Recent Flooding and Our Work
Over a month after the devastating floods across Colorado, our hearts still go out to the thousands of people who have been deeply affected by this disaster. The scope of the damage is almost incomprehensible. WRV is first and foremost about community, working together to accomplish great things.
WRV has been busy communicating closely with our land agency partners, funders and partners. As the recovery and restoration process begins we have already helped convene a coalition meeting to develop and leverage flood recovery efforts, coordinated over five flood restoration projects, trained over twenty flood specific crew leaders and seen a community rise to support each other through these tough times.
With mountains of work still to come and agencies still creating priority lists we know many people want to get involved NOW. We encourage folks to be patient as projects are safely planned. There will be months and years of work to repair trails, erosion, and restore streams.
WRV COMMUNITY MESSAGE BOARD
There are still a couple late season project left before WRV slows down for the off season. Please check our project schedule for listings and availability. You can also see all the great work that was done this year on our photos page or check out ways to become a leader next season by reading more on our leadership training program.
Healing the Land…building community for over 13 years:
It all began on March 20, 1999 when Ed Self, founder and executive director of Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV), organized 20 volunteers to improve the wetland habitat around Heron Pond at Pella Crossing Open Space near Hygiene by planting willows. From this initial project, WRV has grown into a highly successful and well respected ecological stewardship organization, and will be completing its 500th volunteer project in October of 2013.
This milestone 500th project took place at on the Flatirons Vista Grassland Restoration project, involving 70 volunteers.
Ed Self, Executive Director, describes this momentous occasion: “It’s been a wild journey getting to 500. We’ve accelerated a lot over the years from seven or ten per year to now over 70 projects per year.”
Wildlands Restoration Volunteers is a non-profit organization that provides an opportunity for people to come together, learn about their natural environment, and take direct action to restore and care for the land. We'd love to have your help!
Colorado is blessed with tremendous natural beauty. However, our open spaces, forests, streams, and high country are experiencing numerous impacts due to their close proximity to a fast growing urban population. Development, increasing recreational use and other human activities, have taken their toll on vulnerable ecosystems and wildlife habitat. At the same time, land management budgets are falling. Read more about us...
It has been over a year and a half since the flames from the High Park Fire were put out but the Poudre River Watershed is still suffering from its after effects. Post-fire restoration helps to protect rivers, reservoirs, and communities from further damage.
Hundreds of WRV volunteers have been working hard on dozens of project to help reduce the risk of erosion and severe runoff in the Poudre Watershed, help protect downstream water quality in the Poudre River, and help protect drinking water on the Front Range,