I have to say, this was a first for me, I’ve never received a wildfire mitigation story that made me hear the sounds of Christmas, but Courtney Peterson with the Colorado State Forest Service did just that when she shared this story about the work 17 families from the Falls Creek Ranch Firewise Community recently completed.
This community came together to harvest Christmas trees with the CO State Forest Service District office in Durango, CO and completed some wildfire hazard mitigation at the same time. Residents and district forestry staff removed white fir trees near the main access road to the community, which helped in reducing the community’s wildfire risk and aided in improving forest health, while providing spectacular trees for the lucky recipients. The tree harvesting group of adult participants also included six dogs, lots of kids and plenty of hot cocoa and apple cider.
I can’t think of a more appropriate story to share two-weeks before Christmas. Our warmest wishes for a great holiday to those participating families and forestry staff!
Photo credits: Sara Carver, Former Falls Creek Ranch Firewise Ambassador