The Skin Gulch watershed was severely burned during the High Park Fire followed by severe summer rains in 2012, 2013 & the 500+ year flood in September 2013. The September flood caused massive runoff events in Skin Gulch. This project was successfully completed in 2016 through a combination of heavy equipment and volunteer hand labor. The post-fire/flood restoration techniques and the collaboration efforts will serve as a model for future large-scale restoration projects for watersheds across the Front Range.
- Miles of Stream Corridor Designed and Treated: 5,746 feet (1.1 miles)
- Acres Seeded, including mulch, erosion matting, and soil amendments: 6.85
- Acres Weeded: approximately 4
- Willow/cottonwood cuttings installed: Approximately 2,200
- Container Stock Installed: 1,210
- Structures Installed (instream and bioengineering): Pools (6), Grade Control (5), Toe Wall (3), Fascines (3), gulley structures (20).
- Grading and Earthwork: included removal and redistribution of alluvium, channel relocation, floodplain conveyance improvements, and soil covered rip-rap.
- Gullies Treated: 3 (approximately 150 feet)
AloTerra Restoration Services, LLC, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers and the USFS Canyon Lakes Ranger District
- Improve stream & floodplain function
- Reduce sediment delivery to the Poudre River
- Reduce in-channel aggradation
- Enhance biological diversity