August 2014 Newsletter

August, 2014 Newsletter

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Forest Health Task Force Happenings

Shoutbacks to the U.S. Forest Service

Our July 23rd meeting was focused on constructive feedback to the Forest Service.

Keystone Project Scoping - Brett Crary (East Zone Forester) presented preliminary concepts for forest treatment projects in the Keystone vicinity. Peech Keller (Deputy District Ranger) and Cary Green (East Zone 7.23.14MtgPhoto1 2TMA) came to participate and listen. Brett provided maps and explained possible treatment types, locations, and purposes. Many of our members joined in the conversation and provided immediate feedback. Others completed and returned survey forms to Brett. Stay tuned. Let's see if our feedback makes a difference.   

Backyard Monitoring - Greg Newman, PhD, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University joined us. Dr. Newman is the creator of, a website dedicated to collecting and disseminating citizen science data. Newman explained how volunteer forest monitors can use the site to directly upload field data. Volunteers were keen to learn more and had lots of practical questions. Dr. Newman was joined by Ch'aska Huayhuaca (Center for Collaborative Conservation), Jim Collins of Colorado State University Extension Service and our summer monitoring intern Brenna Hassing.

Join us this Sunday, August 3rd, 9-3:00!
Get wet, shock fish and hang with the cool people!

The Greenlands Reserve Land Trust and Friends of the Dillon Ranger District have an exceptional volunteer opportunity in the 4th annual fish shocking event at Straight Creek Trail this Sunday. Get your hands wet and learn more about water and fish ecology! 

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

Interested parties should RSVP to particiFISH3pate in the Greenlands Reserve/FDRD Straight Creek fish project as soon as possible at this link.

Time: 9-3

Location : Straight Creek Trailhead in

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.

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Citizen science in schools boosts pupil engagement and saves the environment (The Guardian, July 29, 2014)
Scientists are increasingly using research based on data collected by school students to explore humanity's impact on the planet. Matthew Jenkin explores the educational benefits....READ MORE

101-Year-Old Citizen Scientist Has Called In Weather Observations Every Day For 84 Years
(Popular Science, July 23, 2014)

Generations before anyone came up with the idea of "citizen science," an 18-year-old Richard Hendrickson called in his first weather report to what was then the U.S. Weather Bureau. That was in 1929. Hendrickson is now 101 years old and has provided the National Weather Service with twice-daily observations from his Long Island farm for 84 years...READ MORE

Just Add Water: World Water Monitoring Challenge 2013 Results (, July 23, 2014)

Earlier this year, I found myself hanging over a concrete ledge by the Charles River. But not to worry – it was nothing dire. I was actually trying to collect a water sample for the World Water Monitoring Challenge. Talk about diving headfirst into citizen science...READ MORE






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So many cool things are happening in Citizen Science Projects today. Check out this whale project!

Vocalization and listening to auditory signals are particularly important for marine mammals such as whales and dolphins to survive. Why? Because in the depths of the ocean, neither sight nor smell is very useful. In fact, sound is a vastly more efficient medium of conversation, as sound travels four times faster in water than it does in air. Marine biologists have long used these fascinating whale ‘songs’ to track whale populations and study their behavior.


Forest News





Smoke from Western forest fires reaches Northeast, dulling skies but firing up sunsets (PIX11, July 29, 2014)

Have you seen deep blue skies in the afternoon during this cool stretch of summer days? Nope.

Here’s why:  Smoke from forest fires in western Canada and the Pacific Northwest has made it all the way to the East Coast.According to...
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Forest Fires and Respiratory Health Fact Sheet (American Lung Association)

Wildfires are an ongoing concern, particularly in the Southwest and Midwestern U.S., where there is dry, hot weather. During a wildfire, people all over the area may be suffering the effects of forest fire smoke. The American Lung Association urges those with respiratory problems such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis and also those with chronic heart disease to monitor their breathing and exposure to airborne matter. If problems develop call your physician immediately.

General recommendations:  READ HERE

Northern Canada is On Fire, And It's Making Global Warming Worse
(Mother Jones, July 18, 2014)
Wildfires have burned six times as many acres as normal this year in the Northwest Territories. For the past few weeks, dry and warm weather have fueled large forest fires across Canada's remote Northwest Territories. The extent of those fires is well above average for the year to-date, and is in line with climate trends of more fires burning in the northern reaches of the globe. READ MORE


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How the US government is using GIS to battle forest fires
(Asia Pacific Future Gov, July 29)

During the past decade, wildfires in the western United States have become a significantly growing concern. Kent Connoughton (pictured), US Forest Service regional forester, is in charge of 17 forests and the large grassland located in the Pacific Northwest—Region 6. A Fellow of the Society of American Foresters, he is responsible for federal protection of forests from fire, bugs, and disease....



FHTF Volunteers active in Straight Creek

Greenlands Reserve Annual Fish Shocking Event, August 3, 9-3, Straight Creek

CBBC: October 17, 10am at CMC, Breckenridge

Congress for Wildlife and Livelihoods on Private and Communal Lands
Sept 7, Estes Park, CO

Colorado Watershed Conference, October 7-9, Avon, CO

FHTF Volunteer Opportunities


The Forest Health Task Force works on a variety of forest initiatives in the interest of Summit County citizens and stakeholders. Our work is focused on a healthy resilient future forest. We promote education, volunteer forest monitoring, best science forest management practices, and community-wide collaborative forest planning. Our goal is to create a stronger connection between citizens and the forest lands we value. With these interests in mind, we are now offering a membership status for all interested parties who want to have their voices heard as we bring important forest issues to the attention of forest managers and other decision makers. To become a member or to view our membership form, please go to the FHTF website's Membership Form!

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