May 2019 Volunteer Project on Ranch Creek

May 2019: Volunteer on Ranch Creek


Ranch Creek Restoration Volunteers Needed May 4, 18 and 19, 2019

 In 2017 we had our first major on-the-ground-and-in-the-river event on the Fraser River upstream from the Sunset Ridge ponds near Tabernash. Our 2018 project kept the momentum going with a similar event repeated on the nearby Black Property on Ranch Creek. Once again, in 2019, we'll harvest willow stakes on May 4 and plant them on May 18 and 19. We need around 150 volunteers for this event, so your participation is critical!  

In the spring of 2019, we're planning another willow harvesting and planting project along Ranch Creek near Tabernash. The dates are Saturday, May 4, 2019 for harvesting followed by May 18 and 19 for planting. To volunteer, click this link.  The link will take you to a website where our official signup form lives.  Please note that there have been reports of rare instances of problems with the signup form website. Keep trying the link if you have any difficulties. 

For tips on successful willow harvesting and planting techniques, click here.  To see an excellent five-minute video produced by Michael Turner of TV18, our local Grand County Outside Television affiliate, on one of our previous willow restoration events, click on this link. 

Your Time Will Help Save The Fraser

The local Colorado River Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited needs a few hours of your time! Trout Unlimited has again organized a volunteer event on May 4, 18 and 19. This three-day event is your chance to get directly involved in saving and restoring our local rivers.   

This will be Trout Unlimited’s third annual on-the-ground-and-in-the-river event to harvest and plant willows along rivers in our valley. Restoring willows helps provide shade and reduce erosion. Shade helps lower water temperatures (trout can’t live in warm water) and stopping erosion keeps silt and soil from muddying streams.  

This year’s project is along Ranch Creek, a tributary of the Fraser River, downstream from Devil’s Thumb Ranch. On Saturday, May 4, volunteers will harvest willow “stakes”. The willows will be nurtured for two weeks to encourage them to sprout. On May 18 and 19, the sprouting willows will be planted in carefully selected spots.

Experienced Trout Unlimited members will teach the proper techniques for both harvesting and planting, so you just need to be willing rather than experienced! Volunteers at past events have worked hard but had lots of fun. It’s a great bonding opportunity for everyone to share a rewarding experience in the outdoors while helping improve our local environment.

TU is even providing coffee, lunch and a beer at the end of the day!

What do you need to bring? Appropriate clothing for the weather and spending time outdoors. A good pair of sturdy work gloves is crucial. Boots or waders are a plus, but a few loaners will be available and not all jobs require getting in the river.