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Black Forest Together is sponsoring its First Annual Fund Raising Event on Friday, 21 September 2018, at the Black Forest Community Club (NW corner of Shoup Rd & Black Forest Rd), from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. The event will include a BBQ dinner provided by Frankies Too and music by Hank Cramer Band. The purpose of the Fund Raiser is to raise operating capital to pay the expenses related to BFT’s community projects of recovery, mitigation, reforestation, preservation, preparedness, and education. Since the Black Forest Fire of 2013, BFT has performed over 450 projects for residents of our community, contributed over 48,000 hours of volunteer services, and disbursed nearly $500,000 in State grant funds for mitigation of the forest. It is renowned as a valuable community agency dedicated to forest recovery and preservation as it collaborates with all regional fire districts, El Paso County Emergency Response Agency, Colorado State Forest Service, the American Red Cross, Pikes Peak Community Foundation, El Pomar Foundation, the Catholic Heart Work Camp and many charitable community, religious and educational organizations. During the period 2013-2015, Black Forest Together collaborated with numerous community agencies to distribute nearly $250,000 to help families with unmet needs to recover from the fire. It also solicited support from local businesses to distribute merchant discount cards, food gift certificates ($10,000) and gift cards ($7,500) to recovering families. BFT is the only organization in El Paso County dedicated to providing forest recovery and restoration assistance to the Black Forest Community.
In order to continue, it’s community mission, BFT is asking the residents of the region to come out and support this fundraising event. It’s the community’s opportunity to help those that help your neighbors. Parents can introduce their children to the concept of community service and what it means to be a good neighbor. Vehicles from the Black Forest Fire Department will be on site as educational displays for the kids.
Auction/Raffle: pine trees, 6-10 foot in size, will be available with the purchase of a raffle ticket or as auction items. Additionally, many of our local businesses have provided gift items for auction and raffle.
Your participation ensures BFT sustainability. We need the community’s support to continue and enhance our operations. This event is BFT’s attempt at establishing its financial stability to continue to serve you and your neighbors in restoring and protecting our forest. We invite you to bring the family and invite your friends in joining us in raising funds for our community operations. Consider your participation and contribution an investment in the forest and our way of life. What we do helps secure the safety of your family and your property.
Registration: In order that we can get a “head count” we ask that you register on line at www.blackforesttogether.org
Tickets for this event may be purchased on line at www.blackforesttogether.org or upon registration the day of the event.
Ticket Prices: Adults: $15.00; children 12 years of age and younger: $10.00; Families: $40.00.
If you cannot attend, BFT asks that you consider:
1) making a tax deductible donation on its website: www.blackforesttogether.org
2) mailing to or dropping off a tax deductible check at:
Black Forest Together 11460 Black Forest Road Black Forest, CO 80908
(BFT Office is located at the shopping plaza at SW corner of Black Forest Road and Burgess Road)
JOHN DEERE COMMUNITY AWARD CONTEST
Thanks to all that participated in the John Deere Contest, “Small Machines – Big Impact”.
John Deere has awarded a skid steer to Neil Behnke to assist Black Forest Together in its fire recovery and reforestation operations. Delivery of skid steer is expected within 90 days. Thanks to all of you who supported Neil and BFT by voting in the contest. This is a great win for the community; a demonstration of what can be done when the community acts to help itself in a common cause. And thanks to John Deere for its philanthropic commitment to assist communities that create projects for the common good.
SAVE THESE THE DATES:
Friday, September 21st, 2018:
Black Forest Together’s 2nd Annual Fund Raiser – BBQ Dinner, Auction & Musical Entertainment featuring Hank Cramer, an American Folk Singer from the Northwest. Mark your calendar and invite family and friends to join “Fun(d) in the Forest” !!!! Last year’s event raised $20,000 which allowed us to receive state matching funds of $40,000 for the purchase of the skid steer and tree spade for our Trees 4 Tomorrow (T4T) Program.
Black Forest Together is proud to announce the commencement of its TREES 4 TOMORROW (T4T) PROGRAM. T4T Program is a reforestation initiative dedicated to transplanting trees from ‘donor’ properties of the Black Forest to private properties in the burn scar. Trees are available to both those who suffered from the fire as well as other property owners interested in purchasing trees at discount prices. You are encouraged to visit www.trees4tomorrow.com for pricing information. Reforestation has been added to Black Forest Together’s mantra of Recover, Rebuild, Restore. T4T Program also moves trees for property owners. If you wish to either donate trees or make a contribution, please visit www.trees4tomorrow.com. We are also soliciting business sponsorship.
Seedling Planting Guide https://csfs.colostate.edu/seedling-planting-guide/
Want to Volunteer? Volunteer Groups Needed for Summer Wood Chipping projects
Is your group looking ahead for spring/summer projects? There is still much outdoor work to be done, cleaning up from the fire! We can use all ages and stages of workers, and we find that a group of 8-12 workers is ideal. Please contact the Resource Center for more details on how to help. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Current volunteer openings include Office Volunteer, Grant Researcher, Grant Writer.
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.
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.”
Read the 2017 Black Forest Together Annual Report
To access the report, click here
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