18 October 2010 Defenders participates in 17th annual National Public Lands Day Posted by: Brian Bovard | 1 comment | Share: Nine Defenders of Wildlife volunteers joined Caitlin Balch-Burnett, our Colorado Outreach Representative, at Eldorado Canyon State Park to celebrate the 17th Annual National Public Lands Day. The staff at Eldorado Canyon State Park hosted a number of volunteer projects designed to enhance visitors’ experiences at the park, such as building stone steps from the road down to the creek to preserve the banks that were heavily eroded from hikers. There were also projects to restore wildlife habitat and the natural beauty of the area, including a tree-planting project and a creek clean-up. In addition to the group of Defenders volunteers, there was a Girl Scout Troop and a number of foreign exchange students from Bulgaria helping to ensure that Coloradoans—and our wildlife—have natural, open spaces to thrive in for years to come. It was a beautiful, fall Colorado day and the Defenders volunteers jumped right into the South Boulder Creek clean-up project! Fortunately, there wasn’t too much trash in the creek itself, so the volunteers were able to focus on the creek banks and surrounding vegetation. They hiked along the creek, climbing up and down the banks and around large boulders, picking up trash that had been wedged in between rocks and stuck in the tall vegetation. Volunteers picked up lots of cans, bottles, Styrofoam cups and even flip flops! The creek clean-up was especially important because of a number of cold-water fish species that live there, including rainbow, brook, and brown trout, longnose dace, and white and longnose suckers. Cleaning out trash and debris in the South Boulder Creek before the trout spawn in mid-October was essential to helping these fish species survive. Thanks again to our fantastic volunteers for helping our Colorado wildlife! One Response to “Defenders participates in 17th annual National Public Lands Day” Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover?