Volunteers needed Sept. 7 to help restore Young Gulch Trail in Poudre Canyon

As part of the continuing effort to restore forest trails following the High Park Fire, the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers are coordinating a volunteer day for the heavily damaged Young Gulch Trail in Poudre Canyon on Sept. 7.

Volunteers of all skill levels can participate, but must be at least 18 years old. Work will include moving rocks to create water dams, stabilizing stream crossings, building a retaining wall, weed management and moving down trees to help with soil conservation — restoration that will help stabilize the trail and limit erosion. Forest Service crews have done some work along the trail to make it safer for volunteers, including cutting hazardous trees along the route.

Flames engulf Young Gulch during the 2012 High Park Fire.
Flames engulf Young Gulch during the 2012 High Park Fire.

Up to 100 people could participate in this event. There is limited parking at the trailhead so volunteers are asked to carpool. Volunteers need to wear long sleeved shirts and pants (no shorts), gloves, and work boots. Hard hats and tools will be provided. Be sure to bring lunch and water.

To register and for additional information, go online to www.poudrewildernessvolunteers.org.

The Canyon Lakes Ranger District wants to extend its appreciation to the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers for all the work they have done and continue to do. Other organizations, including the Diamond Peaks Bike Patrol, also are assisting in this work day.

Please note that an area closure is still in place for much of the High Park Fire burn area. This is due to both safety concerns from flash floods and restoration efforts. For more information about recreation opportunities on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, please call visitor information at 970-295-6700 or check the web at www.fs.usda.gov/arp.

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