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2015 Projects
Project Name Day(s) Date(s)
Seedling Transplant project - DMP Wednesday Feb 18, 2015

Seedling Transplant Project 2 - DMP Tuesday Feb 24, 2015

Chico Basin Riparian Restoration Saturday - Sunday Mar 28, 2015 - Mar 29, 2015

Pawnee Riparian Exclosure Fence Saturday Apr 04, 2015

Lyons Apple Valley Flood Restoration Saturday Apr 11, 2015

Spring Potluck - Fort Collins Sunday Apr 12, 2015

Spring Potluck - Boulder Saturday Apr 18, 2015

Myrtle Spurge 1 - Spruce Gulch Saturday Apr 18, 2015

Coal Creek Flood Restoration Saturday Apr 18, 2015

Big Thompson Willow Nursery Build Phase II Saturday Apr 18, 2015

Rock Creek Restoration-New Stream Channel Planting Saturday Apr 25, 2015

Myrtle Spurge 2 - Olde Stage Road (BoCo) Saturday May 02, 2015

Skin Gulch Flood Restoration Saturday May 02, 2015

Myrtle Spurge 3 - Wonderland Lake (City of Boulder) Wednesday May 06, 2015

O'Fallon Park Trail Restoration Saturday May 09, 2015

Soldier Creek Restoration - Fort Collins Saturday May 16, 2015

Myrtle Spurge 4 - North Table Mountain (Golden) Sunday May 17, 2015

Canyon Lakes Unauthorized Road Obliteration I Saturday May 23, 2015

Boulder Prairie - Med Sage Table Mountain 1 Thursday - Thursday May 28, 2015 - May 28, 2015

Peschel Wetland Restoration Saturday May 30, 2015

Campbell Valley Riparian Restoration Saturday May 30, 2015

Boulder Prairie- Med Sage City of Boulder Wednesday - Wednesday Jun 03, 2015 - Jun 03, 2015

Boulder Prairie - Med Sage Table Mountain II Thursday - Thursday Jun 04, 2015 - Jun 04, 2015

Genesee Summit Trail Project Saturday Jun 06, 2015

Echo Lake Trail Restoration Saturday - Sunday Jun 20, 2015 - Jun 21, 2015

Beaver Ridge Road Restoration and Rare Species Protection Saturday - Sunday Jul 11, 2015 - Jul 12, 2015

Brainard Mitchell Lake Trail Connector - Part 1 Saturday
Sunday
Jul 18, 2015
Jul 19, 2015

Boulder Greenways Scotch Thistle Removal - Laddies and Lassies Needed! Wednesday - Wednesday Jul 29, 2015 - Jul 29, 2015

Black Powder Pass Restoration Saturday - Sunday Aug 01, 2015 - Aug 02, 2015

Mt. Bierstadt 14er Trail Restoration I Saturday - Monday Aug 08, 2015 - Aug 10, 2015

South Boulder Creek Teasel Removal Wednesday Aug 12, 2015

Mt. Bierstadt 14er Trail Restoration II Friday - Sunday Aug 14, 2015 - Aug 16, 2015

Brainard Mitchell Lake Trail Connector - Part 2 Saturday
Sunday
Aug 15, 2015
Aug 16, 2015

McCullough Gulch Trail Reroute and Rehab Saturday - Sunday Aug 22, 2015 - Aug 23, 2015

Summit Lake Trail & Alpine Restoration Saturday - Sunday Aug 29, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015

Grand Ditch Seed Collection (Rocky Mtn NP) Aug 29-30 Saturday - Sunday Aug 29, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015

Summit Lake Seed Collection - Mt Evans - Sept. 11 Friday Sep 11, 2015

Big Thompson - Lower North Fork Reveg 1 Saturday Sep 12, 2015

Upper Gunnison Basin Habitat Restoration Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sep 09, 2015
Sep 10, 2015
Sep 11, 2015
Sep 12, 2015

Boulder Greenways Russian Olive Evening Wednesday Sep 16, 2015

Fuels Reduction with Denver Mtn. Parks Saturday - Saturday Sep 19, 2015 - Sep 19, 2015

Big Thompson - Lower North Fork Reveg 2 Saturday Sep 26, 2015

Bergen Peak Trail Restoration Saturday Oct 03, 2015

Dolores River Tamarisk Removal and Riparian Restoration Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Oct 02, 2015
Oct 03, 2015
Oct 04, 2015

Big Thompson - Lower North Fork Reveg 3 Saturday Oct 10, 2015

Barr Lake State Park -Bergman Trail Construction Saturday Oct 17, 2015

Pawnee Watershed Restoration Part II Saturday Oct 17, 2015

Skin Gulch Flood Restoration II Saturday - Sunday Oct 24, 2015 - Oct 25, 2015

Big Thompson - Lower North Fork Reveg 4 Saturday Oct 31, 2015

Tool Fest - Boulder Saturday Nov 07, 2015

Tool Fest - Fort Collins Saturday Nov 14, 2015


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Seedling Transplant project - DMP

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

Date(s):
WednesdayFeb 18, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 6

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. We'll be premiering our 2015 schedule at the beginning of March.


