VOC Native Planting at Tamarack Ranch State Wildlife Area


Where You’ll Be:
Tamarack Ranch State Wildlife Area offers a peaceful retreat on the plains and, with its unique sandsage habitat, is one of the best places to spot a variety of bird species including Northern Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, Red-bellied and Red-headed Woodpeckers, and Upland Sandpipers. This diversity has landed the area on the Colorado Birding Trail; it is also a popular spot for anglers as well as hunters seeking waterfowl, turkey, and white-tailed deer.

What You’ll Do:
In 2019, VOC volunteers planted 1,600 shrubs at the Tamarack Ranch State Wildlife Area. Help continue this important work by planting more native shrubs to increase quail habitat and improve the ecosystem for wildlife as a whole. This project is open to volunteers ages 10+ and we will provide campsites for those who are interested in camping the Friday night before – a unique opportunity for a single-day project! 

Why It Matters:
A diverse ecosystem is a healthy ecosystem. By planting native vegetation and increasing quail habitat, your efforts will ultimately improve and increase habitat for other species in the area including pheasant, turkey, eagles, snowy owls, pronghorn, mountain lions, elk, moose, and waterfowl.


About Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC)
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) is the state’s oldest, largest, and leading outdoor stewardship nonprofit organization. Founded in 1984 to motivate and enable people to become active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources, VOC has engaged nearly 126,000 people in more than 1,000 volunteer projects for a donated labor value of $25 million. Through award-winning youth and volunteer programs, leadership training, capacity-building programs, and collaborative efforts with nonprofits and land management agencies, VOC is an invaluable resource in Colorado, especially as our outdoor stewardship needs are approaching near-crisis levels. For more information, visit www.voc.org or call 303-715-1010.