May 3, 2019
Applewood awards $1,000 to Wildlands Restoration Volunteers
Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric awarded $1,000 as part of their monthly Caring Community Giveaway to Wildlands Restoration Volunteers.
Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV) organizes thousands of volunteers each year to complete more than 100 wild lands conservation projects in Colorado and southern Wyoming. Projects range in length from just a couple of hours or a single day to a weekend or longer. Upcoming highlights include a day at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre on May 18, celebrating National Trails Day near Golden and Fort Collins on June 1, and repairing damage to alpine habitat near Fairplay on July 20-21. Volunteer events range in difficulty from family-friendly to physically demanding. For more information on events including river restoration, forest health initiatives, invasive weed removal, native seed collections and more, visit www.wlrv.org or call 303-543-1411 ext. 1.
Colorado is world famous for its spectacular natural beauty, clear mountain streams and fantastic outdoor recreation. As our population grows, recreation is increasing. 500-year floods hit most of the Colorado Front Range in 2013 and damage to ecosystems still remains. Wildfires are burning more intensely. As a result of these and other impacts, many of Colorado’s forests, streams and trails are suffering. At the same time, there is a large and growing gap between the ecological needs of special places and the available resources to care for them. Volunteer stewardship has demonstrated itself to be a very effective way to address this need. Land management agencies are increasingly eager to engage volunteers. Yet, far less than 1% of Coloradans are engaged in land stewardship. WRV believes there is a vast potential to mobilize more volunteers, and in so doing build a “Culture of Stewardship.”