Lower Skin Gulch Stream Restoration Project Taking Place
Credit: Reghan Cloudman
Public Affairs Specialist
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
On April 23, 2016, several organizations including the Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV) and AloTerra Restoration Services will be conducting the final stages of a post-fire and flood volunteer project at Lower Skin Gulch. Volunteers will complete work at the site by planting native plants and implementing other erosion control and bank stability practices. This project was made possible by funding to CPRW from the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment through Rocky Mountain Flycasters-Trout Unlimited.
Skin Gulch is located on National Forest System lands in the Poudre Canyon at the intersection of Stove Prairie Road and Highway 14. The site was severely impacted after the 2012 High Park Fire by post-fire flooding leading to excessive erosion and debris flows that have damaged the creek, Stove Prairie Road and the main stem of the Poudre River.
On-the-ground restoration work began in spring 2015. Volunteers have worked hard over the past year to control erosion, plant willows to stabilize the stream banks, spread native seeds, mulch and natural fertilizer to improve the soil, and prevent the spread of invasive plants.
For the safety and efficiency of all volunteers helping out with this important restoration project, the site will be closed to other activities on April 22 and 23. Also, as a reminder, recreational shooting is always prohibited within a ¼ mile of Stove Prairie Road in this area.