Friday, March 20, 2020 by Spanish Peaks Alliance for Wildfire Protection
Before and After Shaded Fuel Break Mitigation
The Spanish Peaks Alliance for Wildfire Protection (SPAWP), a 501c3 organization, worked this winter identifying, pursuing and in conjunction with Huerfano County, executing wildfire mitigation grant projects. When driving HWY 12 South toward Cuchara, that work is visible to the West near Pinehaven.
Two SPAWP Board Members, Janna Laudato and Cody Siebert worked closely with Paul Branson – HC Wildfire Mitigation Coordinator, Ron Jameson – Chaparral Construction and landowners, to ensure that the work was done safely, effectively, on time and on budget and where it was needed.
Funding for this work came from the Action and Implementation for Mitigation (AIM) program, offered through Coalitions and Collaboratives (COCO). It was facilitated with help from the County, publicly donated monies and volunteer hours for the matching portion of the $3,500 provided by SPAWP. Before and after photos of this work accompany this press release.
SPAWP team members are working on upcoming mitigation and forest restoration grants in conjunction with USFS, CSFS, BLM and the County aimed at further mitigation efforts in several areas across the Spanish Peaks Region.
SPAWP received another grant on March 16th from the Colorado State Forest Service. The $63,092 awarded is a reimbursement/matching grant under their Forest Restoration and Wildfire Risk Mitigation (FRWRM) program. The funds help to further reduce heavy wildland fuel loads of dead and decaying trees, trees too close to buildings and roads, lower tree limbs or ladder fuel and brush.
The SPAWP BOD plans a summer event with our alliance partner, the La Veta Fire Protection District (LVFPD) and others. This will be an opportunity to update our members and the public on our projects and plans. Please consider inviting SPAWP to HOA & Firewise Community meetings where we collect input on needs, provide wildfire protection education, share plans and answer questions.
Public attendance is welcome at monthly SPAWP Board meetings. Please check our website calendar at www.spawp.org for dates and times. The website also allows you to renew your annual SPAWP membership and donate to help us meet our matching funds requirements for future mitigation grants. Thank you!