Join us on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 8:30-11 a.m. to plant the beautiful red twig dogwood along the Monarch Spur Trail! Bring your gloves, water and sunscreen and help volunteers with the Salida Trail Ecological Restoration Project (STERP) plant these shrubs near Ditch Creek.

Red twig dogwoods are the host plant of the blue azure butterfly, a food source for migrating birds, and look beautiful even in winter, when their bright red twigs add a splash of color to their surroundings.

STERP is a joint effort among the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas, Salida-area Parks Open-space & Trails, the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association, the city of Salida and Chaffee County to restore Salida’s downtown trails to a natural habitat, where native plant and wildlife species can thrive alongside residents’ recreational use of the trail.

Interested volunteers can meet in the public parking area on the west side of the Safeway parking lot along the trail. For more information, contact project coordinator Buffy Lenth at [email protected] or call the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas office at 539-7700.

Hope to see you on the trail!

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