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Rocky Mountain Chapter

Hike, camp, improve creek basin near Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak Restoration
Volunteers restore vegetation near Pikes Peak
Photo courtesty of Rocky Mountain Field Institute

If you are someone who likes to get out into nature to make a difference, an opportunity is available in June to join a group that will be performing remediation/revegetation work in the Pikes Peak area. Also included in this Sierra Club National Service trip will be opportunities to hike and camp.

Sierra Club’s Pikes Peak Group (PPG) encourages you to participate in a joint venture project with the Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI), the USDA Forest Service, and the City of Colorado Springs. Called the Pikes Peak Watershed Erosion Control and Restoration Project, the plan is to address severe sedimentation and erosion impact caused by storm-water runoff from the Pikes Peak Highway.

  • Dates: June 15-21, 2014
  • Cost: $475
  • Deposit: $50
  • Capacity: 12

This is the third year participants will work in the Severy Creek Basin to transplant native vegetation, stabilize stream banks, build erosion control structures, spread native seed, and improve a trail.
 
This project is the result of a successful Sierra Club lawsuit against the City of Colorado Springs and the USDA Forest Service for violations under the Clean Water Act for maintaining the Pikes Peak Highway as an unpaved road without proper water control structures. Storm-water runoff caused severe erosion and damaged streams, wetlands, and reservoirs in the area.
 
Participants will camp near Severy Creek in a wooded area at 10,000 feet. RMFI will supply all the tools, equipment, and material for this project. For more information and to register, please see the project brochure. You can also contact PPG member James Lockhart at jlock@datawest.net.



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