Volunteers needed to restore wet meadows in Routt County

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is seeking volunteers to construct rock structures in stream beds to restore wet meadows in the California Park area from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 6 and 7, according to a news release.

“These ecosystems promote climate resiliency by storing water on the landscape and are vital for wildlife habitat, including Sandhill cranes, greater sage-grouse, elk, deer, and more,” the release states.

However, erosion has disconnected the wet meadows from the floodplain, so using techniques called one-rock dams can raise the water table, decrease erosion and reconnect the meadows to the floodplain.

For more information or to register to volunteer, go to, or contact Ryan Messinger at

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