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Seedling Transplant Project 2 - DMP

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

Date(s):
TuesdayFeb 24, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 10

Seedlings needing more space to grow will be transplanted into larger digs at the Denver Mountain Parks greenhouse. No experience necessary - just very good dexterity!

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.

You'll be standing on concrete with a tiny bit of carpet - so wear good shoes! Tropical weather inside the greenhouse will mean you need to bring water with you. Bring a lunch. We'll send you more details after you register.

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. We'll be premiering our 2015 schedule at the beginning of March.


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Chico Basin Riparian Restoration

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

Date(s):
SaturdayMar 28, 2015 - SundayMar 29, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 35

FIRST PROJECT OF THE SEASON!
In partnership with a handful of wonderful agencies and organizations including Colorado Parks and Wildlife, WRV is working with the Chico Basin Ranch to restore a classic plains riparian (i.e., streamside) plant community essential habitat for so many migratory and rare birds and other plains wildlife.
Many riparian areas on the plains have been severely altered throughout the 20th century, resulting in dense cover of exotic species like Russian olive and tamarisk. As our partners continue to eradicate exotic species, WRV volunteers are working to re-establish native shrubs and trees, replacing non-native species with desirable natives. Species for re-veg include coyote willow, plains cottonwood, golden currant, wild rose, chokecherry, and others. These species serve as habitat and food for rare and migratory birds as well as form the baseline of the aquatic and stream-side food web.

On this project, volunteers will be installing willow and cottonwood poles and containerized shrubs and trees along a rare oasis of desert habitat.
Volunteers can look forward to a cookout dinner hosted by Chico Basin Ranch. Local grass-finished beef is served for Saturday nights dinner and some volunteer groups have been treated to an evening concert of guitar music from the ranch manager. This project offers a unique experience camping and working on one of Colorado's oldest and largest working cattle ranches, set in a picturesque southwestern landscape. We hope you can join us to help restore habitat in one of Colorado's most important avian flyways.
Over the next two years, this project will remove invasive plants and reestablish native vegetation to the riparian, ephemeral stream, and wetland areas of the ranch including, but not limited to, Chico Creek, the Vega, Upper Twin Lake, Lower Twin Lake and School House portions of CBR. Restoration of native vegetation to these areas will increase nest success and survival, and improve foraging opportunities for songbirds and other wildlife. Finally, native peachleaf willow trees are crucial for mist netting, a sampling technique used by the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory to study and monitor wild birds.

FREE camping provided on the ranch for volunteers who stay both days.
FRIDAY night arrival is highly encouraged. ***Plan to arrive before Twilight on Friday (Twilight is at 6:25 pm) to set up camp and socialize.


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

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Pawnee Riparian Exclosure Fence

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

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 04, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 20

In the arid western U.S., 80% of wildlife relies on healthy riparian areas at some point in their life cycle. However, riparian areas (lush vegetated areas next to streams and rivers) occur on less than 5% of the overall landscape!

On the Pawnee National Grasslands, many riparian areas have been severely denuded by over a century of livestock grazing.

On this project, volunteers will construct a protective barrier for an overgrazed riparian area on Little Owl Creek. The barrier is designed to protect 1/3 mile of riparian tree and shrub community along Little Owl Creek that we helped to restore in 2010. The temporary electric fence that was installed at that time hasn't adequately reduced the grazing pressure from the livestock in the area, and a more permanent solution is needed.

Healthy riparian areas on the Pawnee National Grasslands are havens for migratory and resident birds and, as such, are very popular birding stops for Audubon tours and other birding organizations. This restored riparian corridor will serve as important habitat for endangered fish, leopard frogs, and other area wildlife.



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Lyons Apple Valley Flood Restoration

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 Accompanied by Adult (more info)
Sponsors
Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists P.C. - AMVS
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 11, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 80

Join us this spring to help restore the effects of the flood of September of 2013, which devastated communities all along the Colorado Front Range.

Northwest of Lyons, North Saint Vrain Creek changed course in multiple places and damaged Hwy 36 extensively. After many months of effort, the highway is now re-opened and the stream channel has been repaired through extensive heavy equipment work. These sites are still devoid of vegetation due to the scouring of the flood.

One such site is in Apple Valley, just northwest of Lyons. This spring, WRV will finish the restoration process along 2500+ feet of the North Saint Vrain Creek, downstream from the landmark log bridge. Volunteers will plant native seed, spread soil amendments and WoodStraw mulch, and plant thousands of willows and other native shrubs and trees.

Special thanks to Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists and the Colorado Water Conservation Board for funding this project.

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Spring Potluck - Fort Collins

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 0 (more info)

Date(s):
SundayApr 12, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 80

To celebrate the start of a fantastic new project season, WRV is holding a community-wide Spring Potluck at The Windsor Gardener/High Hops Brewery in Windsor. The staff at The Windsor Gardener are letting us utilize their amazing indoor greenhouse space before the spring plants arrive so that we can talk about our planting season, exciting WRV updates for 2015, and present the 2015 project list to all crew members.

The evening will feature live acoustic music, and an amazing food provided by - everyone! In order to make sure we are not all bringing dessert (would that be so bad?), we will send out an email with specific guidelines for what to bring, closer to the date.

In the meantime, invite ANYONE interested in protecting watersheds, building trails, or getting their hands in the soil with us this season! No experience necessary and all newcomers are welcome.

