October 24, 2014:
Black Forest Together partners with AmeriCorps in recovery work project
A Black Forest Together work project Saturday, October 24, successfully combined a wide range of skills and tools, with strong help from a national volunteer program.
Black Forest Together volunteers Mike Bukowski and Jay Matheson organized the project to clear black slash from the property of Jeff and Meridith Jensen. The Jensens, assisted by their friends Cliff Hudson, Debby Hudson and Jim Rodgers, cut small burned trees to be chipped.
Bukowski and Matheson, with BFT volunteer Chuck Lidderdale, operated the chipper. The cutting and chipping teams were connected by eight enthusiastic volunteers from Team Hickory 3, of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), who hauled the burned slash off the steep hills and up to the chipping site.
AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, residential team-based program for men and women ages 18–24, who provide up to 1,700 hours of direct service over an 11-month commitment. Like all AmeriCorps teams, the members of Hickory 3 share a passion for hands-on volunteer service. They brought discipline, energy, and good cheer to Saturday’s project.
Formed just two months ago, Team Hickory 3 works, lives and plays together. While working here in El Paso County, they’ve enjoyed hiking in the Pike National Forest, or an occasional game at Dart Wars. “We like to stay busy,” Team Leader Blaine Hartsock smiled.
Black Forest Together (BFT) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, formed by Black Forest citizens to support the long-term recovery of the Black Forest community. Its chipper was donated by the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross to support recovery and mitigation projects managed by Black Forest Together.
First Presbyterian volunteers spent Saturday doing chipping