Conservancy Seeks Volunteer Conservation Stewards for Projects

The Central Colorado Conservancy is seeking volunteers to join an active team working on projects to improve the health of local land and water resources. 

Volunteers with the Conservation Stewards team plant trees on riverbanks, remove old fencing to open wildlife migration routes, and clear ditches to increase water flow. The projects allow volunteers to improve the landscape for benefits such as wildlife, water quality and local food production.
“This is an opportunity for you to get your hands in the dirt, put down roots in this community, and give back to the lands that provide us with clean water, life-giving soils, food, wildlife, awe inspiring beauty and a bounty of recreational opportunities,” coordinator Buffy Lenth said.

“Several exciting projects are lined up on both public and private lands,” Lenth said.
-**Thursday, Sept. 20th** - Conservation Stewards work day in partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) at new state wildlife area near Frantz Lake, the old Kaess pit. From 8 a.m. to noon, lunch will be provided. Work projects include installation of a new gate, removal of Russian olive trees and planting of new trees.
-**Tuesday, Sept. 25th** - Conservation Stewards needed to help with an aspen health project. Old, dead aspen is being removed to encourage new growth. Branches will be piled for later burning. Meet in Poncha Springs at 8 a.m. for travel to private ranch not open to the public on top of Poncha Pass. 
-**Wednesday, Oct 3rd** - Conservation Stewards work day at Sands Lake State Wildlife Area in partnership with CPW. Help remove old wire growing into trees and put new welded wire protection around trees to prevent beaver damage.
-**Saturday, Oct. 8th and Nov. 1** - Conservation Stewards work day in partnership with CPW at the Arkansas River fishing access in Johnson Village. Start at 9 a.m. 
-**Thursday, Oct. 18th** - Conservation Stewards work day at Sands Lake State Wildlife Area in partnership with CPW. Help finish up projects for the season, lunch provided. Start at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Lenth at [email protected]
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