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2017 Projects
Project Name Day(s) Date(s)
Fort Collins Seed Cleaning Party Thursday Jan 12, 2017

Seed sowing project - DMP Tuesday Jan 24, 2017

Seed Cleaning Party - Jan 26 Thursday Jan 26, 2017

Fort Collins Lunchtime Seed Cleaning Wednesday
Wednesday
Wednesday
Jan 25, 2017
Feb 01, 2017
Feb 08, 2017

Willow Harvest I Friday Feb 24, 2017

Willow Harvest 1.5 Friday Mar 03, 2017

Nursery Maintenance - Flood Restoration Saturday Mar 04, 2017

Willow Skills Training and Harvest II Friday Mar 10, 2017

Willow Harvest III Friday Mar 24, 2017

Myrtle Spurge Purge I Saturday Mar 25, 2017

Button Rock Flood Restoration (North St. Vrain) 1 Saturday Mar 25, 2017

Myrtle Spurge Purge II (evening) Friday Mar 31, 2017

Left Hand Creek Flood Restoration 1 Saturday Apr 01, 2017

Daniels Park Restoration Saturday Apr 01, 2017

Pollinator Habitat Restoration - Collaboration with Butterfly Pavilion Saturday Apr 08, 2017

Myrtle Spurge Purge III (evening) Tuesday Apr 11, 2017

Fort Collins Cooks in the Kitchen Night Tuesday Apr 11, 2017

Willow Harvest- Seaman Reservoir Wednesday - Wednesday Apr 12, 2017 - Apr 12, 2017

Button Rock Flood Restoration (North St. Vrain) 2 Saturday Apr 15, 2017

Seaman Reservoir Stream Restoration Saturday
Sunday
Apr 15, 2017
Apr 16, 2017

Myrtle Spurge Purge IV - Earth Day Saturday Apr 22, 2017

Left Hand Creek Flood Restoration 3 - Earth Day Saturday Apr 22, 2017

Campbell Valley Restoration 1 Saturday Apr 29, 2017

Estes Valley Flood Restoration Saturday May 06, 2017

Med Sage Removal I (Boulder County) Saturday May 06, 2017

Fillius Park Sawyer Project Friday May 12, 2017

Elkhorn Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction I - Sawyer Project Saturday May 13, 2017

Myrtle Spurge Purge (Exxel Outdoors project) Friday May 19, 2017

Fillius Park Forest Thinning and Fuels Reduction Saturday May 20, 2017

Med Sage Removal II - City of Boulder (Evening) Wednesday May 24, 2017

Dedisse Park Trail Reroute - National Trails Day Saturday Jun 03, 2017

Young Gulch Trail Construction I - National Trails Day Saturday Jun 03, 2017

Med Sage Removal III (NOAA) Evening Tuesday Jun 06, 2017

Gilbert Russian Olive Removal - Sawyer Friday Jun 09, 2017

Rocky Mountain Willow Harvest Friday Jun 09, 2017

Platte River Island Habitat Restoration Saturday Jun 17, 2017

Rocky Mountain Willow Planting Saturday - Sunday Jun 17, 2017 - Jun 18, 2017

Young Gulch Trail Construction 2 (CATS adopt) Saturday
Sunday
Jun 24, 2017
Jun 25, 2017

Brainard Finale Project Friday Jun 30, 2017

Beaver Brook Trail Project Saturday Jul 01, 2017

Phantom Canyon Saturday Jul 08, 2017

Mid-Season Tool Fest - Boulder Thursday Jul 20, 2017

Young Gulch Trail Construction 3 Saturday
Sunday
Jul 29, 2017
Jul 30, 2017

Elkhorn Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction II - Sawyer Project Saturday Aug 05, 2017

North Swan Forest Rehab Saturday
Sunday
Aug 05, 2017
Aug 06, 2017

Indian Peaks Wilderness Trail Project Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Aug 11, 2017
Aug 12, 2017
Aug 13, 2017

Elkhorn Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction III - Sawyer Project Saturday Aug 19, 2017

Summit and Echo Lakes - Mt. Evans Restoration Saturday - Sunday Aug 19, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017

Young Gulch Trail Construction 4 Saturday Aug 26, 2017

Mt Elbert Alpine Trail Restoration Friday - Sunday Sep 08, 2017 - Sep 10, 2017

Upper Gunnison Basin Habitat Restoration Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sep 06, 2017
Sep 07, 2017
Sep 08, 2017
Sep 09, 2017

Canyon Lakes Unauthorized Road Obliteration I Staging Day Saturday Sep 16, 2017

Boulder Creek Russian Olive Removal - Sawyer Project at Kolb Friday Sep 22, 2017

Peschel Wetland Restoration 1 Saturday Sep 23, 2017

Elkhorn Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction IV - Sawyer Project Saturday Sep 23, 2017

Dolores River Restoration and Tamarisk Removal Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Sep 29, 2017
Sep 30, 2017
Oct 01, 2017

Canyon Lakes Road Obliteration - National Public Lands Day Saturday
Sunday
Sep 30, 2017
Oct 01, 2017

National Forest Flood Restoration 2 Saturday Oct 07, 2017

Elkhorn Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction V - Sawyer Project Saturday Oct 07, 2017

National Forest Flood Restoration 3 Saturday Oct 14, 2017

Boulder Creek Restoration - White Rocks Saturday Oct 21, 2017

Vedauwoo Road Obliteration Saturday
Sunday
Oct 21, 2017
Oct 22, 2017

Tool Fest - Fort Collins Saturday Oct 28, 2017

St. Vrain Creek Tamarisk Removal - Longmont Saturday Oct 28, 2017

Tool Fest - Boulder Saturday Nov 04, 2017


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Fort Collins Seed Cleaning Party

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly

Date(s):
ThursdayJan 12, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 12

We'll be cleaning sumac and buckwheat at this winter seed cleaning! Join us for a Thursday evening at the Fort Collins office.

