June 2015 Forest Health Task Force Newsletter
June, 2015 Newsletter

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How Homeowners Can Protect Against Wildfire Losses
Forest Health Task Force meets Tuesday, June 16 at Noon
Buffalo Mountain Room, County Commons, 37 Peak One Drive, Frisco

We will be talking more about defensible space and how homeowners can reduce wildfire hazards to their home and keep homeowner's insurance costs down. Insurance companies are now looking more closely at defensible space and fire resistant building materials. We will be joined by Jim Galt - Summit County State Farm Insurance Agent. He will share his perspective on defensible space requirements as they apply to his homeowner clients.

Jim celebrataed his 30th anniversary with State Farm in 2013. Initially a Manager for State Farm in Denver, he was in charge of working with individual agent offices and training and recruiting new State Farm agents. While there, he worked closely with State Farm Operations, including the Executive Offices, Claims, and Underwriting for Auto, Fire, Life, and Health.  In 2011, he returned to Personal Production. 

REMINDER! Future Meetings:
Tues, July 14, Noon, Cnty. Commons, Buffalo Mtn Room
Wed, Aug 19, Noon, County Commons, Mt. Royal Room
Wed, Sept 16, Noon, County Commons, Mt. Royal Room
Wed, Oct 21, Noon, County Commons, Mt. Royal Room
Wed, Nov 18, Noon, County Commons, Mt. Royal Room
Wed, Dec 16, Noon, Blue River Room, in Silverthorne

Everybody is welcome. Please join us to hear what's new with our forest and share your information and ideas. We will provide lunch.
Local Monitoring Program


Backyard Volunteer Forest Monitoring is Underway Once Again!

This year, our citizen scientist program will be easier. We only require one monitoring event, one datasheet to fill out, and a few pictures. Around 30 volunteers have been trained already. We will be having additional training sessions soon. If you haven't signed up already, please do so now. As a reminder: Everybody needs to be trained every year.

To be a volunteer, please contact Howard at 719-491-1807.
World Forest News


Researchers seek sneak peek into the future of forests
(June 2, 2015 Phys.org)

Scores of scientists from dozens of research institutions are descending on a patch of forest in central North Carolina, taking samples of everything from ants and mites to rotifers and tardigrades – samples they hope will offer a glimpse into the future of forest ecosystems. This flurry of data collection represents the final days of an ambitious project: the largest and most robust warming experiment conducted in a forest ecosystem.
Chipping Program

Contact Dan Schroder for more information!


    JUNE 29, Neatly stack your wood slash on roadside!

In 2014, 1,486 independent landowners put out slash piles.  324 landowners participated in both passes through the county.  In total, 5,434 woody slash piles were collected resulting in 44 Semi Loads of chips hauled to the Gypsum biomass power plant.  Ultimately, 923 tons of woody biomass were removed from Summit County neighborhoods which produced 923 Mega Watt Hours of electricity. Our goal for 2015 is an equivalent level of participation.  Thanks for helping us spread the word about this FREE wildfire prevention program.
Managing our Forests


Colorado Gets New Planes to Fight Fires
(AP, May 16, 2015)

Colorado will patrol its forests and grasslands with two new wildfire-spotting aircraft this summer, hoping to find and snuff out flames before they explode into the deadly megafires that have plagued the state. Infrared cameras aboard the planes are so sensitive that....READ MORE

Is Prescribed Burning the Best Way to go? (USDA.gov, May 29, 2015)

When you’re faced with over 650,000 acres of national forest land, as Matt [Champa] is with the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, how do you decide which areas should be treated? READ FULL ARTICLE




2015: Year of the Mega-Fire?
(Fireengineering.com, June 1, 2015)

Another enormous fire season is upon us. Spruce trees are already ablaze in the Alaskan wilderness and with much of California plagued by a decade-long drought, the rest of the West isn't far behind. Expect journalists and public information officers to dub many of the most destructive blazes "mega-fires." But what makes a fire "mega?" Here's what the term really means, and why mega-fires are reshaping the way wild flames are fought in the West.... READ MORE
Moving Outdoors to Teach Climate



Teaching to a Changing Climate, New Methods
(Medium.com, June 2, 2015)

Amidst towering Colorado mountain peaks, five high school students tour an aspen grove that lines the valley floor of a long box canyon. In the valley’s heart is nestled little Telluride, a former mining town that is now home to 2,000 people and one of the world’s best ski resorts.

Their tour guide for the day is Roy Mask, who works with the United States Forest Service to protect forest health. Tagging along the field trip are a handful of elected officials and community leaders...READ MORE


What's happening in the Clear creek (Watershed? Presentation)
Tuesday, June 9, 1:30-3:00, Englewood Public Library, Perrin Room

Meeting: Buffalo Mtn Room, County Commons
Wednesday, June 16, Noon

National Forest Foundation
Announces Matching Awards Program Grant Opportunity

Deadline: June 24, 2015

FREE Summit County Chipping Program
JUNE 29, Neatly stack your wood slash on roadside!

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