Colorado State Forest Service Grant for 2016
The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) and Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue (LLCFR) have been awarded a grant from the Colorado Water Conservation Board, due to the efforts of several partners in the Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative. The grant will pay to thin 40 acres of lodge-pole pine on State land in the Twin Lakes area in an effort to protect the Arkansas River Basin’s water supply. This work will begin on State land this spring.
This grant will also provide funding for a Wildfire Mitigation Coordinator and Caroline Schaefer has been hired for this position. Part of her responsibilities will be to help interested homeowners in the southern part of Lake County to assess risks to structures during a wildfire event. The coordinator will be trained starting April 11 by the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) to assess risks and to create a map showing the home wildfire risk ratings.
Information will be going out to homeowners via the Home Owner Association’s in the area detailing more about this program but homeowners can contact Schaefer directly at 503-539-9483.