There is a second community Potluck happening April, 18, next Saturday in Boulder.


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Spring Potluck - Boulder

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Evening    ●    Family Friendly

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 18, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 120

Are you just discovering WRV for the first time?
Are you a WRVer already, and have friends you'd like to invite to our events?

Start with our annual Boulder Potluck and community celebration!


As spring brings forth life in the trees, on the ground and in the air, we're all anticipating fulfilling and beautiful experiences outdoors, restoring precious ecosystems across the Front Range and enjoying the wonderful welcoming WRV community.

Come meet with WRV friends, old and new. Share in delicious potluck food, live music and a journey in photos of the 2015 project season, with the opportunity to sign up early for your favorite events.

5:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday, April 18, 2015 in downtown Boulder. Register and we'll send you more information on time and place, directions and what yummy food item to bring!

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Myrtle Spurge 1 - Spruce Gulch

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

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 18, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 25

Myrtle Spurge season opener 2015! We know you've been dying to kill those weeds, it's finally time again!
9am-4pm approx.

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

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

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

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

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


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Coal Creek Flood Restoration

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

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 18, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 60

Join us this Spring as we continue the important flood restoration work we began last year along Coal Creek! We're picking up this year a little further downstream from where we worked in 2014 to restore stream side vegetation along the newly repaired trail at the Public Road Trailhead in Lafayette, CO. Volunteers will seed, plant native shrubs and install willow poles to help stabilize the new creek banks and restore the native ecosystem along Coal Creek.

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

Shortly after the flood, WRV organized a volunteer event to clear debris. The City of Lafayette is rebuilding the trail this summer and has asked WRV to return and help restore stream-side habitat near the trail.
8:30-4pm approx
VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs, construct a fence, plant native seeds, and spread straw mulch. No experience necessary.

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Big Thompson Willow Nursery Build Phase II

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

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 18, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 20

This is our SECOND phase of the willow nursery build! Get involved in the beginnings of what will be a long-term, continuous project to reestablish native vegetation along flood-affected stream banks of the Big Thompson River! This river corridor was devastated by the 2013 flood! Many tragic types of damage were inflicted by this flood, affecting both people and the environment. Loss of both riparian (streamside) and upland vegetation including mature trees has left the Big Thompson watershed denuded and devoid of the essential vegetative cover that provide habitat for fish and wildlife and protect fish habitat and water quality from erosion.

Last year a dedicated group of volunteers and two volunteer professional carpenters assembled along the banks of the North Fork to build the infrastructure for the very first Wildlands Restoration Volunteers native willow nursery! Volunteer crew members spent the day working with Opal Ranch staff and carpenters to construct frames for our nursery beds and install them in their permanent locations.

Now that spring is approaching, WRV is planning to populate the nursery with willow cuttings and is looking for a group of volunteers to harvest willow cuttings from nearby healthy willow stands and transplant the cuttings to the new nursery! Container stock propagated by volunteers with help from WRV staff, local ecologists and ranch staff will be used on a variety of projects throughout the flood affected Big Thompson River corridor. Volunteers may also assist ranch staff with setting up the irrigation system. At the end of the project day, volunteers can expect to have learned a basic working knowledge of riparian plant propagation, and stream bank ecology. Local experts will be on site to answer questions and talk about habitat and natural disasters.

Please register today and be apart of the re-vegetation of our beloved local river! The Big Thompson Canyon is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park and one of our states most iconic river systems. Your help will restore this river to its former health and resiliency.

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Rock Creek Restoration-New Stream Channel Planting

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

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 25, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 60

Join us on this early spring planting in an amazingly pristine open space near the Coalton Trail Head in Louisville, CO.
Typically 8am-4pm approx.

This site is normally off-limits to the public but we will get special permission to go in and plant along newly formed stream banks.

On three previous project along other stretching of this same creek, WRV volunteers planted over tens of thousands of wetland plants and willows. As part of Boulder County Parks and Open Space's larger effort to restore the entirety of Rock Creek this year volunteers will plant native willow poles & shrubs and construct important fencing to protect this newly recreated stream channel.

This project is a great opportunity for groups of 4-15. If you have interest in bringing a group - please call Mary to register.

Please come to help restore an important oasis of wildlife habitat surrounded by development.

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Myrtle Spurge 2 - Olde Stage Road (BoCo)

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

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 02, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 25

9am-4pm approx

This year's project with our partner Boulder County will be focused on the homes in the Wagonwheel Gap and Olde Stage Road areas (near the heavily flood damaged and still closed Anne U. White trail).

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

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

That's where you come in! Join us to dig up this weed in the foothills west of Boulder before it takes over our beloved state. Coffee and Bagels provided!


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Skin Gulch Flood Restoration

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 02, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 70

7:30am-5pm approx

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

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

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

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Myrtle Spurge 3 - Wonderland Lake (City of Boulder)

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Department of Agriculture
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
National Forest Foundation
City of Boulder Parks and Recreation

Date(s):
WednesdayMay 06, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 25

9am-4pm approx
This is a WEDNESDAY project.

This year's project with our partner The City of Boulder on a Wednesday will be focused on the homes in the Wonderland Lake Neighborhood.

