In May 2016, Colorado became the first state in the nation to establish a state holiday for our public lands. The third Saturday in May is now recognized as Colorado Public Lands Day, a day to celebrate how our public lands are central to our economy and our quality of life. Coloradans know that our forests, rivers, mountains, grasslands, and parks are a huge part of our economy, from fueling tourism and outdoor retailers to drawing in new businesses and residents. PROJECT BACKGROUND: For the next 2 years Jefferson County Open Space's Forestry team will try to complete over 100 acres of forest management. Our focus will be towards wildfire mitigation, wildlife habitat improvement, and overall natural resource protection in and around Flying J Ranch Park. Work will focus on reducing the densities of mixed conifer stands, promoting aspen stands, creating lodgepole regeneration patch cuts, and restoring ponderosa pine forests. Over time, this effort will create a landscape more resistant to catastrophic wildfire and insect damage by increasing the diversity of tree species, age classes, and distribution patterns within the forest. This project will also enhance visitor safety by removing hazardous trees around the picnic area and priority trail corridors. WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING: Volunteers are needed to help consolidate some of the felled trees, so they can be chipped and or stacked to create habitat for wildlife. Volunteers will also be closing closing a user created trail in the park in an effort to protect habitat for native wildlife, plants and insects.
Maximum Participants: 60