Why Wildfire Relief?
The historic wildfires that burned more than 1.6 million acres across Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado in early March left more than a path of destruction in their wake: they left tens of thousands of ranching families and businesses at a stand-still, their cattle, operations and livelihoods suddenly gone.
Those impacted by the wildfires are working to rebuild, and they’ll need our help to do it. Ranchers lost cattle, fences, homes and barns, and most of the cattle and fencing were uninsured. According to the latest estimates, as many as 18,000 miles of fence was destroyed and will cost about $10,000 a mile to replace. That’s a staggering $180 million for fencing alone!
Recognizing the need, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation challenged Drovers and the Farm Journal Foundation to join forces in raising money to help wildﬁre victims rebuild. While the initial, generous outpouring of hay and other aide went a long way toward easing the shock of the catastrophe, rebuilding will require monetary support – a lot of it.
Anyone who donates by July 31, 2017 to the Drovers/Farm Journal Foundation Million Dollar Wildﬁre Relief Challenge will see their donation doubled by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. The organization has generously agreed to match donations up to $1 million.