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Volunteers apply mulch to burned areas

Posted: Thursday, Oct 24th, 2013


Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project coordinator and lead for the RWEACT natural resources subcommittee Heather Dutton, center, gets down to business with manufactured straw mulch in a test plot on Tuesday with the help of volunteers. Courier photo by Lauren Krizansky


Courier staff writer

RIO GRANDE NATIONAL FOREST — Volunteers showed up Tuesday afternoon to see how they could help heal the West Fork Complex Fire (WFCF) burn.

The Rio Grande Watershed Emergency Reaction Coordination (RWEACT) and the San Luis Valley Field Office Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) brought the small group together to work on several test plots employing a variety of mulching and erosion control techniques near the Rio Grande Reservoir near the Crooked Creek Estates.

“We thought it would be really cool to put together a couple plots to allow us to see what really works best for it,” said Heather Dutton, the Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project coordinator and lead for the RWEACT natural resources subcommittee. “I expect to have really different results on each of the plots. They are all so different, and I don’t know which ones will perform the best.”

She added, “I think the initial goal after a fire, in my opinion, should be soil stabilization because once the soil is stable, regrowth will follow. You won’t have regrowth until the soil is stable.”



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