November 2017 Newsletter

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November FHTF Meeting - Watersheds and Surveys
Our November monthly meeting was well attended (29 participants). Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs joined us along with Jon Stavney (head of NWCCOG). The focus was on forest management strategies for protecting watersheds. Brad Piehl reviewed watershed protection projects he is working on with water providers and U.S. Forest Service personnel. He cited ideas for strategic forest management within watersheds to reduce wildfire hazard. Among the approaches he spoke about was ridge top fire breaks.  
Jamie Vickery, Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder, explained in detail the study she is helping to facilitate ("Changing Risk Perception and Action in Response to Forest Insect Disturbances"). This study is focused on public perception of the bark beetle outbreak and other forest disturbances. She is comparing data from a study done about 10 years ago and shared what she and her cohorts hope to learn through this followup study.
Our next meeting is scheduled for December 13th in the Mt. Royal Room
Please RSVP to Howard if you can attend or not:
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REMINDER! Future FHTF Meetings, 12-1:30:

Wed, December 13, County Commons, Mt. Royal Room Wed, January 17, County Commons, Mt. Royal Room
Wed, February 21, County Commons, Mt. Royal Room
Wed, March 21, County Commons, Mt. Royal Room

Changing Climate

...and ISIS

Climate Change and Water Woes Drove ISIS Recruiting in Iraq
(, November 2017)

Shirqat, IraqIt was a few weeks after the rains failed in the winter of 2009 that residents of Shirqat first noticed the strange bearded men.

Circling like vultures among the stalls of the town’s fertilizer market in Iraq’s northern Salahaddin governorate, they’d arrow in on the most shabbily dressed farmers, and tempt them with promises of easy riches. “Join us, and you’ll never have to worry about feeding your family,”... Read More


... and WINE

Wineries eager to make up losses after California wildfires  ( November 2017)

A month after deadly wildfires swept through California's famed wine country, hot-air balloons are floating again over Napa Valley vineyards splashed with fall colors. On the heels of the disaster, a new winery is opening, keeping the name it chose some time ago: Ashes and Diamonds.

The fires had only a minimal effect on transfer $500 to $600 million from other accounts to fund firefighting. That means... READ ARTICLE
Scientists' 1992
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"Warning to humanity"

We're Now Even Closer to the Point of No Return (Esquire, November 2017)

Perhaps the greatest tragedy of the[sic] Era is that, while the American republic falters by a thousand daily cuts, we are neglecting the defining issues of our time. Income inequality, systemic racism, and a brazenly corrupt campaign finance system have all fallen out of focus, but there is perhaps no issue that is so immense, and seen such immense setbacks, as the health of our only planet. After significant steps were made in combatting climate change and preserving an environment for human civilization towards the end of the Obama years, progress has not merely stalled under... READ FULL ARTICLE
Citizens and Forest Management

Fire and forest management – according to the experts  (Bitterroot Star, November 2017)

The first in a series of lectures on Fire and Forest Management was held at the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville last week. The guest speakers were Carl Fiedler and Steve Arno, who took turns discussing the history and role of fire in the Bitterroot, how fire behaves in managed versus unmanaged forests, and what alternative futures of living with fire might look like. The two of them have written a book on subject entitled “Ponderosa – People, Fire, and the West’s Most Iconic Tree,” published by Mountain Press Publishing Company.

In the book, the two men recount the history of humans among the ponderosa pines, the historical role of fire, how and why the forest has changed, and what people can do to restore the forest to its former glory.

In the past in the mountainous northwest generally and in the Bitterroot Valley in particular, the mountain slopes were... READ
Local Initiatives

Fixing Colorado’s forests with the help of ‘citizen science’ (Summit Daily News, November 2017)



Insect “Armageddon”: 5 Crucial Questions Answered (Scientific American, October 2017)

Are we facing insect Armageddon? A recent study found that German nature reserves have seen a 75% reduction in flying insects over the last 27 years. The researchers involved made stark warnings that this indicated a wider collapse of the general insect population that would bring about an ecological catastrophe if left unchecked.

But is this an over-dramatisation of a single study in one country, or is there some real cause for concern? Here we answer five questions about how important this result is and whether we should be worried... Read article
Events & Info

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NEXT FHTF Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, December 13, Noon-1:30
Mt. Royal Room, County Commons
Frisco (37 Peak One Dr.)

Colorado Water Congress - Summer Conference
January 24-26
Hyatt Regency, Denver Tech Center
Denver, CO
More Info

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

FDRD: Volunteer Opportunities
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Colorado State Forest Service Volunteer Opportunities
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