Volunteers to Restore Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge

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by Kimberly Kosmenko

Join Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV), CRA members and several dozen local community members on the weekend of May 20-21, 2006 to restore a stretch of the Illinois River at the gorgeous Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge near Walden, Colorado. WRV is a nonprofit organization that brings together a community of volunteers to contribute to the stewardship of public lands along the Front Range and beyond. We focus on providing volunteers a fun and meaningful experience while working with local agencies to complete about twenty much-needed restoration projects each year. WRV and CRA partnered on a very successful riparian restoration project in Jamestown last year, and we’re looking forward to continuing our work together.

Since 2004, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers has been working with the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to gather and plant willow cuttings in a variety of ways along the banks of the Illinois River as part of a research effort to determine the most effective willow planting techniques. The gorgeous 25,000 acre Wildlife Refuge, located near Walden, Colorado, provides critical habitat to numerous species. The high mountain willow riparian community is very important for neotropical migrating songbirds. However, much of the willow community was removed by previous ranching practices. Our efforts will help identify the most effective willow planting techniques that can be applied on a massive scale in the coming years to restore many miles of the Illinois River.

 

No special experience or tools are required from volunteers — we’ll teach the techniques on site and provide tools. You’ll have the opportunity to camp by the refuge headquarters, and will enjoy excellent food prepared by our volunteer cooks. We’ll need a total of 60 volunteers, and the minimum age for children participating is 12 with an adult. For more information or to register for the project, check out our website at www.wlrv.org or contact Kimberly Kosmenko at kimberly@wlrv.org or             303.543.1411      . Say that you’re with CRA.

We look forward to meeting you in Walden!