A Fire of Historic Proportions: The Fourmile Canyon Disaster and Recovery
by Rachel Steel
In September 2010, a wildfire swept through the mountains west of Boulder, burning 6,000 acres and destroying more than 170 homes. Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV) staff watched from the office patio as smoke billowed up from the mountains, appearing as though it were erupting from a volcano. The fire directly impacted hundreds of residents and gripped the larger community for weeks.
by Ed Self, Executive Director
We normally think of outdoor recreation as doing one of myriad activities such as hiking, mountain biking, skiing, rock climbing, horseback riding, etc. At these times we are "users" of public lands, aiming simply to have fun with friends and get some good exercise.
New Year Fundraising Off to a Great Start
Many thanks to all those who contributed to WRV's Fall Campaign in 2010. The projects that WRV coordinates are only possible because of your steadfast support.
Staff Profile — Rachel Steel, Youth and Inclusiveness Coordinator
Rachel joined the WRV team last fall as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Following in the footsteps of our first VISTA, Katie Renga, Rachel is working to further develop WRV's youth programs, build a more diverse body of volunteers, and secure program funds.
Wildlands Restoration Volunteers is pleased to announce a new season of land stewardship and restoration projects. Come join us for some great fun and the deep satisfaction of giving back to places you care about.
Thank you to everyone who donated in 2010 and 2011!
Many Thanks to Our Partners for 2010/2011
WRV is pleased to acknowledge its partner organizations. Collaboration is essential to leverage our efforts and build a strong diverse community of people devoted to the care of local public land.
Volunteer Steve Johnson
by Angie Francis and Jarret Roberts
Steve Johnson always goes above and beyond for WRV. Literally. On the Summit Lake project, for example, he took his excavator where few other pieces of heavy machinery have ever gone, scaling extremely steep slopes at nearly 13,000 feet.
WRV's First-Ever High School Crew Leader Training is Off to a Great Start!
In October 2010, WRV kicked off a brand new program designed to provide high school students with hands-on training in outdoor leadership and principles of restoration ecology.
Your membership will help us expand our work dramatically in the future.
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