Hiking/Backcountry

Spring stewardship day planned in forest near Nederland

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The U.S. Forest Service’s Boulder Ranger District will hold a spring Stewardship Day near Nederland on May 13.

Last year more than 20 individuals participated in the stewardship day, working to obliterate fire rings, rehabilitate campsites, and build fence to keep campsites confined. This year the Boulder Ranger District is planning to continue these efforts and expand to other areas.

“We’re seeing increasing impacts from dispersed recreation all across the Boulder Ranger District,” said recreation manager Matt Henry. “Once a fire ring is on the landscape, it becomes a focal point that other campers then decide to use.  If we can rehabilitate these sites, then we can decrease the likelihood the site will see further impacts.  We were able to get a lot of work done last year, and we’re hoping that we can really grow the scope of this event if we get a big turn out this year.”

Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 13 at the West Magnolia Trailhead, located 1 mile west of the Peak to Peak Highway at the intersection of County Road 132W and Forest Service Road 355.1A. Be sure to bring extra layers, work boots, work gloves, hats, lunch and water. Following a briefing, participants will disperse to perform restoration work such as building fencing, restoring high impact areas, seeding, applying mulch and disassembling rock fire rings.

The Forest Service is requesting that people register so staff can better plan where work will occur and anticipate what is achievable. Respond to jaredasmith@fs.fed.us by May 10 with the subject line: Stewardship Day RSVP.

 

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