UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
June 30 | 4pm-6pm | Box Car Bend Preserve
Join us in a collaboration with the local Hemingway chapter of Trout Unlimited while we spread wood chips along the Box Car Bend access trail! This will be a fun evening of getting work done in one of our most scenic preserves. If you haven’t been out to volunteer with us yet, this will be a great one to check out! Please bring your own gloves and water-bottle but we’ll supply the rest!
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CHECK OUT WHAT WE’VE ACCOMPLISHED THIS YEAR!
May 12, May 19, May 26, June 2, June 9, June 16, & June 23 Colorado Gulch Pollinator Meadow
This Spring the Wood River Land Trust embarked on a pollinator initiative project at our Colorado Gulch Preserve. The goal of this project is to bring first-hand awareness to the blight of our native pollinators (like Monarch Butterflies that have declined by 90% in the West) by planting native wildflowers and creating habitat in our approx 10-acre meadow at the Preserve.
Pollinators are central to the health of any productive ecosystem, and their populations are currently declining across the globe. They allow for plants to reproduce, and help create genetic diversity amongst our plant populations. They are critical to our food system, as many crops also rely on pollination. With that being said, their populations are being threatened. Habitat destruction, the misuse of pesticides, and climate change are all contributing to the declining numbers of these important pollinators.
The Wood River Land Trust has identified the health of local pollinators as a priority, and we have taken action by creating pollinator habitat at our Pollinator Meadow Project, at Colorado Gulch Preserve.
Throughout the meadow, we have created a variety of different pollinator habitats. Structures made out of wood and brush have been scattered throughout the meadow. While we generally think of pollinator habitat as flower fields, these brush piles and logs also provide critical nesting space.
The pollinator islands are the main attractions in our meadow. These “islands” are made of a variety of native and pollinator-friendly annuals and perennials. They include everything from Black-Eyed Susans to Showy Milkweed.
We couldn’t have embarked on this project without the support of our volunteers. They have donated over 70 hours this spring and have done amazing work planting starts, creating woody structures, and building fencing out on our meadow. We truly wouldn’t have done this project without the support of our community!
Ed and Carmen Northen moved to the Wood River Valley in June, 2003. Since they had lived near the ocean for so many years, they thought they would visit the Valley and experience the mountain winter before taking the plunge. They moved here for two years and fell in love with the un-crowded spaces, the nearness of the Big Wood River and Silver Creek, and easily accessible mountain ranges for hiking, fishing, mountain biking and camping.
The two of them are committed to being good stewards of the Land Trust’s Boxcar Bend and Draper Wood River Preserve, and they have spent countless hours maintaining trails, pulling weeds, and performing other land management duties.
Of their association with the Land Trust, Carmen notes that they liked the idea of being involved with a local conservation group.
”“It seemed a natural choice to team up on projects since we have the same goals in wanting to protect the river and the wild areas of the valley.”Ed and Carmen NorthernPreserve Stewards