September 2015 Forest Health Task Force Newsletter
September, 2015 Newsletter

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Proactive Neighborhoods and Communities - Resilience Against Wildfire 

The Forest Health Task Force meets Wednesday, September 16th at Noon
Mount Royal Room, County Commons, 0037 Peak One Drive, Frisco

Our conversation continues. What can we do as neighborhoods and communities to mitigate wildfire hazards, and to make ourselves more resilient if wildfire damage occurs? How can we work with the U.S. Forest Service, local wildfire experts, homeowner groups, and insurance companies to create self sufficiency and community resiliency in case of wildfire?

We will be talking about inside-out strategies. What can we do in our own backyards and neighborhoods to mitigate against wildfire? How can we work with our neighbors to reduce wildfire hazards? How can we work collaboratively with insurance companies, homeowners associations, and government agencies to reduce potential wildfire impacts? 

Please join us to hear what's new with our forests and community. Come share your information and ideas. Lunch is provided.
REMINDER! Future Meetings:

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

Fish Counting



Join us!
September 17

The Greenlands Reserve (Forest Health Task Forest) and Friends of the Dillon Ranger District have a once a year volunteer opportunity in the 5th annual fish shocking event at Straight Creek Trail next Thursday. Get your hands wet and learn lots about water and fish ecology! 

Volunteers will meet at the Straight Creek trailhead east of Dillon at the end of County Road 51 at 9 a.m. and should dress for a day outdoors. Please bring lunch, water, work gloves, sturdy boots, layered clothing, sunglasses, sun hats, insect repellent, and your enthusiasm. If you have rubber boots or waders, please bring them as well.The project will end by 3.

Interested parties should RSVP to participate in the Greenlands Reserve/FDRD Straight Creek fish project as soon as possible at this link.

Time: 9-3
Location : Straight Creek Trailhead in Dillon
Save field time by bringing a completed waiver with you!
RSVP to FDRD or to The Greenlands Reserve
Questions: Please call (970) 262-3449
More details available here.

From I-70 take Exit 205, Silverthorne/Dillon, and travel south on HWY 6 towards Dillon. Approximately 1.2 miles south of I-70 turn left at the traffic light at the intersection oh HWY 6 and Evergreen Road (Lord of the Mountains Church is on your left). After turning left, immediately turn right onto Straight Creek Road (County Road 51) and follow this road for approximately 1.7 miles to where the road ends at a gate. This is the trailhead parking for Straight Creek.


The USDA ... is spending $150 million a week fighting wildfires
(USA Today, Aug 18, 2015)

The cost of fighting wildfires has again blown past the amount budgeted by Congress, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Friday, forcing the transfer of funds away from efforts to reduce the number and severity of fires. Read More
Community Resilience


Do the Feds prefer to clean up disasters rather than prevent them?
(, Sep 10, 2015)

Federal policy often means it's easier to clean up after disasters than to prevent them, according to an investigation by reporter Elizabeth Shogren, who covers Washington for High Country News. She was an environment correspondent for NPR for 10 years. Her story, "Where FEMA Fails," starts in Manitou Springs, after....READ MORE

78% of survey repondents say they would pay more for their house and utilities if they can depend on a certain degree of resiliency
( Sept 6, 2015)

That means they're concerned about the community's ability to bounce back after natural disasters. They want to minimize the negative impact to families and income potential. They're thinking ahead, just as we all should. Disaster resiliency is defined not only as the ability to survive an earthquake or catastrophic flooding, but how quickly a community and people can recover and minimize long-term disruptions to the economy and quality of life.



Linking Forests and People

Global Forest Watch Fires (GFW Fires) is an online platform for monitoring and responding to forest and land fires in the ASEAN region using near real-time information. GFW Fires can empower people to better combat harmful fires before they burn out of control and hold accountable those who may have burned forests illegally.GFW Fires combines... READ MORE


Can this new technology help cut wildfire spending?

What technology may mean for wildifre impact and spending
(, Aug. 17, 2015)

With another disastrous wildfire season coming to an end, can we see next year as being any better? For some, the answer is yes.
Janice Coen and her colleagues at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) will soon release technology they've developed which could predict the spread of wildifres. That kind of technology could amount to millions in saving, if it works.

Climate News


Climate Change This Week: Drought Refugees, Solar Keeps Surging, and More!
(Huffington Post, Sept 8, 2015)

This article gives you an idea of climate change's global impact. It's going faster than predicted. READ MORE

Read The Sunniest Climate Change Story You've Ever Read
(, Sept 7, 2015)

This is the year that humans finally got serious about saving themselves from themselves. Will decreasing climate change effects help keep the needs for wildfire spending down? Read Now



Drought, wildfires among Western issues facing Congress
(Statesman Journal, Sept 7, 2015)

For several years, legislation has been proposed to change the method for paying to fight wildfires to avoid fire borrowing. There are two competing proposals in the Senate this year.
  • Number One advocates for more spending but still doesn't budget enough
  • Number Two advocates for funds to come out of natural disaster funds
What are the implications of both? READ MORE

Forest Disturbances and Water


Potential Effects of Forest Disturbances and Management of Water Resources in a Warmer Climate

What factors contribute to our available water supply, why we should be concerned with the supply and what we can do to increase or make that supply more sustainable. This is a scholarly study of forest disturbances and our water supply.

Friends of the Dillon Ranger's District - Trail Restoration
September 13: Watershed Restoration, 9:00
September 17: Ten-Mile Creek Fish Shocking, 9-3

Summit County Wildfire Council
September 17 - 1:30 to 3:30
Buffalo Mountain Room, County Commons in Frisco (37 Peak One Dr.)
September 24-26: Creating Fire Adapted Communities, Snowmass, CO

FHTF Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, September 16, Noon
Mount Royal Room, County Commons in Frisco (37 Peak One Dr.)

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