May 18, 2014 11:11 PM by Kelsey Kennedy

Black Forest Slash-Mulch Program overflowing as more people mitigate

It's about time to get your garden started. Now you can do it while helping prevent wildfires at the same time. The Black Forest Slash-Mulch Program has mounds of free mulch for the taking, all made from mitigated wood.

Ruthann Steele founded the volunteer run organization 21 years ago. Since the Black Forest Fire, what she does takes on a whole new meaning.

"The fire is causing an influx of people who are now doing forest management," she says.

Pine needles, branches, even wood scorched in the fire can be ground up to make mulch. It's free to anyone who loads it themselves.

"We had put it in the back before, and so every year we come out and get some more so we can make it look a little bit fresher and make our yard look a little bit better," says Dustin Ouellette.

It only costs two dollars to dump a load of slash, unless you take some mulch with you, then dumping is free as well. The minimal cost covers grinding and hauling unwanted mulch.

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