Escalante River Restoration - Utah Backcountry Volunteers

August 26, 2008

Escalante River Restoration— A Special Presentation Dont miss your opportunity to meet Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Ranger Bill Wolverton tomorrow night, Wednesday, August 27th for a special presentation on the efforts to restore the Escalante River by removing invasive Russian olive trees. Please join Utah Backcountry Volunteers and host Ken Sanders Rare Books for an evening highlighting the 9-year effort, prompted by the steadfast love of this incredible area by its lone ranger. Bill will share historical and comparative photos and speak on the ongoing effort to restore the river system by removing its non-native trees. Utah Backcountry Volunteers is a partner providing volunteers to aid the agency and will be recruiting participants for our fall service trip to the Escalante. The event takes place at 7:00pm Wednesday, August 27th at Ken Sanders Rare Books, 268 S 200 E in Salt Lake City. This is a free event for all. We wish to thank Ken Sanders Rare Books for offering their space for this special presentation. Summer Service Opportunities A great opportunity awaits you to spend quality time in Utah wonderful backcountry this summer and fall. Camp out...while giving back! For details and to join one of these fun and fulfilling service trips, go to Read Testimonials of thrilled participants, and see what youve been missing in our Photo Gallery. Then Sign Up online...while space still remains!North Stansbury Mountains Wilderness Study Area: August 30-September 1 Spend Labor Day Weekend (space is still available for this weekend) in Utah quiet and wide open west desert. You will help install educational bulletin boards informing off-road vehicle users about the WSA boundary, and erecting physical barriers. On Monday, well explore the Cedar Mountains Wilderness, checking out the pioneer wagon trail cutoff route. Cedar Mesa/Grand Gulch Primitive Area: September 14-20 To protect ancient ruins and sensitive soils throughout this unique area, volunteers concentrate on closing user-created social trails with fallen trees and rocks, and clearly mark open trails to keep impacts under control. Well also conduct seasonal trail maintenance on high use and frequently flooded entry trails into main Grand Gulch. Two spaces remain. Glen Canyon NRA, Escalante River: September 28-October 4 You get to spend a week in this spectacular redrock canyon amongst a golden ribbon of Cottonwoods in their fall splendor. Volunteers participate in restoring the river ecosystem by cutting down invasive Russian olive trees. The project is enjoined in its ninth season and is about half way complete. Well backpack down to the river 3 miles through Fence Canyon and camp around Neon Canyon. Three spaces remain open. Capitol Reef National Park: October 12-18 Spend a colorful fall week in the orchard group camp site in Fruita and venture daily to remote areas of this beautiful Park. Volunteers will restore desert waterways throughout the area by cutting out invasive Tamarisk trees, as well as conducting seasonal trail maintenance and fencing projects. Day hike through, and on top of, the famous namesake reef at this perfect time of year in the canyon country. _______________________________________________________________________ Utah Backcountry Volunteers, P.O. Box 526197, Salt Lake City, UT 84152

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