure by removing debris and stabilizing the banks in anticipation of spring runoff in late April of 2014. Volunteers will assist in removing potentially hazardous debris from the channel, where it will be staged for transportation provided by our coalition partners.

After this first project, our objective is to restore and enhance geomorphic and ecosystem function in the canyon, including the ongoing re-grading of stream banks and the stabilization of banks, as well as the continued removal hazardous debris. Heavy duty tasks will begin late March through April in conjunction with our construction partners.

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers is the principle sponsor and lead entity for the coalition. The BTRRC has over 200 stakeholders and agency partners. This project is listed as critical in anticipation of spring runoff, namely removing hazardous debris jams and stabilizing river banks.

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Myrtle Spurge 3 - Boulder Foothills: Pine Brook Hills

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 03, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Myrtle Spurge is an A-listed weed in Colorado -- EEEEK!!! That means that it is among the most aggressive weeds in Colorado, yet the distribution is limited enough that eradication is possible. Therefore there is very high ecological value to remove this plant. Un-managed, this plant spreads widely, crowding out native vegetation. It is toxic to people and wildlife.

WRV has established an exciting regional partnership which will tackle this weed at multiple sites in Jefferson and Boulder Counties.

That's where you come in! Join us to dig up this weed in Pine Brook Hills, near Boulder, before it takes over our beloved state.


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High Park Post-Fire Restoration III

CANCELLED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompained by adult (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 03, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 25

The High Park Fire ravaged over 85,000 acres of Northern Colorado lands, leaving hundreds of residents displaced and over 41,000 acres of land burned at a moderate to high severity! As a result, the Cache La Poudre River has been running black after heavy rains this summer, and landslides and flooding have been closing roads and threatening homes. WRV and our partners of the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed have spent months coordinating with agency partners, community organizations and hundreds of affected individuals to lay the ground for short- and long-term restoration actions.

The most immediate goals of our fall post-fire restoration projects is to protect roads, reservoirs, rivers, homes and communities from the threat of further landslides and flooding expected in the coming winter and spring months.

Whether you live downstream of the fire or in the actual burn area, please lend a hand and help restore some of the highest priority restoration sites within the High Park Fire area. The highest priority restoration work is estimated to take at least 3 years, and a great amount of community involvement. And it will not be possible without your support.

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Campbell Valley Watershed Restoration

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day
Sponsors
Natural Resource Services, Inc.
Blue Line Rental (volvo) -- I-25 and 66
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 03, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 45
SundayMay 04, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 45

Just 20 miles north of Fort Collins exists one of the most important mountains-to-plains ecological transition zones in the Front Range-The Laramie Foothills Conservation Area. In the early 1900's, the North Poudre Irrigation Canal breached and flooded Campbell Valley, one of the most significant foothills valleys on the Robert's Ranch, in the heart of the Conservation Area. The elevation of the creek bottom was down cut by approximately 40 feet, causing the elevation of the valley's tributaries to drop commensurately. This massive change in the watershed caused significant head-cutting and down-cutting of every tributary in the valley, resulting in a loss of an estimated 120,000,000 (that's right, 120 Million!) cubic feet of sediment. Now, erosion gullies range from 5 to 30 feet deep and run up to 1,000 feet wide across the land. And a healthy riparian community no longer exists. Today, this historic ranch is protected by a conservation easement held by The Nature Conservancy.

Using a range of techniques, volunteers on this project will continue to restore riparian areas (i.e., streamside wetlands, forests and uplands) to build on a two-year pilot project WRV completed in 2011. One of the primary goals is to reduce the amount of sediment reaching the creek, and entering our water supplies. Why? Because, we all live downstream!
Due to the site's regional significance, this project continues to be carried out in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, The Roberts Ranch, The Colorado Water Conservation Board, Eco-Hydro Consulting, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and many others.


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Myrtle Spurge 4 - North Table Mountain (Golden)

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
Jefferson County Weed & Pest
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 10, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 40

Myrtle Spurge is an A-listed weed in Colorado -- EEEEK!!! That means that it is among the most aggressive weeds in Colorado, yet the distribution is limited enough that eradication is possible. Therefore there is very high ecological value to remove this plant. Un-managed, this plant spreads widely, crowding out native vegetation. It is toxic to people and wildlife.

WRV has established an exciting regional partnership which will tackle this weed at multiple sites in Jefferson and Boulder Counties.

That's where you come in! Join us to dig up this weed on North Table Mountain, near Golden, before it takes over our beloved state.


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Lyons Flood Restoration

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 Accompanied by Adult (more info)
Sponsors
Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists P.C. - AMVS
Fund to Restore Colorado Trails, Parks & Waterways
Colorado Mountain Club - Boulder Group

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 10, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 130

In September of 2013, devastating flooding affected communities all along the front range. Lyons, Colorado was one of the hardest hit with large portions of the town displaced as the St Vrain River raged through the center of the town. WRV organized a large project on Thanksgiving weekend to help clear flood debris from a favorite town park, Meadow Park.

The flood scoured vegetation along the St Vrain River corridor. These stark bare areas are highly prone to erosion, blowing dust, and invasion by weeds. It is essential to re-establish native vegetation as soon as possible! The Lyons Ecology Board has asked WRV to return this spring to help.

Join us on May 10 from 8:30am-4:00pm to plant native seed on more than 1,000,000 square feet of scoured stream-side areas throughout town, including Meadow Park, Bohn Park and other special areas! The task is large, but simple. We'll spread seed and rake it in. No experience necessary.

With the coming rains, these 100,000,000 seeds will sprout, helping to re-establish native stream-side vegetation to resist weed invasion, blowing dust, and re-beautify the stark landscape.

After our work is done, we'll gather to celebrate with good food, drink and live local music by Groundscore Bluegrass!

Special thanks to the Lyons Community Foundation, "The Fund to Restore Colorado's Trails, Waterways and Parks," and Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists, for funding this ambitious project!


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Poudre River and Screech Owl Restoration--RiverFest

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 7 (see below) (more info)
Sponsors
Trees, Water & People

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 17, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 30

RESCHEDULED TO: Saturday, May 17! We need your help.

Join WRV, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, Save the Poudre, Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Association, City of Fort Collins Stormwater Utility, and others to celebrate River Restoration along the National and Scenic Cache La Poudre River. Throughout the City, stream corridors have been degraded or even eliminated over the past century, leaving much of the historic plains riparian (i.e., streamside) plant community severely altered. On this project, volunteers will help to stabilize eroding banks, plant native shrubs and trees, and restore habitat for the elusive Eastern Screech Owl. This project will also be in celebration of the first annual Poudre RiverFest!

RAIN BACK-UP DATE: May 17 - please put this date on your calendar, too!

Poudre RiverFest is a FREE daylong, family focused event, with wildlife viewing and volunteer restoration projects in the morning followed by a celebration of the Poudre River in the afternoon with live music, educational activities, booths, a beer garden and food. For more information about Poudre RiverFest: https://sustainablelivingassociation.org/sla-events/poudre-riverfest/

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Boulder Prairie - Med Sage - Boulder County

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 10 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 17, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Building on a decade of profoundly successful progress, WRV continues the urgent quest to remove Mediterranean Sage from Boulder County. 50 volunteers are needed for this event with Boulder County Parks & Open Space on a newly acquired property!


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.

