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2016 Projects
Project Name Day(s) Date(s)
2016 WRV Project Registration- READ THIS FIRST Friday Jan 01, 2016

Brainard Winter Trail Clearing Tuesday Jan 26, 2016

Seed Bag Sewing Party!! Tuesday Feb 09, 2016

Big Thompson - Nursery Planting Day Saturday - Sunday Mar 05, 2016 - Mar 06, 2016

Pawnee Watershed Restoration Saturday Apr 02, 2016

Lyons St Vrain Stream Planting Saturday Apr 02, 2016

Myrtle Spurge Purge I - Boulder County Saturday Apr 09, 2016

Myrtle Spurge Spurge II - City of Golden (Evening) Wednesday Apr 13, 2016

Myrtle Spurge Purge III - Boulder County Saturday Apr 23, 2016

Skin Gulch Stream Restoration- Poudre Canyon Saturday Apr 23, 2016

South St Vrain Creek Restoration Saturday Apr 30, 2016

Canyon Lakes Unauthorized Road Obliteration I Saturday
Sunday
Apr 30, 2016
May 01, 2016

Myrtle Spurge Spurge IV - Boulder County (Evening) Wednesday May 04, 2016

Young Gulch Trail Construction I Saturday May 21, 2016

Dedisse Park Trail Restoration 1 Saturday Jun 04, 2016

Young Gulch Trail Construction II Saturday Jun 11, 2016

Boulder Prairie - Med Sage Removal 2 (NOAA) Wednesday Jun 15, 2016

O'Fallon Park Trail Restoration Saturday Jun 18, 2016

Young Gulch Trail Construction III Saturday
Sunday
Jun 25, 2016
Jun 26, 2016

Beaver Brook Trail Project Saturday Jul 09, 2016

Elkhorn Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction I - Sawyer Project Saturday
Sunday
Jul 09, 2016
Jul 10, 2016

Brainard - Long Lake Trail Connection and Restoration I Saturday
Sunday
Jul 16, 2016
Jul 17, 2016

Mt Columbia Alpine Trail Restoration Friday Jul 29, 2016

Young Gulch Trail Construction IV Saturday
Sunday
Jul 30, 2016
Jul 31, 2016

Georgia Pass Alpine Restoration I Saturday
Sunday
Aug 06, 2016
Aug 07, 2016

Brainard - Long Lake Trail Connection and Restoration II Saturday Aug 13, 2016

Georgia Pass Alpine Restoration II Saturday
Sunday
Aug 20, 2016
Aug 21, 2016

Elkhorn Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction II - Sawyer Project Saturday
Sunday
Aug 27, 2016
Aug 28, 2016

Diamond Lake Trail and Restoration Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Sep 03, 2016
Sep 04, 2016
Sep 05, 2016

Upper Gunnison Basin Habitat Restoration Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sep 07, 2016
Sep 08, 2016
Sep 09, 2016
Sep 10, 2016

Elkhorn Creek Forest Restoration Saturday Sep 17, 2016

Bergen Peak Trail Restoration Saturday Sep 24, 2016

Canyon Lakes Unauthorized Road Obliteration II Saturday
Sunday
Sep 24, 2016
Sep 25, 2016

Boulder Creek Habitat Restoration (OSMP) Saturday Oct 08, 2016

Dedisse Park Trail Restoration 2 Saturday Oct 15, 2016

Dolores River Restoration and Tamarisk Removal Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Oct 14, 2016
Oct 15, 2016
Oct 16, 2016

Tool Fest - Boulder Saturday Nov 05, 2016

Tool Fest - Fort Collins Saturday Nov 12, 2016


No experience is required. Meals are served in most cases.
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2016 WRV Project Registration- READ THIS FIRST

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day

Date(s):
FridayJan 01, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 0

The 2016 WRV Project Season is going live with amazing projects that will take us to the peaks of Colorado's 14ers, help restore areas devastated by natural disasters, improve critical wildlife habitat, use local ecotype seed in restoration projects and much much more! Project listings can be found below. Please check back frequently as new projects may be added over the coming weeks.

REGISTRATION: WRV leaders can call the office or email us to sign up for leadership roles starting immediately. On February 27 WRV members will be allowed to register for projects during pre-registration. You must be a supporting member and be signed in to sign up during pre-registration. If you have questions about becoming a member please visit http://www.wlrv.org/support/membership.html or call our office at 303-543-1411. Many projects will fill up quickly so register right away.

