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From destruction to re-growth: Rebuilding a burn area

12:19 PM, Mar 24, 2011   |    comments
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The effort was put together by the Boulder County Parks and Open Space to prevent washout and soil erosion in an area devastated by wildfire in September.

"We want to make sure that the right plants come back, and the soil stays in place. The plants really support everything: the trees the wildlife and everything that lives here. That's our goal to bring back the healthy eco-system," Erica Christensen of Boulder County Parks and Open Space said.

The county put together this plan not too long after the Fourmile Canyon Fire, and they knew they had a certain window of time to get this plan in place.

"We have a 27-year history of doing different types of restoration projects throughout the state of Colorado. We have worked in the Hayman [Fire], now we're here in the Fourmile Fire area," Matt Martinez, a volunteer for Outdoor Colorado, said.

Boulder County says there will be eight more replanting sessions like this one. The county will then bring in mulch by helicopter to help the grass seed to grow.

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