Learn about upcoming forest management efforts at Forest Recovery Symposium 5
Forest Recovery Symposium 5 is set for Saturday, February 7 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. This free educational meeting will be held in the gymnasium of Edith Wolford Elementary School, 13710 Black Forest Road.

In this information-packed morning, you’ll hear from agencies and businesses that are working to improve the forest health of the Black Forest region. During breaks, you’ll also have opportunities to ask questions from their representatives:

  • Black Forest Together will outline plans for distribution of free seedlings this spring, and ongoing volunteer projects to clear burned timber.
  • The Colorado State Forest Service will discuss its plan to operate a temporary small sawmill in Black Forest this season.
  • Black Forest Together will explain how your neighborhood can take advantage of a grant-assisted opportunity to reduce the cost of improving survivable space around homes, and removing excess green trees to reduce the chance of another extreme wildfire. Find out how your neighborhood can benefit from this important program, funded through a grant from the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.  Click here to learn more

Donors provide essential resources

Photo: BFT pickup truck with volunteers

Just a few of the people of Black Forest Together, with the used pickup truck provided by major donors (left to right): Ed Bracken (the shadow with the camera), Scott MacDonald, Jim Reynolds, Sherrie Lidderdale (standing), Kathy Russell (kneeling), Cheryl Everitt, Nancy Bracken, and Mark Cierebiej.

One of our most valued supporters, the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, has made another substantial grant to Black Forest Together. This cash award of $41,000 will help cover our “bare-essentials” operating expenses, and provide critical matching funds required by grants that fund restoration and mitigation projects.

Two other major donors – the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources – provided grant funds to buy this used pickup truck, shown here with just a few of our BFT volunteers. This vehicle will support work projects by hauling materials and supplies, and towing BFT’s wood chipper – which was also donated by the Red  Cross. Thank you, partners!

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.