On March 4 registration will open to everyone.

Thanks and see you out there!

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Brainard Winter Trail Clearing

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

Date(s):
TuesdayJan 26, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 10

Trails around Brainard Lake Recreation Area are built to meet many uses, including snowshoeing and skiing. In 2015 WRV built a new trail connecting Brainard Lake to the Mitchell Lake Trailhead, but without snowpack to stand on, we couldn't limb the trail corridor high enough for skiers.

This invite-only project will bring a small team of trail lovers to Brainard mid-winter to snowshoe along and clear a high corridor for skiers. Clearing may also take place on side trails if time permits.

Volunteers will be given a (free of charge) warm place to sleep in the communal CMC cabin, which is fully outfitted with cooking gear, games, firewood, and random other guests who are out enjoying the winter wonder land. Don't worry, no camping required!

Volunteers must be fit enough to ski or snowshoe 4 miles along the unplowed road to reach the trail head and cabin. Volunteers will be expected to provide their own winter gear including snowshoes for the clearing project. Details will be updated as the project date approaches.



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Seed Bag Sewing Party!!

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Afternoon    ●    Family Friendly

Date(s):
TuesdayFeb 09, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 8

The Seed Program is getting ready for the 2016 seed collection season and we need the help of our community that know how to sew! The City of Longmont, City of Boulder Open Space Mountain Parks, and WRV are in need of new seed bags and we need volunteers interested in helping sew these bags together. If you own a sewing machine and enjoying sewing please join us on Tuesday Feb. 9th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the WRV conference room. We will have lots of fun sewing, chatting, and drinking tea or coffee!


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Big Thompson - Nursery Planting Day

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 and up with parent/ guardian (more info)
Sponsors
Royal Bank of Canada - RBC Wealth Management
Community Foundation of Northern Colorado
New Belgium Brewing Co., Inc.

Date(s):
SaturdayMar 05, 2016 - SundayMar 06, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 20

8am-4pm

Volunteers will harvest local willows and pot cuttings and various other species of bare root plants into containers to be grown out at our very own nursery! Plants grown out in this nursery will be used by WRV volunteers later in the year on restoration projects in the Big Thompson Canyon.





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Pawnee Watershed Restoration

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

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 02, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 20

Come enjoy a day on the majestic prairie while restoring native trees to Little Owl Creek the Pawnee National Grasslands.

On this project volunteers will be returning to a site on the Pawnee National Grasslands with a rare stretch of perennial water where we began restoration work in 2009. Volunteers will be harvesting and planting native cottonwood and willows inside a cattle exclosure on Little Owl Creek to help this historically overgrazed stream regain the unique habitat value it once offered to native wildlife.

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Lyons St Vrain Stream Planting

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 Accompanied by Adult (more info)
Sponsors
Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists P.C. - AMVS
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 02, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 60

Join us in the town of Lyons to help restore the effects of the flood of September of 2013. The flood scoured away much of the stream-side vegetation, making these areas more prone to erosion and invasion by weeds, and poor habitat for fish and wildlife.

We'll gather on this spring day to plant 3000 willows along St Vrain Creek through the town of Lyons.

Special thanks to Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists for helping to fund this project.

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Myrtle Spurge Purge I - Boulder County

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

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 09, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 50

9am-4pm approx

Working with Boulder County Parks & Open Space we'll be organizing volunteers for our fist Myrtle Spurge project of the year. The plan is a coordinated assault on Myrtle Spurge in the foothills between Pine Brook Hills and Boulder Heights.

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

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Myrtle Spurge Spurge II - City of Golden (Evening)

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Evening    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
City of Golden

Date(s):
WednesdayApr 13, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 18

5-8pm approx

Spend an evening with your Spurge Purgin friends in a lovely little spot in Golden, CO. We'll be working around a small reservoir to pull this pest in an area where it cannot be sprayed ... which just happens to be situated on the creek in view of the foothills and frequented by many a Canada goose. Join us for our 2nd Spurge Purge of the year.

Myrtle Spurge is an A-listed, aggressive and toxic invasive plant in Colorado. Our task is to prevent further spread and eradicate it at the source wherever found! WRV has established a dynamic regional partnership which will tackle this weed at multiple sites across the front range.

