CANCELLED: Prairie Dog Habitat Improvements @ Pawnee National Grassland

Protect prairie dogs by replacing an old and dilapidated fence.
Type of Work:
Grounds/Facilities Maintenance
Dates:
April 4, 2020
Times:
9:00 am-4:00 pm
Physical Difficulty:
Moderate
Minimum Age:
16
Region:
Eastern Plains
State:
Colorado
City:
Ault
County:
Weld
Camping:
Yes
Groups Allowed:
Yes
Payment Required:
No
See below description details for participation information.

Description

Where You'll Be:
Located in northern Colorado about 35 miles east of Fort Collins and 25 miles northeast of Greeley, the Pawnee National Grassland is an internationally known birding area. Its 193,060 acres of habitat are home to abundant and diverse wildlife, spring wildflowers, and a rich history represented by old cemeteries and nearby museums.
Take a moment to savor your visit to this unique grassland; experience the peaceful serenity of the prairie and let your imagination run wild.

What You'll Do:
Join VOC for our first project of the year! Open to volunteers ages 16+, this project will allow you to enjoy an early Spring day in nature and make an immediate difference for the local prairie dog population by removing and replacing a deteriorating fence. Both breakfast and lunch will be provided by our fantastic volunteer Crew Chefs.

Why It Matters:
The fence you build will play an important role in safely and effectively managing prairie dog colonies. These fences create a visual barrier for prairie dogs (instead of lethal controls); this eases tension between prairie dogs and property owners by reducing damage from prairie dogs, and helps the grassland maintain greater species diversity and ecological resilience.

Need-to-Know Details:

  • Minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on single-day projects.
  • VOC will provide all equipment including tools and work gloves.
  • Cancellation: Our partners rely on VOC volunteers to accomplish critical stewardship needs, and our projects often have wait lists. If you need to cancel, please email Kendall Cox or call 303-715-1010 ext. 116 as soon as possible so we can free your spot for another volunteer and have a full workforce.

About Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC)
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) is the state's oldest, largest, and leading outdoor stewardship nonprofit organization. Founded in 1984 to motivate and enable people to become active stewards of Colorado's natural resources, VOC has engaged nearly 125,000 people in more than 1,000 volunteer projects for a donated labor value of $25 million. Through award-winning youth and volunteer programs, leadership training, capacity-building programs, and collaborative efforts with nonprofits and land management agencies, VOC is an invaluable resource in Colorado, especially as our outdoor stewardship needs are approaching near-crisis levels. For more information, visit www.voc.org or call 303-715-1010.