On July 3, 2018 a wildfire started in the town of Basalt, Colorado - the center of the Roaring Fork Watershed - about one-quarter of a mile from Roaring Fork Conservancy's office.
As of August 6, 2018, the Lake Christine fire burned 12,588 acres of pinyon/juniper, grass and shrubland in the Roaring Fork and Fryingpan River drainages. Much of the area has burned down to mineral soil and is susceptible to erosion, landslides and noxious weed invasion. This could have a significant impact on the watersheds, municipal water supplies, and the lives of many individuals, including several communities.
The initial restoration goals are:
* To stabilize soils and drainages prone to runoff or flood
* Develop a revegetation plan for this fall
* Prevent the invasion of noxious weeds
A Call to Action
Roaring Fork Conservancy has partnered with Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Colorado State Forest Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Eagle County to initiate planning and developing a long-term restoration effort for the burned area.
Many people have already reached out to fire officials asking how they can help with the restoration efforts. Roaring Fork Conservancy is leading a fundraising effort to address this serious problem. Local, state and federal agencies will need funding for this long-term restoration effort.