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Forest Management in the High Country
Unique Challenges and Solutions

The Forest Health Task Force meets this Wednesday, June 21, 12 - 1:30 p.m
County Commons, Buffalo Mountain Room (NOTE Room Change)

The focus of this month's meeting is forest management in Colorado's High Country.
  • What's different about our forests?
  • Are lower elevation/warmer climate best forest management practices also right for us?
  • What does active management mean?
  • Is increasing clear-cut acres the only way to more actively manage our forests?
  • Alternative forest management techniques such as thinning and planting - Are they viable?
  • Does increased use of alternative techniques require more forest monitoring?
  • More thinning, planting and monitoring - where will that money come from?
  • What active forest management approaches will be applied in the Lower Snake Project?
  • What management approaches are being used in the Lower Snake?
On Point - Dillon Ranger District forest restoration specialist Sarah Pearson will give a presentation on planting, thinning, and other restoration programs currently underway in Summit County. Adam Bianchi will be available to answer questions about the Lower Snake Project. He will provide a formal Lower Snake presentation at a future FHTF meeting.
 
See you this Wednesday, June 21 at Noon. Lunch will be served.2017Training1
 
REMINDER! Future FHTF Meetings, 12-1:30:

Wed, July 19, County Commons, Mt. Royal Room
Wed, August 16, County Commons, Mt. Royal Room
Wed, September 20, County Commons, Mt. Royal Room
Wed, October 18, County Commons, Mt. Royal Room
Wed, November 15, County Commons, Mt. Royal Room
Wed, December 13, County Commons, Mt. Royal Room
 
Drought
Implications


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Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States (USDA)

This assessment provides input to the reauthorized National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and the National Climate Assessment (NCA); it also establishes the scientific foundation needed to manage for drought resilience and adaptation. The NIDIS Act1 was signed into law in 2006 and reauthorized by Congress in 2014.2 NIDIS will be implemented through a network of agencies and partners to integrate drought monitoring and forecasting systems at multiple levels (Federal, State, and local). It will support research that focuses on drought risk assessment, forecasting and monitoring....READ ARTICLE 
Trees Moving West
 
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American Trees Are Moving West, and No One Knows Why
(The Atlantic, May 2017)

As the consequences of climate change strike across the United States, ecologists have a guiding principle about how they think plants will respond. Cold-adapted plants will survive if they move “up”—that is, as they move further north (away from the tropics) and higher in elevation (away from the warm ground). A new survey of how tree populations have shifted... Read more
Wild Fires
 
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Evaluating effectiveness of water enhancers to fight wild fires

Colorado studying water enhancer effectiveness on fire attack during 2017 wildfire season (Wildfire Today, May 20, 2017)

Efforts are underway in Colorado to better evaluate how water enhancers delivered from a single engine air tanker can be more effective than retardants in fighting wildfires.

Colorado historically has only loaded long-term retardant into SEATs. These chemical concentrates are mixed with water and alter fuels so they do not support combustion. Retardant is dropped adjacent to — or ahead of — the fire to create... (READ MORE)
Fire Mosaic

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Spotted owls benefit from forest fire mosaic (Science Daily, May 2017)

Fire is a crucial part of the forest ecosystem on which threatened spotted owls rely, but climate change and decades of fire suppression are changing the dynamics of these forests. A new study examines California spotted owl habitat use and shows that while owls avoid the badly burned areas left behind by massive stand-replacing fires, they benefit from habitat that includes a mosaic of burned patches of different sizes and degrees of severity. READ MORE

Wildfires and the
Federal Budget

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Northwest Leadership Questions Proposed Cuts To Federal Wildfire Budget (KUOW, June 2017)


[Budget Cuts?]...“Quote: ‘The science says that we should be focusing our nation’s attention on funding and getting ahead of the fire problem,’ end quote,” Cantwell said.

The budget proposal calls for more than $350 million in cuts to firefighting and prevention. It’s also based on a 10-year average of...READ

Climate change means less water
 
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Climate change is shrinking the West’s water supply (HCN.org, May 2017)

Picture a snowflake drifting down from a frigid February sky in western Colorado and settling high in the Rocky Mountains. By mid-April, the alpine snowpack is likely at its peak. Warming temperatures in May or June will then melt the snow, sending droplets rushing down a mountain stream or seeping into the soil to replenish an aquifer.

The West’s water supply depends on each of these interconnected sources:... Read more

Community Forestry
around the World


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Forest Legality in Mexico (Forest Legality Initiative)

Since 1986, when Mexico devolved ownership of forest resources to communities and ejidos, it has become a world leader in community managed forests for the commercial production of timber. Currently, communities can choose if and how much of their forests they want to designate for...READ MORE

The Canadian approach to sustainability (World Forestry Congress)

Over the last decade, the forest industry in Canada has evolved dynamically, placing particular emphasis on forest management practices that... READ MORE
Forest Management
Point of View
 
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It's important to focus on forest management, water rights
(Pueblo Chieftain, May 2017)
 
Recent hearings in the House Natural Resources Committee have focused on healthy forest management and the protection of privately-held water rights -- two issues that are critical in Colorado.During an oversight hearing in the Subcommittee on Federal Lands, I had the opportunity to discuss solutions for effective forest management and wildfire prevention with our panel of witnesses. It is far more efficient and cost-effective to... Read Full Article
Events & Info

6.10-3

NEXT FHTF Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, July 19, Noon-1:30
Buffalo Mtn Room, County Commons in Frisco (37 Peak One Dr.)

Watershed Wildfire Protection Group
Friday, July 7, 9-3
Colorado Parks & Wildlife Administration Building
Bighorn Room @ 6060 Broadway in Denver

Colorado Water Congress - Summer Conference
August 22-25
Vail, CO
More Info

2017 Forest Collaboratives Summit Meeting
Friday, Oct 20, 9-4
Location TBD: Info

FDRD: Volunteer Opportunities
Join FDRD for on-going volunteer activities
(Calendar)

2017 Summer Chipping Program
Info

Colorado State Forest Service Volunteer Opportunities
View opportunities here

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