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2019 Projects
Project Name Day(s) Date(s)
Weed Warriors: Myrtle Spurge I Saturday Mar 23, 2019

Weed Warriors: Myrtle Spurge II Wednesday Apr 03, 2019

Weed Warriors: Myrtle Spurge III Saturday Apr 27, 2019

Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry I Saturday - Sunday May 11, 2019 - May 12, 2019

Weed Warriors: Myrtle Spurge IV Saturday May 11, 2019

Trails: Beaver Brook Saturday Jun 01, 2019

Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry II Saturday - Sunday Jun 01, 2019 - Jun 02, 2019

Healthy Forests: Elk Ranch I Saturday Jun 08, 2019

Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry III Saturday - Sunday Jun 22, 2019 - Jun 23, 2019

Healthy Forests: Elk Ranch II - CANCELLED Saturday
Sunday
Jun 22, 2019
Jun 23, 2019

Trails: Young Gulch Frontcountry III Saturday
Sunday
Jun 22, 2019
Jun 23, 2019

Trails: Young Gulch Make-Up Day Sunday Jun 30, 2019

Healthy Forests: Elk Ranch III Saturday
Sunday
Jul 06, 2019
Jul 07, 2019

Find Your 14er: Grays & Torreys I Saturday - Sunday Jul 13, 2019 - Jul 14, 2019

Alpine Restoration: South Park Road Removal - Sheep Creek RESCHEDULED Saturday - Sunday Jul 20, 2019 - Jul 21, 2019

Trails: South Park Trail & Boardwalk PREP DAYS - Beaver Creek Thursday
Friday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Jul 18, 2019
Jul 19, 2019
Jul 22, 2019
Jul 23, 2019
Jul 24, 2019

Healthy Forests: Genesee Park Saturday Jul 27, 2019

Alpine Restoration: Summit Lake Saturday - Sunday Aug 03, 2019 - Aug 04, 2019

Healthy Forests: Elk Ranch IV Saturday - Sunday Aug 10, 2019 - Aug 11, 2019

Trails: South Park Trail & Boardwalk - Beaver Creek Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Aug 16, 2019
Aug 17, 2019
Aug 18, 2019

Healthy Forests: Elk Ranch V Saturday
Sunday
Aug 24, 2019
Aug 25, 2019

Trails: South Park Trail & Boardwalk - Beaver Creek FOLLOWUP Thursday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Aug 22, 2019
Aug 26, 2019
Aug 27, 2019
Aug 28, 2019

Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry IV Saturday - Sunday Aug 31, 2019 - Sep 01, 2019

Alpine Restoration: South Park Road Removal - Sheep Creek Saturday - Sunday Aug 31, 2019 - Sep 01, 2019

Healthy Forests: Elk Ranch VI Saturday Aug 31, 2019

Habitat Restoration: Gunnison Sage Grouse Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sep 04, 2019
Sep 05, 2019
Sep 06, 2019
Sep 07, 2019

Trails: Masontown Finale - Women's Project Saturday - Sunday Sep 14, 2019 - Sep 15, 2019

Trails: Young Gulch Frontcountry IV Saturday
Sunday
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 15, 2019

Healthy Forests: Elkhorn Creek IV Saturday Sep 28, 2019

Weed Warriors: St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal II Wednesday Oct 09, 2019

Healthy Forests: Elkhorn Creek V Saturday Oct 12, 2019


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Weed Warriors: Myrtle Spurge I

COMPLETED

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Date(s):
Saturday Mar 23, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 40
9am-4pm approx

Get ready to weed! Our first Spurge Purge of the year! The plan is a coordinated assault on Myrtle Spurge in the foothills of Boulder County. This first purge will take place in Lyons, 20 minutes north of Boulder.

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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Weed Warriors: Myrtle Spurge II

COMPLETED

Difficult    ●    Evening    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Date(s):
Wednesday Apr 03, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
5pm-8pm approx

Get ready to weed! Second of Four myrtle purging events, this is our first evening purge fest. 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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Weed Warriors: Myrtle Spurge III

COMPLETED

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Date(s):
Saturday Apr 27, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 40
9am-4pm approx

Get ready to weed! Third of Four myrtle purging events, this is our final full day purge fest. 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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Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry I

COMPLETED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Odell Brewing Company
REI - National Office
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday May 11, 2019 - Sunday May 12, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 30
The Young Gulch trail was a very popular destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through in 2012, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in 2013. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is washed away. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail: more fun and resilient, with less disturbance to the creek and the Cache La Poudre downstream.

