Efforts to restore Weber Fire damage begins

THE WEBER FIRE glows at night in 2012. The fire started in late June of 2012 and burned nearly 10,000 acres. An April 27 volunteer day is scheduled to help reforest the scorched land. Enlargephoto

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THE WEBER FIRE glows at night in 2012. The fire started in late June of 2012 and burned nearly 10,000 acres. An April 27 volunteer day is scheduled to help reforest the scorched land.

1,500 trees to be planted April 27

By Shannon Livick

Mancos Times

Acres and acres of private land burned last year as the Weber Fire swept across the hills of Mancos, leaving behind dust and ashes.

It is now time to plan to give back to the land and those who lost so much in the fire.

The Firewise Council of Southwest Colorado, the Southwest Bar Association and the Colorado State Forest Service are planning a seedling tree and shrub planting day April 27.

There will be 1,500 trees planted across eight private properties impacted by the Weber Fire last June.

But these organizations need the help of fellow Southwest Colorado residents. That is a lot of trees to plant, and the more hands to help, the better, said Rebecca Samulski, Montezuma County Coordinator, Firewise of Southwest Colorado and Wildland Fire Education Specialist, Montezuma County Fire Chief's Association.

The planting day will start at Boyle Park beginning at 9 a.m. Volunteers will branch off to the various planting sites by 9:30 a.m.

Those who wish to participate are asked to call Samulski at 564-4007, to ensure there will be enough people to plant and there will be enough lunch to go around.

Samulski estimates that about 100 volunteers are needed."This will be a fun day, sun or shine, to get dirty and give something back to a mountain community that lost its forest," Samulski said.

Donations to support more tree planting on Colorado lands impacted by wildfires and other natural events, such as beetle devastation, can also be made online at https://advancing.colostate.edu/RestoringColoradosForests.