Seasonal Habitat Protection with USFS and CUSP

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Date(s) - 07/14/2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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United States Forest Service and CUSP

Seasonal Habitat Protection

 

Workday: Friday, July 14, 2017

Project Location: USFS Roads 242 and 243

Difficulty Rating: Moderate/Difficult

Project Times: 9am-3pm

Meeting Location: To Be Determined

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Number of Volunteers Anticipated: 5-7

 

Workday Description: 
Seasonal closures are most frequently implemented on Forest Service land to protect soil and watersheds and provide periods of limited activity for many wildlife species, particularly in big game (elk, mule deer, moose, and bighorn sheep) wintering habitat and areas used for calving, lambing, and production. These times of year are when wildlife are most sensitive to human disturbance and stress. Wintering and production seasons are important to wildlife who need to use their energy reserves for winter survival and for producing young.

Closure of roads during the winter and spring helps to improve conditions for these species during their most sensitive and crucial times of the year when they need to use their energy reserves to stay healthy and survive the winter months and production season.

Areas that are closed seasonally for the protection of roads, soil, and watersheds are closed to allow road systems enough time to dry out and limit road damage and erosion into the watersheds.
Project work includes installing gates to close off roads to sensitive areas.

Additional dates for this project:   

Thursday, June 29

Friday, July 14

Thursday, July 20

Friday, July 21

Friday, July 28

Important Notes:

  • CUSP will provide hard hats, materials and necessary tools to complete project work
  • All vehicles must remain on site for the duration of the project
  • A safety review and work demonstration will precede 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.

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

Please print documents on both sides.

 

Please Bring: 
A daypack to carry water and lunch
Refillable water container, we will have extra water for refills
Any applicable medicines (including epi-pens, insulin and inhalers)
Sunscreen
Sunglasses or safety glasses
Long pants and long sleeved shirts are required
Work gloves (we will have some if you do not)
Sturdy shoes with good tread; no sandals please
A sack lunch

 

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 five to seven 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

719.748.0033

www.cusp.ws

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