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.

El Paso County Office of Emergency Management Co-sponsors Wildfire Leadership Summit May 6″

Black Forest Neighborhoods are encouraged to join communities throughout El Paso County by sending representatives to the free Wildfire Leadership Summit on May 6th  near Monument. This countywide workshop is a chance for local neighborhoods to make a difference in improving their preparedness for fire. Attendees will learn about becoming recognized “Firewise” or “Fire Adapted Communities” and how  to take successful steps for preparation, response, and recovery in the case of a wildfire.

Topics include determining your local risk, hazard mitigation, and evacuation planning. The workshop is free. Each neighborhood may send elected officers, designated representatives, managers, or volunteer leaders. Please register in advance, as space is limited. All the details and registration are at www.epcwildfire.eventzilla.net<http://www.epcwildfire.eventzilla.net>

CO-sponsors include El Paso County Office of Emergency Management, Tri Lakes Monument Fire Protection District, Tri Lakes United Methodist Church Emergency Preparedness Group, Wissler Ranch Homeowners, National Fire Protection Association, and State Farm Insurance. Contact Robin at El Paso County OEM with questions robinadair@elpasoco.com<mailto:robinadair@elpasoco.com> (719) 575-8858

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.

Haven’t Ordered Your Seedlings yet?

BFT still has a limited amount of seedlings available for its May 6 Seedling Giveaway. If you are interested, they can be ordered by clicking the link below.  You can also email us to make an appointment to come in and have one of our volunteers help you with your order. All species this year are pre-bundled in groups of 25 and 30 seedlings a piece. You may pick the species that you want, however, it will be on a first-come, first-served basis. All residents will be limited to 2 bundles of seedlings. This year BFT will charge a small fee of $5 per bundle to help us cover the cost of hosting this event.  Pick-up will be at Fire Station 2 on Ridge Run Road (corner of Hodgen) from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

If you have questions about work projects,  seedling orders or volunteer opportunities, please contact BFT by email at Resourcecenter@blackforesttogether.org, phone 719-495-2445 or in person at 11460 Black Forest Road, to speak to one of our volunteers or staff members

Click here for more details

 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.”

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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.