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National Forest Foundation Fund to Help White River National Forest Restoration Efforts


The National Forest Foundation (NFF) announced today that the public can donate to the White River National Forest Restoration Fund to support critical restoration work on the forest including areas recently burned by the Grizzly Creek Fire.

The Grizzly Creek Fire, which started as a small brush fire on August 10, 2020, has changed the landscape of the White River National Forest and its surrounding communities overnight. Burning over 30,000 acres in 10 days, the fire has severely impacted parts of one of Colorado’s beloved natural sites, Glenwood Canyon.

Photo by U.S. Forest Service.

A geologic wonder of the American West, Glenwood Canyon is home to the Colorado River. Water from the Colorado River is the life blood of the West and goes to crow crops on our dinner tables, forms the snow we ski on, and provides the drinking water for a nation. It all starts on the White River National Forest near the continental divide and flows through this scenic wonder. The canyon is a vital transportation corridor and provides essential economic, cultural, recreational and scenic values to millions of users. The backdrop to countless outdoor memories, Glenwood Canyon and the surrounding forest is a place where people come to connect with and explore nature.

Photo by U.S. Forest Service, White River National Forest

The community members that call western Colorado home know how important the land is to their quality of life. The 15 million guests that flock to the forest each year do so for a reason – they value the raw beauty of this landscape and the excitement and wonder it brings out in them.

Donations are the life blood of restoration work and are put to productive use to help restore and improve the grandeur of Glenwood Canyon and the White River National Forest and all of its features that make it whole. Every person who’s hiked to Hanging Lake, rafted the Colorado, biked along its shores, fished for trout, climbed a Fourteener, stopped to view Bighorn sheep, or simply drove I-70 a little slower to view the magnificence of this Forest can help make a difference.

Starting today, the NFF is collecting donations from individuals, small businesses and corporations to support restoration efforts on the White River National Forest.

The NFF is proud to help facilitate restoration of the White River National Forest through this fund. By partnering with the public and the many businesses who depend on the White River National Forest, we hope to begin addressing critical restoration needs on the forest including areas recently burned by the Grizzly Creek Fire.

Mary Mitsos, President & CEO, National Forest Foundation

Donated funds will be available to the White River National Forest and its partners immediately and may be used to implement a variety of projects to help restore the landscape as well as repair important infrastructure for public access.

More information about how to donate is available on the White River National Forest Restoration Fund page: https://support.nationalforest....