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 Upcoming Forest Recovery Symposium
The Black Stick and Green Tree Challenges

Members and residents of the Black Forest community are invited to attend a half-day forest products and wood utilization workshop on Saturday July 26th from 9:00AM-1:00PM at the Black Forest Fire and Rescue Authority on Teachout Road.Residents will receive updates on current burned timber utilization and mitigation efforts in the community, as well as explore potential new opportunities that may be available to complement current strategies. Deputy State Forester Joseph Duda and staff with the Colorado State Forest Service will be on hand to discuss and address resident concerns for mitigating the effects of last year’s wildfire as well as the opportunity to reduce the future wildfire severity through forest management practices.There is no cost to attend but please RSVP to Tim Reader with the Colorado State Forest Service at (970)759.2443 or if you plan to attend. The workshop is being sponsored by Black Forest Together, the Coalition for the Upper South Platte, and the Colorado State Forest Service. See the wood utilization workshop attachment for the agenda.

“From Ashes to Memories” Part II


On Saturday, August 2nd, from 1PM to 4PM, Aspen Pointe will host an event in partnership with Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at La Foret. Like the previous event, this will be a chance for survivors of the Black Forest Fire to bring in their keepsakes from the fire and work with artists to transform them into new memories. All art materials provided at no charge. Reserve a slot at (719) 572-6100. Please see attached flyer for more information.

Black Forest Has a Brand-New Wood Chipper

The American Red Cross has purchased a wood chipper for BFT to use while working on community projects and forest recovery.
If you are in need and would like to request a work team to use the woodchipper on your property, please contact Bill Mantia at Bill Mantia is managing chipper requests. He will require a site visit. In your email request please provide your name, address , phone, email, number of acres, percent black/green, home partial or total loss and willing/able to volunteer. Bill will contact you to set up the visit.
The chipper will not be deployed without a BFT team lead trained on the machine. This individual will operate the chipper because of liability issues. Homeowners can assist in handing slash to the operator. We are focused on liability and safety as well as service to the community. Under no circumstances will the chipper be loaned out to homeowners.


Get Your High-Visibility House Number Sign at the Black Forest Fire Station

Many Black Forest homes have no house numbers, or numbers that are hard to see – especially in rain, snow or smoke. If you need to improve your numbers, you can now get these simple high-visibility house number signs at Station One.

The numbers are 4 inches tall, reflective and are installed on both sides of the post. They are designed to take an impact of over 60 MPH and bounce back. The cost is $25.00, installed. If you lost your home in the Black Forest Fire, your sign is FREE and we will install it for you. Order yours by calling Station One at 495-4300, or stop in to sign up. Payment can be made at the station or arrangements made to collect on installment at the home (exact amount please).

These number signs are not required, but can help our members find you quickly when minutes matter.

It’s here! The Black Forest Together Discount Card

The BFT Discount Card is a win-win way to help Black Forest families and local businesses recover together. Our families get a price break on the things they need to rebuild their homes and restore their land. And businesses – especially our local Black Forest businesses – get a valuable opportunity to showcase their products or services. Click here to see the current list of participating businesses.

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When you sign up for the Black Forest Together email list, you’ll get the latest information about resources, community meetings, and recovery events. This list is for ALL Black Foresters. And we will never share your contact information.

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