Grand County receives $63K grant for hazard tree removal
June 18, 2010
Grand County will receive a $63,000 grant to remove hazard trees along the County Road rights of way. The money comes from the Colorado Forest Restoration Pilot Program established by the General Assembly through House Bill 1199.Grand County Natural Resources has applied for an additional $20,000 through the BLM Community Assistance Grant. Both grants will provide funds to complete the hazard tree removal project in west Grand County, which includes County Road 3; and the Copper Creek, Gore Lakes and Old Park subdivisions.The project will remove approximately 3,200 trees along 50 miles of county-maintained road this winter. Once the western portion of the county is finished, mitigation along all of the Grand County rights of way will be complete.D & J Excavating of Granby won the bid to remove trees last winter. Bids are due June 24 for the 2010/2011 winter season.This is the fourth year Grand County has received grant funding from the Colorado State Forest Service, BLM and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to reduce hazardous fuel buildup associated with the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic. The total project cost was $671,000 over three years.Natural Resources has received $448,000 in tree removal grants from the state with additional funding pending. If you have questions, contact Grand County Natural Resources at 970-887-0745, or visit http://www.co.grand.co.us.