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

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

That's where you come in! Join us to dig up this weed in Boulder before it takes over our beloved state. Coffee and Bagels provided!


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O'Fallon Park Trail 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 State Parks - State Trails Program

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 09, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 60

8am-4pm approx

The O'Fallon, Corwina, and Pence Parks are among the most popular and heavily used of the Denver Mountain Park system, established in the early 1900s.

This trail system takes hikes through some amazingly beautiful areas but many of the original routes were unsustainable, creating a muddy rutted trail. Last year WRV began the process of rerouting and moving the trails to areas with better drainage. This year we will finish constructing and rerouting the last sections of trail and restore the old trail alignments with planting and seeding. The project includes basic trail construction, restoration and rock work, so it is suitable for beginners and experienced volunteers alike.



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Soldier Creek Restoration - Fort Collins

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

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 16, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 60

As a result of the West Vine Basin Master Drainage Plan adopted by the City of Fort Collins in 2003, Soldier Creek, a tributary of the Poudre River, has been reconstructed years after agricultural development made it disappear. Last year, as part of the Poudre River Fest, WRV volunteers assisted in revegetation the section along the Poudre. This year, we will restore the original name of the tributary as we restore the riparian function of the site.

Through intensive planting and reseeding, we will create a healthy riparian system to increase the flood resiliency of the West Vine Basin. This project will improve ecosystem services, conserve wildlife habitat along the Cache la Poudre River, and provide trail connections from Vine Drive and Lincoln Middle School to the Poudre Trail.

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Myrtle Spurge 4 - North Table Mountain (Golden)

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

Date(s):
SundayMay 17, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 25

9am-4pm approx

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

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

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


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Canyon Lakes Unauthorized Road Obliteration I

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

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 23, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 40

More than 380,000 miles of dirt roads riddle our National Forests. However, not all of them were created equally, or legally. Besides the watershed impacts of roads, the USFS has estimated an $8.4 Billion dollar backlog of maintenance and reconstruction costs for these roads.

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

By decompacting, recontouring, stabilizing, and revegetating 12 miles of roads in three years, this ongoing project is intended to improve the quality of the watershed, improve habitat, and enhance water quality within Colorado's only National Wild and Scenic River; the Cache La Poudre!

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Boulder Prairie - Med Sage Table Mountain 1

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

Date(s):
ThursdayMay 28, 2015 - ThursdayMay 28, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 40

5pm-dusk

What a landscape to work on! Join us on this magical mesa just outside of North Boulder to tackle the eradication of Mediterranean Sage - an A-listed non-native species of tumbleweed. Building on a decade of profoundly successful progress, WRV continues the urgent quest to remove Mediterranean Sage from Boulder County. 35 volunteers are needed for this particular date, as part of a multi-agency partnership, targeting our removal efforts at the highest priority sites in Boulder County, especially on Table Mountain.



Left unchecked, this Colorado A-listed weed aggressively invades grasslands, reduces native plant populations, and degrades wildlife habitat and the overall health of prairie ecosystems. With sustained action, state wide eradication is possible, which would protect prairie ecosystems and wildlife habitat. Indirectly, this work will help protect thousands of acres of Colorado grassland habitats.





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Peschel Wetland Restoration

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 Accompanied by Adult (more info)
Sponsors
Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists P.C. - AMVS
Terra Foundation

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 30, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 40

8am-4pm approx

Flood-swollen St Vrain Creek breached several lakes and carved a new channel just east of the Boulder/Weld County line during the flood of 2013. During the next two years, WRV will be helping Longmont restore over a mile of the St Vrain River which is currently scoured of all riparian vegetation.

This spring, WRV will begin restoration efforts by planting hundreds of willows and 3,000 wetland plugs around a pond adjacent to St Vrain Creek. The planted areas will be surrounded by temporary exclosures to protect the new plants until they are established. Volunteers will be inspired by panoramic views of the Colorado Front Range.

Special thanks to the Terra Foundation for helping to fund this project.

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Campbell Valley Riparian Restoration

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

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 30, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 50

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.

Today, this historic ranch is protected by a conservation easement held by The Nature Conservancy. Volunteers will use a variety of interesting restoration techniques to restore riparian (streamside) areas, wetlands, and reduce the rate of erosion from this tragically beautiful Valley.

Volunteers will apply a variety of restoration techniques as we continue to heal the catastrophic erosion of this beautiful area.


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Boulder Prairie- Med Sage City of Boulder

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

Date(s):
WednesdayJun 03, 2015 - WednesdayJun 03, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 34

This is a WEDNESDAY all-day project! 8:30-4pm approx

Building on more than a decade of progress, WRV with our great partner at City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks continues the urgent quest to remove Mediterranean Sage from Boulder County. 34 volunteers are needed on this project just north of Boulder on the way to Lyons as part of a multi-agency partnership, targeting our removal efforts at the highest priority sites that we've been to time and again, which has led to incredibly diminished numbers of plants through the years.


Left unchecked, this Colorado A-listed non-native tumbleweed 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 will protect prairie ecosystems and wildlife habitat.

Indirectly, this work will help protect thousands of acres of Colorado grassland habitats.

If you have a group of more than 2 people that you'd like to register - please call Mary at 303-543-1411 ext. 2#.


