ARWC held three slash collection events in 2022 at the 12-Mile Road Gravel Pit in eastern Custer County. The events encouraged local residents to create defensible space and reduce the threat and potential severity of wildfire by providing a place to drop off slash.
Twenty-seven patrons participated in the three events, investing 1,356 hours to treat 508 acres and deliver 105 truck- and trailer-loads of slash to our three events. Slash collected totals 840 cubic yards, which U.S. Forest Service staff with the San Carlos Ranger District will burn during wet winter months.
Our slash collection events were made possible by a Forest Restoration and Wildfire Risk Mitigation grant through the Colorado State Forest Service and by generous donations from slash patrons. We have applied for a grant to support slash collection events in 2023, but so far, our application has not been approved.
In the meantime, we encourage everyone who is concerned about protecting our communities from wildfire to make a donation toward our 2023 slash collection fund so that we can continue to provide this service to our neighbors in the vicinity of San Isabel, Beulah and Rye. Our slash collection fund helps cover the cost of planning and organizing the events and for staff members to keep the slash site open.
To make a donation using a credit card, debit card or PayPal account, please follow this link or use the QR code below. Thank you for your support!