The Colorado West Land Trust and Eureka! Science Museum teamed up to lead a group of volunteers, the Monument Stewards, that tackle stewardship projects along the Monument Trail including pulling weeds, watering native plants, and general maintenance of the area. The goal of this group is to instill a stewardship ethic in those who enjoy open space.
The Monument Stewards concluded their final volunteer day of the season with a native seed collection day. Horticulturalists from the City of Grand Junction Parks department partnered with the group for this effort in order to grow native plants for restoration purposes. During the work day, volunteers collected native plant seeds along the first section of the paved Monument Trail extending from Lunch Loop to S. Camp Road.
In the winter, volunteers will join the City’s horticulture staff to clean and treat the seeds and prepare them for growing. These seeds will then be planted in the spring and seedlings will be installed in areas disturbed by construction of the new paved trail. This collaborative partnership will help with wildland restoration, sustainability in our native spaces, and provide learning opportunities. Thank you to all the Monument Stewards volunteers whose dedication makes learning and volunteer experiences along the Monument Trail possible for others!