May 8, 2014 7:06 PM by Bill Folsom
Spots of green now speckle part of the Royal Gorge burn scar. It is the result of an exciting step in the recovery process for the area.
This final phase of planting pinon pine tree seedlings, follows seeding and mulching that happened earlier. Bringing back the beauty is good, but is secondary to the goal of preventing sediment from the burn scar washing into the Arkansas River below. "It was important to get the recovery process going just as fast as we could so that we didn't have the impacts to our drinking water," said Canon City, Water Superintendent, Bob Hartzman.
Volunteers from southern Colorado, Keller Williams offices helped make it all happen. "It's what you do for the community," said Volunteer, Larry Clark. Thanks to grant money and the volunteer support five thousand seedling trees should be in the ground by the end of June.