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Weekday: Campsite Inventory @ Lost Creek Wilderness #1
May 6 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pmFree
Collect data on unsustainable campsites in the Lost Creek Wilderness on this Thursday project
Where You’ll Be:
About an hour’s drive from either Castle Rock or Colorado Springs, the Lost Creek Wilderness is one of the most accessible wilderness areas from these ever-growing urban centers. The Wilderness has kept its remote feel and offers a variety of landscapes and stunning views of unique red rock formations in its 119,00 acre expanse. The Goose Creek Trail is one of the area’s most popular hikes, boasting prime backcountry camping and fishing opportunities.
What You’ll Do:
Spend a day hiking along trails in the gorgeous Lost Creek Wilderness as you help collect data on illegal and unsustainable campsites. In doing so, you’ll benefit the natural environment and provide the U.S. Forest Service with essential data needed to prevent the future creation of illegal sites and establish permanent, sustainable campsites in their place. Please note this project will require hiking about 4 miles.
Why It Matters:
Campsite proliferation is having a significant impact on the Lost Creek Wilderness area’s ecology due to the influx of backcountry users who fail to follow the 7 Leave No Trace principles and existing wilderness regulations, such as camping 100 feet away from water and trails. The Goose Creek Trail has become an area of critical environmental concern, and volunteers’ efforts will help to improve resource conditions and the visitor experience.
Type of Work: Citizen Science,Ecological Restoration
Physical Difficulty: Moderate, Difficult
Minimum Age: 18
Region: Greater Denver Area
Nearest City: Deckers, CO
Groups Allowed: No
Payment Required: No