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Seed sowing project - DMP

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.
Wildlands Restoration Volunteers - WRV

Date(s):
TuesdayJan 24, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 4

Seedlings needing more space to grow will be transplanted into larger digs at the Denver Mountain Parks greenhouse. More than 4000 plants will ultimately be grown out and then used on WRV projects at Summit Lake. These precious seedlings are locally adapted to alpine ecosystems, making them hardier and more likely to succeed.

Join WRV on native seed collections, seed cleanings, and seed grow out this season!

For more information on the seed collection program, watch the WRV website Project Schedule page.


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Seed Cleaning Party - Jan 26

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Afternoon

Date(s):
ThursdayJan 26, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 8

Join us to clean the seed we have collected this season near Boulder!

Cleaning seeds removes chaff and other plant materials, and helps prepare them for storage and planting. Your efforts will help ensure that we receive the maximum benefit from all of our seed collection projects this season.

We will have a relaxed afternoon cleaning some super cool seed-

THIS IS A 3 HOUR EVENT -- 1:00pm-4:00pm -- 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.

We will be cleaning seed at the WRV office in Boulder.

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Fort Collins Lunchtime Seed Cleaning

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly

Date(s):
WednesdayJan 25, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 8
WednesdayFeb 01, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 8
WednesdayFeb 08, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 8

We'll be cleaning three-leaf sumac at this series of winter seed cleaning! Join us from 11-1 on Wednesdays from 1/25 through 2/15 for an ongoing lunchtime project.



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Willow Harvest I

CANCELLED
Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)

Date(s):
FridayFeb 24, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Join us for "Zen and the Art of Willow Harvesting", a new way of looking at an old WRV tradition! Office work got you down? Want to see the dew on the branches and the meadowlarks afield? Willow harvesting is the perfect activity to turn your mind off, and your zen on. Little thought is required and so like meditation, you will find your mind rested and ready to return to whatever it is that you do. We will spend shorter days travelling to locations where willows are abundant; harvesting, trimming and bundling willow stakes to be used on revegetation areas in flood denuded watersheds. Join us!

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Willow Harvest 1.5

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

Date(s):
FridayMar 03, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Join us for "Zen and the Art of Willow Harvesting", a new way of looking at an old WRV tradition! Office work got you down? Want to see the dew on the branches and the meadowlarks afield? Willow harvesting is the perfect activity to turn your mind off, and your zen on. Little thought is required and so like meditation, you will find your mind rested and ready to return to whatever it is that you do. We will spend shorter days travelling to locations where willows are abundant; harvesting, trimming and bundling willow stakes to be used on revegetation areas in flood denuded watersheds. Join us!

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Nursery Maintenance - Flood Restoration

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Partial Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 15 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayMar 04, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Join us at our Fort Collins office nursery for a fun partial-day event! This is conveniently located right here in town. We will be planting willow cuttings and other species into containers to grow out native riparian species for planting in flood impacted areas for the upcoming season.

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Willow Skills Training and Harvest II

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)

Date(s):
FridayMar 10, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 26

Get Some Mad Willow Skillz!

Picture a scoured river bank post flood. Now imagine sticking a bunch of leafless cuttings into that bank and having it magically transform over the course of a season or two into a dense thicket of swaying willows, alive with bird song. Willows are amazing plants, one of the hardest working allies in restoration work.

Join WRV and Ed Gage, Research Scientist with CSU's Dept. Of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship for an all day training to up your willow skills. We'll cover:
- Willow species ID
- Harvesting willow poles
- Storage
- Proper planting technique and more!

This is a full day (9am-4pm) skills training on Friday, March 10th. Training will take place in the field, so come prepared for the wacky weather than we can experience in Colorado in March. Exact location TBD.

For questions please contact Luke at lukas@wlrv.org


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Willow Harvest III

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Morning    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)

Date(s):
FridayMar 24, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Join us for "Zen and the Art of Willow Harvesting", a new way of looking at an old WRV tradition! Office work got you down? Want to see the dew on the branches and the meadowlarks afield? Willow harvesting is the perfect activity to turn your mind off, and your zen on. Little thought is required and so like meditation, you will find your mind rested and ready to return to whatever it is that you do. We will spend shorter days travelling to locations where willows are abundant; harvesting, trimming and bundling willow stakes to be used on revegetation areas in flood denuded watersheds. Join us!

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Myrtle Spurge Purge I

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)

Date(s):
SaturdayMar 25, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 45

9am-4pm approx

Our first Spurge Purge of the year! The plan is a coordinated assault on Myrtle Spurge in the foothills of Boulder, CO.

Myrtle Spurge is an A-listed, aggressive and toxic invasive plant in Colorado. Our task is to prevent further spread and eradicate it at the source wherever found! WRV has established a dynamic regional partnership which will tackle this weed at multiple sites across the front range. That's where you come in! Join us on one or more of these dates to dig up this weed before it takes over our beloved state.

Become a Weed Warrior, join the movement!


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Button Rock Flood Restoration (North St. Vrain) 1

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Terra Foundation
City of Longmont
Audubon Rockies

Date(s):
SaturdayMar 25, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 60

Since 2013, WRV volunteers have been breathing life back into our flood damage watersheds. Please join us as we begin work on North St Vrain Creek near Button Rock Reservoir. Your efforts will help protect the water supply for Lyons and Longmont by revegetating scoured stream banks, and restore riparian habitat for wildlife, birds and fish. Activities will include soil amendment to improve fertility, native seeding, diverse plantings of native trees and shrubs, and mulch application.

