August 2017 Newsletter

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Forest Monitoring So Far This Season 
What We've Learned - How We Can Improve

The Forest Health Task Force meets this Wednesday, August 16, Noon - 1:30 p.m
County Commons, Mount Royal Room
This season's volunteer forest monitoring has gotten off to a great start, in large part, due to the efforts of our combined team leaders and our volunteers. 
This month's meeting is dedicated to reviewing our monitoring work so far and planning for the rest of the monitoring season. We will be discussing what went well and what was challenging. What can we do going forward to be more efficient? How do we prevent "burn-out"? 

We hope to see as many of our forest monitors as possible, whether or not they have been able to work on plots yet. We also extend a special invitation to non-monitors as we hope they can get a sense of how much we have already accomplished this year. 

Also expect updates from the U.S. Forest Service, the Summit County Wildfire Council and other stakeholders.
We welcome comments and questions.
See you this Wednesday at Noon. Lunch will be served.
REMINDER! Future FHTF Meetings, 12-1:30:

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
High Country Wildfire


Three giant forest fires raged in Colorado 15 years ago [this summer]. What did we learn from them? (Mountain Town News, June 2017, Allen Best)

Fifteen years ago this past Sunday, I went sightseeing, as did Colorado’s governor. We both returned home deeply impressed, maybe even spooked.

From Denver, I had driven to Camp Hale, between Vail and Leadville, then hiked up Resolution Mountain. It stands 11,905 feet, modest by Colorado standards but high enough to get a commanding view of the landscape south and west. My companion, Cathy, remembers being unsettled by the type of clouds we could see from the summit.Then-Gov. Bill Owens had a higher, broader purview from his seat in an airplane. Two major forest fires had started the afternoon before, and while we were...." READ ARTICLE 
Fire Fighting

resource sharing

Sharing Resources Across Countries To Fight Wildfires
(, July 2017)

Fires are burning in British Columbia. Scott Simon talks to Alan Goodwin of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council, a program that shares firefighters with other countries.


It's fire season in the West. Thousands of people in California and British Columbia have had to evacuate their homes. Wildfire season puts a huge strain on local firefighting resources. And to help, this week, Australia sent 48 of its own firefighter specialists to help battle the blaze in British Columbia. Alan Goodwin is the manager of international programs at the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council. It's the Australian organization that coordinates international resources for fighting wildfires. He joins us on the line from Melbourne. Mr. Goodwin, thanks for being with us..... Read more

Forest Restoration


Auwahi: From Forest Failure to Restoration Success in 20 Years (, July 2017)

‘Ulupalakua Ranch on Maui is best known for its winery and cowboy culture, but not its Hawaiian dry forest. A 20-year forest restoration project on Ranch lands is changing that. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Maui Biologist Dr. Art Medeiros on Auwahi Forest Restoration Project“It used to be that 20 years ago, that people would say Hawaiian dry forests, ‘So sad yeah?’” says Dr. Art Medeiros.... (Read/Listen to the story)
Mountain Heat


Mountains Are Warming Twice as Fast as the Rest of the World (Pacific Standard Magazine, June 2017)

As the 20th century ended, there were still quite a few mountain men in Austria—guides, farmers, and the like—who were not at all convinced that humans were causing the planet to warm. Theirs wasn't a cynical ideological skepticism, but rather a pragmatic view of the world based on a close connection to the rhythm of nature in the mountains. ...READ

Environment and Technology
Forest Photo

New Tree App Builds Partnerships Between Citizens and Scientists
(Univeristy of Kentucky, July 2017)

TreeSnap, a new phone app developed by the University of Kentucky Forest Health Research Center and the University of Tennessee Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology for Android and iOS cell phones, is designed to connect scientists with foresters, landowners and interested citizens in an effort to protect and restore the nation’s trees.A team led by Bert Abbott of the UK Forest Health Research and Education Center and a University of Tennessee team led by Meg Staton developed the free app as a part of a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation Plant Genome Research Program. The partnership is part of a larger collaboration with Washington State University and the University of Connecticut. One of the team’s objectives... Read more
Vacation Resorts and

French Wildfires Force 12,000 People To Flee Coastal Resort Areas
(, July 2017)

France is asking European neighbors to help it fight fast-growing wildfires that have consumed thousands of acres of forest near the Mediterranean coast, forcing tourists to leave an area that is normally packed with visitors in the summer. Several large fires have struck near the French Riviera this week, in resort areas near Saint-Tropez and also on the island of Corsica. Their rapid growth is being blamed on dry and windy conditions and plentiful fuel. Some 12,000 people — including 3,000 campers — moved to.... Read more
Lower Snake

Forest Service Releases Decision Memo for the Lower Snake Vegetation Management Project (SDN, July 2017)

SILVERTHORNE, CO – ...Approximately 99% of Summit County’s total population lives in the wildland-urban interface. “Through years of public collaboration, we have identified priority treatment areas that will provide long-term benefits to the local communities and the forest,” stated Adam Bianchi, Dillon Deputy District Ranger. “On the heels of the Peak 2 fire, it is now more important than ever to continue....


Watersheds and Forests

Without Forests, Jakarta's Water Situation Worsens

Flooding is the tragic norm in Jakarta, a megacity where major floods took 40 lives and cost IDR 32 trillion ($2.4 billion) in 2013. The floods were back early this year, and more are expected. Southeast Asia's biggest city is investing in dams, widening river channels and other built infrastructure to tame the floods. But the city's natural infrastructure has also taken a beating. The surrounding forested watershed would ordinarily store and slowly release rainwater promote aquifer recharge, stabilize soil and stem erosion.While managing water in the city itself is critically important, it is also equally important to manage its upstream watersheds in order to... Read about restoring watersheds
Events & Info


NEXT FHTF Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, September 20, 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

2017 Summer Chipping Program

Colorado State Forest Service Volunteer Opportunities
View opportunities here

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