Three other date options are available:
All-day Sunday - Jun 8 City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks land near Longmont (separate registration form)
Evening Wednesday - May 28 NOAA Table Mountain (separate registration form)
Evening Wednesday - June 4 NOAA Table Mountain (separate registration form)

REGISTRATION for May 17 will remain open for this until 7am. Register, and the location and list of things to bring will be sent with your confirmation.




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Big Thompson River Restoration IV - Glen Haven 2

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 and up with parent/ guardian (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB
Community Foundation of Northern Colorado
New Belgium Brewing Co., Inc.

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 17, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Attention: Date changed to MAY 17TH!


Post flood restoration is happening now! Join us on Saturday May 17th as WRV and the Big Thompson River Restoration Coalition will be working to clean up and enhance the NORTH FOLK of the Big Thompson River in Glen Haven.

We invite you to join Wildlands Restoration Volunteers as we address flood damage, protect stream banks and rebuild our community! We will be planting willows, seeding native grasses and installing erosion matting along the fragile banks of West Creek near downtown Glen Haven!

In September of 2013, devastating floods affected the Colorado Front Range. Our most sincere admiration goes out to all those who persevered through fires and floods. As so many individuals feel compelled to help with the recovery efforts, WRV has been working to set up post-flood clean up and river stabilization projects to help heal the land and its inhabitants. We are looking for community members to volunteer on May 17th at several sites affected by September's floods. Be a part of the WRV's volunteer projects on the Big Thompson River in the 2014! Volunteers will partner with AmeriCorps, WRV staff and local natural resource specialists to protect stream banks in anticipation of spring runoff as well as plant native seed and remove debris from the river channel. Those joining us can expect to spend a full day working outdoors and learning about the rivers hydrology and geomorphology. Food and tools will be provided. No experience necessary. To register for this event, visit www.wlrv.org.

Have questions about the field day? Contact the Watershed Restoration Coordinator at lukas@wlrv.org or call 970-493-2075

Our objective is to restore and enhance geomorphic and ecosystem function in the canyon, including the ongoing re-grading of stream banks and the stabilization of banks by installing erosion matting and planting native trees, grasses and shrubs whose roots naturally armor streambanks and upland hill slopes.



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Walden Ponds Flood Clean-Up

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
Community Foundation of Northern Colorado
Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists P.C. - AMVS

Date(s):
TuesdayMay 20, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Last September's flooding wreaked havoc all across the Front Range choking large areas with debris, washing out trails and reorganizing the flow of water to crucial wetlands. The Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat has been cut off from it's main water source at Boulder Creek.

Volunteers will help clearing debris from the water access and return ditches ensuring that water can continue to flow into and drain from this important wildlife habitat.

This is a TUESDAY, all day project. We need all hands on deck to get the work done, if you can only be present for part of the day we must know in advance. Your participation will be awarded with stellar camaraderie, a tasty provided lunch, the satisfaction of helping flood recovery efforts and the fulfillment of a job well done at the end of the day. Also, the wildlife will thank you!

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Myrtle Spurge 5 - Boulder Foothills: Pine Brook Hills

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Boulder County
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
ThursdayMay 22, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Myrtle Spurge is an A-listed weed in Colorado -- EEEEK!!! That means that it is among the most aggressive weeds in Colorado, yet the distribution is limited enough that eradication is possible. Therefore there is very high ecological value to remove this plant. Un-managed, this plant spreads widely, crowding out native vegetation. It is toxic to people and wildlife.

WRV has established an exciting regional partnership which will tackle this weed at multiple sites in Boulder and Jefferson Counties.

That's where you come in! Join us digging up this weed at Pine Brook Hills in the foothills west of Boulder, before it takes over our beloved state.


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Canyon Lakes Unauthorized Road Obliteration I

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

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 24, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 25

More than 380,000 miles of dirt roads riddle our National Forests. However, not all of them were created equally, or legally. Besides the watershed impacts of roads, the USFS has estimated an $8.4 Billion dollar backlog of maintenance and reconstruction costs for these roads.
This project is intended to close and restore the highest priority degraded roads in the Canyon Lakes Ranger District in Larimer County. By decompacting, recontouring, stabilizing, and revegetating 12 miles of roads in three years, this ongoing project is intended to improve the quality of the watershed, improve habitat, and enhance water quality within Colorado's only National Wild and Scenic River; the Cache La Poudre!
Come join us for one, two or all three projects this season, to continue this long-term restoration dream in the montane reaches of Northern Colorado.

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Boulder Prairie - Med Sage Table Mountain 1

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

Date(s):
WednesdayMay 28, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 35

Building on a decade of profoundly successful progress, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers continues the urgent quest to remove Mediterranean Sage from Boulder County. 35 volunteers are needed for this particular date, 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.

Evening- Wednesday - May 28 at NOAA Table Mountain west of Longmont, 5pm-dusk



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Seed Collection FLOOD PROJECT- Friday - May 30

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Afternoon    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS

Date(s):
FridayMay 30, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 22

Help restore flooded areas by collecting native seed at Pella Crossing! Seed collections are a very relaxing activity; some even say it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

THIS IS AN AFTERNOON EVENT -- 1:30PM TO 4:30PM -- Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts for areas affected by the flood 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 sedges for areas affected by the flood. 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 flood restoration projects.

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Genesee Park Forest Restoration

COMPLETED
We hope to do more of this work here next year.

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 31, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 80

Come help improve forest health at Genesee Park, which is a very popular and beautiful destination in the Denver Mountain Park system west of Golden, receiving thousands of visitors per year. Tree growth, in the absence of natural wildfires, has degraded the value of the forest habitat and increase the risk of a severe wildfire near local communities.

There are numerous dense patches of small diameter trees that need to be thinned to create a more natural tree canopy. Volunteers will cut the smaller trees with loppers and hand saws. Larger trees will be cut by trained chainsawyers and dragged by volunteers to nearby chippers.

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Boulder Prairie - Med Sage Table Mountain 2

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 10 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP)
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
NOAA - Dept. of Commerce
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
WednesdayJun 04, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 35

Building on a decade of profoundly successful progress, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers continues the urgent quest to remove Mediterranean Sage from Boulder County. 35 volunteers are needed for this particular date, 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.

Evening- Wednesday - June 4 at NOAA Table Mountain west of Longmont, 5pm-dusk



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Myrtle Spurge Evening Pull 1

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Evening    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Boulder County
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
ThursdayJun 05, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Myrtle Spurge is an A-listed weed in Colorado -- EEEEK!!! That means that it is among the most aggressive weeds in Colorado, yet the distribution is limited enough that eradication is possible. Therefore there is very high ecological value to remove this plant. Un-managed, this plant spreads widely, crowding out native vegetation. It is toxic to people and wildlife.

WRV has established an exciting regional partnership which will tackle this weed at multiple sites in Boulder and Jefferson Counties.

That's where you come in! Join us digging up this weed for an evening in Boulder, before it takes over our beloved state.


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O'Fallon Park Trail ReRoute - Part 1

COMPLETED
Come celebrate National Trails Day!

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 07, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 100

Enjoy the great outdoors on National Trails Day and continue our multi-year effort to improve trails and restore stream habitat at beautiful O'Fallon Park, near Evergreen.

The O'Fallon, Corwina, and Pence Parks are among the most popular and heavily used of the Denver Mountain Park system, established in the early 1900s.
One of the O'Fallon Park trails travels straight down a hill and is eroding and unsustainable. On this day, volunteers will enjoy great scenery as they begin a 1700 foot re-route of this trail. The project includes basic trail construction and rock work, so it is suitable for beginners and experienced volunteers alike.

