South Platte Erosion Control at Trail Creek


Trout Unlimited



Field & Stream “Hero-for-a-Day”



South Platte Erosion Control at Trail Creek

                                                  Saturday May 12, 2012


Our Trail Creek Restoration Project, organized in conjunction with the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) and the National Forest Foundation has been selected by Field & Stream magazine as one of its ten national Hero-for-a-Day Conservation projects.  For more detailed information on this program, please refer to


This special selection provides a great opportunity to focus attention on our volunteer efforts to restore the Upper South Platte watershed on both a statewide and national level.  This event is co-sponsored by Field & Stream and Toyota.  A film crew and host from Field & Stream will be present to film our work, help out and interview volunteers. 


In addition, all participants 18 years or older can enter the Hero-for-a-Day Sweepstakes.  The winner will receive a trip for 2 to the Heroes of Conservation Gala in Washington DC as well as a fishing trip along the Potomac River!   Field & Stream /Toyota gift bags will be available for every volunteer.


Here is what you need to know:

We are expecting 25 to 50 volunteers for this special project.  This will be an educational and fun project requiring a strong team effort. Spouses and kids 8 years and older are welcome!  Please come out and help the Cutthroat Chapter heal and preserve our valuable watershed.

Workday: Saturday, May 12th, 2012


Project Location: Meet at Mt. Communities (West Creek) Fire Dept., (directions below)


Project Times: Meet at 9:00 am, work until 3:00 pm, with a 30 minute lunch break around noon


Lunch:  Will be provided by the Cutthroat Chapter of Trout Unlimited!



What we will be doing:

Crews utilizing natural materials such as burned trees and boulders have already begun raising the height of the creek  and stabilizing steep eroded banks to re-create more natural flows, and fighting erosion through retention ponds and in stream structures. Your help is needed to build erosion control structures, plant willows or pine, re-seed native vegetation, mulch and/or build log fencing to protect restoration efforts. Your efforts will help improve the overall health of the Upper South Platte River Watershed as well as preserving and protecting fisheries, aquatic insect and wildlife habitats.

What to bring:

Hip boots or waders, sun screen, any applicable medicines, sun glasses (or safety glasses), gloves, water bottle, and a jacket are recommended.  Long pants are required and long-sleeved shirts are also recommended. Tools, hard hats, willows, other supplies and instructions will be supplied by CUSP.

Two ways to get there:  (Map below)

We plan to carpool from the RTD lot At University and Dad Clark Drive, just off C-470 in Highlands Ranch. We will be leaving by 7:15AM sharp so please plan to be there by 7:00AM.

If you drive by yourself, volunteers will meet at the Mountain Communities Fire department at 9:00AM. Please try to be there a little early. We will be consolidating vehicles (preferably high clearance), for the drive to the work site on Trail Creek.


Please contact the event organizer,

Jim Klug at (303) 953-8046

to sign up or obtain additional information.

We plan to complete work by 3:00PM, leaving time to fish on the way home!

Hope you can join us!

South Platte Draingage in Trail Creek Area