We've constructed almost 5 miles of trail leaving about 1/2 mile in the middle and some more technically difficult to finish this year. To accomplish this we'll be hiking or biking in Friday evening to our backcountry basecamp and staying closer to the work areas for the weekend. We have some gear to lend if needed.

WRV is very pleased to work collaboration with the USFS, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi-year effort.

Contact Nate nate@wlrv.org for any questions


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Weed Warriors: Myrtle Spurge IV

RESCHEDULED, THEN COMPLETED
RESCHEDULED! Saturday, May 11th 9am-12pm is the new time.

Difficult    ●    Evening    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Boulder County
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Date(s):
Saturday May 11, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
9am-12pm

Get ready to weed on our final purge fest. The plan is a coordinated evening 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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Trails: Beaver Brook

COMPLETED
Come celebrate National Trails Day!

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum 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):
Saturday Jun 01, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 60
Come celebrate National Trails Day at this well-loved front range trail! The historic and very popular Beaver Brook Trail begins just north of Genesee and winds northeast to Lookout Mountain, near Golden. Volunteers will be addressing erosion problems on the trail by adding water bars and steps. Volunteers will be closing braided trails and helping to define the trail tread to reduce future erosion. Maintenance of the trail tread will help ensure proper drainage and function of this popular trail.

While its location is conveniently located near the Denver-metro area, the trail offers hikers a remote backcountry feel. In fact, this year's project site requires a three mile hike in!


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Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry II

COMPLETED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Odell Brewing Company
REI - National Office
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 01, 2019 - Sunday Jun 02, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Spend National Trails Day on a classic WRV trail project! The Young Gulch trail was a very popular destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through in 2012, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in 2013. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is washed away. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail: more fun and resilient, with less disturbance to the creek and the Cache La Poudre downstream.

We've constructed almost 5 miles of trail leaving about 1/2 mile in the middle and some more technically difficult to finish this year.

To accomplish this we'll have two different groups:

This one will be hiking or biking in Friday evening to our back country basecamp and staying closer to the work areas for the weekend. We have some gear to lend if needed.

The Front Country crews (sign up HERE) will be based out of the trailhead and hike in about 1.5 miles to some sections that need some finishing.

WRV is very pleased to work collaboration with the USFS, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi-year effort.


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Healthy Forests: Elk Ranch I

COMPLETED
NEW DATE!

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 08, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 15
Work will be occurring on privately owned land south of Estes Park, in the Little Valley region. It's on one of Colorado's original homesteads called Elk Ranch.

This is part of a larger Forest Management plan that ties into a vision of healthy forests and watersheds for the entire surrounding area, irrespective of property lines and ownership. The Arapahoe Roosevelt National Forest, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Big Thompson Conservation District are all partnering with WRV to make this happen.

By performing a Ponderosa Pine restoration treatment, we'll be improving water quality from the Little Thompson all the way to the Platte river and beyond. We'll also be tying into existing fuels-reduction treatments throughout the region, reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires in Estes Park and surrounding areas.

Our first project will be for sawyers, only. We need to make some work for our swampers in coming weeks. If you are a certified sawyer, please contact William Vieth at william@wlrv.org


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No Public
Registrations
Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry III

COMPLETED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Odell Brewing Company
REI - National Office
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 22, 2019 - Sunday Jun 23, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 20
The Young Gulch trail was a very popular destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through in 2012, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in 2013. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is washed away. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail: more fun and resilient, with less disturbance to the creek and the Cache La Poudre downstream.

We've constructed almost 5 miles of trail leaving about 1/2 mile in the middle and some more technically difficult to finish this year. To accomplish this we'll be hiking or biking in Friday evening to our back country basecamp and staying closer to the work areas for the weekend. We have some gear to lend if needed.

