Help replant last year’s Coal Seam Fire acres
Post Independent Staff
Volunteers from across the state will gather in Glenwood Springs this weekend to replant some of the 12,000 acres burned last summer by the Coal Seam Fire.
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado is hoping to field 350 volunteers this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, to plant trees and shrubs.
The project will cover about 15 acres in South Canyon where the fire started, the side of Red Mountain behind the Community Center and the Municipal Operations Center, and along Mitchell Creek.
Volunteers are still needed, and anyone who wants to pitch in must register by Friday afternoon. As of earlier this week, about 250 volunteers have signed up. To volunteer, call Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers at 927-8241.
Organizers will provide seedlings, tools, crew leaders and lunch for volunteers.
Volunteers will plant ponderosa and pinon pine, Rocky Mountain juniper, thin-leaf alder and Western river birch seedlings, and set up an irrigation system around the Community Center to help assure the trees’ survival. Other native shrubs and wetland vegetation will also be planted.
The project is expected to cost about $150,000. Funding comes from ReForest Colorado, a fund started by Shell Oil and administered by the state Department of Natural Resources, along with contributions from the city of Glenwood Springs, the Colorado State Forest Service and the U.S. Forest Service.
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