What better way to celebrate Public Lands Day than removing barbed wire fencing on public lands to improve critical mule deer and elk habitat?
We've partnered up with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to do just that on BLM land in the Northwest region of Colorado and we need your help! Join us for a weekend of stewardship, fishing on the White River, and campfire stories in the Meeker area, home to two of the largest elk and mule deer herds in Colorado.
What to Expect: Volunteers will remove fence staples and wire clips using bolt cutters, roll up wire, and remove T-Posts. We will do the bulk of the work during the cooler parts of the day (9:00-12) on both Saturday and Sunday. In the afternoon and evening on Saturday the 24th the day is open for fishing, hiking, or relaxing at camp followed by dinner and sitting around the campfire with good people. Even if you can’t swing the overnight stay we would love to have the help for the removal on either day.
We will be working in the Little Tom's Draw area on BLM land near the White River. Joining us, will be CPW Area Manager and Biologist Brian Holmes who will give a talk in the evening about his work, the current state of the local wildlife populations, and the conservation history of the area.
BHA will provide lunch & dinner on Saturday as well as breakfast and lunch on Sunday.
What to bring: Leather gloves, safety glasses, and fence tools (pliers, post puller, etc) if you have them. A water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, and proper clothing for working outside and removing fence (jeans, boots, long-sleeve shirt).
***We will rendezvous at the Rio Blanco Lake State Wildlife Area (about 25 minutes West of Meeker) and convoy/carpool to the worksite. Community service credit for school or other organizations can be arranged.***