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Boulder Prairie - Med Sage Table Mountain II

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

Date(s):
ThursdayJun 04, 2015 - ThursdayJun 04, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 40

5pm-dusk

What a landscape to work on again! Join us on the evening of June 4, at this magical mesa just outside of North Boulder for our last project this season tackling the eradication of Mediterranean Sage - an A-listed non-native species of tumbleweed.

Building on a decade of profoundly successful progress, WRV continues the urgent quest to remove Mediterranean Sage from Boulder County. 45 volunteers are needed for this particular evening date, as part of a multi-agency partnership, targeting our removal efforts at the highest priority sites in Boulder County, especially on Table Mountain.



Left unchecked, this Colorado A-listed weed aggressively invades grasslands, reduces native plant populations, and degrades wildlife habitat and the overall health of prairie ecosystems. With sustained action, state wide eradication is possible, which would protect prairie ecosystems and wildlife habitat. Indirectly, this work will help protect thousands of acres of Colorado grassland habitats.

Evening- Thursday - June 4 at NOAA Table Mountain west of Longmont, 5pm-dusk (times not confirmed).



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Genesee Summit Trail Project

SCHEDULED
Come celebrate National Trails Day!

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 06, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 100

8am-4pm approx

Enjoy the great outdoors on National Trails Day June 6 and improve trails at beautiful Genesee Park.

This Denver Mountain Park trail between Denver and Idaho Springs is in poor eroding conditions making it difficult for visitors to find the correct route to the summit.
Volunteers will help solve this problem once and for all by constructing a single sustainable trail from the Genesee Mountain Shelter to the summit.
This will require closing more than 2,400 feet of badly eroding trail and building over 1,600 feet of new trail. Without this important work the trail may continue to erode to the point it would have to be closed to the public. Not only will the work be extremely rewarding but the site will provide 360 degree views of the front range!



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Echo Lake Trail Restoration

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

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 20, 2015 - SundayJun 21, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 40

Friday night arrival highly recommended.
7:30am-3:30pm approx Sat - Sun

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

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

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

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Beaver Ridge Road Restoration and Rare Species Protection

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

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 11, 2015 - SundayJul 12, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 40

Friday night arrival encouraged.
7:30am-3:30pm approx Sat-Sun

With spectacular views of many of Colorado's 14ers including the presidential peaks, Beaver Ridge climb is a popular section of off road trail leading up to Hoosier Ridge.

The camp site and project location are some of the more stunning views WRV volunteers will see all year! The trail itself is a sanctioned off road vehicle road but some vehicles has begun to branch off this road to create a parallel trail. This spur road pushes unsustainable grades, already shows evidence of heavy erosion and braiding, and leads vehicles directly through patches of rare plant species. The unsustainable social road is starting to become very well defined and thus creating a cycle of more and more use each year. Right now the social road extends approximately 1.2 miles with the ends being the most heavily damaged areas.

This project will focus on closure of the spur that takes users into these rare plant communities.
Volunteers will come in and seed to close the unsanctioned road, and also hand-transplant plugs of native plants to make the social road disappear. Modifications to the main road will eliminate the temptation of users to create the same issue in the future.

FRIDAY night arrival highly encouraged to acclimate to the altitude and be ready for an early start on Saturday morning.

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Brainard Mitchell Lake Trail Connector - Part 1

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

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation
Colorado Mountain Club - Boulder Group
Colorado State Parks - State Trails Program

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 18, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 60
SundayJul 19, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 60

Enjoy the summer sounds and sights at this beautiful mountain location. The Brainard Lake Recreation Area is one of the most popular wilderness access points in the United States, receiving over 130,000 visitors per year. To reduce impacts on the Wilderness, the US Forest Service created the new Brainard Gateway Trailhead and asked WRV to help improve the trail corridor from there to the wilderness trailheads three miles away.

HISTORY
In 2012, WRV, with the help of Boulder Mountainbike Alliance (BMA) and Colorado Mountain Club (CMC), restored habitat around the Gateway, constructed a connector trail from this new trailhead to the Sourdough Trail. In 2013, the same partners constructed a trail connecting the Gateway Trailhead and Sourdough Trail to the Waldrop Trail. In 2014, we constructed a connector trail from the Waldrop trail to Red Rock Lake Trailhead.

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
In 2015, volunteers will construct a much needed trail from scenic Brainard Lake to the Mitchell Lake Trailhead. The project includes some interesting rock work for "rock hounds" and plenty of basic trail construction for beginners new to trail construction. This event is Part 1 of a project that will culminate on August 15-16.

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

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

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Boulder Greenways Scotch Thistle Removal - Laddies and Lassies Needed!

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

Date(s):
WednesdayJul 29, 2015 - WednesdayJul 29, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 30

8:30am-Noon approx

In spite of its beautiful purple flowers, even Scotsman William Wallace, Braveheart himself, would hate to come across this interloper here!

Join the WRV Weed Warriors to get rid of this invasive Scotch Thistle infestion.

The urban wildlands that criss-cross Boulder act as important wildlife corridors, protect against flooding, provide habitat, and are often the main and most frequent opportunity for people living in urban areas to connect with the natural world. In the fourth year of WRV's partnership with Boulder Greenways, we are focusing restoration efforts on these special natural areas right in our backyard. Specifically on this project we will target scotch thistle which can grow into trunks 3 inches in diameter!



