About 8,500 fledgling trees will get new homes on Saturday as part of an effort to reforest the thousands of acres charred by the 2013 Black Forest fire.

Black Forest Together, a nonprofit organization devoted to recovery efforts following the blaze, will hold its annual event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fire station at 16465 Ridge Run Drive.

To receive trees, homeowners must live in an area affected by the fire and register for the event online at www.blackforesttogether.org by Friday afternoon.

Since the fire, the group has provided nearly 40,000 seedlings to residents in the burn scar area. It has also relocated hundreds of smaller trees to help reforest burnt properties through its tree donor program.

The tree giveaway benefits about 200 residents each year. Recipients can choose from ponderosa pine, white fir, honey locust and chokecherry seedlings, said Kenneth Clark, Black Forest Together's forest director.

The Arbor Day Foundation, AC Golden Brewing Company, and Five Star Bank are sponsoring the event. The seedlings, provided by the Colorado State Forest Service's nursery in Fort Collins, will be delivered by FedEx, Clark said.

This year, the organization is asking for a suggested donation of $5 per bundle, which is about 50 seedlings.


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