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Myrtle Spurge Purge II (evening)

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Evening    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)

Date(s):
FridayMar 31, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

On our second Spurge project of the season, we'll be spending the evening just west of Boulder. Working with Boulder County Parks & Open Space we'll be organizing volunteers for another round of purging Spurge. The plan is a coordinated assault on Myrtle Spurge in the foothills between Pine Brook Hills and Boulder Heights.

Myrtle Spurge is an A-listed, aggressive and toxic invasive plant in Colorado. Our task is to prevent further spread and eradicate it at the source wherever found! WRV has established a dynamic regional partnership which will tackle this weed at multiple sites across the front range. That's where you come in! Join us on one or more of these dates to dig up this weed before it takes over our beloved state.

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Left Hand Creek Flood Restoration 1

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 01, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Since 2013, WRV volunteers have been breathing life back into our flood damage watersheds. This year, WRV is preparing our largest slate ever of river restoration projects.

Please join us as we begin the flood restoration process at a site on Left Hand Creek, just north of Boulder. Your efforts will help protect our water supply and restore wildlife habitat by revegetating scoured stream banks. Activities will include native seeding, diverse plantings of native trees and shrubs, soil enhancing amendments and mulch, and erosion control fabric. Our revegetation work comes after large scale equipment work has reconstructed the channel and streambanks. This project is an opportunity to learn about river restoration at it's best.

WRV is pleased to collaborate on this project with LeftHand Watershed Oversight Group, Iron Woman Construction and Flywater.

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Daniels Park Restoration

SCHEDULED
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 01, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Join us at one of Denver Mountain Parks most iconic and well-trafficked parks! Just south of Denver, Daniels Park is known for conveniently located panoramic views of the city along the Front Range. Despite the fantastic natural beauty, the area is being heavily damaged by the sheer number of people who visit the area every day. The mess of unsanctioned trails that braids across the landscape is the root cause of this damage. Volunteers will reverse this trend by closing damaged areas.

No Experience Necessary

The project will include revegetation and some rock work to stabilize steep eroding slopes. It is suitable for beginners and experienced volunteers alike. We will have trained crew leaders to make sure you have a great project and learn something new! See you out there!

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Pollinator Habitat Restoration - Collaboration with Butterfly Pavilion

CANCELLED
Postponing until later in the year. Stay tuned for newly scheduled date.

Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 08, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 50

WRV is collaborating with the Butterfly Pavilion, and Broomfield and Westminster Open Space, to restore native grassland habitat, with specific emphasis on improved habitat for pollinator species. More detail coming later.

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Myrtle Spurge Purge III (evening)

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Evening    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)

Date(s):
TuesdayApr 11, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Join us for another Spurge Purge! The plan is a coordinated assault on Myrtle Spurge in the foothills of Boulder, CO.

Myrtle Spurge is an A-listed, aggressive and toxic invasive plant in Colorado. Our task is to prevent further spread and eradicate it at the source wherever found! WRV has established a dynamic regional partnership which will tackle this weed at multiple sites across the front range. That's where you come in! Join us on one or more of these dates to dig up this weed before it takes over our beloved state.

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Fort Collins Cooks in the Kitchen Night

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly

Date(s):
TuesdayApr 11, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 12

Cooks are some of the most important volunteers on a restoration project!

Have fun using your culinary skills with a great group of folks new and experienced to WRV! Together, we will cook some meals for future projects, while learning the basics of meal planning, budgeting, safe food prep and much more!

This training will involve effective hands-on learning! We will be meeting at 5 PM, cooking large batches of meals that can be frozen (both veggie and meat options), discussing the role of a Cook Team Member, then sitting down to enjoy great food and great company! With time for clean-up, we will wrap up by 8 PM.

Directions will be provided once you have registered.

We appreciate your interest in volunteering in this important and tasty way!

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Willow Harvest- Seaman Reservoir

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Morning

Date(s):
WednesdayApr 12, 2017 - WednesdayApr 12, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 10

Join us for a fun morning of willow harvesting in the beautiful Poudre River Canyon. We will meet in the morning at the Fort Collins office and carpool to the work site along the Seaman Reservoir.

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Button Rock Flood Restoration (North St. Vrain) 2

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Kiewit Infrastructure

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 15, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 60

Since 2013, WRV volunteers have been breathing life back into our flood damage watersheds. Please join us as we begin work on North St Vrain Creek near Button Rock Reservoir. Your efforts will help protect the water supply for Lyons and Longmont by revegetating scoured stream banks, and restore riparian habitat for wildlife, birds and fish. Activities will include soil amendment to improve fertility, native seeding, diverse plantings of native trees and shrubs, and mulch application.

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Seaman Reservoir Stream Restoration

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 with adult supervision (more info)
Sponsors
City of Greeley

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 15, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15
SundayApr 16, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15

In the aftermath of the High Park and Hewlett Gulch Fires, increased runoff from denuded uplands dumped massive quantities of sediment into and simultaneously eroded their drainages.

One substantial tributary to the North Fork of the Poudre River was affected: destabilizing the creek bed and depositing tons of sediment in the Seaman Reservoir. In 2012, immediately after the fire, a small adventurous volunteer crew camped for a week and worked to stabilize the headwaters of this unnamed creek. Now we're looking for another small intrepid crew to return for a weekend and help stabilize its confluence with the North Fork.

