ATV Drivers Needed for Horse Creek Fire Rehabilitation – PROJECT FULL

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Date(s) - 10/21/2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Meet at Deckers Community Center


Saturday, October 21st

Meet at 9am in Deckers, in the overflow parking behind the cafe.

This project is now full – please call Jeff Tienken at 719-748-0033 for more information.

We need ATV drivers to help us haul tools and material up a freshly-blazed trail off of Horse Creek (Hwy 67 near Deckers)! To help us haul, your ATV (with racks) or side-by-side needs to be at least 400cc and 4-wheel drive. A side-by-side that seats 4-6 would be helpful as well. Helmets are required while volunteering with CUSP.

For Horse Creek Projects, we typically meet at 9am in Deckers (over flow parking next to the cafe).  We will caravan from Deckers to the work site at 9:15 am, so promptness is needed or you may miss out.

To date the Hayman Fire in 2002 is still the largest wildland fire in Colorado’s recorded history at 139,000 acres lost.  Although the fire is 15 years past the restoration work still marches on. CUSP has been focusing on specific drainages in the fire that in accordance with the Watershed Assessment of River Stability and Sediment Supply (WARSSS) to determine the drainages that are producing the most sedimentation into the Upper South Platte. There has been a joint effort between land managers both public and private to rehabilitate and restore these areas. 

Horse Creek project work has included, and is not limited to; building log fall (head cut) structures, planting willows, installing jute matting, raking and seeding, and/or invasive weed species mitigation.  This project will help to further reduce sedimentation into the Upper South Platte River. Please be prepared to work in an exposed mountain environment with uneven terrain.


Important Notes:

  • CUSP will provide hard hats, materials and necessary tools to complete project work
  • A safety review and work demonstration will proceed the project work
  • Weather, which could create hazardous conditions, may cause the project to be canceled or rescheduled; staff will monitor weather and notify you of any changes, which will also be posted to this page.

Please Bring:
A daypack to carry water and lunch
Two liters of water to carry with you, enough to last the day, we will have Igloos at the trailhead
Any applicable medicines (including epi-pens, insulin and inhalers)
Sunglasses or safety glasses
Long pants and long sleeved shirts are strongly recommended
Work gloves (we will have some if you do not)
Sturdy shoes with good tread; no sandals please
A sack lunch, to carry with you, we will not return to vehicles for lunch


Requirements of Volunteers:
Prior to the project each volunteer must submit a completed Liability Release form, CUSP 2017 Release Form, the group also needs to submit a Volunteer ListingCUSP 2017 Volunteer Listing.

Please print documents on both sides.

What to Expect:
This project will occur in an exposed mountain environment. Please be aware and prepared for potential hazards, including but not limited to: driving on mountainous roads with loose gravel and flash flood potential; exposure to sun, wind, lightning and rapidly changing weather conditions; working with sharpened tools in areas with unstable terrain and footing; hiking at significant elevation. Medications may have adverse effects in sun, heat or altitude; please list medications and medical conditions on the CUSP release form so staff may be aware of potential concerns. Know your limitations and inform staff immediately if you become ill or injured. Be prepared to exit quickly in the event of an emergency or changing environmental conditions. Please be prepared to hike up to a total of six miles at high elevation in varying weather conditions. Please drink plenty of water prior to and during the project to stay hydrated.


GPS systems and Internet map sites are often misleading in the mountains. Cell phone service will be inconsistent or unavailable.

The below office number can be contacted in case of emergency.

The Coalition for the Upper South Platte

Post Office Box 726

Lake George, Colorado 80827


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