Part 2 of this trail re-route will be on September 20. Consider signing up for both projects for extra satisfaction, and to see the finished product!

Rain date: June 14. Please put this on your calendar if you're registering for this project.

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Boulder Prairie- Med Sage City of Boulder

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult -rattlesnakes present (more info)
Sponsors
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP)
NOAA - Dept. of Commerce
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
SundayJun 08, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 40

This is a SUNDAY project .
Building on nine years of profoundly successful progress, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers continues the urgent quest to remove Mediterranean Sage from Boulder County. 70 volunteers are needed as part of a multi-agency partnership, targeting our removal efforts at the highest priority sites that we've been to time and again, which has led to diminished numbers of plants through the years.


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.
Three date options are available:
All-day Saturday- May 17 - Boulder County open space west of Longmont
Evening Wednesday - May 28 NOAA Table Mountain (separate registration form)
Evening Wednesday - June 4 NOAA Table Mountain (separate registration form)

REGISTRATION for the SUNDAY project ENDS FRIDAY AT 1PM.
WAITLISTED VOLUNTEERS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY THEN IF THERE IS ROOM FOR THEM TO ATTEND.




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Seed Collection- Google Flood Project

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Afternoon    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS

Date(s):
TuesdayJun 10, 2014 - TuesdayJun 10, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 12

Help restore flooded areas by collecting native seed at Pella Crossing! Seed collections are a very relaxing activity; some even say it's therapeutic. It's also a great family activity!

THIS IS AN AFTERNOON EVENT -- 1:30PM TO 4:30PM -- Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts for areas affected by the flood 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 sedges for areas affected by the flood. 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 flood restoration projects.

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Myrtle Spurge Evening Pull 2

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Evening    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Boulder County
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
WednesdayJun 11, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 20

Myrtle Spurge is an A-listed weed in Colorado -- EEEEK!!! That means that it is among the most aggressive weeds in Colorado, yet the distribution is limited enough that eradication is possible. Therefore there is very high ecological value to remove this plant. Un-managed, this plant spreads widely, crowding out native vegetation. It is toxic to people and wildlife.

WRV has established an exciting regional partnership which will tackle this weed at multiple sites in Boulder and Jefferson Counties.

That's where you come in! Join us digging up this weed for an evening in Boulder, before it takes over our beloved state.


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Echo Lake- Restoration and Trail

COMPLETED
This was a great project and we are looking forward to working here again next year.

Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 21, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 45
SundayJun 22, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 45

Nestled in the shadow of majestic Mt. Evans and often as clear as a sheet of glass is the second oldest lake in Colorado: Echo Lake. The beauty of this lake combined with its easy access from the Denver metropolitan area has led to a huge impact and future threat to the ecology of the area. Sections of the shoreline have seen so much use they are barren and washing away. We need your help to stabilize and protect these areas though planting, seeding and erosion control with rock. While some volunteers are focusing on the shoreline others will venture more "inland" to help concentrate visitor use to designated areas. This will help minimize the impact on the overall area and allow parts of the park to begin to be restored. After a hard days work everyone will head back to camp for a fun night and some delicious food.

Friday Night Arrival is highly encouraged to acclimate to working at higher elevations.

Volunteers will car-camp Friday and Saturday night at Echo Lake in an area normally closed to camping.

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Mt Bierstadt 14er Trail Restoration I

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

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 21, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 17
SundayJun 22, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 17
MondayJun 23, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 17
TuesdayJun 24, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 17

The Bierstadt trail is one of the most used 14er routes in the state, given its convenient location near human populations. The area is truly spectacular and a great setting for a wilderness restoration project. Limited by group size regulations of Wilderness regulations, a very small group of thirteen volunteers will get the opportunity to restore to nature a user-created route that is being replaced by a new and much more sustainable trail alignment.
This project is part of a partnership with Colorado Fourteeners and the US Forest Service to re-route large sections of the entire trail in an effort to create a single sustainable route to the summit. Aside from stunning views and great company you can expect to have some fun building/closing social trails, creating rock check dams, constructing plank retaining walls, adding soil fill, transplanting local vegetation, and maybe even doing a little alpine seeding.

This is the first project in a two-part series of back-to-back projects. You are welcome to sign up for one or both.

Note: These are some of WRV's most amazing projects but are also very strenuous, requiring up to a 2 mile hike carrying materials and personal gear. We will be camping above 10,000 ft at a site along an old Forest Service Road that will require a moderate hike to get to. This project will have a back country feel with the convenience of being relatively close to vehicles.

Previous backpacking experience is recommended and participants will be required to speak with the trip leader prior to the expedition.

Early arrival on the first day and a COMMITMENT TO ALL FOUR DAYS REQUIRED. Due to the group size limit we are only able to sign up 13 volunteers. Please be considerate and only sign up if you are willing and able to commit to the full project. Last minute cancellations are extremely detrimental to getting all the work done and our ability to hold projects like this in the future.


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Seed Collection 1 - Wed - June 25

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS

Date(s):
WednesdayJun 25, 2014 - 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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Mt Bierstadt 14er Trail Restoration II

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

Date(s):
ThursdayJun 26, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 17
FridayJun 27, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 17
SaturdayJun 28, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 17
SundayJun 29, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 17

The Bierstadt trail is one of the most used 14er routes in the state for good reason. The area is truly spectacular and a great setting for a wilderness restoration project. Limited by group size regulations of the Wilderness, a small group of only thirteen volunteers will get the opportunity to restore a user created route that is being replaced by new and much more sustainable trail alignment. This project is part of a partnership with Colorado Fourteeners and the US Forest Service to re-route large sections of the entire trail in an effort to create a single sustainable route to the summit. Aside from stunning views and great company you can expect to have some fun building/closing social trails, creating rock check dams, constructing plank retaining walls, adding soil fill, transplanting local vegetation, and maybe even doing a little alpine seeding.

This is the second project in a two part series of back-to-back projects.

�Note: These are some of WRV's most amazing projects but are also very strenuous, requiring up to a 2 mile hike carrying materials and personal gear. We will be camping above 10,000 ft at a site along an old Forest Service Road that will require a moderate hike to get to. This project will have a back country feel with the convenience of being relatively close to vehicles.

Previous backpacking experience is recommended and participants are required to speak with the trip leader prior to the expedition.

Early arrival on the first day and a COMMITMENT TO ALL FOUR DAYS IS REQUIRED. Due to the exremely small group size limit, we are only able to sign up 13 volunteers. Please be considerate and only sign up if you are willing and able to commit to the full project. Last minute cancellations are extremely detrimental to getting all the work done and our ability to hold projects like this in the future.


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Seed Collection 2 - Wed - July 2

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS

Date(s):
WednesdayJul 02, 2014 - 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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Seed Collection 3 - Wed - July 9

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS

Date(s):
WednesdayJul 09, 2014 - 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 3 HOUR 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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Cameron Amphitheater Road Conversion and Rare Species Protection

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 15 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 12, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 30
SundayJul 13, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Tucked between the magnificent 14,000 foot tall mountains of Lincoln, Cameron, and Bross is a little alpine amphitheater that is home to a community of rare and endangered plant species. There is a sanctioned jeep trail from the town of Alma that winds its way all the way up to the fore mentioned peaks. As this road passes Cameron amphitheater people have begun to spur off this road into the amphitheater at a low point in the road. The social road being created is starting to become very well defined and thus creating a cycle of more and more use (and erosion) each year. As more folks enter the amphitheater they get closer and closer to harming many rare alpine plants.


