Volunteers needed to help protect cutthroat trout habitat – Oct 11 & 12

The Colorado Mountain Club will partner with Trout Unlimited to complete riparian restoration work along Jim Creek this fall and is looking for volunteers. Jim Creek is home to a conservation population of the native Rio Grande cutthroat trout – a species of special concern to the state of Colorado and a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. However, long term grazing activities have significantly degraded riparian and stream habitat resulting in an incised stream channel with unstable banks and severe erosion and sediment problems. Water quality and in-stream habitat has been compromised resulting in marginal fish habitat and reduced ecological function.

The Jim Creek restoration project will isolate a riparian area on both sides of the creek to prevent further degradation, while allowing for traditional grazing activities to continue. Volunteers will help to install a wildlife friendly fence to protect the area, bolster the natural recovery, and create an avenue for future restoration efforts.

CMC needs volunteers to help improve this sensitive habitat area October 11 and 12, 2014. Project work will take place from 9am – 4pm Saturday and 9am – 1pm Sunday. This project is family friendly (appropriate for kids ages 10 and up with adult supervision) and is open to the public. Camping is available and all food will be provided by CMC. Transport/carpooling will be available from Denver and local volunteers can meet us at the site. Details and registration online. Contact (303)996-2764 or [email protected] for more information.

The Colorado Mountain Club is the state’s leading organization dedicated to adventure, recreation, conservation and education. Founded in 1912, the CMC acts as a gateway to the mountains for novices and experts alike, offering an array of year-round activities, events and schools centered on outdoor recreation.

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