FORT COLLINS - Helicopters will begin dropping tons of wood mulch Saturday onto areas of the Poudre and Rist canyons burned by the 2012 High Park Fire.
About 1,700 acres will be treated this year through a $3.5 million effort of Northern Colorado and federal partners, according to a county release. Canyon residents will notice increased helicopter and truck traffic as materials are hauled in for the work.
The mulch is used to help stabilize charred hillsides, helping reduce mudslides, flash flooding and related impacts to water quality. A National Resources Conservation Service Watershed Protection grant covers 75 percent of the work's cost, with Northern Colorado partners covering remaining costs.
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