County receives $214,000 for beetle kill removal
The state is granting the county $214,000 to support tree removal along county rights of way, an amount that requires a 40 percent match of $142,722.
The funds were made available from a pool of $1 million a year through 2010 from the Colorado Community Forest Restoration Grant Program established through Senate Bill 08-071. Another $1 million in bark beetle aid drummed up from former Sen. Wayne Allard’s work in supplemental appropriations kicked in this year, upping the state’s pool to $2 million for one year only.
Natural Resources Director Jennifer Murray said the county has an added $80,000 to put toward the effort from contributors such as Denver Water, the Northern Water Conservancy District, fire protection districts, the Colorado State Forest Service and Grand County Office of Emergency Management.
With the funds, Grand County hopes to remove trees along about 60 miles of roadways, finish the Grand Lake area, make a “big dent” in the Fraser Valley and “maybe get to the Granby area,” Murray said.
Meanwhile, the county natural resources department is waiting on more grants to come through, she said.
The county completed $170,000-worth of tree-removal work last year.
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