Help is available to reduce the cost of wildfire mitigation work (thinning the green)

Black Forest Together has received a grant, from the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, to reduce the cost of neighborhood projects that remove green vegetation to improve survivable space around homes, and reduce the chance of another extreme wildfire. Click here to learn more

Rebuilding is past the half-way point

According to the latest data from the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department, 266 new construction permits have been pulled to replace fire-destroyed homes. That represents 54.5% of the 488 homes lost in the June 2013 fire. Of those new homes, a total of 165 (33.8%) have been finished and approved for occupancy.

Upcoming holiday hours for the Resource Center 
  • The BFT Resource Center will be closed from December 20, 2014 through January 1, 2015.
  •  Lutheran Family Services Disaster Response (case management) will be closed only on December 24 and 25, 2014, and January 1, 2015.

Recovery and mitigation projects need your help!  

Chipper In action 2Good news: Many of you have requested help clearing burned trees or thinning green trees to reduce fire danger.
That long list of projects shows that our community’s recovery is in full swing, and more of you are taking charge of your wildfire preparedness.
Not so good news: With our current number of volunteers, it’s taking time to complete all those requests. Our volunteers are working hard and diligently, but we need a lot more hands to get this work done more quickly. If you’re currently on our to-do list, we appreciate your patience.
Here’s how to help 
You can volunteer for a work project: Most projects involve simple tasks, such as raking, or dragging branches. You can even get your kids involved, provided you accompany family members younger than age 18. Click here to learn more about volunteering. We need you!
You can recruit groups to help with projects: Many church groups, service clubs, corporations or other organizations would like to help, but don’t know how. If you know of a group like this, tell them about this healthy outdoor service opportunity. Or simply provide the contact information to the Resource Center, and we’ll contact the group.

Black Forest Discount Cards Still Available

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.