Mission and Goals
"To foster a community spirit of shared responsibility for the ecological stewardship and restoration of public and protected lands."
What We Do
WRV engages thousands of volunteers in over sixty land stewardship projects each year, completing a wide variety of high priority habitat restoration and conservation work throughout Colorado and southern Wyoming. Projects can be a single day, but some last a weekend or longer with camping in spectacular mountain settings. Attendance averages 60 volunteers, but ranges from 10 to over 100. Tasty meals are usually provided, and no experience is necessary!
While we often see dramatic, satisfying, results over a weekend of activity, restoration takes time and commitment. In many cases, we adopt places and return numerous times over a period of years to continue our work. Returning volunteers see the fruits of their labors and develop a deep commitment to the places they have helped to heal. Friendships are born and our community is strengthened.
Our projects are led almost entirely by volunteers. We have an extensive leadership training program, which provides important skills needed to lead our projects. These skills are transferable to many other areas of life, and provide a basis for empowered engagement in conservation issues.
- Create a strong network of volunteers, capable of caring for these sites through trainings, educational opportunities, and partnerships with other local organizations.
- Encourage community-based involvement in projects by recruiting volunteers who live in communities near project sites and/or are members of user groups who frequent those sites.
- Develop and implement high quality, science-based restoration techniques. We aim to contribute to the scientific field of ecological restoration.
- Collaborate closely with land managers and other stakeholders to identify key sites in need of ecological restoration.
- Serve a diverse audience including urban and rural residents, adults, middle and high school students, disadvantaged youth, local watershed protection groups, local outdoor clubs, and other recreational users of local public lands.
- Have fun, work hard, and celebrate the deep love of mountains, forests, streams, and open spaces that inspire our work.