Tree planting project to help Lower North Fire victims

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By Sandy Barnes

After watching the struggle of her sister and many others who were affected by the Lower North Fork Fire last year, Evergreen resident Susan Glass decided to embark on a tree-planting project in the devastated area.

“When you lose your trees, it’s heartbreaking,” she said.

Glass has a goal of planting 10,000 seedlings in the burn area on Labor Day, Sept. 2.

To make this happen, she’s looking for two things:

Beginning Thursday, July 18, Glass will have order forms for the seedlings, which will be sold in flats. Prices range from $45 to $75 per flat, and purchasers are asked to donate at least half of the flat to the planting cause.

Among the five selections she has arranged for purchase through the state Forest Service are aspens, Douglas fir, Colorado blue spruce, and lodgepole and ponderosa pine seedlings.

“Watching all the environmental issues, I started talking to some people who said that would be a great project,” said Glass. “We hope to help those affected with a gift of trees to help with some of the issues of losing everything that supports their environment.”

While expressing her appreciation for those who have offered assistance, Glass said the size of the project is creating a need for additional volunteers. People are needed to make calls, do data entry, typing, drive and care for the trees, she said.
“The outpouring of support on this end has been incredible and heartwarming, and I
am thrilled to be heading such a positive program,” said Glass.

While living in Grand County, Glass said that she and her husband help plant trees in areas where pine beetles had ravaged the forest.

For more information and to volunteer, e-mail Glass at susangcogirl@msn.com.