Canyon Lakes NPLD postponed to Oct. 5

Release Date: Sep 20, 2013  

Fort Collins, Colo. (Sept.20, 2013) – Due to the recent flooding events that have impacted the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland, the Canyon Lakes Ranger District has decided to postpone and scale back plans for National Public Lands Day.

Because a considerable amount of work has already been done to make this event a success, and because the work at the Bellaire Campground is still important, the decision has been made to continue with the tree and shrub planting project as a work day, while dropping some of the other events that were planned for that day.The fourth-annual National Public Lands Day event will be held Oct. 5, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This year’s event takes place at the Bellaire Lake Campground south of Red Feather Lakes.Tree and Shrub Planting: Work with professional silviculturists planting native shrubs and 1,200 ponderosa and limber pine seedlings to replace some of those lost to the current mountain pine beetle epidemic. Ages 4 and up can participate.

Every adult volunteer will receive a “free day pass” to a National Park and a commemorative cup that will also be used to help water the newly planted trees.Volunteers should wear appropriate clothes, footwear and sunscreen. Make sure to register and bring water and a camp chair for lunch. Register at http://canyonlakesnpld.eventbrite.com/.

Schedule: 

  • 9 a.m.- Welcome, registration and tree planting;
  • 1 p.m. - Appreciation lunch;
  • 2 p.m. - Volunteers can choose stay and help with more planting in the afternoon.

Many partners have helped make this event possible, including Colorado State University, Rocky Mountain National Park, American Land and Leisure, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, ARP Foundation, Clinton Family Fund, and Overland Mountain Bike Club. Other organizations who have contributed are Fort Collins Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep, Rodelle Inc., Walmart and Coopersmith’s Pub & Brewing.

For questions, please contact Kristy Wumkes at 970-295-6721 or kwumkes@fs.fed.us.