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Volunteer Forest Monitoring
This Season's Final Training Session

The Forest Health Task Force meets this Wednesday, July 19, Noon - 1:30 p.m
County Commons, Mount Royal Room
 
The U.S. Forest Service has provided us with final plot locations for this season's monitoring. We will be assigning plots to each monitoring team. There are a total of 68 plots slated for one-time monitoring. We have plenty of work.

The good news is that Shelby has further streamlined the process. Less time will be required per plot. She will be explaining what data will be collected and how to record.

We also expect updates from the U.S. Forest Service and Summit County representatives on recent wildfires and other relevant forest issues. 
 
See you Wednesday, July 19 at Noon. Lunch will be served.6.10-1
 
REMINDER! Future FHTF Meetings, 12-1:30:

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
 
Wildfire in our backyards

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Breckenridge wildfire was human-caused, investigators seeking two hikers seen in area (Summit Daily News, July 2017)


Investigators have determined that the Peak 2 Fire was human-caused and are now seeking the identities of two people seen hiking on the Colorado Trail above Miners Creek Road junction at around 11 a.m. on July 5. "After fire conditions moderated and it was safe to enter the area, fire investigators examined the point of origin and determined the Peak 2 Fire was human-caused," acting Dillon District Ranger Kevin Warner said in a Tuesday afternoon news release. "This information is important in helping us determine the cause of the Peak 2 Fire. We appreciate any information the public can provide about these individuals...." READ ARTICLE 
Drought and Wildfire
 
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Drought contributes to large number of wildfires
(Washington Times, July 2017)

The drought in North Dakota is contributing to a high number of wildfires across the state.The state Department of Emergency Services says firefighters have battled nearly 200 wildfires since March. McKenzie County had the most fires with 18 since March.  KXMB-TV (http://bit.ly/2uqxorq ) reports 15 counties didn’t have any wildfires. Most of those counties are in the northeast part of the state. Fires have been reported every single day for the last 25 days. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows...... Read more

Forest Restoration
 
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Forest restoration projects could create billions in new revenue (GreenBiz.com, 2017)

Nearly 5 billion acres of degraded and deforested land awaits restoration worldwide. As the economy surrounding landscape restoration, the New Restoration Economy, continues to develop, prospective investors are intrigued by the financial returns restoration projects can deliver.
Investing in landscape restoration may seem different from buying a bond or trading stocks online, but the fundamental structure is the same. Restoration projects, like conventional investments, also generate both income and capital gains... (READ MORE)
What about the animals?

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Prelude to global extinction: Human iImpact on Earth's animals
(Science Daily, July 2017)

Biologists say disappearance of species tells only part of the story of human impact on Earth's animals. No bells tolled when the last Catarina pupfish on Earth died. Newspapers didn't carry the story when the Christmas Island pipistrelle vanished forever. Two vertebrate species go extinct every year on average, but few people notice, perhaps because the rate seems relatively slow -- not a clear and present threat to the natural systems we depend on. This view overlooks trends of extreme decline in animal populations, which tell a more dire story with cascading consequences, according to a new study that provides the first global evaluation of these population trends... The study's maps suggest that as much as 50 percent of the number of animal individuals that once shared Earth have disappeared, as have billions of animal populations. This amounts to "a massive erosion of the greatest biological diversity in the history of Earth," the authors write. "The massive loss of populations and species reflects.... 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

Urban Forest
 
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Growing and Designing an Urban Forest
(Sourceable, 2017)

What with all the global urban forest initiatives underway, the single most important question we must ask ourselves in 2017 is “do we know how to design and grow an urban forest?”

The greatest challenge to humanity at present is unquestionably climate change.
The top of the mitigation list in urban environments is the urban heat island effect (UHIE). If humans are going to survive, into the future, in highly urbanised areas, the UHIE must be set as priority one. The priority list is a challenging task to think about and populate, but unfortunately due to our narcissistic tendencies, we must start somewhere and move onto biodiversity and conservation principles down the track. History shows us that... Read more

Funding Wildfires
 
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Will Congress fix wildfire funding this year?
Proposed legislation would put logging ahead of environmental concerns.
(HCN, July 2017)

The West is in the midst of another intense wildfire season. Recent weeks have seen dangerous fires from Nevada to Montana; a state of emergency has been declared in Arizona. With President Donald Trump proposing to cut the Forest Service’s firefighting budget by nearly $300 million, the question of how to manage and fund wildfire suppression on public lands has again reared its head.... Read more
 
Forest Preparedness

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As fire season, solar eclipse align, Oregon prepares for disaster
(Oregon Live, July 2017)

Local, state and federal agencies are preparing for the worst this August, as peak fire season coincides with one of the biggest tourism events Oregon has ever seen. The 2017 total solar eclipse - an event that won't return to Oregon until 2169 - is coming on Aug. 21, typically a dangerous time for wildfires. With an estimated 1 million people traveling to the 60-mile-wide path of totality, there's a very good chance for a spark, a blaze and a large-scale disaster. Officials have spent all year planning, running simulations and....READ MORE

Colorado
Forest Legacy Program

 
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FUNDING

Helping landowners retain ownership and management of their lands

The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) is accepting Forest Legacy Program (FLP) proposals from Colorado landowners. The program authorizes the CSFS or U.S. Forest Service to purchase permanent conservation easements on private forestlands to prevent those lands from being converted to non-forest uses.

The program provides an opportunity for private landowners to retain ownership and management of their land, while receiving compensation for unrealized development rights. FIND OUT MORE about the Forest Legacy Program

Application Deadline: July 28, 2018 at 4 p.m.

Events & Info

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NEXT FHTF Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, August 16, Noon-1:30
Mt. Royal Room, County Commons
Frisco (37 Peak One Dr.)

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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