When you live in the forest there’s always a wildfire just waiting to happen, but when you live in the city you never think this could happen to you…
On June 23, 2012 The Waldo Canyon Fire tore a path of destruction through a neighborhood just miles from our little Westside home here in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Now our pledge is simple. Colorado Rock*N Logs and LogFurnitureHowTo.com will transform Waldo Canyon Fire wood to furniture and more.
We also pledge to teach others how they too can make good from this tragedy, all while giving back to our community, our friends, our neighbors, and the brave firefighters who gave so much of themselves during this recent wildfire.
Friendly fire isn’t!
The Waldo Canyon Fire was the most destructive fire in Colorado history. This fire took two lives, scorched almost 29 square miles of land, and destroyed more than 346 of our neighbors homes and property.
As my wife and I watched the surrounding mountainsides burn from our front window, we knew our lives, many of our neighbors lives, and the local forests we cherish so much, would never be the same.
More than just another forest…
For most of my life the Pike National Forest has been more than just a forest. The Pike National Forest is my backyard. I grew up here hiking, camping, and enjoying all the beauty this National Forest has to offer. I spent every summer during High School working for the U.S. Forest Service, clearing trails and servicing campgrounds throughout these beloved mountains west of our city.
Just 30 short years ago, I even helped to install a sign much like the one you see below, in this exact location.
Much more than just another forest fire…
The Waldo Canyon blaze began on June 23. During its 17-day burn this wildfire caused over $15 million in damage and cost another $15 million to $20 million to contain. At the peak of this fire’s destruction, more than 32,000 of our friends and neighbors were evacuated from their homes here in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area.
Where there is drought there is fire.
The Waldo Canyon Fire burned so quickly through the towering Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir treetops that even the aerial firefighting teams had their hands full keeping up with the flames.
Many scientists say that these so-called “super-fires” are the result of climate change and much longer fire seasons than in the years past. And according to many foresters, our modern firefighting technology has suppressed many smaller blazes, leading to a massive buildup of forest fire fuel.
Now, almost 2 months after this fire was fully contained, the real work begins. Now it is time to help our neighbors heal, rebuild and support them any way we can. It is also time to start the arduous process of rehabilitating our forests.
Watch Waldo Canyon Fire Wood to Furniture.
Over the past two decades I have spent more time in these mountains than at home. Up until just a few years ago I was a busy sub-contractor, building homes of all shapes and sizes all around the edges of the Pike National Forest.
Making Good things from Bad…
If you live in Colorado you may remember the Hayman Fire, or the not so well known Nash fire. Over the past year and a half we have made it our business to harvest logs from both of these burn scars to create many one-of-a-kind goods. While these burn scars are also located within the Pike National Forest in Teller County, Colorado, they have not had the impact that the more recent Waldo Canyon Fire is sure to continue having on our community.
We take much pride in transforming what most folks consider to be firewood into furniture, making beautiful heirloom quality treasures for all to enjoy.
And now we have over 18,000 additional acres of burnt logs just up the road, ready to be harvested, seasoned and crafted into many good and useful items.
Waldo Canyon Fire Wood to Furniture
In the coming years, Colorado Rock*N Logs will harvest, mill, and craft as many of the burnt trees directly off of the Waldo Canyon Burn Scar as we can. In fact, we have already started this process, cutting damaged trees off of private property located directly above Cascade, Colorado, along the side of Pyramid Mountain.
We are making Colorado history, one log at a time.
Below you will see just one example of how we will turn Waldo Canyon Fire wood to furniture. In addition to furniture there are many other useful items to consider. As we continue to develop our plans, harvest and mill logs, we want your input.
Give us your feedback. Let us know what you think. Consider all the possibilities! We will make you anything you like using Waldo Canyon Firewood.
What other good and useful items would you like to see us make from Waldo Canyon Fire wood?
Giving back to those in need.
We want to help. We are here to help. We will help!
Using the charred Colorado resources obtained from the Waldo Canyon Burn Scar, Colorado Rock*N Logs and LogFurnitureHowTo.com pledge to donate a portion of the proceeds to The Waldo Canyon Fire Fighter’s Fund, Colorado Springs Together and The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise Communities program.
If you have any special items you would like us to make, ideas for additional uses of these burnt trees, or just want to learn how you can make your own one-of-a-kind Colorado history, contact us today. Sign-up for our newsletter and keep up with our progress on our YouTube channel.
Let us work together to make good from something so bad!
Remember, Only You can prevent forest fires!
The future is ours to shape. We must learn from the past, moving forward with careful planning and the understanding that each of us has a responsibility to one another.
As we rebuild, let us not forget the losses many of our friends and neighbors have endured. Let us work together to make good from something so bad!
Your friend in the forest,