Jan. 21, 2021
CPW seeks volunteers to plant trees, help clean up State Wildlife Areas
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Volunteers are being sought by Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Southeast Region to help plant trees and clean State Wildlife Areas east of Colorado Springs.
CPW relies heavily on volunteers to perform a variety of important tasks at its 42 parks and 350 wildlife areas. Volunteers also make major contributions to efforts of biologists working with aquatic and terrestrial wildlife.
“In 2020, 2,703 volunteers contributed 273,350 hours, which was the equivalent of 131 full-time employees,” said Jeanette Lara, volunteer coordinator for CPW’s Southeast Region. “CPW calculated the value of the 2020 work at $8 million. We couldn’t do nearly as much as an agency without the valuable contribution of our volunteers.”
As the 2021 volunteer season begins, anyone interested is encouraged to contact Lara by email at: Jeanette.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first project involves planting trees, courtesy a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant to pay for volunteer projects to improve habitat or help wildlife. The Kinney Lake Tree Planting Project is scheduled Feb. 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Kinney Lake State Wildlife Area.
Volunteers will plant cottonwood trees and install protective tree guards. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing for the weather conditions, comfortable closed toed shoes, gloves, mask, and sunscreen. Volunteers should bring water and sunscreen. Additional items volunteers could bring include shovels, fence pliers and T-post drivers. Lunch will be provided for pre-registered volunteers working on the tree planting project.
Besides the Kinney Lake tree planting, here is a list of scheduled cleanup days:
Flagler SWA Cleanup Day, April 3
Kinney Lake SWA Cleanup Day, April 17
Karval SWA Cleanup Day, May 1
Hugo SWA Cleanup Day, May 15
Ramah SWA Cleanup Day, May 29
Each cleanup day is scheduled 8 a.m. to noon.
Crews will walk roadsides and comb the SWAs for trash. In addition to appropriate clothing, water and snacks, volunteers are encouraged to bring reflective vests, trash pickers and five-gallon buckets, if they have them. Appropriate COVID precautions will be followed.