Channel Restoration Project requests assistance in Spring Fire disaster response

November 05, 2018
The Channel Restoration Project (in the fire-scarred South Abeyta Creek area south of La Veta Pass) is requesting assistance in their disaster response efforts from Nov. 8 to 13. The Project is in need of teams to remove dead trees and heavy vegetation from the creek channel to facilitate flow and reduce damming, flooding, and damage. This will prevent harm to the access road and historic bridge.

Throughout June and July, the Spring Fire burned more than 100,000 acres in and around La Veta, Colorado. The Mountain Sky Conference was awarded $10,000 from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to aid in relief efforts. The Channel Restoration Project is one way these funds will be utilized to rehabilitate the affected community.

This will require four saw crews, made up of eight total people, and 15-20 "termites"— workers to lop, carry, remove, and pile the removed vegetation from the creek channel.  

The saw crews and volunteers will bring their own equipment and standard personal protective equipment (PPE). There will be access to some additional gloves, vests, and protective eye wear. 

The Project is also asking for a 12" forestry chipper (and operator). The Huerfano County Shop will help supply fuel and lubricants required for operation. Any other costs (fuel while here, food, housing) will be covered by the Mountain Sky Conference UMCOR grant.  

Housing will be supplied by La Veta United Methodist Church members and a local bed and breakfast (all costs are covered). All meals will be supplied by church members and community volunteers. There will be gated/locked storage for equipment at the site. Volunteers will need to supply their own PPE.  

Should this be too soon notice, the alternative work days will be Nov. 14 to 19

Please call Janine at 970-309-7129 with any questions. This is a joint project with Huerfano County, whose Disaster Response Coordinator will be on-site for instruction and management.