Volunteers will be hiking in just over a mile along the reservoir to the mouth of the tributary camping and installing a series of in-stream timber and rock structures and planting woody vegetation to reinforce the exposed and unraveling stream corridor.



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Myrtle Spurge Purge IV - Earth Day

SCHEDULED
Come join us to celebrate Earth Day!

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 22, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 45

EARTH DAY!!! 9am-4pm approx

Join us for another Spurge Purge! The plan is a coordinated assault on Myrtle Spurge in the foothills of Boulder, CO.

Myrtle Spurge is an A-listed, aggressive and toxic invasive plant in Colorado. Our task is to prevent further spread and eradicate it at the source wherever found! WRV has established a dynamic regional partnership which will tackle this weed at multiple sites across the front range. That's where you come in! Join us on one or more of these dates to dig up this weed before it takes over our beloved state.

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Left Hand Creek Flood Restoration 3 - Earth Day

SCHEDULED
Come join us to celebrate Earth Day and help restore Left Hand Creek, severely damaged by Sep 2013 flood.

Intermediate    ●    Evening
Sponsors
Audubon Rockies
Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 22, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Since 2013, WRV volunteers have been breathing life back into our flood damage watersheds. This year, WRV is preparing our largest slate ever of river restoration projects.

Please join us as we begin the flood restoration process at a site on Left Hand Creek, just north of Boulder. Your efforts will help protect our water supply and restore wildlife habitat by revegetating scoured stream banks. Activities will include native seeding, diverse plantings of native trees and shrubs, soil enhancing amendments and mulch, and erosion control fabric. Our revegetation work comes after large scale equipment work has reconstructed the channel and streambanks. This project is an opportunity to learn about river restoration at it's best.

WRV is pleased to collaborate on this project with LeftHand Watershed Oversight Group, Iron Woman Construction and Flywater.

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Campbell Valley Restoration 1

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
The Nature Conservancy -- Phantom Canyon Office
Audubon Rockies

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 29, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

8am-4pm approx

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, Campbell Creek was used to transport irrigation water while the North Poudre Irrigation Canal was being completed. 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 ever increasing leakage from the canal continues to threaten the valley's stability.


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Estes Valley Flood Restoration

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Audubon Rockies

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 06, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 60

Join us on the boundary of Rocky Mountain National Park as we work to restore the scenic Fall River! We'll be heading up to Estes Park and working alongside the river to restore riparian vegetation that was ripped out during the 2013 Flood. This site is located just outside of the Fall River entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Volunteers can expect a full day of planting and reseeding native plants along the river's edge. We will also be installing erosion matting, adding soil amendment, and applying mulch to protect seedlings and seeds.

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Med Sage Removal I (Boulder County)

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full 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 06, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Building on more than a decade of profoundly successful progress, WRV continues the urgent quest to remove Mediterranean Sage from Boulder County. Volunteers will dig up plants on City of Boulder and Boulder County Open Space Lands north of Boulder and west of Longmont.

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.


8am to 4pm approx

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Fillius Park Sawyer Project

SCHEDULED
Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)

Date(s):
FridayMay 12, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 8

Come join us at our first ever sawyer project at Fillius Park! A gem of the Denver Mountain Parks system, this park near Evergreen is in need of a little TLC. On Friday, we'll be doing some cutting in preparation for a larger fuels reduction project that will take place the following weekend.
By thinning dense stands of trees and piling and removing debris, sawyers will help protect water supply and improve forest health in this valuable and beautiful area.

To register for this event, please contact the WRV office at 303-543-1411 or email Claire at clairem@wlrv.org.
You must be a certified sawyer to participate. Not certified? WRV is offering multiple trainings this year! For more information on these and other training opportunities, check out the Trainings tab on our website or contact us for more information.

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Elkhorn Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction I - Sawyer Project

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 13, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Calling all certified sawyers!!

For the third year, WRV is partnering with the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed, The Nature Conservancy, Larimer County Conservation Corps and the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch to reduce the risk of severe wildfire in the Elkhorn Creek area. Not only is this area important wildlife habitat, it's also special because of it's proximity to surrounding National Forest and crucial to the health of the Cache La Poudre River watershed.

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

To sign up for this project, please contact the WRV office at 303-543-1411 or by email at info@wlrv.org.


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Myrtle Spurge Purge (Exxel Outdoors project)

SCHEDULED
Please do not sign up for this project unless you are an employee of Exxel Outdoors.

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Exxel Outdoors

Date(s):
FridayMay 19, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25

Exxel Outdoor employees are joining the Weed Warrior movement and purgin' spurge!

Myrtle Spurge is an A-listed, aggressive and toxic invasive plant in Colorado. Our task is to prevent further spread and eradicate it at the source wherever found! WRV has established a dynamic regional partnership which will tackle this weed at multiple sites across the front range. Exxel will join us to dig up this weed (before it takes over our beloved state) and make an impact as they celebrate, one day early, the first-ever Colorado Public Lands Day.


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Fillius Park Forest Thinning and Fuels Reduction

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 12 with adult supervisor (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 20, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 50

This gem of the Denver Mountain Parks system is just outside of Evergreen, CO. We'll be working in this area with certified WRV sawyers to do unique work in improving forest health within the park.

By thinning dense stands of trees and piling and removing debris, volunteers will help protect water supply and improve forest health in this valuable and beautiful area. No experience is necessary--simply show up ready to work and learn, and our crew leaders will show you the ropes! And on top of it, this day is the first ever Colorado Public Lands Day, so let's celebrate our treasured public lands!

