Without a wealth of government money on our end, we wouldn’t be doing it.” Al Laurette, Glenwood Springs Parks Superintendent, on building the Wulfsohn Trail system
Engaging our residents and visitors to take a direct role in enhancing our recreational opportunities and conserving these public lands is the mission of RFOV. The importance of our work is really twofold:
- recruiting folks to volunteer as a way to increase their sense of stewardship
- contributing the physical improvements and value to our trails, open spaces, riparian zones, and forests
Like most of us, the agencies that manage our public lands have budgets. Increasingly, many can often do only what’s essential to maintain public safety and access to these lands. Constructing new trails and making anything more than priority enhancements is often out of the question. That’s where RFOV comes in. Every spring, summer, and fall we partner with local agencies and municipalities on a variety of projects from building and maintaining trails to planting wetlands, removing invasive species, and refurbishing historic sites.
These projects improve the health of our public lands and the recreational amenities for our residents, and also draw thousands of people each year who help keep our local economy humming.
With a small staff, a shed full of tools, a stable corps of volunteer committees and crew leaders, and project volunteers from our regional community, we’ve run a lean operation and completed projects worth several million dollars in value to public lands.
At left: The bank of the Colorado River at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs before and after an RFOV tamarisk removal project