October 2016 Newsletter

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Why We Have Mountains, Mines and High Elevation Forests
The Fascinating Geology of Summit County

The Forest Health Task Force meets Wednesday, October 19, noon - 1:30 p.m
County Commons, Mount Royal Room

This month, Joe Newhart will be presenting at our meeting. Joe will be discussing the geological history of the Summit County area by using photos, maps and diagrams that depict local geological history. The geological history encompasses the last 1.8 billion years. The core of the Gore and Ten Mile Ranges consist of 1.8-billion-year-old metamorphic rocks. Rocks of the 300-million-year-old Ancestral Rocky Mountains are present in the county. The Western Interior Seaway split the North American continent, and the marine rocks deposited in the seaway are present in the county. The uplift of the Rocky Mountains occurred 60-45 million years ago, and was followed by the formation of the Colorado Mineral Belt. The formation of the Blue River Valley and the glacial deposits and landforms will be discussed. 

Joe has a B.S and M.S. in geology. He has worked as a professional geologist for over 30 years in a variety of professional and managerial assignments in the petroleum industry. He had the opportunity to spend over 6 years directly involved in Rocky Mountain geology. Since retiring in 2006, heIMG_9191 has continued to be a student of Rocky Mountain geology, and specifically, the Summit County area.

In addition, we have time set aside for Shelby Limberis to talk about the Lower Snake River Catagorical Exclusion. We will also have updates from the Summit County Wildfire Council, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and Summit County Government. Join us Wednesday, October 19 at noon. Lunch will be served.
REMINDER! Future Meetings:

Wed, Nov 16, Noon, County Commons, Mt. Royal Rm
Wed, Dec 14, Noon, County Commons, Mt. Royal Rm
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 perspective


Spectators at Fort Collins Wildfire
Wildfire-Fighting Challenges in Colorado (Yale Climate Connections, August 2016)
Longer fire seasons and drier conditions are making fires more ferocious – and capable of surprising even the most experienced firefighters.

Several people stop to watch a forest fire in Fort Collins, Colorado. 

WHITTEMORE: “And that surprise is what kills people....It’s getting scary and it’s getting sad...."

As global warming leads to fiercer fires, Whittemore and other firefighters know the heat is on to slow climate change..READ MORE
Renewable Energy?


Burning Forests
Next ‘Renewable Energy’: Burning Forests, if Senators Get Their Way
(New York Times, October 2016)

President Obama’s Clean Power Plan — the central plank in his strategy to combat climate change — is in danger.

Forest and climate scientists, environmental groups and even doctors are scared. “The cost of getting biomass policy wrong is high,” Sami Yassa of the Natural Resources Defense Council said in a statement. “Burning biomass as a ‘zero-carbon’ fuel to comply could seriously erode the climate gains projected under the Clean Power Plan".... READ MORE
Save the trees, save the world
Indo plantation

Deforestation drives 17 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions

How Forest Restoration Is Turning the Tide on Deforestation  (SustainableBrands.com, September 2016)

“Climate change and conservation are inextricably linked,” U.S. President Barack Obama said last week at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii. “Few people understand the stakes better than our Pacific island leaders because they are seeing already the impact. Rising sea levels and temperatures pose an existential threat to your countries.”

This came on the heels of... GO TO SITE

Citizen Science

Delaware's Bradywine River

Connecting Citizen Scientists to Watersheds: A Conversation with Kim Hachadoorian  (DiscoverMagazine.com, September 2016)

Kim Hachadoorian of Delaware's Nature Conservancy says, "...citizen science is the democratization of science.  It’s a way of making science accessible by engaging people in the scientific process.  It helps them feel empowered to take part in research and advocacy that leads to conservation of natural resources.  That’s the kind of citizen scientist that I interact with in my Stream Stewards program...Stream Stewards is a citizen science program designed to engage people in water quality monitoring and watershed stewardship in First State National Historical Park.  It’s a new program and...." Read more

Climate Change


One Tree Island, Australia

How fast will we need to adapt to climate change?
(ScienceDaily.com October 2016)

What would we do differently if sea level were to rise one foot per century versus one foot per decade? Until now, most policy and research has focused on adapting to specific amounts of climate change and not on how fast that climate change might happen.

Using sea-level rise as a case study researchers at Carnegie's Department of Global Ecology have developed a quantitative model that considers different rates of sea-level rise, in addition to economic factors, and shows.... Read More

Public Interest



The Most Amazing thing about Trees  (Veritasium, 2016)

Ever wondered how trees get enough water up high enough to survive? This is a great video that we think anyone who cares about trees will appreciate.
Events & Info


NEXT FHTF Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, October 19, Noon
Mount Royal Room, County Commons in Frisco (37 Peak One Dr.)

2016 Colorado Forest Collaboratives Summit
October 24th, Keystone Center, Keystone, Colorado
Contact Howard Hallman

FDRD: Volunteer Opportunities
Join FDRD for on-going volunteer activities

CSFS is now accepting Forest Legacy Program proposals from Colorado landowners

Introduce the world to 350 (HERE/NOW)

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