TU Spring 2017 Volunteer Form
Let the River Restoration Begin!
New Dates: May 6, 20 and 21
After years of fundraising, negotiation, planning and preparation, we’re actually ready to do some work on the ground and in the water. Our original plan was to gather willows on Earth Day in April, but as of early March our snow pack is at about 150% of normal (hooray!).
That great snowpack means we'll have lots of runoff this spring, which is wonderful. It also means we had to push our restoration plan back into May when we'll actually be able to get near the river. Our TU chapter will revegetate a portion of the Fraser River on Devil’s Thumb Ranch and near the Sunset Ridge ponds just off Highway 40 at CR 83. The parking lot is just east of the viaduct near Tabernash. We’ll gather cuttings from willows the first week, allow them to sprout, then plant them two weeks later.
Once established, the willows will improve shading to decrease stream temperatures, reduce erosion and help begin to restore the riparian zone. We’ll help return these areas closer to their original pre-grazing condition. For more about our effort, follow this link to the February 24, 2017 Sky Hi News article.
Here’s the plan for Saturday, May 6 and again on May 20 and 21, 2017
- 9:30AM Meet at the Sunset Ridge Pond parking lot at Highway 40 and CR 83.
- 10:00AM - Noon Cut/harvest willows on May 6, plant them on May 20 and 21.
- Noon - 12:30 Enjoy the lunch providedby the Colorado River Headwaters Chapter of TU and the company of your friends in TU.
- 12:30 - 2:00PM Cut/harvest willows on May 6, plant them on May 20 and 21.
- 2:00 - ? Enjoy the company of your friends in TU and any beverages you brought along. We’ll bring the snacks!
Please bring whatever you can from this list:
Waders or rubber boots, layered clothing, a hat, clippers for cutting willows, buckets, gloves, heavy hammer (3# maul or similar), sunscreen, bug spray, water, lunch, beverages.
Please send us an email by clicking here to let us know when you can help.
Watch The Video To Learn More About The Project
Local TU chapter president Kirk Klancke and board member Anna Drexler-Dreis were featured in an interview on Grand County TV18 in the Good Morning Winter Park show. They talked about our upcoming willow cutting/planting event to begin restoration on a 0.9 mile segment of the Fraser River upstream from the Devil's Thumb turnoff of Highway 40 at CR 83. We're excited that this will be our first "on the ground and in the river" restoration project! Kirk and Anna touched on other water-related topics as well.
Kirk and Anna talked about the project and TU's efforts to help heal the river. The show aired for the first time at 7:30 AM on Saturday, March 11 and will be repeated several times over the next few weeks. You can now watch the video any time on any connected device from the Grand County TV18 website at http://grandcountytelevision.com/ Just click on the Good Morning Winter Park logo in the upper right portion of the Home page and go to the show labeled 031117.
For details about our river restoration efforts or to volunteer to help harvest and plant willows along the Fraser on May 6, 20 or 21, scroll up to the "TU Spring Volunteer Form" just above here. You'll find an additional source of information about the process at http://www.grandcountylearningbydoing.org/
For details about our river restoration efforts or to volunteer to help harvest and plant willows along the Fraser on May 6, 20 or 21, scroll down to the "TU Spring Volunteer Form" just below here. You'll find an additional source of information about the process at http://www.grandcountylearningbydoing.org/