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Fire Restoration Campaign
Roaring Fork Conservancy is raising funds to assist local, state, and federal government agencies to address the landscape-scale changes caused by the Lake Christine Fire. In partnership with Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Colorado State Forest Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Eagle County, and Town of Basalt, RFC aims to develop and implement long-term burn area restoration approaches. The risks of debris flows and flooding are elevated for 3-5 years post-burn, making this work crucial for years to come.
  • The Lake Christine fire burned over 12,500 acres of pinyon/juniper, grass, shrubland, aspen and spruce/fir in the Roaring Fork River, Fryingpan River, and Cattle Creek drainages.
  • Just under 20% of the total burn area is classified as “high severity,” and is more susceptible to erosion and debris flows.
  • Significant re-growth is already present in many of the areas with moderate to low burn severity- many acres of which were seeded last fall. However, noxious weed mitigation is of high priority.
Restoration goals include:
  • Stabilize soils and drainages prone to runoff or flood
  • Continue necessary seeding efforts
  • Noxious weed mitigation