December 2016 Newsletter

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Historical Forest Conditions
Summit County and Beyond  

The Forest Health Task Force meets this Wednesday, December 14, Noon - 1:30 p.m
County Commons, Mount Royal Room

Brad Piehl has a special presentation and it's all about getting closer to local forest history.

Brad will talk about h
istorical condition clues we should assess and why; how we monitor for past disturbances like wildfires; size, density and species of our predecessor forests; how to best conduct historical and contemporary forest research. Learn why this research is important, how to interpret what we learn and how to use it going forward.  012016dJoin us this Wednesday, December 14 at noon. Lunch will be served.
REMINDER! Future Meetings:

Wed, Jan 18, Noon, County Commons, Mt. Royal Rm
Wed, Feb 15, Noon, County Commons, Mt. Royal Rm
Wed, March 15, Noon, County Commons, Mt. Royal Rm
Wildfire Patterns?

Gatlinburg, TN
Nov 2016

The raging wildfires in the Southeast could be a glimpse of what’s to come (, November 2016)

On Monday night, thousands of people in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tenn., were forced to evacuate as a raging wildfire exploded on nearby Chimney Tops mountain and spread into the towns. It’s the most recent incident in a weeks-long string of wildfires throughout the Southeastern U.S., and perhaps a sign of what’s to come in a steadily warming region.... GO TO SITE

Aerial Forest Footage

California plans to log its drought-killed trees (, Dec 2016)

Looking north from Blue Canyon near Shaver Lake, copper-colored forests blanket mountain slopes that stretch ridge after ridge to the horizon. The patches of fading green that dappled these hillsides last fall have merged into an unbroken cover of rust-needled pines.  At dusk, when the winds die down, an eerie stillness gives way to the muffled sound of munching as beetles chomp through.... Read more

Investing in Forests

World's first forest bond beats expectations (, Nov 2016)

A green investment that for the first time channels private money into protecting forests has raised twice as much planned, its issuers said on Tuesday.A branch of the World Bank and miner BHP Billiton (AX:BHP) (L:BLT) are backing the bond, which is also a first in allowing investors to opt to be paid in carbon credits rather than cash.Three years in the making, the forest bond.... Read more

US Forest Service News
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USFS poised to approve Colorado Roadless Rule exception in county (Crested Butte News, November 2016)

Nearly three years after the initial lawsuit, High Country Conservation Advocates v. United States Forest Service, the U.S. Forest Service is moving closer to reinstating a controversial exception in Gunnison County to the Colorado Roadless Rule.

On November 17, the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources announced the Colorado Roadless Rule Supplemental Final Impact Statement (SFEIS). The preferred alternative  of the document would allow construction of roads into a Colorado Roadless area on the west side of Kebler Pass near Paonia.... READ MORE
Citizen Science

Bringing together all those who help with such important work

Wyo. Citizen Science Conference connects volunteers, researchers (Wyoming Tribune Eagle, November 2016)

Citizen science programs are becoming increasingly popular throughout the world, including in Wyoming.  But Wyoming faces some interesting and specific challenges when designing, delivering, maintaining and evaluating citizen science programs.  How does the state's rural population influence recruitment and retention?  How does the remoteness of some study areas and the high diversity of plant and wildlife impact study design?  How can we make citizen science accessible and useful to teachers?  What laws and rules do we need to be aware of?.... Read more

Public Lands' Future


Trump’s First 100 Days: Environmental Policy and Public Lands  (Scientific American, November 2016)

On January 5, 2001, the Clinton administration finalized a new policy called the Roadless Rule, which put 58 million acres of national forest lands off limits to mining, logging, drilling and road-building. Industry and many states balked at the restrictions, environmentalists cheered, and everyone wondered: Would the protections survive? George W. Bush, a former oilman whose campaign promises included opening Arctic lands to drilling, would take office just 15 days later. Donald Trump’s dark-horse finish in the presidential race last month is raising similar concerns: Is Barack Obama’s environmental legacy doomed? Trump hasn’t articulated.... Read Full Article
Christmas Forests


CSFS Christmas Tree Harvesting

Local Organizations Team Up to Provide Donated Christmas Trees

For the fifth successive year, Fort Collins-based charity Northern Colorado Shares (NoCo Shares) has teamed up with the Colorado State Forest Service to provide more than 200 fresh-cut Christmas trees for local families in need – all obtained from the Colorado State University Mountain Campus off Pingree Park Road. This week, CSFS staff and volunteers...Read More
Events & Info


NEXT FHTF Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, January 18, Noon
Mount Royal Room, County Commons in Frisco (37 Peak One Dr.)

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

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