June 2016 Forest Health Task Force Newsletter
June 2016 Newsletter

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2016 Forest Monitoring Season Going Strong

The Forest Health Task Force meets Tuesday, June 14th, Noon - 1:30 p.m
County Commons, Mount Royal Room

The Summer 2016 forest monitoring season is under way. Many of our volunteers attended training sessions in May. Annual training in policies, safety and tree hazards is a U.S. Forest Service requirement. Volunteers must also complete a waiver. For new and returning forest monitoring volunteers who have not yet completed this training, we will offer another training as part of next Tuesday's meeting. If you haven't yet attended a training, please attend next Tuesday, if possible.

We hope to have an Eagles Nest Wilderness (FENW) board member attend to share their plans for the coming year. While many of you are familiar with FENW, some may not be. Please take this opportunity to join us and learn more about this local, volunteer group.

We will get updates from the U.S. Forest Service, Summit County Wildfire Council, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and Summit County Government. Training5.jpgJoin us June 14th at noon. Lunch will be served. 
REMINDER! Future Meetings:

Tues, July 19, Noon, County Commons, Mt. Royal Rm
Tues, Aug 16, Noon, County Commons, Mt. Royal Rm
Wed, Sept 21, Noon, County Commons, Mt. Royal Rm
Wed, Oct 19, Noon, County Commons, Mt. Royal Rm
Wed, Nov 16, Noon, County Commons, Mt. Royal Rm
Wildfire Perspective
Why We Haven’t Been Able to Stop Wildfires (TIME, May 2016)

...The rapid increase in the prevalence and intensity of wildfires in recent years follows centuries of growing human influence on forests. During that time period—and especially over the 20th century with the establishment of the U.S. Forest Service—we have responded to wildfires extinguishing them as quickly as possible. But that instinct has allowed brush and trees that would normally die off in the occasional fire to grow unabated in some regions. Over time, that excess brush provides extra fuel for fires. So when fires do strike, and they can’t be controlled, the unencumbered plant growth allows them to burn much more quickly.... READ MORE
Looking Ahead


Tropical Rainforest
May 2016

Natural regeneration of tropical forests reaps benefits
(Phys.org, May 2016)

The importance of forest conservation and forest regrowth in climate mitigation and carbon sequestration - capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere - has long been recognized by climate scientists. But, detailed information needed to make accurate estimates of this potential has been missing. Now, an international team of 60 scientists - working together as the 2ndFOR Network—has completed studies on the effects of and secondary forest regeneration across 43 regions in Latin America and has come up with real answers.... READ MORE

Investing in

Lush Forest in Kerala, India

India To Bet $6 Billion On Carbon Storage Through Reforestation
(Forbes, May 2016)

The Indian government is pushing the envelope in it’s recent $6.2 billion proposal to reforest 12% of the country. This comes as an aim to meet the emissions standards set forth by the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) plan to cut the country’s emissions by up to 35% of 2005 levels by 2030. The $6.2 billion Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) bill was passed by India’s lower house Parliament with overwhelming support and is now sitting with the upper house for final approval. The bill will fund afforestation across the country to increase forest cover from the current levels of 21 percent to 33 percent in the years to come.... READ ARTICLE
The Value of Citizen Science
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Autoimmune Diseases Affect Millions of Americans: Here's How Citizen Science Can Help (DiscoverMagazine.com, May 2016)

...Citizen science can play a key role in finding cures to autoimmune diseases. Through seeing what people with autoimmune diseases are going through and trying on a daily basis, we take the first step toward understanding how to solve the mystery behind these illnesses. The AICS app is currently under development and our first beta release happened on May 22nd. Want to be a beta user?.... READ FULL ARTICLE
CSU Forest Restoration Efforts

Front Range Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, 2016)

The Front Range CFLR project was designed to accelerate ongoing restoration treatments that provide long-lasting ecological, social and economic benefit in forests near the densely-populated urban corridor of Colorado. The 1.5 million-acre project landscape covers parts of the Arapaho and Roosevelt and Pike and San Isabel National Forests (see map below). Much of the work in this project is based on recommendations made by the Front Range Roundtable in the 2006 document Living with Fire: Protecting Communities and Restoring Forests (2006). Since 1860, human activities including... GO TO SITE

Wildfire Mitigation


Are You At Risk? Colorado State Forest Service personnel serve as resources for landowners, homeowners and communities so they have the knowledge to fully prepare for future wildfires. (CSU Wildfire Mitigation, May 2016)

More than two million Coloradans live in the wildland-urban interface (WUI). Are you one of them? The wildland-urban interface is any area where man-made improvements are built close to, or within, natural terrain and flammable vegetation, and where high potential for wildland fire exists. If you live in the WUI, you are at risk....Read More
Events & Info


NEXT FHTF Monthly Meeting
Tuesday June 14, Noon
Mount Royal Room, County Commons in Frisco (37 Peak One Dr.)

FDRD: One Step Over Trail Construction
Peak One Express parking lot in Breckenridge, CO
June 11 (Sign up)

Colorado Water Congress Annual Convention INFO
August 24-26
Denver, CO

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