Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Washed out trails have made it difficult for this week's summer camp, Front Range Safari, to take place without getting slightly wet while hiking around the short loop. Most of the long loop, and still some sections of the short loop are underwater.
If you do decide to adventure across the bridge to reach the trails at the ELC, please do so with extreme caution. We recommend that you proceed to the right on the short loop rather than the left, as it is no longer flooded. More information regarding high water will follow in the coming weeks. Stay safe!
The ELC is home to a wide variety of weeds, thistles, vines, and toxic shrubs. Some of these species are relatively easity to manage and prevent, however some take years and years before they can even begin to be reduced. In order to provide visitors with information regarding many of the ELC's invasive species, we've prepared a small list of things you might find during these summer months.
Perhaps the mose widespread species currently infesting the trail system of the ELC is Leafy Spurge. This invader grows an extensive root system, and cannot be controled by pulling, burning, or grazing with animals. In addition this species crowds other native species and degrades suitable habitat for wildlife.
Teasel is a newly discovered invasive species at the ELC, and must be managed in the same way as Mullen. Teasel's spiky flowers and stalks make it a difficult species to remove and dispose of.
Other invasive species such as Dame's Rocket, Hounds Tongue, and Bindweed have also been identified at the ELC, but as of now not enough is known about these species to properly manage them.
Nicole TimmonsStafford works furiously to count volunteers as they arrive, over 150 volunteers were recorded at this year's Carpe Diem event.
Below(left), volunteers work to break new trail in the place of an old and rotting bridge.
Overall, "Carpe Diem" 2010 went as well as it could have. Plenty of volunteers participated despite forecasts of snow and rain, and nearly every project was completed before the end of the day when the weather began to turn. Members of the ELC staff would like to thank our donors, local community volunteers, and CSU students for their help in making this year's "Carpe Diem" celebration a success!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The rest of February will be pretty quiet around here. We will hold our monthly Service Saturday on Saturday, February 27th. Come out and help us ready the ELC for spring. Bring a friend or two with you!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Beginning with the widescale removal of unnecessary junk and copious amounts of rodent fecal matter, not to mention the recovery of one life-size coffin, Collin began organizing the ELC in a way that will soon become legendary. Where once there was a crappy curtain, now stands not one, but TWO doors, WITH a handle!
Where once beaver costumes, programming bins, and random nature crafts were strewn about with no particular method to the madness, they now fall neatly into place, compartmentalized and simple, elegant yet bold like a Zen garden, special thanks to Emily and Alysse who undertook the task of organizing these items.