Black Forest CWPP Open for Community Input

The Black Forest Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) draft update is now open for community review and comment. The public input period is from August 16, 2016 to September 1, 2016. The purpose of the plan is to update the CWPP to reflect current conditions and fire risk assessment, identify the recommended actions through a CWPP Action Plan and encourage community involvement in carrying out the plan to protect our forest.  Many thanks to all of those in the community who graciously gave of their time to contribute to the plan.

The document can be found here. Input is requested to be sent in written format to Nancy Trosper, BFT Planning Coordinator, email address

Written comment can also be mailed or dropped off at the BFT Resource Center on 11460 Black Forest Road.  All input will be collected and reviewed at the end of the open comment period and changes made as appropriate. The CWPP will then be finalized and sent on to El Paso County and the Colorado State Forest Service for final approval. If you have questions, send them to Nancy either via email or phone at 719-495-2554.

BFT To Host Noxious Weeds &  Mitigation Grant Kickoff Community Meeting August 24th

Black Forest Together (BFT) will hold an informational meeting August 24, 7:00 – 8:30 PM to address two topics of interest to the community. El Paso County’s Environmental Division will have a presentation on noxious weeds, their identification and how to best control them. Handouts will be available.

BFT will also have a short presentation on the new Department of Natural Resources Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant available to the Black Forest community.  This grant provides incentive to local homeowners to mitigate their land with a 50/50 cost share program.  The goal of the program is to reduce the risk of wildfire in our community and the mitigation must meet Colorado State Forest Service standards. Residents of the geographic area are welcome to participate.

This program is being targeted for neighborhoods, so HOA, sub-division and Fire Wise community leaders are encouraged to attend along with residents who are interested in neighborhood mitigation projects. BFT is looking for at least 30 acres of mitigation per neighborhood. Single landowners with 15+ acres are also encouraged to participate.

This will be the first meeting available to the community to get on the list for the cost share program. Due to the limited funding available, we encourage everyone to join us to get on the list. Fire Chief Jack and a representative from the Colorado State Forest Service will be on-site to answer questions.

The meeting will be held 7 – 8:30 PM at the Black Forest Fire/Rescue Protection District, Fire Station 1 at 11445  Teachout Road.

If you have questions, you may contact BFT at 719-495-2445. Accommodations and modifications for people with disabilities are available upon request. Please contact Nancy Trosper at 719-663-6210 / by August 20.

Community Forest Steward Training

Training includes five weeks of classroom instruction and one hands-on workshop day, totaling 36 hours.  This class will be offered two evenings a week for five weeks at the Black Forest Fire Station. Then a one day, hands-on training workshop on Saturday, Oct. 15 in tree identification, insect & disease diagnostics, tree pruning, planting forest management & fire behavior.

Classes begin on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 and will be held every Monday & Tuesday evening from 6 – 9 p.m. through Oct. 11, 2016 with a field day on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Black Forest Fire Station.

For more information, click here to download brochure

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

We’ve Moved! The Black Forest Together office has moved to 11460 Black Forest Road (Black Forest and Burgess Roads, next to the Black Forest Pies and Grinders). Come visit us.

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.”

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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.