That's where you come in! Join us on one or more of these dates to dig up this weed before it takes over our beloved state.


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Myrtle Spurge Purge III - Boulder County

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

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 23, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 50

9am-4pm approx

Working with Boulder County Parks & Open Space again for this one: Myrtle Spurge project # 3 of the year. Another full day coordinated assault on Myrtle Spurge in the foothills between Pine Brook Hills and Boulder Heights.

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

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Skin Gulch Stream Restoration- Poudre Canyon

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

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 23, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 30


The High Park Fire ravaged over 85,000 acres of Northern Colorado lands, leaving hundreds of residents displaced and over 41,000 acres of land burned at a moderate to high severity! As a result, the Cache La Poudre River ran black after heavy rains last summer, and landslides and flooding closed roads and threatened homes last fall. WRV and the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed (CPRW) are so happy to announce that this last Skin Gulch project will finish the work we began at Skin Gulch once and for all!

Willow planting, seeding and mulching approximately will address the last plot of land to be treated along Stove Prairie Creek right at the confluence of the Poudre River. Bring your fishing rod to finish out the day on the river after the project!

Whether you live downstream of the fire or in the actual burn area, please lend a hand in restoring Fort Collins own backyard watershed.

Contact the Watershed Restoration Coordinator at:lukas@wlrv.org for more info or with questions.

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South St Vrain Creek Restoration

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 Accompanied by Adult (more info)
Sponsors
Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists P.C. - AMVS
Colorado Water Conservation Board - CWCB

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 30, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 60

Join us in this beautiful mountain location to continue to help restore the effects of the flood of September of 2013, which devastated communities all along the Colorado Front Range. The flood scoured away all stream side vegetation and trees, making these areas more prone to erosion and invasion by weeds, and poor habitat for fish and wildlife.

We'll gather on this spring day to revegetate a 600 foot section of the South St Vrain, about nine miles up the canyon from Lyons. Volunteers will plant native seed, spread soil amendments and WoodStraw mulch, and plant over one thousand 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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Canyon Lakes Unauthorized Road Obliteration I

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation
USFS - ARNF & PNG - Canyon Lakes RD

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 30, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 30
SundayMay 01, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 30

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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Myrtle Spurge Spurge IV - Boulder County (Evening)

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Evening    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)
Boulder County Parks and Open Space - BCPOS

Date(s):
WednesdayMay 04, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 30

5-8pm approx

Spend another fine evening with your Spurge Purgin friends back in Boulder County. Our 4th Spurge Purge of the year, we'll be heading back up into the hills for this search and destroy mission.

Myrtle Spurge is an A-listed, aggressive and toxic invasive plant in Colorado. Our task is to prevent further spread and eradicate it at the source wherever found! WRV has established a dynamic regional partnership which will tackle this weed at multiple sites across the front range.

That's where you come in! Join us on one or more of these dates to dig up this weed before it takes over our beloved state.


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Young Gulch Trail Construction I

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation
Colorado State Parks - State Trails Program
Mishawaka Amphitheater

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 21, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 40

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




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Dedisse Park Trail Restoration 1

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
REI - National Office

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 04, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 50

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

This will be the first of two WRV projects at Dedisse Park in 2016. Sign up for one or both. No experience with restoration or trail building is needed; we will have trained crew leaders to make sure you have a great project. See you out there!

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Young Gulch Trail Construction II

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation
Colorado State Parks - State Trails Program
Mishawaka Amphitheater

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 11, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 40

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




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Boulder Prairie - Med Sage Removal 2 (NOAA)

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

Date(s):
WednesdayJun 15, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 25

Building on more than a decade of profoundly successful progress, WRV continues the urgent quest to remove Mediterranean Sage from Boulder County. On a beautiful summer evening, volunteers will dig up plants on the NOAA Table Mountain property north of Boulder and west of Longmont.

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

Approx Hours: 5:30 to 8:30pm

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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
REI - National Office

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 18, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 40

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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Young Gulch Trail Construction III

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation
Colorado State Parks - State Trails Program
Mishawaka Amphitheater

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 25, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 40
SundayJun 26, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 40

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




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Beaver Brook Trail Project

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

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 09, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 30

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

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


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Elkhorn Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction I - Sawyer Project

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

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 09, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 15
SundayJul 10, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Calling all certified sawyers!!

