March 2018 Newsletter

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March Madness - Claim Your Volunteer Teams for the 2018 Summer Season

Forest Health Task Force Monthly Meeting
This Wednesday March 21 at Noon
This month’s meeting is dedicated to Summer Season projects and volunteer assignments. Through our partnerships with the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and the U.S. Forest Service we have plenty of variety - there are projects to satisfy everybody’s desires. Come claim your turf. Get the project assignments you want.

Based on responses to our Planning Survey completed several months ago we have assigned volunteers to teams, each of which will have specific assignments for the upcoming Summer Season. Many volunteers are currently assigned to multiple teams. Some may not yet have team assignments. Our objective is to marry volunteers to those projects about which you are most excited and have the greatest aptitude. We are looking for best fits to make your volunteer experience highly rewarding and productive. We very much appreciate our loyal volunteers and want each of you to have highly meaningful assignments, but not be overworked.

Please plan on attending our monthly meeting this Wednesday if at all possible - claim your turf as a Forest Health Task Force 2018 Summer Season volunteer.

Please confirm you can attend (or not). Lunch will be served.

Please RSVP to Howard if you can attend or not:
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REMINDER! Future FHTF Meetings, 12-1:30

Wed, April 18, County Commons, Mt. Royal Room
Wed, May 16, County Commons, Mt. Royal Room
Wed, June 20, County Commons, Mt. Royal Room
Wed, July 18, County Commons, Mt. Royal Room
Wed, Aug 15, County Commons, Mt. Royal Room
Wed, Sept 19, County Commons, Mt. Royal Room


In the News

Climate change is hurting forest regeneration in the Rockies. In some places, forests aren’t coming back at all. (SDN, February, 2018, by Deepan Dutta)

Forests are pretty resilient. They can regrow in the wake of wildfires and insect infestations, sometimes even stronger and denser. However, rising temperatures and larger wildfires are heavily testing that resiliency. For Colorado, it may mean that forests will look very different in the future. In particularly hot and dry areas, forests may not come back at all.

A presentation given at the bimonthly Forest Health Task Force meeting on Feb. 21, in Frisco, offered sobering statistics about...READ MORE

Mountain drought


Calls for water conservation floated as threat of drought looms in Colorado mountains (, March 2018)

While there is little concern of living in a "Mad Max" desert hellscape in our near future, fresh water is slowly shifting from a readily available natural resource to an increasingly scarce commodity across the planet. In the next few weeks, Cape Town, South Africa, may run out of water.

In the Colorado mountains, climate change is causing rising temperatures, shorter winters and lower snowpacks, leading to growing prospects of a statewide drought this summer. Water...
What to do?

Lolo Peaks
August 2017
...wildfire researchers say more prescribed fire must also be a part of the solution

Research forester: Americans must take ownership of wildfires (Missoulian, February 2018)

Who "owns" wildfire?
Montana saw 1.4 million acres burn in 2017. No year since 1910 left such a scar. And that’s likely to get worse until Americans take ownership of fire the same way they own responsibility for their personal health, according to research forester Mark Finney of the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula.
“If you think of it like health care, it’s like we get rid of all the doctors’ and dentists' offices and only use emergency rooms and ambulances,” Finney told the Missoula County commissioners last week. “If we did that, the general state of our health would be terrible. Yet that’s what our fire management program essentially is.”
The United States spends about 88 percent of... READ MORE
Cloud Seeding
cloud seeding

the way of the future?

Why 'cloud seeding' is increasingly attractive to the thirsty West (, February 2018)

Machines that prod clouds to make snow may sound like something out of an old science fiction movie. But worsening water scarcity, combined with new proof that "cloud seeding" actually works, is spurring more states, counties, water districts and power companies across the thirsty West to use the strategy.  

In January, a study funded by the National Science Foundation proved for the first time that the technology works in nature. That study, combined with other recent research, has helped make  an attractive option for officials and companies desperate to increase the amount of  in rivers and reservoirs.

In Colorado alone, more than a hundred cloud seeding machines are set up in... READ MORE
Citizen Science

Projects that are making a Difference

Citizen Scientists Help Uncover Changes in Butterfly Populations in the Cascade Mountains (USFS, October 2017)

Colorado Forests
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2017 Annual Report

2017 Report on the Health of Colorado's Forests (CSFS, February 2017)

The 2017 Report on the Health of Colorado’s Forests (2.2 MB PDF), distributed today by the Colorado State Forest Service at the annual Joint Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Hearing at the State Capitol, highlighted these and other facts related to forestry issues in the state. 

The theme of this year’s report is “Meeting the Challenge of Dead and At-Risk Trees.”

“Our forests bring incredible value to Colorado, from clean air and clean water to the beautiful landscapes that we treasure,” said Mike Lester, state forester and director of the CSFS. 

Read the REPORT
Events & Info

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

Watershed Wildfire Protection Group
Northern Water, Shadow Mountain Conf. Room, 220 Water Ave., Berthoud, CO
April 13, 9-3

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

National Forest Foundation - Phone/Audio Conference
Inventory and Analysis Tools to Assess Restoration Need Peer Learning Session
March 23, 2-3:30 Eastern Time
Register Here

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

Colorado State Forest Service Volunteer Opportunities
View opportunities here

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