The El Paso County slash and mulch program is gearing up for the 2008 season. It kicks off with a community meeting at 9 a.m. April 26 at the Black …
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The El Paso County slash and mulch program is gearing up for the
It kicks off with a community meeting at 9 a.m. April 26 at the
Black Forest Community Center, located at 12530 Black Forest
All county residents are encouraged to come and learn from
experts about forestry management practices, including wildfire
mitigation, defensible space, chainsaw safety, noxious weeds, tree
felling, insects such as mountain pine beetle, forest diseases and
The El Paso County Black Forest slash and mulch season gets
under way May 3.
Hours of operation for 2008 will be the following:
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sundays, noon-4 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Free mulch will be available beginning May 31. The slash and
mulch site is located at the southeast corner of Shoup and Herring
roads in the Black Forest area.
The program is a wildfire mitigation and recycling effort
sponsored by El Paso County, in cooperation with the Colorado State
Forest Service, the state Board of Land Commissioners and many
The purpose of the program is to teach better forest management
practices and encourage residents to clear adequate defensible
space surrounding their structures by thinning trees and shrubs to
reduce the spread of fire.
The return of organic material - or mulch - to the forest floor
holds moisture, delays the spread of weeds and provides nutrients
to the forest.
For more information, call the El Paso County Environmental
Services Department at 719-520-7878 or visit www.elpasoco.com.
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