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Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

Rating: 4.89 stars   9 reviews 1,099

Address:

3012 Sterling Cir Ste. 201 Boulder CO 80301 USA

Mission:

Mission: To foster a community spirit of shared responsibility for the stewardship and restoration of public, protected, and ecologically important lands.

Results:

WRV volunteers have completed over 766 stewardship projects and more than 18 leadership development trainings. The events involved over 4,432 volunteer leadership roles, 34,163 volunteer attendances, 3,129 trainees, and the in-kind contribution of $8.3 million in labor and expertise to Colorado’s natural heritage. WRV volunteers helped repair trails and stabilize streambanks and watersheds from the devastating floods of 2013, the Fourmile Canyon Fire, and the High Park Fire, thus protecting homes and lives from repeat flooding and mudslides in the Big Thompson and St. Vrain watersheds. Streambank and watershed stabilization also reduced the introduction of costly new noxious weed populations, protected water quality, and stopped or slowed rapid erosion. At a wide variety of sites, from urban greenways to ranching easements on the plains, to high alpine areas which were eroded by over-recreation, volunteers planted over 300,000 native plants and trees. The benefits include rebuilding topsoil; preventing erosion; improving water quality; providing shade to residents and recreationists; improving wildlife habitat; stopping or reversing establishment of noxious weeds, which are expensive to treat and damage crop value for nearby producers; and even improving the view. Working with land managers, WRV volunteers have closed and re-vegetated over 163,489 ft of habitat-fragmenting closed/unused roads. This effort helped restore water quality (dirt roads dump sediment into streams during runoff, hurting fish and municipal water filtration equipment), wildlife populations (roads provide easy access to poachers and predators, an unfair advantage that reduces survival rates), and rural residents who sustainably hunt or enjoy wildlife watching as part of their quality of life. WRV volunteers have restored over 58.8 acres of wetland across multiple counties. Because wetlands are foundational to our water resources in this arid region, and are vital to the health of our communities and waterways, volunteer efforts helped support wetlands’ crucial functions, such as: the trapping of floodwaters, recharging groundwater, removing pollution, feeding downstream waterways, and driving the economy due to their provision of fish and wildlife habitat. Time spent in nature provides demonstrated mental health benefits, especially for children. WRV’s volunteer efforts and Youth & Inclusiveness Program have helped Colorado children both individually and generally, by maintaining open space and trails where they can explore the outdoors, and by helping educate them and introduce them to these areas individually to help create healthy, responsible, active habits to last a lifetime. WRV volunteers have completed over 45.6 mi. of trail work, supporting recreational outlets and healthy commuting options, and provided over 2,533 hrs of youth stewardship education to diverse youth. Read more about the benefits of WRV's work in our newsletter at http://wlrv.org

Target demographics:

foster a community spirit of shared responsibility for the stewardship and restoration of public, protected, and ecologically important lands

Geographic areas served:

Colorado and southern Wyoming

Programs:

completing 80+ ecological restoration projects on public lands each year; build a community of land stewards; train and mentor youth and adult volunteer leaders; monitor results of restoration work and contribute knowledge to the restoration community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

WRV has very high quality, experienced staff, so I have always felt like my volunteer time has been well spent in helping to restore the degraded landscapes we've worked on. In addition, they have such a wide range of different kinds of projects, from heavy rock work at high altitudes to gentle seed collecting nearby, that everyone from children to young people at the height of their strength to seniors who enjoy taking a break a little more often than we used to can find a project that is fun and a great fit for their interests and abilities.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a great way to see the outdoors in Colorado and get to know other people like yourself who want to help restore the outdoors. Why do you need restoration? Maybe a trail is work out from use by humans, maybe there was a flood or a fire.. It takes years for things to get back to the way they were, and they may never get back without a little help because other invasve and non native species are waiting to take over. This is a great group of people doing great things in Colorado. Give us a hand!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I first got involved with WRV as a high-schooler, doing one weekend-long project every summer. Now that I'm out of college, I've gotten involved again as an adult volunteer and it's still a great time! They feed us every project, and I've met some great people on the projects I've done. Plus, I'm always learning new conservation techniques!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

A Community of People helping the Community of Nature -- but one thing I love about WRV is that you get chances to see areas that perhaps you might not otherwise. I routinely suggest the projects (I've been on a bunch) to CO visitors who might be interested, especially young people like my summer students, because they get to experience some really neat areas. And meet people outside one's "normal circles", as well.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This organization is fantastic. I have been on about 30 restoration projects with them and they are organized, have great staff and volunteers and make you feel appreciated. Their dedication to healing the land makes me want to help out. I just love them!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have taken part in sereval of their projects and trained as a crew leader with them. I hate to gush, but they are well organized, professional, and effective. They work well with private, NGO, and government organizations to produce great results. They take good care of their volunteers, providing them with food and entertainment after a hard day's, or weekend, of work. Their training is professional and affordable for people of all walks of life. They invite volunteers to get involved in all levels of their organization from field work, to cooking, to crew leading, project planning etc. They are an open organization attracting peple from all walks of life.

I look forward to continue working with them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have learned new skills, met new people, learned about trail building and restoration.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change nothing.

 
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Role: Volunteer
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Working behind the scenes to organize a project really opened my eyes to all the hard work that goes into a creating successful restoration project. Success occurs when volunteers have a safe and fun experience while producing concrete results: eroded trails re-routed and re-vegetated, thousands of plants put in the ground in a single day, acres cleared of invasive weeds, collecting native seeds for use in future restoration work.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with experts who donate their time to healing damaged lands.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

hard-working, dedicated, knowledgeable, fun-loving.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

feeling a need to give back to our mother I became involved with WRV. Over the next years I have come to be welcomed into a family of sorts. Between the two factors I have expanded my self worth greatly

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

community well being

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

expanding my knowlage of restoration

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpfull and understanding

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

restore a whole lot of area

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers is a great organization that brings communities together to perform great work for the planet. Projects are always fun, well organized, amazingly efficient, and worthwhile.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting dirty and connecting with local ecosystems.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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