Red Cross and Black Forest Together Partner for Recovery

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“We believe this will be a big step for people as they work to recover their homes,”

Colorado Springs, CO, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, — The American Red Cross Pikes Peak Chapter has partnered with Black Forest Together to support the regrowth process in Black Forest. Using funds designated for Colorado wildfire recovery, the Red Cross funded the purchase of seeds and seedlings for properties that were affected by the Black Forest Fire. The nonprofit group Black Forest Together coordinated the request for support and will be handing out the 25 pound bags of Grass Seed and Ponderosa Tree Seedlings to 200 Black Forest residents (total and partial loss) who have reserved an order for pickup May 3, 2014.

Recovery from something as devastating as the Black Forest Fire is a long process. Reseeding the ground can have a big impact because it can prevent further damage from erosion due to heavy rain. MAJ/General Eddie Bracken, USAF (Ret) is the Founder & Chairman for Black Forest Together Inc. “We believe this will be a big step for people as they work to recover their homes,” Bracken said. “It is one of those seemingly small things that will mean a lot to help restore the hearts of folks, as well as, begin to recover the nurturing and greening of the forest.”

WHAT:  Black Forest Fire Recovery Seed/Seedling Project

WHEN:  9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014

WHERE:  Black Forest Fire Station; 11445 Teachout Road

WHO:      Red Cross volunteers, Black Forest Together volunteers and local Black Forest community

Visual:   Red Cross and Black Forest Together handing out the bags of seed and tree seedlings to Black Forest residents. PIOs from both organizations will be available for interviews.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/Colorado or join our blog at http://coloradoredcross.blogspot.com.

About Black Forest Together:
Black Forest Together, Inc. is a 501 ( C ) 3 exempt charitable organization with a mission of: “Help the people to recover, rebuild and restore their lives … while enhancing a full sense of community, and the richness of our natural environment today and in the future for the Black Forest.” The organization was formed shortly after the devastating fire of June 11, 2013. Almost 60 volunteers are involved in the recovery and restoration of the Black Forest environment. Activities include a case management process to address the unmet needs of individuals who are uninsured or under insured. Grocery gift cards were distributed during the holiday season. A major effort will be the establishment of Forest Recovery effort that will be an enduring effort with a long term goal of mitigating some 70,000 acres of the forest that has been neglected for over 50 years. For more information please visit www.blackforesttogether.org.