2018 Progress Report

Last modified December 1, 2018

  • Increased FOW to more than 300 members.
  • Volunteers logged more than 20,000 hours of trail maintenance, invasive species eradication, litter pickup, traffic control, public use area maintenance, graffiti removal, public information outreach, environmental education, the annual Bison and Longhorn auctions, visitor tours and hikes, and more.
  • Volunteers eradicated tens of thousands of invasive plant species.
  • Volunteers conducted more than 30 public interpretive programs.
  • Volunteers led more than 150 nature hikes for visitors.
  • Awarded grants for K-12 school field trips.
  • Partnered with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and donated funds to complete the annual aerial elk survey. Population estimate 1,100.
  • Applied for and received $17,000 grant from Union Pacific for trail maintenance infrastructure.
  • Hosted National Wildlife Refuge Association meeting in June.
  • Completed minor renovations to the Nature Store.
  • Continued restoration efforts on the historic Ferguson House.
  • Replaced metal roofing on the three corral buildings used for vehicles and conservation equipment storage.
  • Constructed new Prairie Dog Town fence.
  • Purchased 72" Hustler riding mower and trailer for maintaining public use areas.
  • Purchased 40ft Conex for FOW equipment storage.
  • Purchased 20ft Conex for Nature Store inventory stock.
  • Purchased A/V system for the Environment Education Center.
  • Initiated website redesign and Nature store point-of-sale system upgrade with PixelMongers.

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