Thirteen volunteers from our chapter and four from The Art of Living in Boulder along with Coalition for the Upper South Platte workers participated in our third 2011 successful Restoration project.  The work was performed along Horse Creek (which flows into the South Platte at Deckers) at the base of an alluvial flow which dumps tons of granite sediment into the creek (and the South Platte) with every rainstorm in the area.  Over 4,100 native willows were planted in key areas along the stream banks to help prevent further erosion and block the sedimentation flow downstream.  
This project marks the third willow planting for the year and to date we have assisted in the planting of over 15,000 willows!  Congratulations Volunteers!

Volunteers take a break on the Horse Creek Willow Planting Project

Volunteers take a break on the Horse Creek Willow Planting Project.

The weather cooperated with a beautiful day for working outdoors.  The workers were treated to a “gourmet” lunch compliments of the Cutthroat Chapter.  The work was completed by 1:30 in the afternoon leaving ample time to fish the Deckers area.
Many thanks to our hard working volunteers who contributed to the success of this project:

Volunteers on the Horse Creek Willow Planting

Volunteer group on the Horse Creek Willow Planting Project

Richard Kloetzli
Jim Rasmussen
Jim Klug
Marti Klug
Jay Klug
Katelyn Klug
Mike Myers
Orion Vogeler
Bill Honeyfield
Steve Smith
Dave Anderson
Alan Whitehead
Gary Giallea

Each of our volunteers earned a raffle ticket making them eligible to participate in our Conservation Volunteer Recognition Award Raffle to be held at our annual auction.  See our website for complete details.  And there are many more opportunities to help out throughout the year.  Our next project is scheduled for August 20th.  We will be doing river clean up along the South Platte near Deckers.