The Front Country crews (sign up HERE) will be based out of the trailhead and hike in about 1.5 miles to some sections that need some finishing.

WRV is very pleased to work collaboration with the USFS, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi-year effort.


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Healthy Forests: Elk Ranch II - CANCELLED

RESCHEDULED, THEN CANCELLED
NEW DATE!

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 22, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Sunday Jun 23, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Join us for some forestry work and camping in a truly breathtaking valley surrounded by forest and mountains! This project will occur over two days, with optional camping on Saturday night. Attend for either or both days. All volunteers are welcome, sawyers and non-sawyers alike!

Work will be occurring on privately owned land south of Estes Park, in the Little Valley region. It's on one of Colorado's original homesteads called Elk Ranch.

This is part of a larger Forest Management plan that ties into a vision of healthy forests and watersheds for the entire surrounding area, irrespective of property lines and ownership. The Arapahoe Roosevelt National Forest, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Big Thompson Conservation District are all partnering with WRV to make this happen.

By performing a Ponderosa Pine restoration treatment, we'll be improving water quality from the Little Thompson all the way to the Platte river and beyond. We'll also be tying into existing fuels-reduction treatments throughout the region, reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires in Estes Park and surrounding areas.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to run a chainsaw and are currently certified, please contact William Vieth at william@wlrv.org


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No Public
Registrations
Trails: Young Gulch Frontcountry III

COMPLETED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Odell Brewing Company
REI - National Office
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 22, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 10
Sunday Jun 23, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 10
The Young Gulch trail was a very popular destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through in 2012, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in 2013. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is washed away. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail: more fun and resilient, with less disturbance to the creek and the Cache La Poudre downstream.

We've constructed almost 5 miles of trail leaving about 1/2 mile in the middle and some more technically difficult to finish this year.
To accomplish this we'll have two different groups:
This one will be based out of the trailhead and hike in about 1.5 miles to some sections that need some finishing.

The Back Country crews (sign up HERE) will be hiking or biking in Friday evening to our back country basecamp and staying closer to the work areas for the weekend.

WRV is very pleased to work collaboration with the USFS, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi-year effort.


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Trails: Young Gulch Make-Up Day

COMPLETED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Odell Brewing Company
REI - National Office
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Sunday Jun 30, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
We got washed out last weekend and had to cancel one work day, and we want to finish this trail! So join us for this added one-day project working on a section of trail near the trailhead. We'll be meeting at the trailhead at 8am, and please bring your own lunch. Great for newcomers and veterans alike!

The Young Gulch trail was a very popular destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through in 2012, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in 2013. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is washed away. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail: more fun and resilient, with less disturbance to the creek and the Cache La Poudre downstream.

We've constructed almost 5 miles of trail leaving about 1/2 mile in the middle and some more technically difficult to finish this year.

WRV is very pleased to work collaboration with the USFS, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi-year effort.


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Healthy Forests: Elk Ranch III

RESCHEDULED, THEN COMPLETED
NEW DATES!

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 06, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Sunday Jul 07, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Join us for some forestry work and camping in a truly breathtaking valley surrounded by forest and mountains! This project will occur over two days, with optional camping on Saturday night. Attend for either or both days. All volunteers are welcome, sawyers and non-sawyers alike!

Work will be occurring on privately owned land south of Estes Park, in the Little Valley region. It's on one of Colorado's original homesteads called Elk Ranch.

This is part of a larger Forest Management plan that ties into a vision of healthy forests and watersheds for the entire surrounding area, irrespective of property lines and ownership. The Arapahoe Roosevelt National Forest, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Big Thompson Conservation District are all partnering with WRV to make this happen.

By performing a Ponderosa Pine restoration treatment, we'll be improving water quality from the Little Thompson all the way to the Platte river and beyond. We'll also be tying into existing fuels-reduction treatments throughout the region, reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires in Estes Park and surrounding areas.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to run a chainsaw and are currently certified, please contact William Vieth at william@wlrv.org


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Find Your 14er: Grays & Torreys I

COMPLETED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 13, 2019 - Sunday Jul 14, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Colorado's magnificent 14ers attract heavy use. Grays and Torreys Peak is too popular! 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.