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Med Sage Removal II - City of Boulder (Evening)

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    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):
WednesdayMay 24, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Building on more than a decade of profoundly successful progress, WRV continues the urgent quest to remove Mediterranean Sage from the Boulder area. Volunteers will dig up plants on Boulder OSMP Properties.

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.


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Dedisse Park Trail Reroute - National Trails Day

SCHEDULED
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 03, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 45

Come join us to celebrate National Trails Day at Dedisse Park!

Located just outside Evergreen, Dedisse Park protects the watershed and forest above Evergreen Lake. Despite the great natural beauty of this Denver Mountain Park the area is being heavily damaged by off trail use and erosion. The mess of unsanctioned trails that braids across the landscape is the root cause of this damage. In a huge multi-project effort volunteers will reverse this trend by closing damaged areas and helping create a single sustainable trail for people through the park. Once finished, the Park and everyone who enjoys it will be much better off. Volunteers will transplant, seed, install erosion control structures and build new sections of trail. There is a short hike in to the work areas from the trail head.

No experience with restoration or trail building is needed; we will have trained crew leaders to make sure you have a great project. See you out there!

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Young Gulch Trail Construction I - National Trails Day

SCHEDULED
Come celebrate National Trails Day with us!

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Fund to Restore Colorado Trails, Parks & Waterways

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 03, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40

The Young Gulch trail was a very popular mountain biking and hiking destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through large sections of the valley, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in the 2013 floods. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is gone. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail that will not be as susceptible to flooding and will have much less impact to the creek. WRV is very pleased to have a chance to collaborate with the US Forest Service, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi-year effort.




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Med Sage Removal III (NOAA) Evening

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Evening    ●    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):
TuesdayJun 06, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Building on more than a decade of profoundly successful progress, WRV continues the urgent quest to remove Mediterranean Sage from Boulder County. Volunteers will dig up plants on NOAA 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.


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Gilbert Russian Olive Removal - Sawyer

SCHEDULED
Very Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)

Date(s):
FridayJun 09, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 10

Attention Sawyers: We're headed back to Gilbert!
We'll be following up on our work from last year to monitor and continue removing invasive Russian Olive. Russian olive quickly takes over stream sides chocking out native riparian vegetation. It interferes with nutrient cycling and taxes water reserves.

Trained WRV sawyers will be using chainsaws to remove large invasive crack willows surrounding the reservoir. The stumps will be treated and all woody debris will be chipped on site at a later date. This project is a great opportunity for sawyers to take their skills to the next level in a safe and encouraging environment!

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Rocky Mountain Willow Harvest

CANCELLED
This project has been postpone until 2018. It's a great project and worth the wait! For those already registered, please stay tuned for another project opportunity that may occur on the same weekend.

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

Date(s):
FridayJun 09, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Do you love moraine park? Steamy elk breath in the cold morning or fishing the willow flats of the parks headwaters streams? Rocky Mountain National Park has given so much to the community of Northern Colorado and its time to give back! Over browsing by elk and pressure from visitors have taken their toll on this uniquely western destination. But with a little help from its friends Rocky Mountain park can reverse these trends and stay beautiful. Join us as we have the rare opportunity to do restoration within the park boundaries!

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Platte River Island Habitat Restoration

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Intermediate    ●    Full Day

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 17, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 35

Colorado's rocky mountains get all the glory, but a few birders know what wonderful habitat still exists on Colorado's plains. Nestled between farm fields on either side, the South Platte riparian corridor is a highway of traffic for birds, mammals and fishes. This spring WRV will mobilize EAST of I-25 to restore an island that is eroding away after the 2013 floods. Because who doesn't want to spend a day on an island?


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Rocky Mountain Willow Planting

CANCELLED
This project has been postpone until 2018. It's a great project and worth the wait! For those already registered, please stay tuned for another project opportunity that may occur on the same weekend.

Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 with parent (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 17, 2017 - SundayJun 18, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Are you just dying to camp out to Rocky Mountain National Park??
This overnight planting project is the perfect opportunity!

Join WRV to plant a large batch of willows right in the park!

These willows, harvested by WRV volunteers on a previous project and grown out at the WRV Fort Collins Nursery, are destined for greatness in restoring large areas affected by the 2013 floods.



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Young Gulch Trail Construction 2 (CATS adopt)

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Fund to Restore Colorado Trails, Parks & Waterways
Jax Mercantile

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 24, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40
SundayJun 25, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40

The Young Gulch trail was a very popular mountain biking and hiking destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through large sections of the valley, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in the 2013 floods. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is gone. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail that will not be as susceptible to flooding and will have much less impact to the creek. WRV is very pleased to have a chance to collaborate with the US Forest Service, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi year effort.




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Brainard Finale Project

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Exxel Outdoors

Date(s):
FridayJun 30, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

This is it! We're finally wrapping things up at Brainard Lake. Whether you've joined us for zero, one, or twenty projects at Brainard...come help us put the finishing touches on the Long Lake Connector Trail at the WRV/Brainard Grand Finale!

The Brainard Lake Recreation area is one of the most treasured recreation areas on the front-range. Towering wilderness peaks surround, lakes, trails, and glaciers in this outdoor playground. All this beauty and adventure have led to so many people visiting the area that the USFS developed a new Brainard Gateway Trailhead. The new Gateway moves hikers, bikers, and skiers out away from the Wilderness areas while still providing exceptional recreational experiences. The Gateway has been very successful but it is not fully connected to the trail system causing ecological damage as people try to find their way without a sustainable trail and safety risks for those that choose to hike along the road.

