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Volunteers restore Fourmile Canyon land

4:33 PM, Mar 19, 2011   |    comments
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The work by Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, and Americorps members, was targeted to prevent erosion and restore an area that desperately needs new vegetation.

Homeowners near Fourmile Canyon, like John Hettich, spent Saturday with the volunteers spreading grass seed along steep slopes near Emerson Gulch Road, where the fire started.

"We made it. We were one of the fortunate ones," said Hettich. "This is very important to get done."

Federal money helped pay for materials and supplies to complete the work, and will also pay for helicopter drops of straw into hard to reach areas of the burned land.

"Erosion is going to be a big problem in this area," said Wildlands Restoration Volunteers Crew Leader Lindsey Messinger. "Really with nothing holding the soil down, it's all going to wash down on the road."

More work is scheduled in the coming weeks, yet many of the projects are full due to the overwhelming interest from people interested in restoring the fire-burned area.

"All of our events are full with waiting lists," said Wildlands Restoration Volunteers Executive Director Ed Self.

If you would like to help with other projects in Colorado, or to sign up for a waiting list, groups are taking volunteers.

You can visit the websites both Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado http://www.voc.org/index.php?option=com_hwdcourses&Itemid=111 or Wildlands Restoration Volunteers http://www.wlrv.org/ to find out more information.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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