Water Press Releases

Ditch Burns Scheduled for Irrigation Season

Release Date:
Apr 21, 2017

For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Shiloh Hatcher, Forestry Manager
970-339-2436
shiloh.hatcher@greeleygov.com

The City of Greeley Culture, Parks and Recreation Department will conduct controlled burns at several parks and natural areas the week of April 24. On Monday, a pile of wood will be burned at Cottonwood Bend Natural Area and debris in irrigation ditches will be burned at Josephine Jones Park, Forbes Field, Bittersweet Park, Greeley West Park and Poudre Ponds Recreational Fishery mid-week. Annual ditch burns allow irrigation water to flow freely by clearing out dead vegetation left from the previous year.

The scheduled burns have been planned with public safety as the number one priority and only occur if weather conditions are favorable to allow the work to be done safely. Greeley firefighters or other trained City of Greeley staff will conduct the burns.

The wood debris at Cottonwood Bend Natural Area came from clearing out dead trees last summer at a recently acquired property in the Cottonwood Bend Natural Area. The wood is too large to chip and not of a quality to be repurposed into lumber.

For more information contact the Forestry, Natural Areas and Trails office at 970-339-2405.

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