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Hayman Fire Rehabilitation, Horse Creek (CCTU and CUSP Joint Project) – Saturday, October 28, 2017
October 28, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Project Location: Horse Creek Drainage
Difficulty Rating: Easy/Moderate/Difficult
Project Times: 9am-3pm
Meeting Location: Meet at Deckers Community Hall parking lot, behind Flies and Lies. 8570 S Co Hwy 67, Sedalia, CO 80135
Number of Volunteers Anticipated: OPEN CALL; 30 volunteers maximum
To date the Hayman Fire in 2002 is still the largest wildland fire in Colorado’s recorded history at 139,000 acres lost. Although the fire is 15 years past, the restoration work still marches on. CUSP has been focusing on specific drainages in the fire that in accordance with the Watershed Assessment of River Stability and Sediment Supply (WARSSS) to determine the drainages that are producing the most sedimentation into the Upper South Platte. There has been a joint effort between land managers both public and private to rehabilitate and restore these areas. The project work will include but may not be limited to; building sill log structures, erosion control methods such as planting tree saplings, transplanting willows, as well as seeding & jute matting. This project will help to further reduce sedimentation into the Upper South Platte River. Waders are recommended for many of these tasks.
- CUSP will provide hard hats, materials and necessary tools to complete project work
- A portable toilet will be available onsite
- A safety review and work demonstration will precede the project work
- Weather, which could create hazardous conditions, may cause the project to be canceled or rescheduled; staff will monitor weather and notify you of any changes, which will also be posted to cusp.ws/Volunteer.
- Any applicable medicines (including epi-pens, insulin and inhalers)
- Sunglasses or safety glasses
- Long pants and long sleeved shirts are strongly recommended
- Work gloves (we will have some if you do not)
- Sturdy shoes with good tread; no sandals please
- A daypack to carry water and lunch, we will not return to vehicles for lunch
- Two liters of water to carry with you; we will provide Igloos with extra water
What to Expect:
This project will occur in an exposed mountain environment. Please be aware and prepared for potential hazards, including but not limited to: driving on mountainous roads with loose gravel and flash flood potential; exposure to sun, wind, lightning and rapidly changing weather conditions; working with sharpened tools in areas with unstable terrain and footing; hiking at significant elevation. Medications may have adverse effects in sun, heat or altitude; please list medications and medical conditions on the CUSP release form so staff may be aware of potential concerns. Know your limitations and inform staff immediately if you become ill or injured. Be prepared to exit quickly in the event of an emergency or changing environmental conditions. Please be prepared to hike at high elevation in varying weather conditions. Please drink plenty of water prior to and during the project to stay hydrated.
GPS systems and Internet map sites are often misleading in the mountains. Cell phone service will be inconsistent or unavailable.
The below office number can be contacted in case of emergency:
- The Coalition for the Upper South Platte
- Post Office Box 726
- Lake George, Colorado 80827