July 2016 Forest Health Task Force Newsletter
July 2016 Newsletter

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Should We be Worried About Wildfires in Summit County?

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


This month we have a special presentation by Brad Piehl on forest disturbances, climate change, drought, and disease; and how those disturbances change the likelihood of wildfire in our high country forests.

We plan to also have updates from the U.S. Forest Service, Summit County Wildfire Council, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and Summit County Government. Training5.jpgJoin us tomorrow at noon. Lunch will be served. 
REMINDER! Future Meetings:
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

Congressional Fight Raging Over Best Way to Fund Wildfire Fight (NBCNEWS, July 2016)

..."The wildfire problem is not just a budget problem — it's also a management problem," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R- Alaska chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. "We have a real and growing problem on our hands, and resolving it will require a comprehensive approach that addresses both wildfire funding and forest management." ..... READ MORE
Going Forward


Cleaning up after the fire

Summer of Fire: Climate Change Driving Wildfires
(Newsdeeply.com, July 2016)

“The conclusion of our work is very direct, warming temperatures are drying out western forests and warmer and earlier springs are lengthening the fire season and the consequence of these factors is that there are more opportunities for large severe fires,” said Anthony LeRoy Westerling, associate professor of environmental engineering at the University of California, Merced. “As a result, fire activity is increasing.” READ MORE

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
2015 Forest Reports from CSU

Colorado State Forest Service 5-Year Strategic Plan

2015 Report on the Health of Colorado's Forests

"This year marks a milestone in tracking foresthealth and management in Colorado, with this publication representing the 15th annual report on the health of Colorado’s forests. Throughout this period, we’ve witnessed many landscape-level changes across Colorado. The forces and circumstances that have come together – climate and weather events, insects and diseases, wildfire and human impacts – have contributed to dramatic changes in the age and structure of our forests. And substantial growth is predicted in our wildland-urban interface, where human habitation intersects with natural vegetation and undeveloped land – an area currently only about 20 percent developed in Colorado. Increased development will make forest management even more challenging than in the past." Michael B. Lester, State Forester and Director. Photo: Society of American Foresters Read it now
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

The Value of Citizen Science

Volunteers track Butterflies

Citizen Science Program to track monarchs, milkweeds in Wyoming
(Gillette News Record, July 2016)

"A citizen science program is seeking volunteers to help researchers track information about monarch butterflies and milkweed plants in Wyoming this summer. The Monarchs and Milkweeds program is a statewide program in which citizen scientists can gather observations of where, when and how many monarchs and milkweed plants appear in Wyoming. Volunteers will submit their observations into WyoBio, a citizen science Web portal for Wyoming...." READ ARTICLE
Events & Info


NEXT FHTF Monthly Meeting
Tuesday Aug 16, Noon
Mount Royal Room, County Commons in Frisco (37 Peak One Dr.)

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

Summit County Wildfire Council meeting
July 21, 1:30-3:30
Buffalo Mountain Room, County Commons

Watershed Wildfire Protection Group (WWPG)
July 28-29, Fort Collins, CO

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

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