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

By thinning dense stands of trees and piling and removing debris, sawyers will help protect water supply and improve forest health in this valuable and beautiful area.

To sign up for this project, please contact Dani Doyle at Dani@wlrv.org or call 303-543-1411 ext 5#.

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Brainard - Long Lake Trail Connection and Restoration I

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation
Colorado Mountain Club - Boulder Group
Colorado State Parks - State Trails Program
Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists P.C. - AMVS
Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance
REI - National Office

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 16, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 50
SundayJul 17, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 50

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

Join us this summer to alleviate these problems while spending time surrounded by stunning natural beauty. Volunteers will have the chance to help construct a sustainable trail between the Gateway and Long Lake to prevent the development of damaging social trails and move hikers off the road. We will work on sections of rock work, boardwalk, and have plenty of basic trail construction for beginners new to trail construction.

This will be the first of a two part project to get all the work done. Come for one or both projects to help us get this exciting work done.

Volunteers will be working at an elevation of about 10,000 feet and camping 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, Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance, and the Colorado Mountain Club on this project and are grateful for funding from Aspen Meadows Veterinary Specialists and Colorado State Trails Program.


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Mt Columbia Alpine Trail Restoration

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

Date(s):
FridayJul 29, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Colorado's magnificent 14ers attract heavy use. Mt Columbia has some of the worst conditions with an estimated 1.5 million cubic feet of sediment already lost due to erosion. The current trail passes through habitat for local and globally sensitive species, as noted by the USFS. Because usage well exceeds the capacity of the current trail, the primary summit route has been degraded to the point where visitors walk off trail and destroy the sensitive alpine. This project will restore and maintain the ecological and recreational value of the extremely high use route leading up. Aside from stunning views and great company you can expect to have some fun building/closing social trails, creating rock check dams, constructing plank retaining walls, adding soil fill, transplanting local vegetation, and maybe even doing a little alpine seeding.

Note: These alpine small group 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.

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

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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Young Gulch Trail Construction IV

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation
Colorado State Parks - State Trails Program
Mishawaka Amphitheater

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 30, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 40
SundayJul 31, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 40

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




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Georgia Pass Alpine Restoration I

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation
Climax Molybdenum
REI - National Office
Friends of the Dillon Ranger District

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 06, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 45
SundayAug 07, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 45

Along the Continental Divide, Georgia Pass and Glacier Peak reside just above tree line at nearly 12,000 ft. These areas truly are iconic Colorado landscapes with spectacular views in all directions. Because of this the area sees use from off-road vehicles and outdoor enthusiasts experiencing the Continental Divide Trail. Much of the recreation is on sustainable trails and roads allowing for visitation with manageable impact. There are however some places where users, often unknowingly, are causing immense degradation to extremely fragile ecosystems.

Adjacent to a highly successful project site restored in 2010, this project will focus on the closure and restoration of a spur road that is heavily eroding, braiding, and unraveling the native alpine flora. This socially-created road is not part of the Dillon Ranger District's newly approved Travel Management Plan and parallels a much more sustainable road which will remain as part of the trail system. Thus a huge ecological gain will be made without cutting off access to large areas.

Volunteers will work on the steepest and most degraded sections which will be completely seeded, mulched over and have erosion structures put in. We are excited to have the help and partnership of the Friends of Dillon Ranger District and the US Forest Service to accomplish this project.

This project is a great chance to experience the alpine environment in a very easy way. Volunteers will car camp Friday and Saturday night at a site a couple thousand feet lower than the actual work site. Then we will spend Saturday and Sunday spreading see, planting and restoring the steep eroded slope. While we can drive right to the base of the pass, the road spans nearly a mile, so hiking up to half a mile may be required. The first 2,000ft are steep but then it is moderately level. After work each day we will retire to camp for great meals and fun times sitting around the campfire.