This project will focus on closure of the ¼ mile spur that takes users into these rare plant communities. Volunteers will camp in the town of Alma then carpool over high clearance roads to the breathtaking amphitheater each day, to hand transplant plugs and make the social road disappear.
FRIDAY night arrival highly encouraged.

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Platt Seed Collection

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Partial Day

Date(s):
TuesdayJul 15, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 25



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Seed Collection 3.5 - Thurs - July 24

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS

Date(s):
ThursdayJul 24, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 40

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

THIS IS A 3 HOUR 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 Restoration - Mt Evans

COMPLETED
Two days, two lakes, too much fun!
This was a fantastic weekend with one day at Echo Lake and one day at Summit Lake.
Love those Denver Mountain Parks.

Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 26, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 50
SundayJul 27, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 50

This year our Summit Lake project has evolved into a two parks, two lakes, two day project. On Saturday we plan to camp and work at Echo Lake and on Sunday we plan to carpool up to 12,800 feet and work at Summit Lake.

Echo Lake Park and Summit Lake Park are both heavily impacted by recreational use. WRV has been working on both these parks for several years with amazing results. In the last few years we are seeing more visitors staying on trail, where they belong, and more vegetation growing off-trail where it belongs.

Friday night arrival at Echo Lake camp at 10,600 feet in elevation.

On Saturday we will walk to work at Echo Lake - We will be building some buck'n'rail fence to protect a unique wetland (fen), we will do some much needed trail maintenance near the Echo Lake lodge, and we will work on improving access to shoreline fishing while limiting access to more sensitive shoreline areas.

On Sunday we will carpool up to Summit Lake, at 12,800 feet, were we will be planting small alpine plants that were grown from seeds that were collected on this site by WRV volunteers in 2013. We will also have some locally harvested seeds to plant.



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Emergency Seed Collection - Wed - July 30

CANCELLED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS

Date(s):
WednesdayJul 30, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 65

Seed collection is vital to public lands, especially after the flood of 2013! This is a very fun and relaxing way to spend time outdoors while giving back to the land! It's also a great family activity!

THIS 3 HOUR 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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Seed Collection 4 - Fri - Aug 8

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Partial Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS

Date(s):
FridayAug 08, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 35

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

THIS IS A 3 HOUR EVENT -- 9:30AM TO 12:30PM -- 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.
LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!
The location of seed collections can only be determined 2-3 days prior to each event, given the varying growth rates of the many species we collect. All of the projects are in Boulder County. Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.

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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High Park Post-Fire Restoration IV

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

Date(s):
SundayAug 10, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 20

The High Park Fire ravaged over 85,000 acres of Northern Colorado lands, leaving hundreds of residents displaced and over 41,000 acres of land burned at a moderate to high severity! As a result, the Cache La Poudre River has been running black after heavy rains this summer, and landslides and flooding have been closing roads and threatening homes. WRV and our partners of the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed have spent months coordinating with agency partners, community organizations and hundreds of affected individuals to lay the ground for short- and long-term restoration actions.

The most immediate goals of our summer post-fire restoration projects is to protect roads, reservoirs, rivers, homes and communities from the threat of further landslides and flooding expected in the coming fall, winter and spring months.

Whether you live downstream of the fire or in the actual burn area, please lend a hand and help restore some of the highest priority restoration sites within the High Park Fire area. The highest priority restoration work is estimated to take at least 3 years, and a great amount of community involvement. And it will not be possible without your support.

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Cal-Wood Forest Health Day

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

Date(s):
WednesdayAug 13, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Come join us for a day of fun forest stewardship at the beautiful Cal-wood Education Center, near Jamestown.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 13, 9:00am to 3:30pm

SUMMARY
The Cal-wood Environmental Education Center is a 1040 acre nature preserve established over 50 years ago, near Jamestown Colorado. This gorgeous area provides a perfect outdoor learning environment for thousands of school kids each year. Like much of the Jamestown area, Cal-Wood was heavily impacted by last years flooding and they've been working hard to repair some of that damage.

WRV volunteers will be helping with a variety of tasks from flood restoration to thinning small trees and hauling slash and logs. Lunch will be provided.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION for LOW-INCOME KIDS
Some of the thinned trees will be sold as fire wood, with proceeds going to a low-income school fund to support kids that may not otherwise have a chance to experience outdoor environmental education.

MEET THE BOARD & SEE WRV's YOUTH LEADERSHIP AT WORK!
WRV Board members will be attending this project and the project will be largely led by some of the young people who've come through and are now going through our Youth Crew Leadership training! A great opportunity to see the future of WRV and meet the Board of Directors.

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Peck Garden Seed Harvest - Wed - August 13

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS

Date(s):
WednesdayAug 13, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 40

THIS 3 HOUR 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. Therefore the county has grown out seed that volunteers have collected and we need to harvest it the seed!!!!

Volunteers will help increase the availability of native seed by hand collecting seed from native plants in peck garden. Local botanists will be working on site and will provide identification of wildflowers and other native plants during the project.

The seeds you collect has been 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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Bobolink South Boulder Creek Teasel Removal

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP)

Date(s):
TuesdayAug 19, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 50

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

Volunteers will remove teasel, an aggressive weed that threatens this valuable habitat.

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Sombrero Marsh Restoration 1

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

Date(s):
ThursdayAug 21, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Join us on this Thursday project in Boulder!

Sombrero Marsh is an ancient and much abused natural wetland that is being restored and expanded for the benefit of wildlife. The site is designated a special Habitat Conservation Area within the City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks (OSMP). The marsh also serves as an important environmental education site for Thorne Nature Experience, which runs school programs and summer camps for area youth. Partnering with the City of Boulder OSMP and Thorne, WRV volunteers will plant approximately 4000 native wetland plants to expand and restore the ecological function of the wetland, benefiting birds and other wildlife.

Thank you to Diane Israel who is generously helping to fund this project in memory of her mother, Joan Ross Israel, a lover of birds and wildlife.

WHEN: Thursday, August 21 8am-3:30pm

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Waldrop - Red Rock Lake Connector Trail (Brainard Lake Recreation Area)

COMPLETED
Thank You - Boulder Mountainbike Alliance, Colorado Mountain Club & WRV Volunteers and leaders!

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Arapaho Roosevelt Pawnee Foundation  ARP
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Colorado Mountain Club - Boulder Group

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 23, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 70
SundayAug 24, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 70

Description: Enjoy the late summer sounds and sights at this beautiful mountain location. The Brainard Lake Recreation Area is one of the most popular wilderness access points in the United States, receiving over 130,000 visitors per year. To reduce impacts on the Wilderness, the US Forest Service has created the new Brainard Gateway Trailhead.
HISTORY
In 2012, WRV, with the help of Boulder Mountainbike Alliance (BMA) and Colorado Mountain Club (CMC), restored habitat around the trailhead and constructed a 450 foot connector trail from this new trailhead to the Sourdough Trail.
In 2013, we constructed a 2500 foot segment of trail connecting the Gateway Trailhead and Sourdough Trail to the Waldrop Trail.
VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
In 2014, volunteers will construct a new trail that connects the Waldrop Trail to Red Rock Lake Trailhead. We'll also close and restore sections of old trail that are being replaced by new trails. The project includes some interesting rock work for "rock hounds" and plenty of basic trail construction for beginners new to trail construction.

Volunteers will be working at an elevation of about 10,000 feet and camp nearby at a beautiful forested site normally closed to the public.

