Nonprofit to help repair Waldo Canyon

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trailDenver-based nonprofit Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado announced Tuesday it will lead volunteer service days throughout the state this summer to help restore areas affected by fires and floods.

The program by VOC, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, will include efforts to restore land damaged by the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire in the Pikes Peak region.

“In recent years, a huge swath of our landscape was damaged by calamitous floods, drought and extreme wildfires,” VOC Executive Director Ann Baker Easley said in the news release.  “Fortunately, people are eager to help restore and repair these heavily damaged areas, and their volunteer efforts are essential in helping Colorado recover as quickly as possible.”

The Waldo Canyon burn area will be targeted July 26. Work begins at 8 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. that day.

“In response to the 2012 18,500-acre Waldo Canyon Fire, volunteers will help mitigate flooding and repair fire damage.  These burn areas are now subject to erosion and mudslides which threaten Colorado Springs’ municipal water supply, Highway 24 and public and private infrastructure,” the release said. Work will involve removal of burned hazard trees, re-shaping the ground surface, re-seeding, tree and seedling planting and building erosion control structures to stabilize drainages. The minimum volunteer age is 16.

Other trail and restoration work includes:

West Fork fire and trail restoration: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. June 21-22 and July 19-20

“The June 2013 West Fork Fire was a complex of wildfires near Wolf Creek Pass in southern Colorado, burning more than 109,500 acres.  Much of these fires impacted several recreation sites on the Rio Grande National Forest, including motorized and non-motorized trails.  Restoration work will focus on improving drainage, building erosion control structures and clearing out blown down debris,” according to the release. The minimum age to volunteer is 16.

Flood restoration at Beaver Meadows Trail, Brookside Trail, Mt. Evans Trail, Tanglewood Trail and more: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. June 28

“2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Wilderness Act of 1964. In honor of the occasion, VOC will lead volunteers in several locations within the Mt. Evans Wilderness where they will help restore popular trails that were heavily damaged by flooding,” according to the release. Minimum volunteer age is 14.

Poudre Learning Center flood restoration: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. July 11

“The September 2013 floods severely impacted the Poudre Learning Center and left many areas in need of restoration.  Volunteers will re-seed areas that have been inundated with sediment, restore washed-out trails, help to fortify an oxbow (river bend) along the Cache La Poudre River and pick up flood debris,” according to the release. Minimum age to volunteer is 8.

For more information and/or to volunteer, visit voc.org or call 303-715-1010. No experience or training is necessary.