Chevron Donates Toward Pine Ridge Restoration
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- The Mesa County Sheriff's Office and Colorado Mesa University received a donation from Chevron in the aftermath of the Pine Ridge Fire.
Two $10,000 checks were given out, one to the Sheriff's Office and one to the CMU Water Center, which will help the Bureau of Land Management rehabilitate the area that was severely damaged by the Pine Ridge Fire.
"The contribution Chevron is making will go directly to purchase native seeds. Colorado Mesa University is going to help by passing that money to the seed vendor and we'll use that this fall," said Katie Stevens, a Grand Junction BLM acting field manager. "We'll fly that seed on and hopefully see it establish."
"We have a 22-year-old fire truck, brush truck that needs to be replaced, and I can guarantee you that these funds will also be pointed toward a replacement of that vehicle," said Mesa County Undersheriff Rebecca Spiess.
Sheriff's officials also say much of the grant will go toward enhancing the current fire training for deputies to help them better assist other wildland firefighting teams.
BLM officials say the rehabilitation process depends strongly on how much moisture the damaged area receives to help with the reseeding.
BLM has already spent $770,000 on seeds to stabilize the soil and they say this grant will be helpful to that cause.