Forest grant applications available |

Forest grant applications available

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SUMMIT COUNTY ” State funding for local forest health projects is on the way, with grant applications available on the Colorado State Forest Service (CFS) website ( as of Monday, June 25.

The completed applications will be due back by the third week in July, said the CSF’s Joe Duda. After review by a technical committee, the grants will be awarded by mid-August, Duda said.

House Bill 1130 authorized up to $1 million per year for the next five years. The state funds will pay up to 60 percent of the cost of a project. The remaining funds can come from any other source, including in-kind contributions, Duda said.

With the funding for the first year coming out of the Colorado Water Conservancy pot, projects must address the protection of community water supplies, Duda said.

“Something that would float to the top would be covered under a community wildfire protection plan and has been identified as a critical area for water supplies and community infrastructure,” Duda said. It also helps to have some use in mind for the skinny logs that come out of the forest, while leaving large, healthy trees, he added.

The funding is targeted toward collaborative projects that could include neighborhoods, homeowners associations and municipalities.

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