Russian Olive Abatement Project-Phase III

John Griffin Regional Park-Tamarisk & Russian Olive Abate Project-Phase III

This summer, the Canon City Area Recreation and Park District’s Arkansas Riverwalk Trail benefited from a Great Outdoors Colorado Youth Corps Grant.  The John Griffin Regional Park-Tamarisk & Russian Olive Abatement Project-Phase III was recently completed by an eight to ten person Mile High Youth Corps crew.  This hardworking group hustled to remove Russian olive and tamarisk along the riverbanks from Forrest Island west along the Riverwalk Trail and then east to Four Mile Creek prior to this season’s high spring runoff making the areas inaccessible.   When high water forced them inland, they turned their attention to removing the invasive species trees along the trails in Pathfinder Regional Park.  The Recreation District was fortunate to have the help of the Mile -High Youth Corps again this year on this  labor-intensive project to help restore the native ecosystems in our parks. 

Funds for this project were awarded by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), which receives a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds, to the Colorado Youth Corps Association for use by accredited youth corps.  The goal of the program is to employ youth and young adults throughout the state on critical outdoor recreation and land conservation projects in partnership with local governments and open space agencies.