January 2017 Newsletter

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Lower Snake Wildland Urban Interface
(WUI-Summit County) 

The Forest Health Task Force meets Wednesday, January 18, Noon - 1:30 p.m
County Commons, Mount Royal Room
The Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest is currently proposing to implement approximately 856 acres of vegetation management activities on National Forest System lands located in Summit County. This project is known as the Lower Snake Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Project. Potential treatment areas have been identified in the vicinity of Keystone, Keystone Gulch, Frey Gulch, Tenderfoot Mountain, and along Swan Mountain Road. Vegetation management activities include clearcuts, salvage, pre-commercial thinning, and pile burning in a variety of forest cover-types such as lodgepole pine, subalpine fire, Engelmann spruce, Douglas-Fir, quaking aspen, and blue spruce. Lodgepole pine makes up approximately 75% of the forested area within the Lower Snake WUI project area. The majority of the lodgepole pine can be defined as small diameter trees with moderate to dense canopies. There are many insects and diseases that can affect lodgepole pine, two of the most damaging and common agents are mountain pine beetle and dwarf mistletoe; both have affected the project area to varying degrees. As a result, the purpose of this project is to:

* Improve forest resistance and resilience to potential future disturbances by maintaining or increasing age class and structural diversity and where feasible increase species diversity.

*Reduce the extent of dwarf mistletoe infection in regenerating lodgepole pine stands that have been affected by the recent mountain pine beetle epidemic.

*Reduce the residual impacts of the mountain pine beetle epidemic within the wildland urban interface by breaking up the continuity and reducing the accumulation of future heavy fuel loading over the long term.

*Reduce flammable vegetation along important primary ingress/egress routes in the project area including Montezuma Road, Swan Mountain Road and Keystone Gulch.

*Manage young stands of lodgepole pine to improve growth and individual tree vigor.

*Reduce impacts of potential future wildfire to the local community and existing infrastructure located on Forest including utility lines, roads, ski area infrastructure, and trails by reducing adjacent fuel loading.

Join us January 18 to learn more about this proposed project. All interested parties or organizations are  invited to attend the public meeting and will have the opportunity to submit written and/or oral comments. Your feedback will assist in refining design features and identifying potential issues FullSizeRenderthat may not have been raised during the collaborative process. Further project information can be found here: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.html?project=46192

Hope to see you Wednesday, January 18 at noon. Lunch will be served.
REMINDER! Future Meetings:

Wed, Feb 15, Noon, County Commons, Mt. Royal Rm
Wed, March 15, Noon, County Commons, Mt. Royal Rm
Wed, April 19, Noon, County Commons, Mt. Royal Rm
Wed, May 17, Noon, TBA
Wed, June 21, Noon, TBA
Wildfire Science?

The Science Of Wildfires May Be Up In Smoke (NPR.org, December 2016)

With wildfire becoming more prevalent in the U.S. and the Forest Service increasingly looking to let some wildfires burn, there's a need to better understand the smoke that billows from those fires.... GO TO STORY

Carbon Output Reduction- By Scot!

Digging for victory as forestry firms focus on boosting woodland industry (Scotsman.com, Jan 2017)

It is not common for the Scottish Government to be praised by a Conservative MP at Westminster – but it happened several times during a debate on tree- planting last month. Chris Davies, MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, made the positive comments to highlight much higher planting rates in Scotland than the rest of the UK. In fact, 83 per cent of trees planted in the UK in 2015-16 went into Scottish ground.... Read more

US Forest Service News

Forest Service hiring 900 people for temporary positions (Fox21news.com Jan 3, 2017)

The U.S. Forest Service is hiring more than 900 people for temporary jobs in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming.Temporary jobs are available in a variety of fields, including fire, trails, forestry, engineering, wildlife, recreation, fisheries, archaeology, and administrative support. The jobs cover 17 national forests and seven national grasslands across five states. The forest service is taking applications from January 4-11 for wildland fire and other early-season positions. Applications for recreation, fisheries, forestry, engineering, and other positions will be accepted from February 1-7....Read more

Forest Service Seeking Comments on Lower Snake Wildland-Urban Interface Project in Summit County

Join us at our Jan 18, 12-1:30, FHTF meeting at the Summit County Commons in Frisco or follow these instructions to comment:
How to Comment: Your feedback on this proposal will assist in refining design features and in identifying potential issues that may not have been raised during the collaborative process.  Comments specific to the proposed action that identify a cause-effect relationship are most helpful. Electronic comments including attachments can be submitted to: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public/CommentInput?Project=46192

Investing in Forests



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As companies and governments around the world are working to meet climate goals set out by the Paris Agreement, the IKEA Group’s 2016 Sustainability Report shows considerable progress towards its People & Planet Positive strategy and continued long-term investments in sustainability. According to the report, IKEA has allocated over €3 billion for sustainability investments. This includes a new financial frame of €1 billion, to secure a long-term supply of sustainable materials by investing in forestry, as well as in companies active in recycling, renewable energy and biomaterial developments. Additionally, the investment includes.... READ MORE
Citizen Scientists

Paving the way for better future forests

Citizen Scientists Invited To Document Biodiversity on Kaibab National Forest (Knau.org December 2016)

The U.S. Forest Service wants visitors to the Kaibab to snap photos of plants and animals and submit them to an online database. The project will run throughout 2017. Mark Christiano, GIS coordinator, says participants need to download a free app called iNaturalist. “It automatically collects a lot of the data for us,” he explains. “So for example, you’re not just getting the photo, but you get the location where the photo was taken [and] the timestamp. This generates... Read more

Public Lands' Future


Obama’s public lands policy leaves legacy of conflict  (Washington Times, January 2017)

With two new massive set-asides in his final weeks in office, President Obama has moved aggressively to solidify a legacy on public lands that’s often put the White House at odds with state officials who want to see more local control over land use. Mr. Obama already held the record for creating or expanding national monuments when he used the Antiquities Act last week to set aside a combined 1.65 million acres for Bears Ears in Utah and Golden Butte in Nevada. In doing so.... Read Full Article
Climate Warming and Trees

Study documents tree species’ decline due to climate warming (Washington Times, January 2017)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A type of tree that thrives in soggy soil from Alaska to Northern California and is valued for its commercial and cultural uses could become a noticeable casualty of climate warming over the next 50 years, an independent study has concluded.... Read Full Article
Firewise Communities


Home Insurance

USAA Provides Policyholder Discounts in Seven States

...If you are a current USAA member living in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas or Utah, you must reside within the boundaries of a recognized Firewise Communities/USA site to qualify for the discount. In these states that have approved USAA’s Firewise discount, USAA homeowners policy holders living in a recognized Firewise community will automatically receive the discount at their first renewal following the discount’s effective date. New USAA policies for homes in recognized communities also... Read Full Article
Events & Info


NEXT FHTF Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, February 15, Noon
Mount Royal Room, County Commons in Frisco (37 Peak One Dr.)

Summit County Wildfire Council
Thursday, January 19 from 1:30-3:30
Buffalo Mountain Room at County Commons in Frisco

High Country Forest Collaborative
January 20
Breckenridge CMC, 10-2pm
Please contact Brad Piehl at: bpiehl@jw-associates.org

Colorado Water Congress
January 25-27
Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center
Denver, CO
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