Miller Ranch Wet Meadow Restoration
This Labor Day weekend we are excited to once again join Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District, and the US Forest Service.
Sat, September 03, 2022 – Mon, September 05, 2022
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM MDT
Volunteers will use innovative, yet simple, restoration methods, specifically constructing small rock structures to raise the water table to support plants and insects needed by wildlife.
When: Saturday, September 3, 9:00AM to 4:00PM
Sunday, September 4, 8:00AM to 4:00PM
Monday, September 5 8:00AM to 4:00PM
Where: Black Sage Pass (Saturday)
Miller Ranch State Wildlife Area north of Gunnison (Sunday & Monday)
Parking: The meeting location will be the same each day, Miller Ranch State Wildlife Area. Coordinates: 38.674246, -106.992585
What: Volunteers will spend time building rock structures to improve critical habitat for the Gunnison Sage-Grouse. We will use innovative, yet simple, restoration methods-small rock structures to raise the water table to support plants and insects needed by wildlife.
Why: Wet meadows and riparian areas in sagebrush shrublands provide important brood-rearing habitat for the threatened Gunnison Sage-grouse. These habitats are also important for numerous other species, including neo-tropical migratory birds, elk and mule deer, as well as ranchers for livestock grazing. A number of wet meadows and riparian areas, already compromised by erosion and lower water tables, are likely to be further altered from drought and high intensity rainstorms associated with a changing climate.
Camping: Stick around enjoy a refreshing kolsch from Zuni Street Brewing Company! Camping will also be available to volunteers Friday through Monday at the Miller Ranch State Wildlife Area.
Here are a few things you should know:
-We will provide lunch and water for refills
-Bring a water bottle & weather-appropriate clothes/gear (hat, sunscreen, bug spray, etc.)
-We provide work gloves and tools
-Wear close-toed shoes, comfortable outdoor layers, and clothes you aren’t afraid to get dirty
-We recommend bringing a small pack to carry anything you may need (water, snacks, bug spray, extra clothes)
TICKETS Selected during registration
3 Day Weekend
Saturday - September 3
Sunday - September 4
Monday - September 5