Volunteers sought for environmental work on Upper South Platte

Upper South Platte Basin
Upper South Platte Basin

From The High Timber Times (Gabrielle Porter):

People looking to help out with environmental service work along the U.S. 285 Corridor can sign up to pull weeds, build trails or work on forestry projects with the Coalition for the Upper South Platte.

CUSP is moving into its first year of major concentration along U.S. 285, and has several projects on its summer agenda, said Bailey resident Jeff Ravage, the group’s North Fork watershed coordinator.

The nonprofit, founded in 1998, focuses on building a healthy watershed for the Upper South Platte River — more than 2,600 acres of land from which water drains into the river. The group secured funding to help with restoration work following the Hayman Fire in 2002.

This year, CUSP’s major priority is removing harmful non-native weeds from several areas, Ravage said. While CUSP has several sites on its summer agenda, Ravage said he would like to hear from area residents if they know spots plagued by non-native weeds.

Volunteers will also work on building part of a connecting trail at Staunton State Park. Some can help with forestry work. Because CUSP is a nonprofit, it can perform restoration work on state, federal and private land, Ravage said.

“We cross all fence lines, we like to say,” he said.

Groups can sign up to volunteer for several days or weeks on specific projects. CUSP also will be hosting several one-day work stints during the summer, so neighbors can join for shorter amounts of time, Ravage said.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, and those under 18 will need a guardian or responsible adult with them. All volunteers must sign waivers.

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