Volunteers Wanted for Fence Removal Project September 24-25 | Rio Blanco Herald Times

What better way to celebrate Public Lands Day than by removing barbed wire fencing on public lands to improve critical habitat for mule deer and elk?

Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) has partnered with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to do just that in the northwest region of Colorado and needs volunteers. Take part in a weekend of stewardship, fishing on the White River and stories around a campfire in the Meeker area, home to two of the largest herds of elk and mule deer in Colorado.

What to expect

Volunteers will remove fence staples and wire ties using bolt cutters, wrap wire and remove T-posts. The bulk of the work will be done during the cooler parts of the day on Saturday and Sunday . In the afternoon and evening of Saturday, the day is open for fishing, hiking or relaxing at the camp, followed by dinner and a session around the campfire with good people. Even if you can’t stay overnight, help with moving either day is welcome and appreciated.

The area to be worked is in the Little Tom’s Draw area on BLM lands near White River. CPW Regional Director and Biologist Brian Holmes will speak in the evening about his work, the current status of local wildlife populations and the conservation history of the area.

BHA will provide lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

What to bring

Leather gloves, safety glasses, and fencing tools (pliers, post pullers, etc.) if you have them. A bottle of water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and appropriate clothing for working outdoors and removing the fence (jeans, boots, long-sleeved shirt).

Meet at Rio Blanco Lake State Wildlife Area (about 25 minutes west of Meeker) and convoy/carpool to the job site. Community service credit for school or other organizations can be arranged.

For more information, contact Brittany Parker at [email protected] or 863-885-1650.

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