13714 Poudre Canyon Rd
Bellvue, CO 80512
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The Cache la Poudre River is home to the Mishawaka Amphitheatre, providing a breathtaking natural backdrop to the restaurant and venue’s day-to-day commitment to community. The Poudre is also the only waterway in Colorado to be designated “wild and scenic” by the United States government, as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System created by Congress in 1968; 76 miles of the Poudre River were designated under the act in 1986. In observation of the signing of the act that preserves the Cache la Poudre and other rivers in the U.S. “in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations” the Mishawaka will present a day of river education, preservation, restoration and celebration in partnership with the Coalition for the Poudre Watershed (CPRW), U.S. Forest Service Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, and Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV).
Volunteers will have the choice of two concurrent opportunities in the morning to help restore, protect, and learn about important areas in the Wild and Scenic corridor. Volunteers can help maintain a post-fire/flood restoration project at Skin Gulch, located off Highway 14 along Stove Prairie Road, by assisting with weed control and litter removal. Volunteers can also choose to hike Young Gulch Trail, which was severely damaged during the 2012 High Park Fire and 2013 floods and remains closed to this day. Self-guided hiking tours with educational talks will give participants the opportunity to learn about restoration and reconstruction work at the site.
Activities move to Mishawaka Amphitheatre in the afternoon, with more opportunities to learn about the work partner organizations are doing to keep the Poudre wild and scenic, flycasting with Rocky Mountain Flycasters, and live music from Ginger Whale and The Movers & Shakers. Tickets include light appetizers and a beer with ID; a discounted ticket + shuttle package price is also available. Event proceeds will benefit two critical restoration projects in the watershed including wildfire mitigation along Elkhorn Creek, a tributary to the Poudre, and volunteer support for the completion of the Young Gulch Trail restoration.
To volunteer for the restoration projects or request event sponsorship information, contact: Jennifer Kovecses, CPRW Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.