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August, 2013 Newsletter
Happy Summer Everyone! Thanks for taking the time to read the latest Forest News from us. We have some fantastic events coming up and would love to see you there. Read on to find out more about Fish Shocking in Straight Creek this Sunday and Wildfire Author/Survivor, Linda Masterson coming to talk August 21st!

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Forest News
UPCOMING!
August 21st
She lost her home to WILDFIRE and is coming to teach you how to be prepared


Linda Masterson's home and 72-acre tree farm burned to the ground in a Colorado wildfire in 2011, leaving her with little but her laptop and a fierce determination to get back on her feet and get on with her life. Read more about Ms. Masterson, her history, mission and goals.

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Colorado's forests are our main concern. So we keep up with what's happening around the state and want to keep you up on it too. Here are some recent items of interest.


Frisco: FHTF FInal Homeowner's Series Meeting, August 21

Hear what Linda Masterson has to say about losing her home to wildfire and how you should prepare for wildfire

After big Colorado burns, homeowners, communities try to fire-proof

FRISCO —Coloradans living in forests are trying to fireproof their communities as larger and hotter wildfires destroy more homes and firefighting costs grow intolerable. Increasing numbers of burn-zone residents are finding they have little choice but to coexist with wildfire — part of the natural environment and crucial to keeping forests healthy.

Colorado ghost town being ceded to Forest Service

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) — A ghost town in central Colorado is being legally abandoned and ceded to the U.S. Forest Service. The short-lived Summit County mining town in the mountains near Montezuma called Chihuahua was mostly abandoned after a devastating fire swept through the area in 1889.


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Forest Policy and Legislation


Here are some recent articles we found. We hope you'll read on and get involved!
Udall, Inhofe Introduce Legislation to Allow FEMA to Proactively Work to Reduce Wildfire Risks
In an effort to reduce the risk wildfires pose to local communities, Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced bipartisan legislation today to allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to proactively work with states and localities on wildfire mitigation projects. The bill, which places wildfires on par with other natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and tornadoes, would make Colorado, Oklahoma and other states eligible to receive an additional 15 percent of the total funds FEMA allocates for fire suppression to support wildfire-mitigation efforts.

Summit County housing project moves ahead as House approves Forest Service land transfer
A long-awaited land transfer in Summit County is moving forward. The House Natural Resources Committee approved the Lake Hill Administrative Site Affordable Housing Act unanimously on Wednesday. This bill seeks to convey 40 acres of the Lake Hill property in the White River National Forest to Summit County.
 

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Forest Products

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The skilled women of Strathcona's Tradeworks create holiday ornaments and gifts from pine beetle wood
(BCLiving)

The upside of the devastated forests is the beautiful wood that's left behind. Here are some tidbits about wood product use.

Cool Planet chooses Colorado for headquarters (WishTV)

DENVER (AP) — A company that has developed a process for converting beetle-killed trees and corn cobs into gasoline says it plans to open its global headquarters in Greenwood Village, south of Denver. Cool Planet Energy Systems said Wednesday it also has chosen Colorado for its first manufacturing facility.

Colorado producer doubles capacity
(BioMassMagazine)

Kremmling, Colo.-based Confluence Energy has acquired certain assets of Walden, Colo.-based Rocky Mountain Pellet. The transaction has nearly doubled the company’s original 100,000-ton-pellet production capacity.

Beetle-Kill Pine is Fueling Wildfires and the Lumber Industry

As climate change warms areas of Colorado, mountain pine beetles (Dendroctonus ponderosae) have infested lodgepole pines and drastically reduced their numbers. Of the 1.5 million acres of forest in the state, nearly 70 percent of lodgepole pines have been wiped out by the insects. As the trees die, they fall to the ground and provide fuel for forest fires. The wood has also become an attractive choice for designers and architect, because no trees have to technically be cut down for material, and they sport a beautiful blue hue caused by fungus the beetles carry.

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The Forest Health Task Force is a program of The Greenlands Reserve. For questions, please contact Howard Hallman, hhallman@greenlandsreserve.org or 719-491-1807.

 




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