$4 million for watershed restoration

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From the Associated Press (Catherine Tsai) via The Durango Herald:

Vail Resorts and the U.S. Forest Service said they each would contribute $750,000 over three years to the restoration project, which would help protect watersheds that feed into Denver’s water supply. The National Forest Foundation will raise the rest. Vail Resorts also will devote 1,500 hours of employee time…

Most of the work would focus on about 70 square miles of the most severely affected areas in four watersheds feeding the Upper South Platte River. Plans include planting trees, plus willows, dogwood, grasses and sage to restore river areas. The project also aims to enhance trails and restore river habitat for fish and threatened species. The goal is to finish before the 10th anniversary of the Hayman Fire in 2012. “Without our help, it may be literally 500 years before the forest restores itself,” said Tim Sullivan, state director for the Nature Conservancy.

More South Platte Basin coverage here.

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