Blodgett Peak Restoration Project Tour
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
The City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services will conduct a tour of the Blodgett Peak Restoration Project on Thursday, August 29 at 1:00 p.m. The tour will include the unburned forest and proceed into the area burned by the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire. This commemorates one of the first properties to reopen to the public after the fire.
The project focused on three areas:
- Removal of dead tree hazards along trails
- Soil and erosion control
- Re-vegetation: reseeding and reforestation
City Parks and U.S. Forest Service crews have been working with Mile High Youth Corp to restore trails, remove hazardous trees and rehabilitate open spaces. Air Force Academy cadets assisted in installing log erosion barriers throughout the drainages in the open space. Rocky Mountain Field Institute completed fire restoration work on approximately 12 acres, focusing on minimizing erosion potential in burned soils and re-vegetating barren hill slopes.
The work is funded by grants from Great Outdoors Colorado and Pikes Peak Community Foundation, representing a total of $75,000. Additionally, McCloskey Motors raised funds from Colorado Springs residents for mitigation supplies and native seeds used for reseeding.
Where to meet: Blodgett Peak parking lot
From Colorado Springs, take I-25 north to the Garden of the Gods Exit. Exit west. Heading west, turn right at Centennial Boulevard. Head north on Centennial. After passing Vindicator Road, Centennial Blvd will turn into Woodmen Road. Continue on Woodmen Road, Blodgett Peak Open Space will be on the left-hand side of the road.
Parks Department vehicles will provide transportation to the trailhead.
Media Note: There will be several interview opportunities and great footage of the contrasting landscape with healthy vegetation bordering the Burn Scar. For more information and to schedule interviews, contact Krithika Prashant, Senior Communications Specialist at (719) 385-5242.