We are once again happy to be partnering with the US Forest Service, Colorado Mountain Club and Boulder Mountainbike Alliance on this project and are grateful for funding from the Arapaho Roosevelt Pawnee Foundation and Colorado State Trails Program.

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Peck Garden II - Seed Collection - Wed - August 27

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS

Date(s):
WednesdayAug 27, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 40

THIS 3 HOUR 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. Therefore the county has grown out seed that volunteers have collected and we need to harvest it the seed!!!!

Volunteers will help increase the availability of native seed by hand collecting seed from native plants in peck garden. Local botanists will be working on site and will provide identification of wildflowers and other native plants during the project.

The seeds you collect has been 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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Eldorado Canyon Trail Flood Repairs

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)

Date(s):
ThursdayAug 28, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 40

The flood of September 2013 severely damaged trails all across the Front Range, including Eldorado Canyon State Park. Rough cuts were made in the autumn to allow hikers to pass through these areas but the cuts were very rough and not expected to last through even a single season.
This year volunteers will recreate sections of the damaged trails that once were three of Eldorado's most used trails.

Volunteers will remove debris and revegetate hillsides with native grasses, bushes, and trees, restore nearby slopes, restore vegetation, import materials, and build structures to protect the trail from future water events. The towering cliffs that surround these work sites are a reminder of the splendor and majesty nature holds.

This is a THURSDAY, all day project. The nature of this work will not allow for half day participation. You will be awarded half way through with a great lunch break and chance to take in the splendor of this park.

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Grand Ditch Seed Collection (Rocky Mtn NP)

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 30, 2014 - SundayAug 31, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 35

LABOR DAY WEEKEND in the Rockies!

The Grand Ditch Breach of 2003 created serious natural and historic impacts to the Upper Kawuneeche Valley of Rocky Mountain National Park, including degraded aquatic, riparian, and upland ecosystems, and impacts to wetland communities that support a unique array of species in the park. The associated 47,600 cubic-yard debris flow also deposited a large amount of excess sediment into the system. It remains in an unstable, erodible state and resulted in increased sedimentation along the Colorado River, altered aesthetics of a wilderness area, and tree mortality and scarring.
Rocky Mountain National Park has completed an extensive EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) process and is moving forward to restore the impacted ecosystems to a naturally dynamic and self-sustaining state. This seed collection project is an essential first step to accomplishing this vision. The seed that volunteers collect will be used directly on the impacted Grand Ditch Breach-affected areas.

Revel in a weekend of contemplation amidst the peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park as we collect native seed from several species, enjoy the stewardship community, and share great food. Free camping will be provided by Rocky Mountain National Park on the park's west slope.

FRIDAY NIGHT ARRIVAL ENCOURAGED due to the distance from Front Range human communities! Please commit to staying for the entire project, since it's difficult to arrange transportation and get accurate head counts for meals otherwise.
Free camping on Sunday night too, so you can enjoy a liberating Labor Day in the park.

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McCullough Gulch Trail Reroute and Rehab

CANCELLED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Climax Molybdenum, a Freeport-McMoRan Company

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 30, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 40
SundayAug 31, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 40

Just over eight miles outside of Breckenridge lies what the Summit County Explorer says is "the" hike you should do if you can only do one in Summit County. This beautiful trail gives you the feeling of being lost in the woods as it winds up past a series of waterfalls before reaching a beautiful glacier-carved lake It currently includes a central loop which, though increased use, now serves as a central point for a myriad of social trails that crisscross it and branch out beyond. Often, users will hear the waterfall from the opposite side of the loop and make a bee-line right for it.


This project will seek the root of the problem by permanently closing half of the central loop and restoring the surrounding social trails. By making this closure, users will be presented with a single, unified route, and will no longer be prompted to cut between opposite points on the loop. Come spend part of your Labor Day weekend camping out in this amazing place and giving back to the lands we all love so much.

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Myrtle Spurge 6 - Spruce Gulch

COMPLETED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 06, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 20

ALERT: THIS PROJECT INCLUDES A HIKE IN AN AREA AFFECTED BY THE FLOODS OF 2013! There will be low water crossings and woody debris, and at times the mile-ish hike is not over a defined trail. There is some elevation gain. Please consider these facts if you have joint, balance, or serious health issues before registering!

Having said that, if you're up to the challenge and enjoy hiking, Spruce Gulch is an absolutely gorgeous area of Lefthand Canyon (Boulder) that is closed to the public, undeveloped, and a lot of fun for projects :)

Myrtle Spurge is an A-listed weed in Colorado -- EEEEK!!! That means that it is among the most aggressive weeds in Colorado, yet the distribution is limited enough that eradication is possible. Therefore there is very high ecological value to remove this plant. Un-managed, this plant spreads widely, crowding out native vegetation. It is toxic to people and wildlife.

WRV has established an exciting regional partnership which will tackle this weed at multiple sites in Boulder and Jefferson Counties.

That's where you come in! Join us to dig up this weed in Lefthand Canyon, before it takes over our beloved state.


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Pawnee Riparian Exclosure Fence

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

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 06, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 35
SundaySep 07, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 35

In the arid western U.S., 80% 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 livestock grazing. This project is designed to protect 1/3 mile of riparian tree and shrub community along Little Owl Creek that we helped to restore in 2010. The temporary electric fence that was installed at that time hasn't adequately reduced the grazing pressure from the livestock in the area, and a more permanent solution is needed. Installing permanent fencing will protect this riparian area for the long term.
Healthy riparian areas on the Pawnee National Grasslands are havens for migratory and resident birds and, as such, are very popular birding stops for Audubon tours and other birding organizations. This restored riparian corridor will serve as important habitat for endangered fish, leopard frogs, and other area wildlife.


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Upper Gunnison Basin Habitat Restoration

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Mid Week Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
MBA Financial Services, LLC
The Nature Conservancy (Nat'l Office)

Date(s):
WednesdaySep 03, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 30
ThursdaySep 04, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 30
FridaySep 05, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 30
SaturdaySep 06, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 30
SundaySep 07, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Description: Enjoy another "volunteer vacation" this year as we continue with the work begun last year in The Upper Gunnison River basin.

Wet meadows and riparian areas in sagebrush shrublands provide important brood-rearing habitat for the Gunnison Sage-grouse, proposed for listing as endangered. These habitats are also important for numerous other species, including neo-tropical migratory birds, elk and mule deer, as well as to ranchers for livestock grazing. A number of wet meadows and riparian areas, already compromised by erosion and lower water tables, are likely to be further altered from drought and high intensity rainstorms associated with a changing climate. These habitats are among the most at risk in the Gunnison Basin.

To address these challenges, we will be working to restore riparian and wet meadow habitats in sagebrush shrublands in the Upper Gunnison Basin. We will use innovative, yet simple, restoration methods-small rock structures-to raise the water table to support plants and insects needed by wildlife. We will apply the approach of restoration expert Bill Zeedyk, author of Let the Water do the Work: Induced Meandering, An Evolving Method for Restoring Incised Channels (2012).

CREW LEADER MENTORING
One goal of this project is to bring volunteers from the Front Range to work along side local Gunnison area volunteers.
This year WRV hopes to hold a local Crew Leader training earlier in the season and have experienced Crew Leaders provide mentorship during the project. Crew Leaders play an important role in large organized volunteer events by explaining tool use, overseeing construction methods, and maintaining a safe and fun working environment.