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Brainard - Long Lake Trail Connection and Restoration II

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation
Colorado Mountain Club - Boulder Group
Colorado State Parks - State Trails Program
Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists P.C. - AMVS
Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance
REI - National Office

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 13, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 40

Join us for the second and final project of the season at the Brainard Lake Recreation Area. This spectacular area is one of the most popular outdoor gems on the front-range and for good reason. Surrounded by the Indian Peaks wilderness and over 20 miles of hiking, biking and skiing trails it really is an amazing place to explore. All this beauty and adventure have led to so many people visiting the area that the USFS developed a new Brainard Gateway Trailhead. The new Gateway moves people away from the Wilderness areas while still providing exceptional recreational experiences. The Gateway has been very successful but it is not fully connected to the trail system causing ecological damage as people try to find their way without a sustainable trail and safety risks for those that choose to hike along the road.

Volunteers will have the chance to help construct a sustainable trail between the Gateway and Long Lake to prevent the development of damaging social trails and move hikers off the road. We will work on sections of rock work, boardwalk, and have plenty of basic trail construction for beginners new to trail construction.

Volunteers will be working at an elevation of about 10,000 feet and camping 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, Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance, and the Colorado Mountain Club on this project and are grateful for funding from Aspen Meadows Veterinary Specialists and Colorado State Trails Program.

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Georgia Pass Alpine Restoration II

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation
Climax Molybdenum
REI - National Office
Friends of the Dillon Ranger District

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 20, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 45
SundayAug 21, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 45

The finale! This is the second and capstone project to complete restoration work along the Continental Divide at Georgia Pass and Glacier Peak. Come help restore highly degraded alpine areas just above tree line at nearly 12,000 ft. Because of this the area sees use from off-road vehicles and outdoor enthusiasts experiencing the Continental Divide Trail. Much of the recreation is on sustainable trails and roads allowing for visitation with manageable impact. There are, however, some places where users are causing immense degradation to extremely fragile ecosystems.
Adjacent to a highly successful project site restored in 2010, this project will focus on the closure and restoration of a spur road that is heavily eroding, braiding, and unraveling the native alpine flora. This socially-created road is not part of the Dillon Ranger District's newly approved Travel Management Plan and parallels a much more sustainable road which will remain as part of the trail system. Thus a huge ecological gain will be made without cutting off access to large areas.

Volunteers will work on the steepest and most degraded sections which will be completely seeded, mulched over and have erosion structures put in. We are excited to have the help and partnership of the Friends of Dillon Ranger District and the US Forest Service to accomplish this project.

This project is a great chance to experience the alpine environment in a very easy way. Volunteers will car camp Friday and Saturday night at a site a couple thousand feet lower than the actual work site. Then we will spend Saturday and Sunday spreading see, planting and restoring the steep eroded slope. While we can drive right to the base of the pass, the road spans nearly a mile, so hiking up to half a mile may be required. The first 2,000ft are steep but then it is moderately level. After work each day we will retire to camp for great meals and fun times sitting around the campfire.


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Elkhorn Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction II - Sawyer Project

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

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 27, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 15
SundayAug 28, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Calling all certified sawyers!!

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

By thinning dense stands of trees and piling and removing debris, sawyers will help protect water supply and improve forest health in this valuable and beautiful area.

To sign up for this project, please contact Dani Doyle at Dani@wlrv.org or call 303-543-1411 ext 5#.

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Diamond Lake Trail and Restoration

SCHEDULED
Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation
USFS - ARNF & PNG - Boulder RD
Colorado State Parks - State Trails Program

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 03, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 30
SundaySep 04, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 30
MondaySep 05, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 30

This will be one of the more adventurous projects of the season but also one of the most rewarding. We will set up a small basecamp just over 2.5 miles in the wilderness and from there we will work to restore areas around Diamond Lake. Work includes restoration using transplanting and building wood/rock raised trails. Basecamp will have epic views across the lake and of the surrounding peaks that form the continental divide. We will wake each morning to warm breakfast already prepared and hike short distances to reach the work sites.

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Upper Gunnison Basin Habitat Restoration

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Mid Week Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
The Nature Conservancy (Nat'l Office)

Date(s):
WednesdaySep 07, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 25
ThursdaySep 08, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 25
FridaySep 09, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 25
SaturdaySep 10, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 25

WED-THURS-FRI-SAT
(SUN Travel day)

Description: This will be our third year of working in the Upper Gunnison Basin to restore native wet meadows - critical habitat for Gunnison Sage Grouse.

