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 Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in The Votes Are In… You voted, and we listened – now the winners of Defenders’ 2014 Photo Contest are here! See if your favorite won, and take a look at some of the amazing runner-ups. We’ve Got to Protect What’s Left of the Sagebrush Sea New research shows that after a fire, the Sagebrush Sea (home to the imperiled greater sage-grouse) could take up to 20 years to fully recover. With other factors already threatening so much of this habitat, what does that mean for the species that call it home? California prepares to welcome wolves home, but delays on providing state protections Now, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to remove Endangered Species Act protection for wolves throughout most of the rest of the country, gray wolves are once again at risk. Delisting would short-circuit wolf recovery in the Pacific West and would effectively mean giving up on one of our country’s most important and iconic species. Fortunately, California has an opportunity to play a meaningful role in helping the gray wolf continue to recover in the coming months and years.