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Black Powder Pass Restoration

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 15 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation
USFS - White River NF
Climax Molybdenum

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 01, 2015 - SundayAug 02, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 60

Friday arrival highly encouraged.
7:30-3:30pm approx Sat - Sun

Roughly 8 miles southeast of Breckenridge lies a wondrous trail, accessible from historic Boreas Pass along the Continental Divide.

The 1.7 mile Black Powder Pass trail provides stellar panoramic views of surrounding peaks, and stunning alpine wildflower displays. Topping out at 12,182 feet above sea level, the trail exists as a native surface trail open to hikers and equestrians.

The Dillon Ranger District, working with WRV, and with your help, is will work to realign a section of trail to address social trail braiding and branching that trample wetland habitat. At times, the trail is difficult to follow because of the proliferation of social trails and muddy sections. Even our scouting team became lost in the maze of social trails braiding through sensitive wetland areas! The area has also become eroded due to the unsustainable grade, with much of the sedimentation going directly into the riparian area.
Volunteers will help close and restoration over 1,800 feet of braiding social trail and construct a more sustainable 1,000-foot section, that will avoid sensitive wetland species.

This will be an amazing camping opportunity. We will work just above tree line and then retreat each night to the warmth and delicious meals at camp.



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Mt. Bierstadt 14er Trail Restoration I

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

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 08, 2015 - MondayAug 10, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 14

SAT-SUN-MON - all days required

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

This is the first project in a two-part series of back-to-back projects. You are welcome to sign up for one or both. The commitment to these projects are very important to us. Please make sure you can attend when you register. Finding replacements at the last minute will reflect badly on those who cancel.

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

Previous backpacking experience is recommended and registrants will be required to speak with the trip leader prior to being confirmed for the expedition.

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


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South Boulder Creek Teasel Removal

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

Date(s):
WednesdayAug 12, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 30

WEDNESDAY 8am-4pm approx

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

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

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Mt. Bierstadt 14er Trail Restoration II

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

Date(s):
FridayAug 14, 2015 - SundayAug 16, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 14

FRI-SAT-SUN all days required

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

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

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

Previous backpacking experience is recommended and registrants are required to speak with the trip leader prior to being confirmed for the expedition.

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


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Brainard Mitchell Lake Trail Connector - Part 2

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

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation
Colorado Mountain Club - Boulder Group
Colorado State Parks - State Trails Program

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 15, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 60
SundayAug 16, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 60

Friday night arrival encouraged

7:30am-4pm approx Sat-Sun

Enjoy the summer sounds and sights at this beautiful mountain location. The Brainard Lake Recreation Area is one of the most popular wilderness access points in the United States, receiving over 130,000 visitors per year. To reduce impacts on the Wilderness, the US Forest Service created the new Brainard Gateway Trailhead and asked WRV to help improve the trail corridor from there to the wilderness trailheads three miles away.

HISTORY
In 2012, WRV, with the help of Boulder Mountainbike Alliance (BMA) and Colorado Mountain Club (CMC), restored habitat around the Gateway, constructed a connector trail from this new trailhead to the Sourdough Trail. In 2013, the same partners constructed a trail connecting the Gateway Trailhead and Sourdough Trail to the Waldrop Trail. In 2014, we constructed a connector trail from the Waldrop trail to Red Rock Lake Trailhead.

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
In 2015, volunteers will construct a much needed trail from scenic Brainard Lake to the Mitchell Lake Trailhead. The project includes some interesting rock work for "rock hounds" and plenty of basic trail construction for beginners new to trail construction. This event is Part 2 of a project that began on July 18-19.

Volunteers will be working at an elevation of about 10,000 feet and camp nearby at a beautiful forested site normally closed to the public. We urge you to arrive on Friday night in order to acclimate and set up your tent.

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

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McCullough Gulch Trail Reroute and Rehab

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation
Climax Molybdenum

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 22, 2015 - SundayAug 23, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 60

Friday night arrival encouraged.

7:30am-3:30pm approx Sat-Sun

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



On this project we will seek the solve the root of the problem. Volunteers will permanently close half of the central loop and restore the surrounding social trails. By making this closure, users will be presented with a single, unified route, and will no longer be prompted to cut between opposite points on the loop.

Come spend your weekend camping out in this amazing place and giving back to the lands we all love so much.

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Summit Lake Trail & Alpine Restoration

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

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 29, 2015 - SundayAug 30, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Friday night arrival encouraged.

7:30am-3:30pm approx Sat-Sun

Summit Lake Park is heavily impacted by recreational use. WRV has been working on this popular and majestic area for several years with amazing results. In the last few years we are seeing more visitors staying on trail where they belong, and more vegetation growing off-trail where it belongs!
This year planting of grown out seedlings, and slope stabilization are the order of the day!

Friday night arrival is recommended - 10,600 feet in elevation - to acclimate yourself prior to working early the next morning.

We'll be working at Summit Lake, at 12,800 feet, were we will be planting small alpine plants that were grown from seeds that were collected on this site by WRV volunteers and grown out in partnership with Denver Mountain Parks. We'll also be doing some interesting slope stabilization, so join us to learn, give back and have fun!