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 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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Alpine Restoration: South Park Road Removal - Sheep Creek RESCHEDULED

CANCELLED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative
Wild Connections
Park County Land and Water Trust Fund
Park County Department of Heritage, Tourism & Community Development
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 20, 2019 - Sunday Jul 21, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 60
Beneath Sheep mountain, down under Sheep ridge lays the majestic Sheep Creek, join us here for this lovely July weekend restoring the land in community. During this two-day project we will be removing and restoring a degraded and illegal road. This is an overnight project, so please come prepared with weather-appropriate camping gear and attire! And, be ready for good food and fun times once we wrap up work for the day. Be sure to bring your paddle, lest we find ourselves up Sheep Creek without 'em.

WRV is pleased to be working with long-time partners, the Pike San Isabel National Forest, Wild Connections and Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative (MRHI).


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Trails: South Park Trail & Boardwalk PREP DAYS - Beaver Creek

COMPLETED

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 or over (more info)
Sponsors
Blue Federal Credit Union
U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
Date(s):
Thursday Jul 18, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 8
Friday Jul 19, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 8
Monday Jul 22, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 8
Tuesday Jul 23, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 8
Wednesday Jul 24, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 8
We have a planned Boardwalk installation project the weekend of August 17th and in order to be ready for volunteers to build we have a lot of site preparation including the installation of the posts/ pilings. Our technical lead (Paul Liscom) will be overseeing this site prep and we need volunteers to help out for a day, two or more who can work hard. Prep work will involved heavy lifting, moving lumber and staging rock and well as placing pilings.

This is not a traditional WRV event, we will not have staff on site and no food will be provided. Tools and gloves will be available.

PLEASE NOTE: All project details will be included in the auto-response email you get when you register. Please read that email for details on where to go and when.


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Healthy Forests: Genesee Park

COMPLETED

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 27, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 30
We'll be using hand saws and tools to improving forest health within one of the Denver Mountain Parks properties near I-70.

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!


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Alpine Restoration: Summit Lake

COMPLETED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 03, 2019 - Sunday Aug 04, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 40
Echo Lake and Summit Lake Parks are the beginning and end of a spectacular trail through Chicago Basin toward Mt. Evans. Due to the popularity of this area, these parks are heavily impacted. WRV has been working on these popular and majestic areas for several years with amazing results.

This year, volunteers will be camping at Echo Lake and driving up to Summit Lake each day to plant small alpine plants and use other techniques to restore the native tundra. Both lakes offer breathtaking views in a stunning alpine environment.

Please note: Friday night arrival is encouraged to set up camp and acclimatize.


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Healthy Forests: Elk Ranch IV

COMPLETED

Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 10, 2019 - Sunday Aug 11, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 15
Join us for some forestry work in a truly breathtaking valley surrounded by forest and mountains! All volunteers are welcome, sawyers and non-sawyers alike!

Work will be occurring on privately owned land south of Estes Park, in the Little Valley region. It's on one of Colorado's original homesteads called Elk Ranch.

This is part of a larger Forest Management plan that ties into a vision of healthy forests and watersheds for the entire surrounding area, irrespective of property lines and ownership. The Arapahoe Roosevelt National Forest, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Big Thompson Conservation District are all partnering with WRV to make this happen.

By performing a Ponderosa Pine restoration treatment, we'll be improving water quality from the Little Thompson all the way to the Platte river and beyond. We'll also be tying into existing fuels-reduction treatments throughout the region, reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires in Estes Park and surrounding areas.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to run a chainsaw and are currently certified, please contact William Vieth at william@wlrv.org


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Trails: South Park Trail & Boardwalk - Beaver Creek

COMPLETED

Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative
Wild Connections
Park County Land and Water Trust Fund
The Summit Foundation
Park County Department of Heritage, Tourism & Community Development
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Friday Aug 16, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 60
Saturday Aug 17, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 60
Sunday Aug 18, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 60
Join us on this weekend in the beautiful open country along Beaver Creek, just minutes from the town of Fairplay. During this three-day project we will be building a single track trail with a boardwalk that will join into a larger network of existing trails, eventually connecting Fairplay to Breckenridge for non-motorized travelers.

