Steamboat briefs: ReTree Steamboat planting day rescheduled |

Steamboat briefs: ReTree Steamboat planting day rescheduled

The ReTree Steamboat community planting event, originally scheduled for Sunday, June 11, has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 25 due to the Yampa River’s rising water levels. Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, in partnership with the city of Steamboat Springs and Colorado State Forest Service, will be planting 200 alders, willows and red osier dogwood in Workman Park on Yampa Street. For more information about the planting event and to sign up to volunteer, visit or email Sarah Jones at

Hayden Museum to host 3rd annual Mount Harris Day

The Hayden Museum will host the third annual Mt. Harris Day from 9:30 a.m. to noon today at the Mt. Harris Memorial on U.S. Highway 40 five miles east of Hayden. The free event will give people the opportunity to learn about the area’s coal mining history and the company town of Mt. Harris and other coal mining company towns along U.S. 40 that no longer exist.

The schedule will include a volunteer cleanup of the memorial from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. followed by a presentation from author and local historian Paul Bonnifield. Brunch, provided by Wild Goose Coffee, will also be served. Those planning to attend are asked to bring chairs. The event is open to all ages.

Friends of Wilderness efforts receive $2.2K grant

Friends of Wilderness has been awarded a $2,200 grant to boost its stewardship efforts in the Mount Zirkel and Flat Tops Wilderness areas. FOW is one of just 18 wilderness volunteer organizations across the country to receive a 2017 Wilderness Stewardship Performance Grant from the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.

The grant will support FOW’s wilderness ranger activities including rehabilitation of recreation/campsites, workforce capacity and visitor education. Most noteworthy, the Steamboat Springs-based organization will be bolstered with the addition of three llamas the organization has leased for the summer. The llamas – Buckwheat, Hang Loose and Cody – will be used to carry tools and overnight camping equipment as FOW endeavors to spend more nights in highly impacted areas of the wilderness.

The grant will also provide training stipends for two FOW volunteers, Curt Rogers and Rondell Ferguson, to attend Wilderness Ranger Academy in June.

“As a long-time Friends of Wilderness volunteer, I have witnessed the negative impacts resulting from the overuse of our nearby wilderness areas and other public lands,” said Tom Baer, trail patrol coordinator for Friends of Wilderness. “Part of our effort is to patrol at trailheads, on the trails and at backcountry camping sites to educate the public on preventing negative environmental impacts. This generous grant will enable our volunteers to expand our efforts.”

FOW is matching the NWSA grant with private donations and in-kind volunteer hours estimated to total nearly $50,000 in support of this project. The mission of FOW shall be to assist the U.S. Forest Service in managing and protecting wilderness areas on the Routt and White River National Forests.

For more information, visit

Routt County Humane Society hosts kitten shower

The Routt County Humane Society will celebrate all things kitten from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 11 at the shelter, 760 Critter Court in Steamboat Springs. Kittens will be available for viewing, and refreshments will be provided. People are invited to attend and bring items to support kitten care at the shelter. Monetary donations will also be accepted.

Popular summer yoga in the park program resumes

The summer yoga program at the Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs begins today.

All levels of yoga experience are welcome to gather on the lawn of the Botanic Park for classes, which will be offered from 9 to 10 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday through Aug. 26, weather permitting.

Due to an event at the park on June 24, class will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on that day only. Participants are asked to bring a mat or towel and water. A suggested $10 donation helps support the park. Snacks are offered after class. Call Patty Zimmer at 970-846-5608 for more information.  

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