2017 Habitat Restoration Projects

We have a great set of restoration projects for 2017. WW’s habitat restoration program offers volunteers the chance to give back to nature in some of the most beautiful spots on earth! Here are our projects for this summer:restoration-2016-mid-01

  • Sun., June 25 –Seven Star Barbed Wire Removal –The area near the Seven Star Trail above the rodeo lot in Snowmass provides great winter range and habitat for deer and elk. Unfortunately, it also has several miles of old barbed wire scattered throughout. Vestiges of decades-old grazing operations, these abandoned fencelines now threaten elk and deer who spend time in the winter on these south facing slopes foraging for food. We’ll be removing the barbed wire to increase the value and use of this area to elk and deer.
  • Sat., July 15 – Hunter Creek Weed Pull – For the past two years we have partnered with the Forest service and several local groups to remove weeds from the Hunter Creek Valley. This project is part of the larger landscape scale Hunter Smuggler Cooperative Plan, an over 4,000-acre project to increase forest resiliency outside of Aspen. The weed pull was identified as a priority both because of the high amount of visitation this area gets but more importantly its proximity to a prescribed burn conducted in May of 2016. The projects two goals are to eliminate Canadian thistles from this popular recreation area and to remove a potential seed source for the bare ground created by the prescribed fire.
  • Fri. – Sun., Aug. 18-20 – Capitol Creek Trail Repair –In partnership with the F.S. and Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, we will repair and re-route damaged, eroded and overgrown sections of the Capitol Creek Trail. Near the intersection of the ditch trail and the main Capitol Creek Trail several section are severely damaged and requires dedicated work to repair. This project will involve a two-night wilderness camp-out and will both enhance the visitor experience on a popular trail leading to one of Colorado’s famed 14,000ft peaks and prevent erosion and ecological impacts to the local environment.
  • Sat., Sept. 16 – Government Trail Barbed Wire Removal For the second year in a row we’ll be removing abandoned, no longer necessary barbed wire from an elk calving area along the Government trail between the Buttermilk and Snowmass Ski Areas. Removing barb wire fencing from this location makes it much easier for animals to move through and reproduce. Since the area no long supports an active cattle allotment, the fencing there is no longer necessary and its continued presence reduces the value of the calving area and poses a hazard to recreationists.