Restoring Boulder's Wild Lands - 8 years of Ecological Restoration by Skilled Volunteers by John Giordanengo, Projects Director, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers.
The Boulder-based Wildlands Restoration Volunteers began its first project in 1999 when the founder, Ed Self, organized about 20 volunteers to plant willows and improve wetland habitat around Heron Pond at Pella Crossing Open Space near Hygiene. The FOES (Friends of Ed Self), as this first group of volunteers jokingly referred to themselves as, spawned a core group of volunteer leaders skilled in ecological restoration and project planning. By the end of 2006, WRV volunteers had completed 113 projects and contributing over 80,000 volunteer hours, valued at over $1,300,000 toward the care and restoration of public lands. In 2008, WRV plans to implement over 28 projects in partnership with several local, regional, and national land management agencies.
In addition to implementing professional restoration work, WRV continues to experiment with new restoration treatments, trains leaders in ecological restoration, and provides a fun venue for every-day citizens to engage in ecosystem restoration and conservation. This talk will include a brief history of WRV, an overview of restoration techniques used successfully throughout Boulder County, details of a new volunteer-based monitoring program, the future of the organization, and "OF COURSE" pictures of native plants in restoration areas. For more information, visit wlrv.org
Location: REI Boulder Community Room - 1789 28th St
Time: 6:30 PM
Cost: Free wlrv.org