Black Forest Together’s First Annual Fundraiser = Sucess

Fun(d) in the Forest

Thanks to all of you that attended the 1st Annual Black Forest Together fund raising dinner and auction on Saturday, the 7th. And thanks to those that participated in the Silent Auction and to those that made financial donations.

A special thanks to our sponsors: “Frankies Too” Sports Bar and Restaurant, located at 7376 McLaughlin Road, Falcon (Frankie & Kathy Patton donated all of the great BBQ and side dishes); Magnum Shooting Center; Green Leaf Forestry; Tree Beavers; Classic Homes; AC Brewery/Native Colorado Brewery and The Ouray Hotel.

We would like to recognize Sandy and Robert Broussard and Janice and Jim Chapman for participating in the Black Forest Together Tree Donor Program and donating Ponderosa Pine Trees for the auction.

We also acknowledge the raffle donations from Lorraine Wallace, Cathy Lane, Jean Keanon, Alphie Hutmacher and Jean Ragsdale.

Recognition also goes to the Black Forest Community Club for providing a wonderful venue for this event and Randy Bowen of Bowen Pottery & Bob Tudor for entertaining our guests.

Our dinner and auction was attended by approximately 230 and was incredibly successful as nearly $14,000 was raised to help cover Black Forest Together’s operating expenses. This was truly a “community event” which demonstrated a community’s commitment to helping the victims of the 2013 fire while providing the resources to mitigate the forest and protect our watersheds and wild life.

We look forward to seeing all of you at next year’s dinner and auction!!!

If you were not able to attend this event and have not donated to Black Forest Together, we would encourage you to participate by considering a tax deductible donation here,  or by mailing a donation to our address: 11460 Black Forest Road, Black Forest, CO 80908

EMPLOYMENT POSTING – Project Planner and Coordinator

Black Forest Together, Inc. (BFT) is seeking a part-time Project Planner and Coordinator to participate with another part-time Project Planner and Coordinator, in a full-time job-sharing position. This position supports short term recovery efforts in the Black Forest community resulting from the 2013 Black Forest Fire. Click here for a full job description and requirements.

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM October 11, 2017.

2017 Work Project Kickoff – Need Help?

Do you have trees blown over from our recent storms? Burned property still requiring cleanup? Out of control slash you need help with?  If so, Black Forest Together (BFT) is kicking off its 2017 season and is now taking applications for this season’s projects. Project focus will be continued post-fire cleanup/restoration and mitigation to reduce the risk of another wildfire. Although we don’t have the capability to cut down trees, we can help with chipping, slash piling, cleanup of debris, seedling planting and other restoration work. We also offer neighborhood chipping projects.

If you are in need and would like to request a work team to use the chipper on your property, or need assistance with other types of work projects, please visit the BFT Resource Center to fill out a work application and discuss your needs. If you are unable to come to the Resource Center, you can access the Work Project Application online under the Get Help Tab, and fill out, mail or email  the signed form to the Resource Center. If you are physically unable to come in or complete forms online, please call the Resource Center and we’ll arrange to meet with you.

If you have previously submitted a Work Project Application and did not have a project scheduled in 2016, we will be contacting you in the next couple weeks to confirm you wish to remain on the project list for 2017.

Want to Volunteer?

BFT is also in need of volunteers willing to spend time helping their community this season, for outdoor work projects, as Team Leads, Chipper Operators and at the Resource Center. It is an excellent way to help our community recover and reduce the risk of wildfire, while getting to know your neighbors.

 Read the 2016 Black Forest Together Annual Report

To access the report, click here

Do you Need More Information on Noxious Weeds?

For more information on the identification and treatment of noxious weeds, follow this link to access the El Paso Noxious Weeds online booklet. If you have additional questions, contact information is available on their website.

Also, below is a link on how to calibrate spray equipment and calculate the correct amount of chemical to use.

Calibration and Chemical Application Article

Seedling Planting Guidebook

For those who received seedling from our giveaway, here is a link to a guidebook to help you plant and successfully grow those seedlings Nursery-Planting-guide2015

Resource Center Volunteer Staff hours are 9-1 Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary, but a call to confirm that we are open would be wise.  If you need an appointment outside of office hours, call 495-2445 during office hours and  we will do our best to accommodate you.”

Donate To Black Forest Together Click here to use PayPal to Donate. You do not need a PayPal account.

NEW Tree Donor Program from Black Forest Together

Black Forest Together (BFT) has initiated its Tree Donor and Recipient Program. One of the objectives of the BFT Recovery Program is to assist the landowners who lost trees in the June 2013 Black Forest Fire in replacing their trees through the development and management of the BFT Tree Donor and Recipient Program.  This Program matches landowner donors with those landowners requesting replacement trees.  Visit this page for more information!
If you have an interest in purchasing these commercial quality trees, please contact the BFT Resource Center at 495-2445. Payment must be made before delivery of trees and recipients must be willing to assist in preparation of transplant sites.