MESA COUNTY, Colo.- A Western Slope organization receives a grant to restore the Colorado River’s habitat more than a year after a truck fire near Cameo started a wildfire.
The fire burned over 100 acres along I-70 and the Colorado River in May 2018.
RiversEdge West, a Grand Junction based non-profit, recently received a $2500 grant from the Western Colorado Community Foundation to help restore some of this area.
Last year’s fire took out vegetation and hundreds of cottonwood trees from Cameo to the Island Acres State Park.
Since then, RiversEdge west has worked closely with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Bureau of Reclamation to restore this area to its natural habitat.
A restoration coordinator on the project tells us this recent funding will be used to plant new trees and clear unwanted vegetation such as weeds.
It may take the area up to a few years before the full effect of the restoration work can be seen.