Volunteer projects in the Upper Gunnison Basin will continue year after year. Well trained, experienced leaders will be a vital part of the overall success of these projects. We hope to recruit and train many new leaders in the Gunnison Basin to continue this important habitat work into the future.

Anyone interested in participating in the Crew Leader Training prior to this project please contact Morgan Crowley at morgan@wlrv.org, or call 303-543-1411 Ext. 3#

ALREADY A TRAINED CREW LEADER? - Please be sure join us for the technical skills training woven into the project and focused on the first day, Wednesday, August 26th.

Sign up for all 5 days or just one or more.
WHEN YOU REGISTER, PLEASE SIGN UP IN ONE OF THE GROUP CHOICES -Gunnison, Front Range, or Other
This will help us keep track of our goal of mixing volunteers from different areas.

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
Volunteers will be constructing multiple rock structures on small streams and drainages in the watershed.
Volunteers will be working at an elevation of above 8,000 feet and camp nearby at the Miller Ranch House.
Food will be provided by talented volunteer cooks!

WRV is happy to be a partner with so many groups including:
Gunnison Climate Working Group Members: Bureau of Land Management-Gunnison Field Office, Colorado Natural Heritage Program; Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Gunnison County, Gunnison County Stockgrowers Association, Lake Fork Valley Conservancy, National Center for Atmospheric Research, National Park Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Rocky Mountain Biological Lab, The Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District, US Fish & Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, Western State Colorado University, and Western Water Assessment.

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Eldorado Canyon Trail Flood Repairs II

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Eldorado Canyon State Park
Fund to Restore Colorado Trails, Parks & Waterways

Date(s):
ThursdaySep 11, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 40

Come join us for our second project of the year restoring the trails in beautiful Eldorado Canyon State Park. The flood of September 2013 severely damaged trails all across the Front Range, including Eldorado Canyon State Park. Rough cuts were made in the autumn last year to allow hikers to pass through these areas but the cuts were very rough and not expected to last through even a single season.

This year volunteers will recreate sections of the trails that once were some of Eldorado's most traveled. Volunteers will continue building on the success of earlier projects and will clear a large mudslide, remove debris, restore trail tread, and revegetate hillside with native grasses, bushes, and trees,restore nearby slopes, restore vegetation, clear tread, import materials, widen the approach trail for heavy equipment, and build structures to protect the trail from future water events. The towering cliffs that surround these work sites are a reminder of the splendor and majesty nature holds.

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Alpine Seed Collection at Summit Lake Mt Evans

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.

Date(s):
ThursdaySep 11, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 25

8am-4pm Approx

We need seed! Through the hard work of WRV volunteers and other partners, Summit Lake has drastically changed over the past five years. The eroding tundra is beginning to stabilize and most people are now staying off the fragile cushion plant communities and on the sanctioned trails.

These changes are amazing but there are still areas in need of future projects and we are worried about putting too much pressure on the surrounding areas with further transplanting. The solution is to schedule this seed collection to collect native and local ecotype seed that will be grown out by Denver Mountain Parks and then brought back up to Summit Lake and planted on future projects!

Come spend the day with WRV collecting these precious seeds at nearly 12,000 ft and who knows? You may get the chance to plant your grown up seed on future projects!

In fact we will have a few hundred plants that were grown out from last years seed collection. We hope to form a crew or two to get these plants in the ground were they belong.


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White Rocks - Boulder Creek Restoration

COMPLETED
Join us in remembrance of the Great Flood that peaked last year on Sep 13!

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP)
Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists P.C. - AMVS

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 13, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 60

City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks recently purchased the eastern portion of the sandstone cliffs known as White Rocks and the reach of Boulder Creek that flows beneath them. This incredibly beautiful location provides habitat for bald eagles, Northern leopard frogs and other native wildlife.

Thousands of Russian olive and non-native crack willow trees have invaded the riparian corridor and its associated floodplain and degraded the wildlife habitat.

Join us on this fall day to help cut, drag and chip invasive tree species and replant the area with hundreds of native shrubs and trees.


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Seed Collection 5 - Saturday - Sept. 13

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Partial Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 13, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 35

Well - this has been a rollercoaster ride!
The Milkweed Tour was logistically... challenging... to say the least! So we're helping to collect other seed and also salvage some peach leaf willows from certain doom. You are much needed on this project, for seed collection and sapling saving!

THIS IS A 6 HOUR EVENT -- 9:30AM TO 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.

Register, and we'll let you know where we're headed for this project. It will be in the Gunbarrel/S. Longmont area. Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.

Volunteers will help increase the availability of native seed by hand collecting a variety of species, including mostly 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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O'Fallon Park Trail ReRoute - Part 2

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 20, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 80

Vail Resorts employees are continuing the multi-year effort to improve trails and restore stream habitat at beautiful O'Fallon Park, near Evergreen on this great fall project.

The O'Fallon, Corwina, and Pence Parks are among the most popular and heavily used of the Denver Mountain Park system, established in the early 1900s.
One of the O'Fallon Park trails travels straight down a hill and is eroding and unsustainable.

On this day, volunteers will enjoy great scenery as they continue work on the 1700 ft long re-route of this trail, begun on National Trails Day. The project includes basic trail construction and rock work, so it is suitable for beginners and experienced trail volunteers alike.

If you have a corporate group interested in volunteering on a future WRV project - please contact mary@wlrv.org.

WRV trained crew leaders are still needed for this project. Contact info@wlrv.org if you'd like to participate. Thanks to all our amazing crew leaders for all your hard work!

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Seed Collection 6 -Sat. - Sept. 20

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Partial Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 20, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 40

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

This is a 6 HOUR SATURDAY event -- 9:30AM TO 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.
LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!
The location of seed collections can only be determined 2-3 days prior to each event, given the varying growth rates of the many species we collect. All of the projects are in Boulder County. Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.

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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Seed Collection 7 - Fri - Sept. 26

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Partial Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS

Date(s):
FridaySep 26, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 35

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

THIS IS A FRIDAY EVENT -- 9:00AM TO 1:00PM -- 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.
LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!
The location of seed collections can only be determined 2-3 days prior to each event, given the varying growth rates of the many species we collect. All of the projects are in Boulder County. Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.

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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Brainard Slope Restoration & Waldrop Trail Finish Work- National Public Lands Day!

COMPLETED
It was a perfect day to volunteer.

Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Arapaho Roosevelt Pawnee Foundation  ARP

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 27, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 45

The Brainard Lake Recreation Area is one of the most popular wilderness access points in the United States, receiving over 130,000 visitors per year. At the entrance station, there is a highly visible, unstable, eroding slope.

Also, WRV has been working on a new segment of the Waldrop Trail. The trail construction is nearly complete and we hope to get a couple crews on this same day to finish up some of the remaining work.

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
Volunteers will "landscape" the slope near the entrance station to stabilize it and improve the looks. Activities will include seeding, erosion matting installation, some rockwork, and transplanting of locally gathered native trees. Volunteers will be working at an elevation of about 10,000 feet.

A couple trail crews will be formed to finish the trail tread, discard extra rocks, and clean up the back slope in order to open the new trail.

The Brainard Gateway is a top regional priority for the US Forest Service, because it is such a visible entry point to a popular destination. The fruits of your volunteer efforts will be seen and enjoyed by millions of people over the coming years!




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Seed Collection 8 - Sat. - Sept. 27

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Partial Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 27, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 20

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

THIS IS A 6 HOUR EVENT -- 9:30AM TO 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.
LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!
The location of seed collections can only be determined 2-3 days prior to each event, given the varying growth rates of the many species we collect. All of the projects are in Boulder County. Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.

