The Western Slope Conservation Center is participating in the Collaborative Waterboxx Pilot Project, a partnership with the Appalachian Coal Country Team, the Western Hardrock Watershed Team, and Inquiring Systems, Inc. Through financial support provided by the Mental Insight Foundation, the Western Slope Conservation Center will plant and monitor trees at the Paonia River Park using Groasis Waterboxx over the next year.
Now on its second year, the Waterboxx Project is a three-year research effort to study the effectiveness and value of the Groasis Waterboxx in various terrains and climates found in the mountainous regions of the United States. The Waterboxx, an "intelligent water incubator," produces and captures water from the air through condensation and rain, increasing survival prospects for tree seedlings planted in harsh environments.
The Conservation Center invites folks of all ages and skill levels to join them to plant 40 trees and install the waterboxx at a "Dig & Dip" Volunteer Day on Saturday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Paonia River Park. After a morning of digging and planting trees in the sun, volunteers can refresh by taking a dip in the river. A potluck picnic lunch will be held at 1 p.m. in appreciation for the National Civilian Community Corps work crew of young volunteers who will be planting trees at the park and doing other miscellaneous work for the Town of Paonia the week of June 17-23.
Participants should wear work clothes (closed-toed shoes and a hat) and bring a water bottle, sunscreen, a potluck lunch item, swim clothes and an innertube! Extra tools are always appreciated — bring a garden shovel, lopers and gloves if you have them.
To RSVP for the "Dig & Dip" email riverpark
@theconservationcenter.org or call Joanna Calabrese at 527-5307, ext. 204.