Join us this summer to alleviate these problems while spending time surrounded by stunning natural beauty. Volunteers will have the chance to help put the finishing touches on the trail between the Gateway and Long Lake.

We are once again happy to be partnering with the US Forest Service, Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance, and the Colorado Mountain Club on this project and are grateful for funding from Aspen Meadows Veterinary Specialists and Colorado State Trails Program.

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Beaver Brook Trail Project

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 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):
SaturdayJul 01, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 50

The historic and very popular Beaver Brook Trail, originally constructed by CMC in 1917, begins just north of Genesee and winds northeast to Windy Saddle on Lookout Mountain, near Golden. While it's location is conveniently located near the Denver-metro area, the trail offers hikers a remote back-country feel.

The trail has five stream crossings, which were damaged during the September 2013 flood. WRV will begin a two year process to conduct maintenance on the trail and repair the five bridges. This year, volunteers will focus on reconstructing one or two of the bridges. We'll hike in about a mile, help move log stringers into place, and then attach decking to the logs. Join us for a fun day working near a beautiful creek!


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Phantom Canyon

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 with an adult (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 08, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25

Continuing on WRV work from years' past, we'll be working to restore Phantom Canyon again in 2017! Enjoy a rare opportunity to visit the spectacular Phantom Canyon Preserve, located 25 miles northwest of Fort Collins. Phantom Canyon spans six miles without any interruption from roads, offering habitat for 100 bird species and a varied topography and soil composition that supports 200 plant species. In order to protect this special part of the Laramie Foothills' ecological heritage, The Nature Conservancy only allows visitors onto the Preserve as part of special guided hikes and volunteer projects. Volunteers will join a multi-part effort to control invasive weeds that would, if left untouched, undo the area's ecological balance. WRV will remove several weed species along the Cache le Poudre River corridor, preventing their spread.

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Mid-Season Tool Fest - Boulder

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

Date(s):
ThursdayJul 20, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 10

Volunteers will gather for our first annual mid-season Tool Fest! We have found that we could really benefit from a mid-season cleanup to push us all through the season uncluttered. We will do some cleaning, sharpening, painting, oiling tools, and re-organizing of our tool shed. Tool Fest is always a great time. Come join us after work on Thursday July 20 @ 5:30!

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Young Gulch Trail Construction 3

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Fund to Restore Colorado Trails, Parks & Waterways
Jax Mercantile

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 29, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 35
SundayJul 30, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 35

The Young Gulch trail was a very popular mountain biking and hiking destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through large sections of the valley, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in the 2013 floods. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is gone. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail that will not be as susceptible to flooding and will have much less impact to the creek. WRV is very pleased to have a chance to collaborate with the US Forest Service, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi year effort.




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Elkhorn Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction II - Sawyer Project

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 05, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Calling all certified sawyers!!

For the third year, WRV is partnering with the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed, The Nature Conservancy, Larimer County Conservation Corps and the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch to reduce the risk of severe wildfire in the Elkhorn Creek area. Not only is this area important wildlife habitat, it's also special because of it's proximity to surrounding National Forest and crucial to the health of the Cache La Poudre River watershed.

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

To sign up for this project, please contact the WRV office at 303-543-1411 or by email at info@wlrv.org.


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North Swan Forest Rehab

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by adult (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 05, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40
SundayAug 06, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40

The Swan Drainage just outside of Breckenridge, CO is a gorgeous valley that has seen massive impacts from mining and heavy use. This popular area sees all kinds of users from Colorado Trail hikers, to snowmobilers, to folks looking for a place to camp. While many of the people that visit these areas stay on sanctioned trails and recreate responsibly, there are some who are traveling off trail and causing damage to the surrounding ecosystem. On this project, we hope to help both the land and the community by restoring and protecting a part of the north fork of this drainage. Through the construction of a fence and improvements to select camping sites, people will still be able to enjoy the area but the fence will keep people from going all over and allow us to seed and plant many degraded sections, adding and improving habitat. On this fun overnight camping project, you will enjoy the beauty Colorado has to offer while helping preserve and restore it for the future. Delicious meals are provided and no experience is needed to come help out.



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Indian Peaks Wilderness Trail Project

SCHEDULED
Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Colorado Mountain Club - Boulder Group

Date(s):
FridayAug 11, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25
SaturdayAug 12, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25
SundayAug 13, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25

This will be one of the more adventurous projects of the season but also one of the most rewarding. We will set up a basecamp in the Brainard Lake Area. The camp will be accessible by vehicle. From there, we will work on restoring the Jean Lunning trail which circumnavigates Long Lake. Work includes a variety of maintenance and restoration techniques including building rock structures, drainages, bridge work, and transplanting. We will wake each morning to warm breakfast already prepared and hike short distances to reach the work sites. This is a three day project, Friday-Sunday. Volunteers are encouraged to show up Thursday night to set up their camp.
WRV has been working in the Indian Peaks Wilderness and Brainard Lake area for over a decade. These projects are one of the highlights of the season and always a great time!

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Elkhorn Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction III - Sawyer Project

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 19, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Calling all certified sawyers!!

For the third year, WRV is partnering with the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed, The Nature Conservancy, Larimer County Conservation Corps and the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch to reduce the risk of severe wildfire in the Elkhorn Creek area. Not only is this area important wildlife habitat, it's also special because of it's proximity to surrounding National Forest and crucial to the health of the Cache La Poudre River watershed.

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

To sign up for this project, please contact the WRV office at 303-543-1411 or by email at info@wlrv.org.