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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Canyon Lakes Unauthorized Road Obliteration II

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

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 27, 2014 - SaturdaySep 27, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 40
SundaySep 28, 2014 - SundaySep 28, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 40

More than 380,000 miles of dirt roads riddle our National Forests. However, not all of them were created equally, or legally. Besides the watershed impacts of roads, the USFS has estimated an $8.4 Billion dollar backlog of maintenance and reconstruction costs for these roads. This project is intended to close and restore the highest priority degraded roads in the Canyon Lakes Ranger District in Larimer County.
By decompacting, recontouring, stabilizing, and revegetating 12 miles of roads in three years, this ongoing project is intended to improve the quality of the watershed, improve habitat, and enhance water quality within Colorado's only National Wild and Scenic River; the Cache La Poudre! Come join us for this September project or both (also October 18) this season, to continue this long-term restoration dream in the montane reaches of Northern Colorado.

Come and camp on Friday night to get an early start on the work Saturday morning.

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Seed Collection 9 - Fri. - Oct. 3

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Partial Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS

Date(s):
FridayOct 03, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 35

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

THIS IS A 3 HOUR EVENT -- 10:00AM TO 2:00PM -- 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.
LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!
The location of seed collections can only be determined 2-3 days prior to each event, given the varying growth rates of the many species we collect. All of the projects are in Boulder County. Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.

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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Anemone Hill Habitat Restoration - Boulder Open Space

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP)
Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists P.C. - AMVS

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 04, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 70

Join us on this fall day to enjoy great scenery and restore eroded trails (including an old gullied road, worsened by the flood). After equipment preps the site, we'll plant seeds and spread mulch to remove these old trail scars, protect habitat, and enhance the new trail experience.

WRV is completing this project in conjunction with a new loop trail in the popular Anemone Hill area in the foothills west of Boulder Settlers Park, being constructed by Open Space and Mountain Parks.

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Big Thompson River Restoration- V Glen Haven

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 and up with parent or guardian (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 04, 2014 - SaturdayOct 04, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 25

Attention: Crew Leaders Needed!


Post flood restoration is happening now! Join us on Saturday October 4th, 1 YEAR AFTER THE SEPTEMBER FLOODS as WRV will be working to clean up and enhance the NORTH FOLK of the Big Thompson River in Glen Haven.

We invite you to join Wildlands Restoration Volunteers as we address flood damage, protect stream banks and rebuild our community! We will be planting willows, seeding native grasses and installing erosion matting along the fragile banks of West Creek near downtown Glen Haven.

In September of 2013, devastating floods affected the Colorado Front Range. Our most sincere admiration goes out to all those who persevered through fires and floods. As so many individuals feel compelled to help with the recovery efforts, WRV has been working to set up post-flood clean up and stream restoration projects to help heal the land and its inhabitants. We are looking for community members to volunteer at sites affected by September's floods. Volunteers will partner with WRV staff, Glen Haven community members and local natural resource specialists to protect stream banks and plant native seed and riparian plants. Those joining us can expect to spend a full day working outdoors and learning about watershed science and riparian ecology. Food and tools will be provided. No experience necessary.

Have questions about the field day? Contact the Watershed Restoration Coordinator at lukas@wlrv.org or call 970-493-2075

Our objective is to restore and enhance geomorphic and ecosystem function in the canyon, including installing erosion matting and planting native trees, grasses and shrubs whose roots naturally armor stream banks, provide fish & wildlife habitat and protect water quality.

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Pawnee Riparian Exclosure Fence II

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

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 04, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 10

In the arid western U.S., 80% 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 livestock grazing. This project is designed to protect 1/3 mile of riparian tree and shrub community along Little Owl Creek that we helped to restore in 2010. The temporary electric fence that was installed at that time hasn't adequately reduced the grazing pressure from the livestock in the area, and a more permanent solution is needed. Installing permanent fencing will protect this riparian area for the long term.
Healthy riparian areas on the Pawnee National Grasslands are havens for migratory and resident birds and, as such, are very popular birding stops for Audubon tours and other birding organizations. This restored riparian corridor will serve as important habitat for endangered fish, leopard frogs, and other area wildlife.


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Emergency Seed Collection 9.5 - Saturday Oct 4

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Partial Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 04, 2014 - 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 12:30PM -- 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.
LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!
The location of seed collections can only be determined 2-3 days prior to each event, given the varying growth rates of the many species we collect. All of the projects are in Boulder County. Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.

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 Unauthorized Route Restoration

COMPLETED
Easy    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Altitude Brewing Co
Sweet Melissa Cafe & Front Street Tavern
Coal Creek Coffee Company
The Butcher Block
Butter Cream Cupcakery

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 11, 2014 - SundayOct 12, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 30

This is WRV's first road obliteration project outside of Colorado! Come make history with us!

Vedauwoo (pronounced "VEEdavoo") and its surrounding Pole Mountain Recreation area 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. Joining the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest staff in their efforts to obliterate and restore dozens of miles of unauthorized roads, volunteers will have a chance to camp and spend two days around the Vedauwoo Recreation Area.
Volunteers will cast seeds, spread mulch, erect closure fences, and install erosion control structures, all to help maintain the natural health and aesthetic draw of this unique area. The project site is very near where WRV volunteers have picked seeds in past years, and there is a good chance some of that seed will be making its way back to this project!

Free camping at Vedauwoo Recreation Area for volunteers.

Friday night arrival encouraged..

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Seed Collection 10 - Sat.- Oct 11

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Partial Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 8 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP)

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 11, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 35

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

THIS IS A MID-DAY 6 HOUR EVENT-- 9:30AM TO 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.
LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED!
The location of seed collections can only be determined 2-3 days prior to each event, given the varying growth rates of the many species we collect. All of the projects are in Boulder County. Once you register, you'll receive info 2-3 days prior about the location, directions and species you'll be collecting.

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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Coal Creek Flood Restoration

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Fund to Restore Colorado Trails, Parks & Waterways
Colorado Mountain Club - Boulder Group
Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists P.C. - AMVS
Noodles & Co - Lafayette

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 11, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 60

THIS PROJECT IS FULL - but please join our waitlist and we'll let you know when someone cancels!

Join us this fall to help restore flood damage on Coal Creek!
The flood of September, 2013, caused severe damage to streams and trails across the northern Front Range, particularly Boulder County. The popular Coal Creek Regional Trail, in Lafayette, was severely damaged, as flood waters washed away the trail and much of the stream-side vegetation.

Shortly after the flood, WRV organized a volunteer event to clear debris. The City of Lafayette is rebuilding the trail this summer and has asked WRV to return and help restore stream-side habitat near the trail.

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs, construct a fence, plant native seeds, and spread straw mulch. No experience necessary.

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Longmont Discovery Trail Flood Rebuild (Kaiser Project)

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 with adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Longmont
Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists P.C. - AMVS
Kaiser Permanente - Boulder

Date(s):
FridayOct 17, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 35

This project is full with a wait list but WRV TRAINED CREW LEADERS AND COOKS ARE NEEDED!
Please contact Morgan@wlrv.org to register in a leadership role! Thank you!!!

The Oct. 18th project is open for volunteers - sign up and we'll be in touch!

The Longmont Discovery trail that runs through town along the St. Vrain River was heavily damaged during last years flooding. This popular and accessible trail has been closed due to its condition and volunteers will help to reopen it this fall by reestablishing 800 ft of crusher fine trail.

