October 2017 Newsletter

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Forest Health Task Force 2018
How can we play a more meaningful role?

The Forest Health Task Force meets next Wednesday, October 18, Noon - 1:30 p.m
County Commons, Mount Royal Room

Boreas Pass forest monitoring is proceeding more quickly than expected and will be done early-summer 2018. All 51 Barton forest monitoring plots have already been completed. What’s next?

The focus of this month’s meeting will be smart ways to expand the scope of our programs, while increasing our relevance and value.  We aim to build on our past success. For that purpose we will discuss how we as a group can:
  • Increase local citizen input into forest management decision making        
  • Further advance citizen science locally through forest monitoring and research
  • Make monitoring easier for more volunteers
  • Begin work on a forest restoration project
  • Educate on natural resource sustainability in Summit County
  • Promote greater wildfire awareness
We expect all attendees and stakeholder entities to share their views. We are also inviting attendees to share their ideas for 2018 meeting topics.

See you next Wednesday at Noon. Lunch will be served.

REMINDER! Future FHTF Meetings, 12-1:30:

Wed, November 15, County Commons, Mt. Royal Room
Wed, December 13, County Commons, Mt. Royal Room

Changing Climate

...and our
Bristlecone Forests

Ancient bristlecone pine forests are being overwhelmed by climate change
(LATimes.com, October 2017)

For thousands of years, wind-whipped, twisted bristlecone pines have been clinging to existence on the arid, stony crests of eastern California’s White Mountains, in conditions inhospitable to most other life.

Their growth rings provide a year-by-year account of the struggle to survive: It’s a tortuous cycle of dying off almost entirely, leaving only a few strips of bark that then continue to grow diagonally skyward or sideways along the ground.

But the world’s oldest trees may never ... Read More

budget challenge

... and federal spending

U.S. FOREST SERVICE: Fighting fires taking money from other priorities (EastCoastMagazine.org October 2017)

The U.S. Forest Service, in a series of messages sent on its Twitter account, warns that the growing cost of wildfires is taking money from other programs –including those that reduce fire threats.

This year, the USFS expects to transfer $500 to $600 million from other accounts to fund firefighting. That means... READ ARTICLE
Wildfire Preparation

Out of control

Why can't California control the wildfires? (BBC News, October 2017)

Wildfires are a common occurrence in California towards the tail end of the state's long, hot, dry summers, but this year a combination of extremely high temperatures, strong winds, a long drought, and population growth have produced lethal, fast-moving blazes....

...Even in the world's most developed country, there is no high-tech solution to a wildfire of this size. Firefighters rely on relatively old-fashioned tactics to starve the massive conflagrations.... READ FULL ARTICLE
Forest Management
Burn severity by Protection Class

Committee mulls forest management  (Idaho Mtn Express, October 2017)

A congressional subcommittee hearing last week was a microcosm of a nationwide debate over whether more logging and other forms of forest management would reduce wildfires in the West.
Held Sept. 28 before the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Committee on Natural Resources, the hearing was titled “Exploring Solutions to Reduce Risks of Catastrophic Wildfire and Improve Resiliency of National Forests.”
“The topic we’re discussing... READ
Planned Burns
(Uncontrolled) Wildfires

Fall burns planned to reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health
(SiskiyouDaily.com, October 2017)

Warming Soils

and forests

Warm dirt may be fueling warming globe

Long before most people ever heard of climate change, scientists divided a patch of Harvard University-owned forest in central Massachusetts into 18 identical 6-meter by 6-meter squares. A canopy of red maple and black oak trees hangs there, looming above the same stony soil tilled by colonial farmers. Rich in organic material, it was exactly what the researchers were looking for....

Extrapolating from their forest study, the researchers estimate that over this century the warming induced from global soil loss, at the rate they monitored, will be “equivalent to the past two decades of carbon emissions from fossil fuel burning and is comparable in magnitude to... Read article
Events & Info


NEXT FHTF Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, October 18, Noon-1:30
Mt. Royal Room, County Commons
Frisco (37 Peak One Dr.)

Colorado Water Congress - Summer Conference
January 24-26
Hyatt Regency, Denver Tech Center
Denver, CO
More Info

Funding Available for Projects Addressing Forest Health, Wildfire Risk
Applications Due November 27, 2017

Southern Rockies Fire Science Network
Bridging the Divide: New 4-Part Video Series
About Southern Colorado's 2013 West Fork Fire Complex

FDRD: Volunteer Opportunities
Join FDRD for on-going volunteer activities

Colorado State Forest Service Volunteer Opportunities
View opportunities here

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