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Summit and Echo Lakes - Mt. Evans Restoration

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    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.
REI - National Office

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 19, 2017 - SundayAug 20, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40

Echo Lake and Summit Lake Parks are heavily impacted by recreational use. WRV has been working on these popular and majestic areas for several years with amazing results.

This year, volunteers will be repairing and restoring shoreline at Echo Lake and planting small alpine plants to restore native tundra near Summit Lake. Both lakes offer breathtaking views in a stunning alpine environment.

Friday night arrival is recommended - 10,600 feet in elevation - to acclimate yourself prior to working early the next morning.
Daily work schedule: approx 7:30am-4:30pm

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Young Gulch Trail Construction 4

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Fund to Restore Colorado Trails, Parks & Waterways

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 26, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 45

The Young Gulch trail was a very popular mountain biking and hiking destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through large sections of the valley, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in the 2013 floods. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is gone. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail that will not be as susceptible to flooding and will have much less impact to the creek. WRV is very pleased to have a chance to collaborate with the US Forest Service, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi year effort.




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Mt Elbert Alpine Trail Restoration

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
REI - National Office

Date(s):
FridaySep 08, 2017 - SundaySep 10, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40

Colorado's magnificent 14ers attract heavy use. Mt Elbert has some of the worst conditions with an estimated 1.5 million cubic feet of sediment already lost due to erosion. The current trail passes through habitat for local and globally sensitive species, as noted by the USFS. Because usage well exceeds the capacity of the current trail, the primary summit route has been degraded to the point where visitors walk off trail and destroy the sensitive alpine. This project will restore and maintain the ecological and recreational value of the extremely high use route leading up. 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.

Fall Colors! This project is located in one of Colorado's most beautiful fall locations. It is surrounded by aspen groves and our timing should be just about perfect for an amazing display of golden yellows!

Note: These alpine projects are some of WRV's most amazing projects but are also very strenuous, often requiring a hike in to the work site and sometimes carrying materials and personal gear. We will be car camping above 9,000 ft. and hiking to the worksite each morning.

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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Upper Gunnison Basin Habitat Restoration

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Mid Week Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Audubon Rockies
USFS - Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison Nat'l Forest - Gunnison Ranger District

Date(s):
WednesdaySep 06, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30
ThursdaySep 07, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30
FridaySep 08, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30
SaturdaySep 09, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

WED-THURS-FRI-SAT
(SUN Travel day)
WE'RE BACK!!! This will be our fourth year of working in the Upper Gunnison Basin to restore native wet meadows - critical habitat for Gunnison Sage Grouse.

Wet meadows and riparian areas in sagebrush shrublands provide important brood-rearing habitat for the Gunnison sage-grouse, listed as threatened by US Fish and Wildlife Service. 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 with Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, US Forest Service and others 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 TRAINING AVAILABLE
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 our Crew Leader Training to Crew Lead for this project please contact Morgan Crowley at morgan@wlrv.org, or call 303-543-1411 Ext. 3# for more information.

Sign up for all 4 days or just one or more.
WHEN YOU REGISTER, PLEASE SIGN UP IN ONE OF THE GROUP CHOICES -Gunnison, Front Range, or Other (please specify in notes)
This will help us keep track of our local recruitment goals.

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!


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Canyon Lakes Unauthorized Road Obliteration I Staging Day

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Partial Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 16, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 10

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 is part of a project intended to close and restore the highest priority degraded roads in the Canyon Lakes Ranger District in Larimer County.

We just need 2-3 volunteers for a partial day trip Red Feather Lakes to set materials up along the road. It will involve loading and unloading a truck and trailer with bales of wood mulch, and then bouncing along FWD roads and dropping them off at regular intervals along the treatment area. We'll depart our Fort Collins facility at Noon and be back by 5ish

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Boulder Creek Russian Olive Removal - Sawyer Project at Kolb

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP)

Date(s):
FridaySep 22, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Calling all certified sawyers!!!

Continue on work from last season and help restore habitat for eagles, red-tailed hawks and the Preble's Meadow jumping mouse, at the City of Boulder Kolb Open Space. We will be removing non-native Russian Olive trees, which are currently shading and stealing ground water from the Dry Creek riparian area, preventing native species from growing.

WRV is pleased to collaborate with City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks at this special site, normally closed to the public, with funding from them and the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

To register for this event, please contact the WRV office at 303-543-1411 or email Claire at clairem@wlrv.org.
You must be a certified sawyer to participate. Not certified? WRV is offering multiple trainings this year! For more information on these and other training opportunities, check out the Trainings tab on our website or contact us for more information.

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Peschel Wetland Restoration 1

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB
Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists P.C. - AMVS
Terra Foundation
Audubon Rockies
Fund to Restore Colorado Trails, Parks & Waterways

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 23, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Enjoy panoramic views of the Front Range and heal a local area devastated by the 2013 flood!

The flood from Sept 2013 on the St Vrain Creek breached several lakes and carved a new channel just east of the Boulder/Weld County line during the flood. The flood scoured away all stream side vegetation and trees, making these areas more prone to erosion and invasion by weeds, and poor habitat for fish and wildlife. Continuing our work from 2016, volunteers will help restore this wetland area by planting and reducing erosion before our invasive removal-specific project on October 28th (we'd love to see you there too!).



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Elkhorn Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction IV - Sawyer Project

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 23, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25

Calling all certified sawyers!!

For the third year, WRV is partnering with the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed, The Nature Conservancy, Larimer County Conservation Corps and the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch to reduce the risk of severe wildfire in the Elkhorn Creek area. Not only is this area important wildlife habitat, it's also special because of it's proximity to surrounding National Forest and crucial to the health of the Cache La Poudre River watershed.

