Devastating proportions of the forested lands west of Fort Collins were severely burned by the High Park Fire of 2012. The Colorado Community Tree Recovery Campaign is now helping the affected communities and homeowners to replant these majestic forests and restore the scenic landscape for which Colorado is known.
In June of 2012, multiple fires burned across central and northern Colorado. The largest of these fires was the High Park Fire, which ignited on June 9th and grew from 50 acres to 200 acres in only 30 minutes. It eventually destroyed 250 homes, took one life and burned over 87,000 acres near Fort Collins. The loss of trees and vegetation from the fire has led to heavy runoff and erosion damage, creating another hurdle the surrounding communities face as they work to restore their homes. It is now time to begin restoring Fort Collins’ community landscape back to the beautiful, tree-filled mountains and valleys we have come to know, by replanting many of the trees lost.
This April will mark the launch of the Colorado Community Tree Recovery campaign, a partnership between the Colorado State Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation. This campaign will focus on revitalizing the tree canopy destroyed by the High Park Fire, and hopes to continue in future years to provide trees to those who have been affected by other destructive wildfires in the Fort Collins and Colorado Springs areas. These trees will greatly help to protect the quality of Colorado’s air and water, by filtering pollutants from the air and from the storm water that runs into the state’s water supply.
More than 9,000 seedling trees were distributed to homeowners in April of 2014 through a series of distribution events held at the Colorado State Forest Service Nursery in Fort Collins, CO. However, hundreds of thousands are still needed. Please visit the Community Tree Recovery donation page to see how you can help provide trees to Colorado residents in need.