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Grand Ditch Seed Collection (Rocky Mtn NP) Aug 29-30

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

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 29, 2015 - SundayAug 30, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Friday night arrival encouraged.

8am-3:30pm approx Sat-Sun

The Grand Ditch Breach of 2003 created serious natural and historic impacts to the Upper Kawuneeche Valley of Rocky Mountain National Park, including degraded aquatic, riparian, and upland ecosystems, and impacts to wetland communities that support a unique array of species in the park. The associated 47,600 cubic-yard debris flow also deposited a large amount of excess sediment into the system. It remains in an unstable, erodible state and resulted in increased sedimentation along the Colorado River, altered aesthetics of a wilderness area, and tree mortality and scarring.

Rocky Mountain National Park has completed an extensive EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) process and is moving forward to restore the impacted ecosystems to a naturally dynamic and self-sustaining state. This seed collection project is an essential step to accomplishing this vision. The seed that volunteers collect will be used directly on the impacted Grand Ditch Breach-affected areas.

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

FRIDAY NIGHT ARRIVAL ENCOURAGED due to the distance from Front Range human communities! Please commit to being there for the entire project, since it's difficult to arrange transportation and get accurate head counts for meals otherwise.

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Summit Lake Seed Collection - Mt Evans - Sept. 11

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

Date(s):
FridaySep 11, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 35

8am-4pm APRROX

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

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

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

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


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Big Thompson - Lower North Fork Reveg 1

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

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 12, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 50

8am-5pm approx

In 2015, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers will begin a massive 2 1/2 mile stretch of river restoration along the lower North Fork of the Big Thompson River. Located just upstream of the confluence of the North Fork and the Big Thompson River, this project will implement sound riparian restoration techniques to restore the fishery and enhance the riparian function along this reach.

Throughout the summer, we will be working with our partners at Flywater to restore the riverbottom, install large woody debris along the reach, and stabilize stream banks.

September 12th will be our opportunity to bring back the much-missed streamside vegetation to the area. We will be installing erosion matting and planting native species along the riparian zone to stabilize the stream banks.

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

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



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Upper Gunnison Basin Habitat Restoration

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

Date(s):
WednesdaySep 09, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 30
ThursdaySep 10, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 30
FridaySep 11, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 30
SaturdaySep 12, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 30

WED-THURS-FRI-SAT
SUN Travel day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Anticipated Schedule*
Wednesday, September 9 - Begin restoration work (Tuesday night arrival strongly recommended)
Thursday, September 10 - Restoration work begins
Friday, September 11 - Continue restoration work
Saturday, September 12 - Finish work for the week and celebrate!
Sunday, September 13 - Pack up camp and return home

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

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

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

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Boulder Greenways Russian Olive Evening

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Evening    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)

Date(s):
WednesdaySep 16, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 30

EVENING PROJECT

Come get your brawn on and rock a nature version of a CrossFit work out! Your help with Russian olive removal is direly needed for this awesome WEDNESDAY eveningproject!

The urban wildlands that criss-cross Boulder act as important wildlife corridors, protect against flooding, provide habitat, and are often the main and most frequent opportunity for people living in urban areas to connect with the natural world. In the third year of WRV's partnership with Boulder Greenways, we are focusing restoration efforts on these special natural areas right in our backyard. Specifically on this project we will target Russian olive, which is an invasive tree species.

Cutting and hauling is tough work but worth doing for native trees and wildlife to thrive. Volunteers, protected from thorns by gloves and long sleeves will help to move Russian olive branches and tree segments for City staff to chip for mulch - it's like a nature version of a CrossFit workout and for a great cause! Since this is a project on Boulder Greenways we highly encourage everyone to hop on a bike to get to the project! If this does not work don't worry, there will be parking near-by for carpoolers.

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Fuels Reduction with Denver Mtn. Parks

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 19, 2015 - SaturdaySep 19, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 60

By fuels we mean WILDFIRE FUELS.
Join us for this crisp fall one-day project at with Denver Mountain Parks. The encroachment of ponderosa pines, due to fire suppression, has impacted grassland species in many regions on the Front Range, including grasshopper sparrows and skipper butterflies, ground-nesting birds and other wildlife.

WRV volunteers will reverse this trend by removing small diameter ponderosas and piling them up for chipping. Volunteers will cut down some trees with loppers and hand saws. Trained chain sawyers will remove somewhat larger trees, which will be dragged into piles for chipping. This helps reduce the risk of wildfires and also improves the ecosystem for native wildlife!



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Big Thompson - Lower North Fork Reveg 2

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

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 26, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 50

In 2015, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers will begin a massive 2 1/2 mile stretch of river restoration along the lower North Fork of the Big Thompson River. Located just upstream of the confluence of the North Fork and the Big Thompson River, this project will implement sound riparian restoration techniques to restore the fishery and enhance the riparian function along this reach.

Throughout the summer, we will be working with our partners at Flywater to restore the riverbottom, install large woody debris along the reach, and stabilize stream banks.

September 26th will be our second in our series of four project days to bring back the much-missed streamside vegetation to the area. We will be installing erosion matting and planting native species along the riparian zone to stabilize the stream banks.