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

To sign up for this project, please contact the WRV office at 303-543-1411 or by email at info@wlrv.org.


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Dolores River Restoration and Tamarisk Removal

SCHEDULED
Come join us for National Public Lands Day!

Intermediate    ●    Mid Week Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Tamarisk Coalition
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB
Audubon Rockies

Date(s):
FridaySep 29, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25
SaturdaySep 30, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25
SundayOct 01, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25

Take a volunteer vacation with WRV! Join us for this camp-out trip on our fourth year working to restore a native ecosystem inside the absolutely stunning Dolores River Canyon Wilderness Study Area. Volunteers will remove invasive Tamarisk trees and seed and plant native vegetation in "resource islands" throughout the area. This is a rare opportunity to camp with your WRV community and work in this truly scenic and historic area - once the stomping grounds of the infamous rimrockers and notable characters such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid! We'll be working with the Tamarisk Coalition and the Dolores River Restoration Partnership on this one, and we can't wait!



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Canyon Lakes Road Obliteration - National Public Lands Day

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
WoodStraw

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 30, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30
SundayOct 01, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Come join us on National Public Lands Day! We're going back to George creek to finish the road restoration component of this exciting Greenback Cutthroat reintroduction project! By de-compacting, re-contouring, stabilizing, and re-vegetating another 3 miles of road this ongoing project is intended to improve the quality of the watershed, improve habitat, and enhance water quality in George and Cornelius Creeks; the future home of a new population of this threatened native species. Friday night arrival encouraged..

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National Forest Flood Restoration 2

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
Audubon Rockies

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 07, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40

Since 2013, WRV volunteers have been breathing life back into our flood damage watersheds. So popular is the quality of WRV brand volunteerism, that more agencies than ever have requested our special brand of ecological restoration. As a result, WRV is preparing our largest slate ever of river restoration projects.

This project will take place at either Left Hand Creek, Little Thompson, or James Creek; we'll update you when we have more info. Your efforts will help protect our water supply by revegetating scoured stream banks, and make a difference for the returning river otter, greenback cutthroat trout and the Preble's meadow jumping mouse. Activities will include native seeding, diverse plantings of native trees and shrubs, and soil healing amendments and mulch application.




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Elkhorn Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction V - Sawyer Project

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 07, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Calling all certified sawyers!!

For the third year, WRV is partnering with the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed, The Nature Conservancy, Larimer County Conservation Corps and the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch to reduce the risk of severe wildfire in the Elkhorn Creek area. Not only is this area important wildlife habitat, it's also special because of it's proximity to surrounding National Forest and crucial to the health of the Cache La Poudre River watershed.

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

To sign up for this project, please contact the WRV office at 303-543-1411 or by email at info@wlrv.org.


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National Forest Flood Restoration 3

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Multi Day
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 14, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Since 2013, WRV volunteers have been breathing life back into our flood damage watersheds. So popular is the quality of WRV brand volunteerism, that more agencies than ever have requested our special brand of ecological restoration. As a result, WRV is preparing our largest slate ever of river restoration projects.
This project will take place at either Left Hand Creek, Little Thompson, or James Creek; we'll update you when we have more info. Your efforts will help protect our water supply by revegetating scoured stream banks, and make a difference for the returning river otter, greenback cutthroat trout and the Preble's meadow jumping mouse. Activities will include native seeding, diverse plantings of native trees and shrubs, soil healing mulch application, exciting opportunities to work with construction contractors, beaver caging (we cage the plants, not the beavers) and much, much more.




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Boulder Creek Restoration - White Rocks

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP)

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 21, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40

We're headed back to Boulder Creek, near the majestic White Rocks, to help restore habitat for eagles, red-tailed hawks, Northern Leopard Frog, and the Preble's Meadow jumping mouse. Following the removal of non-native crack willow that unnaturally shade out the under story, we'll plant a wide variety of native trees and shrubs, which provide habitat for wildlife.

WRV is pleased to collaborate with City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks at this special site, normally closed to the public, with funding from them and the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

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Vedauwoo Road Obliteration

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
WoodStraw

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 21, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30
SundayOct 22, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

This is a unique project located in Southern WYOMING! Come spend your weekend among the beautiful rocky outcrops of the Vedauwoo Recreation Area and re-vegetating closed roads in the Pole Mountain National Forest.

More than 380,000 miles of dirt roads riddle our National Forests. However, not all of them were created equally, or legally. Besides the detrimental 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 of these degraded roads.



Friday night arrival encouraged..

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Tool Fest - Fort Collins

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

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 28, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 24

9am-3:30pm approx

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

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St. Vrain Creek Tamarisk Removal - Longmont

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 10 (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB
Terra Foundation
Audubon Rockies

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 28, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40

Tamarisk (aka Salt Cedar) grows aggressively, choking out native vegetation. In the aftermath of the Sep 13 flood, many thousands of tamarisk have germinated along St Vrain Creek, east of Longmont. These tamarisk seedlings are intermixed with a lot of cottonwoods, willows and other native seedlings that are naturally growing in response to the flood.

Come enjoy panoramic views of the Front Range and help us remove tamarisk through hand pulling the small seedlings, pulling with weed wrenches on the medium sized plants, and possible "cut and stump" treatment on the larger plants that can't be pulled. This treatment involves judicious dabbing of a small quantity of herbicide to the stump.

You'll be rewarded for your efforts with access to one of the premier wildlife locations near Longmont, normally closed to the public, and will like see circling eagles as we work.

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Tool Fest - Boulder

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

Date(s):
SaturdayNov 04, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 24

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 Fest and have a great time!

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