WRV is pleased to be working with long-time partners, the Pike San Isabel National Forest, Wild Connections and Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative (MRHI).


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Healthy Forests: Elk Ranch V

COMPLETED

Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 24, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Sunday Aug 25, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Join us for some forestry work in a truly breathtaking valley surrounded by forest and mountains! All volunteers are welcome, sawyers and non-sawyers alike!

Work will be occurring on privately owned land south of Estes Park, in the Little Valley region. It's on one of Colorado's original homesteads called Elk Ranch.

This is part of a larger Forest Management plan that ties into a vision of healthy forests and watersheds for the entire surrounding area, irrespective of property lines and ownership. The Arapahoe Roosevelt National Forest, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Big Thompson Conservation District are all partnering with WRV to make this happen.

By performing a Ponderosa Pine restoration treatment, we'll be improving water quality from the Little Thompson all the way to the Platte river and beyond. We'll also be tying into existing fuels-reduction treatments throughout the region, reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires in Estes Park and surrounding areas.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to run a chainsaw and are currently certified, please contact William Vieth at william@wlrv.org


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Trails: South Park Trail & Boardwalk - Beaver Creek FOLLOWUP

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 or over (more info)
Sponsors
Blue Federal Credit Union
U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
Date(s):
Thursday Aug 22, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 5
Monday Aug 26, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 5
Tuesday Aug 27, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 5
Wednesday Aug 28, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 5
We hosted about 30 volunteers for 3 days August 16-18 to begin work on about 300ft of boardwalk that we hope to complete this year. About 100 feet is completed and a further 80ft in progress but much still remains to be done! Paul Liscom our lead carpenter for the project will be hosting further work days at Beaver Creek and additional volunteer support would be so helpful!

Carpentry or construction experience is very helpful but not required.

This is not a traditional WRV event, we will not have staff on site and no food will be provided. Tools and gloves will be available.

PLEASE NOTE: All project details will be included in the auto-response email you get when you register. Please read that email for details on where to go and when to arrive as well as contact information for Paul is questions arise.


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Trails: Young Gulch Backcountry IV

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Odell Brewing Company
REI - National Office
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 31, 2019 - Sunday Sep 01, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 30
The Young Gulch trail was a very popular destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through in 2012, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in 2013. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is washed away. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail: more fun and resilient, with less disturbance to the creek and the Cache La Poudre downstream.

We've constructed almost 5 miles of trail leaving about 1/2 mile in the middle and some more technically difficult to finish this year. To accomplish this we'll be hiking or biking in Friday evening to our back country basecamp and staying closer to the work areas for the weekend. We have some gear to lend if needed.

WRV is very pleased to work collaboration with the USFS, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi-year effort.


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Alpine Restoration: South Park Road Removal - Sheep Creek

COMPLETED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative
Wild Connections
Park County Land and Water Trust Fund
Park County Department of Heritage, Tourism & Community Development
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 31, 2019 - Sunday Sep 01, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 65
NEW DATES DUE TO HIGH SNOW:

Beneath Sheep mountain, down under Sheep ridge lays the majestic Sheep Creek, join us here for this lovely July weekend restoring the land in community. During this two-day project we will be removing and restoring a degraded and illegal road. This is an overnight project, so please come prepared with weather-appropriate camping gear and attire! And, be ready for good food and fun times once we wrap up work for the day. Be sure to bring your paddle, lest we find ourselves up Sheep Creek without 'em.

WRV is pleased to be working with long-time partners, the Pike San Isabel National Forest, Wild Connections and Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative (MRHI).


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Healthy Forests: Elk Ranch VI

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 31, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Join us for some forestry work in a truly breathtaking valley surrounded by forest and mountains! All volunteers are welcome, sawyers and non-sawyers alike!

Work will be occurring on privately owned land south of Estes Park, in the Little Valley region. It's on one of Colorado's original homesteads called Elk Ranch.

This is part of a larger Forest Management plan that ties into a vision of healthy forests and watersheds for the entire surrounding area, irrespective of property lines and ownership. The Arapahoe Roosevelt National Forest, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Big Thompson Conservation District are all partnering with WRV to make this happen.

