BFT Kicks off Fire Mitigation Grant
Black Forest Together (BFT) kicked off its new fire mitigation grant program in their August 24 community meeting. This grant, sponsored by the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, 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 the Black Forest community. It provides up to 50% reimbursement after mitigation is completed and certified to meet Colorado State Forest Service standards. Residents of the geographic area are welcome to participate. This program is being targeted for neighborhoods. HOA, sub-division and Fire Wise community leaders are encouraged to inquire about this opportunity, 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. Due to the limited funding available, early participation is encouraged.
For more information, contact Kenneth Clark, BFT Forest Director, at 719-495-2933 or 325-370-5042.
BFT Community Meeting Highlights Noxious Weeds
BFT held a community meeting August 24 at the Black Forest Fire Station to assist the community in the identification and eradication of noxious weeds that have been an ongoing problem in the forest since the fire.
Tina Travis, Environmental Technician with El Paso County, provided a comprehensive overview of the noxious weeds in the area, including a show and tell to help with visual identification.
Below is a link to the most current version of the El Paso County Noxious Weeds booklet and a conversion sheet on how to calibrate spray equipment and calculate the correct amount of chemical to use. For additional information and help in identifying noxious weeds, you may contact Tina through the El Paso County website.
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.
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.
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