Through the years, Friends of the Peak has trained crew leaders and project leaders in the various aspects needed for a successful volunteer project. The training is sometimes more informal on-the-job training, but often classroom work and field application. Training also has focused on specific needs. Training for trail construction and for trail maintenance, which has different issues, have been offered separately and together. Coordinating projects has even more aspects, planning the entire event and all the logistics involved in that, and then executing. Friends of the Peak held training on its own. Sometimes other organizations sent their members to the training that Friends of the Peak offered. In 2011, Friends of the Peak offered training, separately, for project coordinators, for crew leaders for trail maintenance, and on evaluating trails and deciding what work to do. Since 2012, Friends of the Peak has joined with Colorado Springs Parks and Recreational and Cultural Services, Trails and Open Space Coalition, Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, and other Friends groups to provide crew leader training in trail construction, trail maintenance, and restoration for the Friends groups in the area.
Invasive Weed Removal
Friends of the Peak held a project removing toadflax, a noxious weed, in Garden of the Gods in 2015. A toadflax removal project was scheduled for Red Rock Canyon Open Space in 2014, but it had to be canceled. The 2015 toadflax removal project was also originally scheduled for Red Rock, but had to move when extensive storm damage closed Red Rock open space.
Seed Collection and Dispersal
With an invitation from Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Friends of the Peak returned to its roots during its 20th anniversary year. RMFI has been working for years to restore damage from extensive sediment runoff from Pikes Peak Highway, from the years before the Highway was paved and drainage was improved. In 2015, RMFI invited Friends of the Peak to join up on a project to collect native seed from plants in the area and spread them around the deposits of sediment to help stabilize and restore the area.
Pikes Peak Highway
Friends of the Peak’s roots go back to restoration work, in particular along the Pikes Peak Highway. Volunteers worked on sediment traps and revegetation. They would also restore native plants. Through the years, Friends of the Peak has continued this work. In all the early years, and again in 2006 and 2007, Friends of the Peak had volunteer projects along Pikes Peak Highway. Each year, in one project, volunteers went along the highway searching for chunks of tundra that had dislodged from the edge of cut slopes and rescued, that is, gathered, them, so that they could be replanted in appropriate areas. In the next project each of these years, volunteers worked with Forest Service and Pikes Peak Highway to restore vegetation on cut slope areas. Friends of the Peak also had projects planting native plants in disturbed areas along the Highway and gathering and dispersing seed.
Rocky Mountain Field Institute, working with Pikes Peak Highway and Forest Service, continues restoration work along the highway.