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Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

We recently completed fire mitigation work around our residence, and wanted to publicly thank those who made it possible, and encourage others to look into doing the same.Our house was ringed by old pinion-juniper forest, and we knew that the older dead limbs and sage brush tangled in it were hazards as fire season approached, but mitigation work appeared overwhelming to us. Having heard others praise the work of the SWIFT team from Rifle Corrections, we contacted them to evaluate the property. Agreeing that the work was necessary and fell within their scope, we were given a proposal that was very cost effective to remove “ladder fuels” around the house.We were also pleased to learn that Burning Mountains Fire District had some funds available for cost-sharing this valuable safety work. We were evaluated by Fire Marshall Orrin Moon and were determined appropriate for funding. This allowed us to perform twice the amount of protection work.The SWIFT crew arrived, and in a few days transformed very unsafe areas into areas that would allow BMFD an opportunity to safely deploy personnel and equipment on our property if ever necessary.We give a very big thank-you to BMFD for making more safety work possible, and especially to the SWIFT crew and inmates that did such a professional job for us, and we urge you to check with your fire district if you feel you need work done.We feel we would be remiss not to thank Sen. Al White for his efforts in keeping Rifle Corrections and the SWIFT team a viable part of our community during the state’s budget struggles. We don’t know how we could have economically done this work without SWIFT.Thank you all.Larry and Pam SweeneyHarvey Gap

The second annual “Purge the Spurge” event held on Saturday, May 15, was a success again this year. In spite of the rainy weather, more than 20 bags of the noxious weed myrtle spurge were collected by Glenwood residents in exchange for native plants. A big thank-you to all the folks who participated; you assisted in protecting our state’s unique botanical heritage. As good stewards of the land, it is important for us to do our part to manage the alien plants that are displacing our native vegetation and disrupting ecosystems. We would also like to thank the event sponsors: Colorado Big Country RC&D, Garfield County Vegetation Management, Colorado State University Extension, Colorado Weed Management Association, Mountain Valley Developmental Services and the city of Glenwood Springs Parks & Recreation Department.Dieter and Deb. Martin, Colorado master gardenersGlenwood Springs

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