Impact Spotlight: Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists and Wildlands Restoration Volunteers
We caught up with the team at Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists to hear how their recovery from devastating flooding in Longmont and Boulder, CO was progressing. Not only are they undaunted and back in business, they’re working with their nonprofit partners to ensure that their community is better prepared in the future. Read on…
When Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists (AMVS), a veterinary specialty and emergency clinic in Longmont, CO, opened our doors in 2008, Dr. Matt Rooney, owner of AMVS, not only made a commitment to provide the highest level of compassionate, expert care for patients and their families, but also vowed to minimize our carbon footprint.
Our commitment to the environment has grown over the past five years, and now, through a partnership with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers it’s helping us to recover from October flooding.
After building a certified green clinic, Dr. Rooney chose to become a member of 1% for the Planet, “This opportunity provided us with a great way to build on our commitment to sustainability and support other like-minded organizations.” Through our commitment to 1% for the Planet, AMVS has been able to build a lasting relationship with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV), helping to sponsor three projects a year in Boulder County.
WRV is a non-profit organization focused on ecological restoration. WRV provides the opportunity for the community to come together to restore Colorado public lands to ensure future generations are able to continue to enjoy the outdoors. WRV hosts over 60 projects throughout the year to help restore these lands. Projects are organized from Colorado Springs to the Wyoming border. “WRV relies on the strengths of a large community of volunteers to accomplish something much greater than what could be accomplished alone, something that will benefit our lands and all the creatures that live on the land,” said Sarah Egolf, Development Coordinator at WRV.
“As a community-minded environmental organization, nonprofit partnership in 1% for the Planet was a no-brainer for us, and we are deeply grateful it has led us to building a relationship with AMVS,” says Ed Self, Founder and Executive Director for the group. “Our partnership with AMVS has made lots of habitat restoration possible that never would have happened otherwise, brought us new volunteers from their staff and families, and even helped us provide a perk for our members in the form of free veterinary first aid classes for dog owners.”
Most recently, on Saturday, November 16th, WRV hosted a restoration project at Sandstone Ranch Community Park in Longmont, CO. Sandstone Ranch is located in a beautiful riparian zone. This park offers an amazing diversity of wildlife and vegetation, but has shown signs of erosion. The primary focus of this restoration project was to place erosion matting and replant native species along the base of a cliff within the park. WRV sought the help of 70 volunteers to help restore this area of the park. AMVS had the privilege to sponsor this project, which was successful in placing numerous feet of erosion matting to help the native vegetation and wildlife thrive. “This is the first project I have been able to volunteer on. It is a truly rewarding experience and I look forward to volunteering with future projects,” said Dr. Crystal Connor, an emergency veterinarian at AMVS.
Additionally, WRV is working to help restore regions of Colorado that were devastated by the flood. WRV has organized a project at the end of the month to help clear debris from along the St. Vrain Creek at Meadow Park, a central community gathering place within the town of Lyons. “As a Lyons resident, this project hits close to home and the community is extremely grateful for all of the support that WRV has shown. When WRV presented me with the chance to sponsor this project, I saw it is a great opportunity to get our staff involved and show our support for WRV and the community,” according to Dr. Rooney.