Volunteers sought for wildfire recovery efforts

 

Wildfire changed our landscape and our community last year. As the coming rains wash over burned soils, the fire’s legacy will continue to change the landscape and waterscape for years to come. Much can be done to help alleviate negative impacts on safety, homes, roads and water supply. But we need your help.

You can join your neighbors to work on wildfire recovery and restoration projects in our region. Your efforts will help preserve soil, increase vegetation and protect wildlife habitat, water sources and buildings.

Volunteer opportunities are available in the Hayden Pass, Beulah Hill and Junkins burn scars. Activities will include flood mitigation efforts, such as cleaning debris from creek beds and culverts, spreading seed and installing erosion-control structures. Due to conditions in the area, you must be able to do physical work in a rugged, outdoor, post-fire environment. Protective clothing and shoes will be required. Volunteers should be 16 and older.

The projects are being planned in partnership with Coalitions & Collaboratives, the Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative, San Isabel Land Protection Trust and the Custer County Office of Emergency Management. Weekday and weekend opportunities will be available.

To help with projects in the South Hardscrabble Creek area or in or all three of the burn areas, please contact Kate Spinelli at San Isabel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 719.250.7955.

 

 

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