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

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

CREW LEADER TRAINING AVAILABLE
Crew Leaders play an important role in large organized volunteer events by explaining tool use, overseeing construction methods, and maintaining a safe and fun working environment. Volunteer projects in the Upper Gunnison Basin will continue year after year. Well trained, experienced leaders will be a vital part of the overall success of these projects. We hope to recruit and train many new leaders in the Gunnison Basin to continue this important habitat work into the future.

Anyone interested in participating in our Crew Leader Training to Crew Lead for this project please contact Morgan Crowley at morgan@wlrv.org, or call 303-543-1411 Ext. 3# for more information. Crew Leader Training will be Tuesday, September 6th in Gunnison

* Anticipated Schedule*
Tuesday, September 6 - Crew Leader Training (Must register separately)
Wednesday, September 7 - Begin restoration work (Tuesday night arrival strongly recommended)
Thursday, September 8 - Restoration work begins
Friday, September 9 - Continue restoration work
Saturday, September 10 - Finish work for the week
Sunday morning, September 11 - Pack up camp and return home

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!

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 Conservation District 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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Elkhorn Creek Forest Restoration

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 with adult (more info)
Sponsors
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed
Colorado Department of Natural Resources

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 17, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 30

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

Sawyers have been busy this summer thinning dense stands of trees and piling debris. Volunteers will be removing logs, piling slash to be burned and restoring areas where work has occurred to help protect water supply and improve forest health in this valuable and beautiful area.

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Bergen Peak Trail Restoration

SCHEDULED
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.
REI - National Office

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 24, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 40

8am-4pm approx

This wildly popular trail up to Bergen Peak in the Evergreen community is still in need of some WRV care. Our mission is to reroute a steep and badly eroding section of the trail. Volunteers will build about 1500' of sweet new trail and restore the rerouted section by seeding, transplanting and installing fabric and structures to prevent further erosion. There will be trail building, restoration, rock work and seeding - something for everyone and a beautiful mountain day hike to boot! Join us for part 2 of a this great single day trail project in an area near and dear to locals and visitors alike.




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Canyon Lakes Unauthorized Road Obliteration II

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation
USFS - ARNF & PNG - Canyon Lakes RD

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 24, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 30
SundaySep 25, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 30

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!


Friday night arrival encouraged..

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Boulder Creek Habitat Restoration (OSMP)

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

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 08, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 30

Help restore habitat for eagles, and the endangered northern leopard frog and Ute ladies' tresses orchid, at the City of Boulder Weiser Open Space near the beautiful White Rocks Natural Area. Our project will follow the removal of a large stand of huge non-native crack willow, which are currently shading the riparian area, preventing a natural stand of cottonwoods and native shrub understory so important for native wildlife. Volunteers will plant cottonwoods and a variety of native shrubs.

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

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Dedisse Park Trail Restoration 2

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
REI - National Office

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 15, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 50

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

This will be the second of two WRV projects at Dedisse Park in 2016 and we will focus a bit more on final sections of trail and restoration. Sign up for one or both. No experience with restoration or trail building is needed; we will have trained crew leaders to make sure you have a great project. See you out there!


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Dolores River Restoration and Tamarisk Removal

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Join us for a second year working with the Tamarisk Coalition and the Dolores River Restoration Partnership to restore a native ecosystem inside the stunning Delores River Canyon Wilderness Study Area. Volunteers will hand remove invasive Tamarisk trees and seed and plant native vegetation in "resource islands" throughout the area. This is a rare opportunity to camp out with your WRV community and work in this truly scenic and historic area - once the stomping grounds of the infamous rimrockers and notable characters such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid!

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

Date(s):
FridayOct 14, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 25
SaturdayOct 15, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 25
SundayOct 16, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 25

Another fabulous Volunteer Vacation opportunity with WRV! Our furthest afield project to date at 6.5 hours from Boulder. Working with the Tamarisk Coalition, volunteers will camp just south of the historic town of Bedrock, so named because the General Store is built on solid rock! Our work site is a gorgeous half hour walk along the scenic Dolores River to where we will be hand removing invasive Tamarisk trees inside the Delores River Canyon Wilderness Study Area. Volunteers will also seed and plant native trees to replace those we will remove. Don't miss out on this opportunity to camp and work in this unbelievably scenic and historic area!

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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 05, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 15

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 12, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 20

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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