August 2016 Forest Health Task Force Newsletter
August 2016 Newsletter

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Getting to Know Our Local Talent

The Forest Health Task Force meets Tuesday, August 16, noon - 1:30 p.m
County Commons, Mount Royal Room


This month, we welcome FDRD's Jill Bryant. Bryant is a graduate student studying Natural Resource Management at the University of Denver. She is currently a seasonal project coordinator for FDRD. Prior to her move to Colorado, she spent eight seasons working in Alaska for various conservation and environmental education groups. She is excited to talk a bit about her experience working alongside former UAF Research Forester, Tom Malone, on permanent sample plots in Southcentral Alaska.

We will also have updates from the U.S. Forest Service, Summit County Wildfire Council, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and Summit County Government. FullSizeRender (2)Join us Tuesday, August 16 at noon. Lunch will be served. 
REMINDER! Future Meetings:
Wed, Sept 21, Noon, County Commons, Mt. Royal Rm
Wed, Oct 19, Noon, County Commons, Mt. Royal Rm
Wed, Nov 16, Noon, County Commons, Mt. Royal Rm
Wildfire perspective

Average Size of Wildfires has Nearly Doubled
Wildfires Are Getting Bigger, Lasting Longer and Costing More, Experts Say (New York Times, July 2016)

...The size of wildfires has grown sharply for more than 15 years, when the average fire was less than 50 acres. Today, the average wildfire is about 100 acres. Scott L. Stephens, a professor of fire science at the University of California, Berkeley, said the widespread practice of suppressing smaller fires had caused some forests to become “predisposed to larger events.” “When you take fire out of a system for 100 years,” he said, “you... READ MORE
Going Forward


Greenback Cutthroat Trout

Endangered trout feared to be impacted by Colorado wildfire
(The Denver Post, July 2016)

State wildlife officials are concerned that an endangered fish may be extinct now that a wildfire burning in the southern Colorado mountains has reached a creek home to the thriving habitat of cutthroat trout. The Gazette reports Greg Policky with Colorado Parks and Wildlife says the fish in a 3-mile stretch of Hayden Creek are “one of a kind.” He says they’re related to...READ MORE

Forest Fatalities

Bass Lake
Sierra national Forest

California plans to log its drought-killed trees (High Country News, August 2016)

Looking north from Blue Canyon near Shaver Lake, copper-colored forests blanket mountain slopes that stretch ridge after ridge to the horizon. The patches of fading green that dappled these hillsides last fall have merged into an unbroken cover of rust-needled pines.  At dusk, when the winds die down, an eerie stillness gives way to the muffled sound of munching as beetles chomp through one tree after another, thousands after thousands...Read More
Forest Restoration Methods

Salt River Project

SRP to test if burning wood as fuel can aid forest restoration, protect water supply (The Arizona Republic, 2016)

Some Arizonans will get wood-fired electricity this fall or winter in a test burn meant to accelerate forest thinning, which protects the state's water supply. Salt River Project plans to mix up to 10 percent wood chips from northern Arizona's pine forests with the coal it burns at Coronado Generating Station near St. Johns. The test will last 20 days and help the public utility determine... GO TO SITE

Failed reforestation attempt near Creston raises red flag (CBC News, July 2016)

A failed reforestation effort in the Kootenays has left B.C.'s logging watchdog concerned. Arrow Glenn Ltd, a private logging company with access to over 600 hectares of forested land in B.C., failed to reforest several clear-cuts near Creston — a direct violation of the regulatory Forest and Range Practices Act. According to...
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The Value of Citizen Science

Volunteers track Butterflies

Citizen Scientists Help Monitor Nation’s Watershed Health (USDA, July 2016)

What do adventurers, microplastics, and your national forests have in common?
Water. Our national forests and the glaciers, lakes, and rivers running through them form the headwaters for the majority of America’s drinking water. This includes many of our big cities and growing urban centers, even those that are far away from national forests. Because of its importance, protecting clean, abundant water is a priority for the U.S. Forest Service, and thankfully, it’s a priority of..." READ ARTICLE
Events & Info


NEXT FHTF Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, September 21, Noon
Mount Royal Room, County Commons in Frisco (37 Peak One Dr.)

FDRD: Volunteer Opportunities
Join FDRD for on-going volunteer activities
THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 12: Tenmile Creek Annual Fish Shocking

CSFS is now accepting Forest Legacy Program proposals from Colorado landowners

CSFS Workday with Boulder District at Cal-Wood

Sunday, September 18, 8am – 5pm
2282 County Road 87, Jamestown, CO

Colorado Water Congress Annual Convention INFO
August 24-26
Denver, CO

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