Thousands of Colorado residents felt the affects of the devastating 2012 & 2013 natural disasters. Across the state Coloradans came together to support those affected and aid in relief efforts. This summer and fall, Mile High Youth Corps’ Land Conservation crews will be continuing these efforts by working on flood and fire restoration projects in both the Denver Metro area and Southern Front Range. Corpsmembers will be restoring public trails, parks and open spaces that over 75% of Coloradans enjoy and benefit from. Additionally, Corpsmembers will be preparing these sites to prevent future damage.
State officials have deemed Boulder County the most damaged of any county affected by the September 2013 floods. This season one third of our Corpsmembers will spend over 8 weeks working on projects with Boulder County and Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) to restore high value trails and public spaces. Projects sites will include South Boulder Creek Trail, Green Mountain Lodge Access Trail, Mesa Trail and Skunk Canyon Trail. Project work on these sites will include trail building, excavation and maintenance, resurfacing, stair building and general clean-up.
In addition to our work in Boulder County, our Southern Front Range Corpsmembers will be continuing their efforts to restore areas affected by the 2012 and 2013 fires and floods. El Paso County and the surrounding areas experienced flash flooding throughout the summer and fall which complicated the restoration efforts in both the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest burn scar areas. Our crews in Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Canon City will spend over 35 weeks on wildfire and flood mitigation and restoration projects. The Corpsmembers will be working with the City of Colorado Springs, the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP), and the Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI), in addition to other local and state agencies and non profits.