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Old 12-25-2012, 12:56 PM   #1
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Tree Planting in Fire Affected Areas

A while ago someone had a wheel and plant day idea to help restore the forest from the wild fires. The regrowCO organiztion has put together a similar deal and need volunteers. Below is the article from The Gazette in the Springs...

"WALDO CANYON FIRE: Group's modest seedling goal grows




December 24, 2012 12:00 PM
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It started with a poetic goal: Purchase one new seedling for every firefighter who tamed the fury of the Waldo Canyon fire.
Now a home-grown relief effort dubbed reGrowCo is tackling a new challenge: After raising enough for 1,600 seedlings, organizers are enlisting the community’s help in planting them wherever they might be needed.
The seedlings — valued at about $1.50 a piece — will be planted across Colorado on lands affected by blazes last summer, the worst fire season in the state’s history.
The process will be overseen by the Colorado State Forest Service, which has opened an application process by which private landowners can apply to receive seedlings.
Planting is expecting to begin in the spring. ReGrowCo is asking its supporters to pledge their support by contacting Jamie Dahl, the volunteer coordinator at the Colorado State Forest Service, at jamie.dahl@colostate.edu.
How the planting proceeds depends on several factors. Areas demonstrating the most need will get priority, and the Forest Service will also consider where seedlings are a best fit and where they are most likely to thrive.
“Once we have information about the number of trees going to Waldo Canyon, its landowners are receiving trees, and the volunteer base we have to work with, we will be able to work on plans for planting efforts,” said Ryan Lockwood, the agency’s director of marketing, explaining the early push for volunteers.
The group behind reGrowCo — which includes Colorado Springs firefighters, local marketing firm Vladimir Jones and the city of Colorado Springs — partnered with Polar Bottle and sold branded water bottles for $15 each.
The water bottle company agreed to donate $5 per bottle and proceeds were split between the reseeding effort and the union firefighters at the International Association of Firefighters Local 5 in Colorado Springs.
The firefighters helped sell the bottles — branded with the state seal encircled by a bold blue swirl — during post-fire fundraisers.
Vladimir Jones created the reGrowCo logo and companion website, regrowco.org, and plans to allow use of the brand for fundraising efforts in the event of future natural disasters in Colorado.
“If we never had to worry about re-growing Colorado again, that would be great,” said Joe Hodas of Vladimir Jones. “But I don’t think that’s going to happen. We’ll see fires again in the future.”
The Waldo Canyon fire killed two people, leveled 346 homes and blackened more than 18,000 acres. Roughly 200,000 acres burned in Colorado overall during 2012, according to the National Interagency Fire Center website.

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GET INVOLVED
• To volunteer to plant seedlings, contact Jamie Dahl at the Colorado State Forest Service, at jamie.dahl@colostate.edu.
• To help affected landowners by buying seedlings for planting, donate to the Restoring Colorado’s Forests Fund at https://advancing.
colostate.edu/2207. To buy a reGrowCo water bottle, visit regrowco.org.



Read more: Group's modest seedling goal grows | fire, waldo, seedling - WALDO CANYON FIRE - Colorado Springs Gazette, CO "

Basically we can volunteer throught the Forest Service and plant trees. Might not be much wheeling, but would still be a great cause to help our burned up wheeling grounds.

*I am by no means a point of contact or liason for this event. I am simply helping to spread the word.

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Old 12-26-2012, 12:54 AM   #2
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Thanks for the message. What a wonderful way to give back.
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