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.


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 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 We are also soliciting business sponsorship.

Seedling Planting Guide

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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. (

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.

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.”

 Read the 2017 Black Forest Together Annual Report

To access the report, click here

Donate To Black Forest Together Click here to use PayPal to Donate. You do not need a PayPal account.