In the summer of 2018, Wild Connections, working with long-time partners, USFS South Park Ranger District, Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative (MRHI), and Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV), completed two large South Park Alpine restoration projects, in a series of South Park restoration projects that will continue into 2019. The headwaters of both North Tarryall Creek and Beaver Creek in the USFS South Park Ranger District had been negatively impacted by illegal motorized activity, which heavily damaged the alpine wildlife habitat and connectivity, as well as these riparian areas and watersheds.
Beaver Creek Boardwalk
DESCRIPTION AND RESULTS
If I had a hammer
I'd hammer in the morning
I'd hammer in the evening
All over this land
I'd hammer out wetlands
I'd hammer out beavers
I'd hammer out love between my wildlands and my friends
All over this land.. this wild, wild land
with apologies to Pete Seeger and Peter, Paul and Mary
If I Had a Hammer
If I had a hammer I'd hammer in the morning I'd hammer in the evening All over this land
And I'd hammer out danger I'd hammer out a warning I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters All over this land
Oh Bobcat what would we have done without you? Photo WRV
Beavers "helped" during the night. Photo Misi Ballard
SOUTH PARK ARE WITH PROJECT LOCATIONS
North Tarryall Creek
DESCRIPTION AND RESULTS
Over three full workdays in August 2018, Wild Connections and partners, with 40-50 volunteers each day, completed projects to reclaim about two miles of illegal road via raking, seeding, and mulching at North Tarryall Creek, located west of Como, and another mile at Beaver Creek, just north of Fairplay. This was followed up with a successful two-day project in September to construct a non-motorized trail at Beaver Creek.
Wild Connections and our partners are excited to continue these important South Park Alpine restoration projects into 2019, with additional restoration work at Beaver Creek, as well as Sheep Mountain, located west of Fairplay. This work was made possible in part by the Park County Land and Water Trust Fund. The LWTF is supported by a 1% sales tax in Park County and is dedicated to defending, protecting and restoring Park County’s remaining water resources.
Over the past 20 years, these funds have been leveraged 2:1 to protect over 7,000 acres of wetlands, restore 40 miles of streams, create public access to streams and lakes, and defend water rights in court.
The LWTF is up for renewal on this year’s ballot, so when you vote in Park County, please remember the importance of this program. To learn more, please visit www.friendsofparkcountylandandwater.org.
Wild Connections' 2018 South Park Alpine Restoration Project at North Tarryall Creek. Photo Wild Connections.
Wild Connections' 2018 South Park Alpine Restoration Project at Beaver Creek. Photo Wild Connections.
Wild Connections' mission is to identify, protect, and restore wildlands, native species,
and biological diversity in the Arkansas and South Platte watersheds