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Youth corp. planned for Black Forest rehab project

By Chris Loveless, Digital Content Director , c.loveless@krdo.com
Published On: Jul 30 2013 02:08:59 PM CDT

KRDO.com

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

The Rocky Mountain Field Institute will organize a youth corp. that will work on rehabilitating the Black Forest Fire burn scar, according to the Pikes Peak Community Foundation.

The foundation, which has been raising money to help the community recover from the fire, says some of the money you donated will be used to help get this new rehab effort off the ground.

“As need shifts from immediate aid to recovery and restoration, so, too, does the focus of the Foundation,” says Michael Hannigan, CEO of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. “That’s why it’s so important that our grant dollars go to groups like RMFI – which will continue their involvement with restoration efforts years after the disaster has happened.”

The Pikes Peak Community Foundation has raised approximately $300,000 through its emergency relief fund since the fire began. On Thursday, the Rocky Mountain Field Institute will be presented with a check for $46,100.

“Rocky Mountain Field Institute is very grateful to receive fire restoration funding for the Black Forest Burn from the Pikes Peak Community Foundation,” says RMFI Executive Director Rebecca Jewett.  “This funding will be used to employ youth and engage community volunteers in the rehabilitation and landscape stabilization of the burn scar in Black Forest Regional Park. This work will serve to mitigate flooding and soil erosion, as well as jumpstart vegetation re-growth in the park.”

Thursday's check presentation event is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. in the main parking lot at Black Forest Regional Park.

The Pikes Peak Community Foundation continues to accept donations for its emergency relief fund. Click here to donate.

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