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

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



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Bergen Peak Trail Restoration

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Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 03, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 50

8:30am-4pm approx

This trail project is going to be huge! So huge in fact that it will take us two years to complete the entire reroute. Come join us in early fall for WRV's first project at Bergen Peak. This is a great chance to see the project site early on and watch the transformation as we repair and reroute large sections of trail.

Just outside of Evergreen, this popular hiking area is unraveling. Many sections of the trail run straight up hill and are becoming small gullies that trap water. Volunteers will work to close and restore the straight steep parts of the trail and construct new routes that wind up the hill side making them much less erosive. This work will ensure that the trails stay open and used for years to come.

To get to the work site we will hike in about 1.5 miles but the views from the ridge line are well worth the effort. The hike will also take up into sections of forest with wild remote sense of place. All this just a short drive from Denver.



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Dolores River Tamarisk Removal and Riparian Restoration

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Mid Week Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)

Date(s):
FridayOct 02, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 25
SaturdayOct 03, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 25
SundayOct 04, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 25

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Big Thompson - Lower North Fork Reveg 3

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

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 10, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 50

8am-5pm approx

In 2015, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers will begin a massive 2 1/2 mile stretch of river restoration along the lower North Fork of the Big Thompson River. Located just upstream of the confluence of the North Fork and the Big Thompson River, this project will implement sound riparian restoration techniques to restore the fishery and enhance the riparian function along this reach.

Throughout the summer, we will be working with our partners at Flywater to restore the riverbottom, install large woody debris along the reach, and stabilize stream banks.
October 10th will be the third in our series of four project days to bring back the much-missed streamside vegetation to the area. We will be installing erosion matting and planting native species along the riparian zone to stabilize the stream banks.

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

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



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Barr Lake State Park -Bergman Trail Construction

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Colorado State Parks - State Trails Program

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 17, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 90

8:00am-4pm approx

The gorgeous Barr Lake State Park in Adams County near Brighton is an ecological oasis on the Colorado plains that draws so birds it is home to one of the headquarters for the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory. Part of the state park acquired in just 2000 as part of the Conservation Vision Plan for Barr Lake has been designated for a small trail system to provide visitors with a great experience while concentrating visitation away from more sensitive areas.

The new trail we construct, the Bergman Trail, will provide unique access to an area that is rich in environmental education opportunities. It has great bird watching opportunities, views of prairie/wetland habitat and know nesting of Red-tailed, Swainson's hawks. On this project we will construct a large portion of this trail using crusher fines, and then plant native cottonwoods in other areas to reestablish habitat!


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Pawnee Watershed Restoration Part II

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

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 17, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 15

8:30am-4pm approx

Come enjoy a day on the majestic prairie while stabilizing erosion scars and restoring the Pawnee National Grasslands.

On this project volunteers will be returning to a site we began work on in 2011 and help to finish what we started.
Volunteers will seed and mulch the regraded gullies and then repair some fencing to keep the livestock out till the land can heal itself. This project will help to improve the quality of the short-grass prairie ecosystem. The fencing and a fundamental change in grazing management enacted by the Pawnee National Grasslands will protect this upland areas in the long term.

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Skin Gulch Flood Restoration II

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Multi Day

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 24, 2015 - SundayOct 25, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 40

7:30am-5pm approx Sat-Sun

The High Park Fire ravaged over 85,000 acres of Northern Colorado lands, leaving hundreds of residents displaced and over 41,000 acres of land burned at a moderate to high severity! As a result, the Cache La Poudre River ran black after heavy rains last summer, and landslides and flooding closed roads and threatened homes last fall. WRV, Aloterra, and the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (CPRW) have spent months coordinating with agency partners, community organizations and hundreds of affected individuals to lay the ground for short- and long-term restoration actions.
Comprehensive work will consist of regrading stream bank, willow planting, seeding and mulching approximately 3 acres of floodplain at a crucial junction of Skin Gulch where it enters the Cache la Poudre (Stove Prairie Rd. and Highway 14).
Whether you live downstream of the fire or in the actual burn area, please lend a hand and help restore some of the highest priority restoration sites within the High Park Fire area! This high priority restoration work is estimated to take several more years, and a great amount of community involvement. And it will not be possible without your support!

Note: This is an overnight project with camping at a beautiful near the project site at Skin Gulch.
Volunteer work days in Cache la Poudre Canyon! WRV will partner with the US Forest Service and AloTerra.

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Big Thompson - Lower North Fork Reveg 4

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

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 31, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 50

SCARY GOOD PROJECT FOR HALLOWEEN!
8am-4:30pm approx

In 2015, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers will begin a massive 2 1/2 mile stretch of river restoration along the lower North Fork of the Big Thompson River. Located just upstream of the confluence of the North Fork and the Big Thompson River, this project will implement sound riparian restoration techniques to restore the fishery and enhance the riparian function along this reach.

Throughout the summer and fall, we will be working with our partners at Flywater to restore the riverbottom, install large woody debris along the reach, and stabilize stream banks.

October 31 will be the final in our series of four project days to bring back the much-missed streamside vegetation to the area. We will be installing erosion matting and planting native species along the riparian zone to stabilize the stream banks.

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

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



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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 07, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 25

9am-3pm approx

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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Tool Fest - Fort Collins

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

Date(s):
SaturdayNov 14, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 15

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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