Who we are…
For 60 years the Flying W Ranch served Chuckwagon dinners to guests, there had been minor catastrophes like rattlesnakes curled up in the biscuit-warming ovens, bears foraging through dumpsters, rains washing out roadways and winds turning family gatherings topsy-turvy.
But on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 the Waldo Canyon fire roared over a nearby ridge at 60 mph and devoured the tall pines and completely destroyed the historic and iconic ranch. The fire raged on and burned and 346 homes within the neighboring community of Mountain Shadows to the ground.
The Flying W Ranch Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado whose primary focus is to restore and mitigate the Waldo Canyon burn area. This area of the burn is now subject to erosion, mudslides, and flooding which threaten Colorado Springs’ municipal water supply and the neighboring community downstream.
- Installing log erosion control structures to stabilize hill slopes and drainages prone to flood events
- Planting seeds and spreading mulch over various acres of burned terrain
- Planting saplings to jumpstart the restoration of the forest
- Removing noxious weeds
With the help of other non-profit organizations, government agencies and countless volunteers the FWRF hopes to bring the natural beauty back to the hill slopes of Colorado Springs, educate members of our community as well as ensure safe drinking water for all our residents.