Forest Health October 2013 Newsletter

October, 2013 Newsletter

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 061913_FHTF_MEETING_PHOTOS 007 Forest Health Task Force Happenings
Monthly Stakeholder Series Meetings, continuing
12-1:30, Wednesday, October 16
Forest Health Stakeholder's Meeting
Buffalo Mountain Room, County Commons Building
37 Peak One Drive, Frisco

At our second meeting of this series stakeholders will be looking at what other Colorado groups have done to achieve optimum future outcomes to protect watershed, recreational assets, wood utilization, ecology and mitigate wildfire danger with limited resources.  Refreshments will be served. The public is welcome to attend.
Forest News

This summer's Black Forest fire in Colorado Springs burned more than 14,000 acres and killed two people.(Denver Post)
Summit County fall needle drop a natural turn of events, not an epidemic (SDN 9/21/13)
With autumn just around the corner, the changing leaves in the valleys and on mountainsides are beginning to provide vibrant color displays for outdoors lovers. Thousands of evergreens are also undergoing a less-attractive transformation. The trees are exhibiting dying orange and brown needles. READ MORE

Steamboat Ski Area turns to helicopter to remove beetle-killed pines (Steamboat Today 9/4/13)
Steamboat Springs — Saw crews are busy this week felling beetle-infested lodgepole pine trees near the midway elevation at Steamboat Ski Area in preparation for the arrival of a helicopter as soon as Sept. 9 or 10 to begin stacking, or “yarding,” the logs on the ski area. Ski area spokesman Mike Lane confirmed that in order to establish safety perimeters around the logging project, the U.S. Forest Service has issued... READ MORE

Modest proposals for homes in Colorado fire zones (Denver Post 9/14/13)
The Colorado Task Force on Wildfire Insurance and Forest Health is considering some controversial recommendations aimed at dealing with homes in forested areas. We hope it doesn't shy away from taking on any of the toughest recommendations, no matter how intense the heat from opponents. These include a state-conducted rating system for homes in forest burn areas, a system that could cover more than 556,000 houses. READ MORE

Climate Impacts on Forests (
In the United States, forests occupy approximately 751 million acres, about one third of the country's total land area. [1] America's forests provide many benefits and services to society, including clean water, recreation, wildlife habitat, carbon storage, and a variety of forest products. Climate influences the structure and function of forest ecosystems and plays an essential role in forest health. A changing climate may worsen many of the threats to forests, such as pest outbreaks, fires, human development, and drought.... READ MORE

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: What it has to say about the role Climate Change in Forest Health
The world’s climate is changing. Increased temperatures and levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide as well as changes in precipitation and in the frequency and severity of extreme climatic events are just some of the changes occurring. These changes are having notable impacts on the world’s forests and the forest sector through, for example, longer growing seasons, shift of insect pest species ranges, and changed frequency of forest fires...READ MORE

Read the Wildfire Insurance and Forest Health T.F. Report to Governor

Read the Colorado Forestry Best Management Practices
Wood Products
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Wood Utilization in Colorado
(CSFS, Wood Utilization and Marketing Program)
Healthy forests are vital to the long-term health of Colorado's environment and economy. Forests provide clean water to Coloradans (and 18 other states) and filter our air. They also provide opportunities for recreation, including skiing, which is a $2 billion industry in our state. However, these forests are threatened by diseases, fires and insects such as the mountain pine beetle. For instance, the mountain pine beetle will kill all of the mature lodgepole pine in Colorado in the next two to four years. One way to reduce the impacts from these threats is through active forest management. By proactively developing markets for forest materials, fuel loads will be reduced, Coloradans can provide wood products for themselves, and the risks to life and property may be drastically reduced...  READ MORE


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