Welcome to Wild Connections For twenty years we've involved people in identifying and protecting the wildlands network in our region.
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Farnum Peak Restoration - Great Work Day!
Thanks to the volunteers from Wild Connections, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Coalition for the Upper South Platte, Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative, and to the Forest Service crew who helped to close an illegal motorized trail in the Farnum roadless area the first weekend in August.
Both ends of the illegal track were closed with large dirt berms, post and cable; the track behind the closure was mechanically ripped, seeded and covered with logs and brush. Some volunteers camped overnight at Round Mountain Campground. Bad weather held off until after the work was finished mid-Sunday afternoon.
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Later in the year, a monitoring team will check the closures to see if there is any eveidnece of illeagal use. Grass may have sprouted, but typically it comes on stronger the next spring and gets well established the second year.
This closure has ensured that the wild qualities of more than 19,000 acres in the Farnum Roadless Area are more secure. Farnum Peak area is important to wildlife populations of elk, deer, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, mountain lion, bobcat and lynx and is also a popular backcountry hunting area easily accessed by Denver, Colorado Springs and local hunters.
Badger Flats Project Work Days Saturday- Sunday, September 12-13