By performing a Ponderosa Pine restoration treatment, we'll be improving water quality from the Little Thompson all the way to the Platte river and beyond. We'll also be tying into existing fuels-reduction treatments throughout the region, reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires in Estes Park and surrounding areas.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to run a chainsaw and are currently certified, please contact William Vieth at william@wlrv.org


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Habitat Restoration: Gunnison Sage Grouse

COMPLETED

Difficult    ●    Mid Week Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Audubon Rockies
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Bureau of Land Management - Southwest District Office BLM
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District
Date(s):
Wednesday Sep 04, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Thursday Sep 05, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Friday Sep 06, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Saturday Sep 07, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 25
WED-THURS-FRI-SAT
(SUN Travel day)

WE'RE GOING BACK to GUNNISON!!! This will be our fifth year of working in the Upper Gunnison Basin to restore native wet meadows - critical habitat for Gunnison Sage Grouse. This is a hugely popular project, in an awesome location and building really amazing structures

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 the US Forest Service and many local partners 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).


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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Trails: Masontown Finale - Women's Project

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Friends of the Dillon Ranger District
Climax Molybdenum, a Freeport-McMoRan Company
Town of Frisco
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 14, 2019 - Sunday Sep 15, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Female identifying stewards: This weekend is for you. Join us on a wildland women's weekend continuing last summer's work on a popular Summit County trail that has been loved to death. We're partnering with Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and the Town of Frisco to give it a much needed transformation starting with the construction of bridges and boardwalks across the creek and sensitive riparian areas!

Whether you're looking to spend the weekend with others in a safe, empowering environment; hoping to connect with other women who are passionate about the outdoors; or just want to get outside and make an impact, we hope to see you on the trail!

This is an overnight trip with meals provided. For more information about the project, please contact jackie@wlrv.org.


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Trails: Young Gulch Frontcountry IV

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Odell Brewing Company
REI - National Office
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 14, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Sunday Sep 15, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 30
We've come so far in the last four seasons and now we're in the last push to get this trail finished before the end of September. Much of the remaining work involves completing the tie-ins to the long-awaited bridges on the first three crossings. We'll also send a crew a little further in to finish the more technically complex work on the switchbacks just beyond crossing 7.

The Young Gulch trail was a very popular destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through in 2012, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in 2013. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is washed away. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail: more fun and resilient, with less disturbance to the creek and the Cache La Poudre downstream.

WRV is very pleased to work collaboration with the USFS, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi-year effort.


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Healthy Forests: Elkhorn Creek IV

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (CPRW)
State Farm Insurance
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 28, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 20
For the fifth 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 its 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, volunteers are helping to protect the water supply and improve forest health in this valuable and beautiful area. Let's continue the excellent progress we made last year!

All volunteers are welcome on this project, sawyers and non-sawyers alike! If you are a certified volunteer sawyer, contact Will Vieth at william@wlrv.org


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Weed Warriors: St. Vrain Tamarisk Removal II

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 12 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Longmont
Audubon Rockies
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) (SEP)
South Platte Basin Roundtable - CWCB
Aggregate Industries
Date(s):
Wednesday Oct 09, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 10
Enjoy panoramic views of the Front Range and heal a local area deeply impacted by the 2013 flood! In the aftermath of the flood, millions of tamarisk seedlings germinated, which pose a major threat to the watershed should they mature. Volunteers will continue work from the past few years, removing tamarisk through hand pulling, weed wrenching, and cut & stump treatment with herbicide.

Notes: Our project is located on St Vrain Creek, just east of the Boulder/Weld County line, where the Sept 2013 flood breached several lakes and carved a new channel.
Tamarisk (aka Salt Cedar) has devastated watersheds throughout the west, costing billions of dollars in lost habitat, lost water, and lost electricity.


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Healthy Forests: Elkhorn Creek V

CANCELLED

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (CPRW)
State Farm Insurance
Date(s):
Saturday Oct 12, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 20
For the fifth 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 its 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, volunteers are helping to protect the water supply and improve forest health in this valuable and beautiful area. Let's continue the excellent progress we made last year!

All volunteers are welcome on this project, sawyers and non-sawyers alike! If you are a certified volunteer sawyer, contact Will Vieth at william@wlrv.org


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