Volunteers will help rebuild trail by laying down crusher fines, closing and rehabilitating social trails that have popped up and restoring some native vegetation along the river and trail corridor.

We will be working under the cottonwoods right alongside the river in the heart of Longmont during a beautiful time of year. Come out and help support the ongoing recovery of one of the communities hit hard by the flood.

Times: 8:30am-4:00pm



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Canyon Lakes Unauthorized Road Obliteration (odell)

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

Date(s):
FridayOct 17, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 15

More than 380,000 miles of dirt roads riddle our National Forests. However, not all of them were created equally, or legally. Besides the watershed impacts of roads, the USFS has estimated an $8.4 Billion dollar backlog of maintenance and reconstruction costs for these roads.
This project is intended to close and restore the highest priority degraded roads in the Canyon Lakes Ranger District in Larimer County. By decompacting, recontouring, stabilizing, and revegetating 12 miles of roads in three years, this ongoing project is intended to improve the quality of the watershed, improve habitat, and enhance water quality within Colorado's only National Wild and Scenic River; the Cache La Poudre! Come join us for this last Canyon Lakes project of the season, to continue this long-term restoration dream in the montane reaches of Northern Colorado.

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Canyon Lakes Unauthorized Road Obliteration III

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

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 18, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 50

More than 380,000 miles of dirt roads riddle our National Forests. However, not all of them were created equally, or legally. Besides the watershed impacts of roads, the USFS has estimated an $8.4 Billion dollar backlog of maintenance and reconstruction costs for these roads.
This project is intended to close and restore the highest priority degraded roads in the Canyon Lakes Ranger District in Larimer County. By decompacting, recontouring, stabilizing, and revegetating 12 miles of roads in three years, this ongoing project is intended to improve the quality of the watershed, improve habitat, and enhance water quality within Colorado's only National Wild and Scenic River; the Cache La Poudre! Come join us for this last Canyon Lakes project of the season, to continue this long-term restoration dream in the montane reaches of Northern Colorado.

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Longmont Discovery Trail Flood Rebuild

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 with adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Longmont
Kaiser Permanente - Boulder
Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists P.C. - AMVS

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 18, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 50

The Longmont Discovery trail that runs through town along the St. Vrain River was heavily damaged during last years flooding. This popular and accessible trail has been closed due to its condition and volunteers will help to reopen it this fall by reestablishing 800 ft of crusher fine trail.

Volunteers will help rebuild trail by laying down crusher fines, closing and rehabilitating social trails that have popped up and restoring some native vegetation along the river and trail corridor.

We will be working under the cottonwoods right alongside the river in the heart of Longmont during a beautiful time of year. Come out and help support the ongoing recovery of one of the communities hit hard by the flood.



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High Park Post-Fire Restoration V

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

Date(s):
SundayOct 19, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 30

The High Park Fire ravaged over 85,000 acres of Northern Colorado lands, leaving hundreds of residents displaced and over 41,000 acres of land burned at a moderate to high severity! As a result, the Cache La Poudre River ran black after heavy rains last summer, and landslides and flooding closed roads and threatened homes. WRV and our partners of the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (CPRW) have spent months coordinating with agency partners, community organizations and hundreds of affected individuals to lay the ground for short- and long-term restoration actions.

The most immediate goals of our fall post-fire restoration projects is to protect roads, reservoirs, rivers, homes and communities from the threat of further landslides and flooding expected this fall, winter and the following spring months.

Whether you live downstream of the fire or in the actual burn area, please lend a hand and help restore some of the highest priority restoration sites within the High Park Fire area! This high priority restoration work is estimated to take several more years, and a great amount of community involvement. And it will not be possible without your support!

This single day project in the High Park burn area will focus on revegetation and erosion control to preserve water quality within the scenic Cache La Poudre watershed. Volunteers will install log erosion barriers, remove invasive/noxious species, spread native seed and straw/mulch ground cover to restore ecological function to high-severity burned areas.

Details, location TBA.

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High Park Post-Fire Restoration VI

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

Date(s):
SundayOct 26, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 30

The High Park Fire ravaged over 85,000 acres of Northern Colorado lands, leaving hundreds of residents displaced and over 41,000 acres of land burned at a moderate to high severity! As a result, the Cache La Poudre River ran black after heavy rains last summer, and landslides and flooding closed roads and threatened homes last fall. WRV and our partners of the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (CPRW) have spent months coordinating with agency partners, community organizations and hundreds of affected individuals to lay the ground for short- and long-term restoration actions.

The most immediate goals of our fall post-fire restoration projects is to protect roads, reservoirs, rivers, homes and communities from the threat of further landslides and flooding expected this fall, winter and during the following spring months.

Whether you live downstream of the fire or in the actual burn area, please lend a hand and help restore some of the highest priority restoration sites within the High Park Fire area! This high priority restoration work is estimated to take several more years, and a great amount of community involvement. And it will not be possible without your support!

This single day project in the High Park burn area will focus on revegetation and erosion control to preserve water quality within the scenic Cache La Poudre watershed. Volunteers will install log erosion barriers, remove invasive/noxious species, spread native seed and straw/mulch ground cover to restore ecological function to high-severity burned areas.

Details, location TBA.

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Tool Fest - Boulder 2014

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

Date(s):
SaturdayNov 01, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Volunteers will gather to celebrate another great season of accomplishment and put our tools to bed for the winter-cleaning, sharpening, painting, oiling tools, and re-organizing our tool shed. Amazingly, this is a really fun and enjoyable way to end a busy successful project season. Come join the Tool Corps and have a great time!

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Big Thompson Willow Nursery Build

COMPLETED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayNov 01, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 20

Calling all carpenters and nursery enthusiasts! WRV is breaking new ground by establishing its first long-term willow nursery. Get involved in the beginnings of what will be a long-term, continuous project to reestablish native vegetation along flood-affected stream banks.

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Tool Fest - Fort Collins

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

Date(s):
SaturdayNov 08, 2014 - 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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High Park Post-Fire Restoration VII - Skin Gulch

CANCELLED
Volunteer work day in Cache la Poudre Canyon! WRV will partner with the US Forest Service and AloTerra. Comprehensive work will consist of regrading stream bank, willow planting, seeding and mulching approximately 3 acres of floodplain at a crucial junction of Skin Gulch where it enters the Cache la Poudre (Stove Prairie Rd. and Highway 14).

Intermediate    ●    Full Day

Date(s):
SundayNov 09, 2014 - SundayNov 09, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 60

The High Park Fire ravaged over 85,000 acres of Northern Colorado lands, leaving hundreds of residents displaced and over 41,000 acres of land burned at a moderate to high severity! As a result, the Cache La Poudre River ran black after heavy rains last summer, and landslides and flooding closed roads and threatened homes last fall. WRV and our partners of the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (CPRW) have spent months coordinating with agency partners, community organizations and hundreds of affected individuals to lay the ground for short- and long-term restoration actions.

The most immediate goals of our fall post-fire restoration projects is to protect roads, reservoirs, rivers, homes and communities from the threat of further landslides and flooding expected this fall, winter and during the following spring months.

Whether you live downstream of the fire or in the actual burn area, please lend a hand and help restore some of the highest priority restoration sites within the High Park Fire area! This high priority restoration work is estimated to take several more years, and a great amount of community involvement. And it will not be possible without your support!

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Gina's Test Event

CANCELLED
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Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 9 (more info)

Date(s):
WednesdayDec 31, 2014 - Number of Volunteers: 1

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