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Black Forest Tree Recovery

Help fire-affected communities find hope, revitalize their tree canopy and restore the natural beauty of their landscape.

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The Black Forest Fire was sparked on June 11, 2013, and it raged through Black Forest, Colorado. This devastating fire surpassed the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire to become the most destructive fire in Colorado’s history—burning more than 14,000 acres, destroying more than 450 homes and taking two lives.

As the affected communities recover, the Arbor Day Foundation continues to work with partners on the ground to get trees back in the hands of homeowners who desperately need them.

The Black Forest Tree Recovery campaign is a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and the Colorado State Forest Service. This campaign will focus on providing trees to homeowners and communities who lost their urban canopy in the wake of the black forest fire.This campaign will provide tens of thousands of new trees to those in need, as Colorado residents continue to recover for years to come.

With your help, we can restore and renew the urban tree canopy of these beautiful, mountain communities.


Impact

Environmental and Societal Impact of 10,000 Trees Over 40 Years info

  • Cooling Savings (kWh) = $1,061,333
  • Net Energy Savings (kBtu) = $280,000
  • Net Carbon Dioxide Reductions = 12,000 tons
  • Air Pollution Reductions = 162 tons
  • Hydrology (Rainfall Inception) Increase = 219,600,000 gallons

Community Tree Recovery is an initiative of the Arbor Day Foundation nationally sponsored by FedEx. The Black Forest Tree Recovery campaign is in partnership with Colorado State.