May 2015 Forest Health Task Force Newsletter
May, 2015 Newsletter

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Talking Wildfire Mitigation
Forest Health Task Force meets Wednesday, May 20 at Noon
Buffalo Mountain Room, County Commons, Frisco

In partnership with FDRD, The Forest Health Task Force will bediscussing wildfire. We will be joined by Doug Cupp, Summit County Wildfire Mitigation Specialist. Doug has been in the Fire Service for 22 years with 19 of those assisting with managing Wildfire Prevention and Suppression.  Doug holds a Master's degree in Emergency Management as well as Fire and Emergency Services Management. Having worked as a Wildfire Coordinator for Poudre Fire Authority in Fort Collins gave Doug the opportunity to experience some of the nation's largest wildfires including Colorado's Haymen Fire, Four Mile Fire, High Park fire, and Hewlet Gulch fire.  This provides a unique perspective of prevention efforts that occur before a fire and the long term effects after a fire. 

Doug will discuss some of the missing pieces of wildfire preparedness to provide a cohesive strategy with forest health, community planning, home protection and life safety. He will be talking about fire science and how we (as a community) can apply fire models and Colorado wildfire history to help make good forest management policy decisions.  

REMINDER! Upcoming Meetings:
June 16, 12-1:30

Meetings are at:
County Commons, 83 Nancy's Place, Frisco, CO in the Buffalo Mountain Room from 12-1:30.

Everybody is welcome. Please join us to hear what's new with the forest and express your opinions. We will provide lunch.

May 20: Volunteer Training, DETAILS BELOW
May 23: Volunteer Training, DETAILS BELOW


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In partnership with FDRD, the Forest Health Task Force Backyard Monitoring program is underway once again, for its 4th monitoring season. We're hoping to see past volunteers as well as anyone who would like to volunteer this year. Do you have time to do some backyard monitoring? Come join us at either of the following volunteer trainings next week.

May 20, 2015: 6-8:00 PM
Frisco Medical Center: We will be meeting at the far east side of the Frisco Medical Center/Hospital at the parking lot located there. The plot is just over the rec path and adjacent to the parking lot.

May 23, 2015: 10am-Noon
Salt Lick trailhead in Wildernest: From I-70 take Exit 205, Silverthorne/Dillon, and travel north on HWY 9 to the first traffic light, turn left on to Wildernest road. In 0.2 miles, turn left on to Wildernest Road. Take this road up .8 miles to Buffalo Road and take left into the parking lot.

All volunteers, whether new or returning must come to one of the above trainings for safety purposes. These don't take long and should be a lot of fun.
World Forest News


Forests Facts
(World Resources Institute)
  1. The world lost nearly 13 million hectares of forest—an area roughly the size of England—every year between 2000 and 2010.
  2. Recent studies estimate that 12 percent of human-generated greenhouse gas emissions come from deforestation and forest degradation.
  3. More than 2 billion hectares of land where forests once grew—an area twice the size of China—has the potential to be restored.
Managing our Forests

Current USFS
Incident Tracking

Experts press case for forest management to head off wildfires
(Cronkite News, April 23, 2015)

The science is in and the time to act on forest management is now if the government wants to avoid more catastrophic wildfires, a panel of wildfire experts told a House committee Thursday. Diane Vosick, director of policy and partnerships at Northern Arizona University’s Ecological Restoration Institute, said there is enough evidence...READ MORE

Colorado State University's 2015 Forest Report
Urban and Community Forests: "An Investment in Colorado"

Access the whole report.




Report: Four ways Colorado is vulnerable to climate change - See more at:
(Colorado Public Radio, February 4, 2015)

Colorado's ski industry, agriculture, transportation and water are all vulnerable to climate change, according to a joint report from the National Center for Atmospheric Research and area universities.The 176-page report details how...


Climate Change and Projections
Recent Climate Changes and their Causes

The climate of the Intermountain West is changing, with multiple independent measurements indicating an overall warming of about 2°F across the region in the past 30 years. While climate in our region has always been highly variable at annual, decadal, century, and longer time scales, the rate of recent change is unusually rapid. It is also consistent with the well-understood physical effects of the increasing accumulations of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, in the atmosphere. While there has been no study specifically investigating whether the recent warming trends in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming can be attributed to...
Is your Rain Collection System ready?



California isn’t the only state with water problems
(BusinessInsider, April 15, 2015)

Americans tend to take it for granted that when we open a tap, water will come out.

Western states have been dealing with water problems for a while, but they won't be alone for long.

As drought, flooding, and climate change restrict America's water supply, demands from population growth and energy production look set to increase...




Guest Column: A climate solution with bipartisan appeal
(Missoulian, April 24, 2015)

California is a trend setter. They gave us “personal computers,” the avocado, and now they may be harbingers of something else – how to deal with climate change. With rising temperatures, four years of drought and snow pack at 6 percent of normal levels, farmers, industry and cities are scrambling to reduce water consumption by 25 percent.

Last summer, Californians exported something we'd prefer they keep to themselves: the smoke from the Yosemite fires. Lord knows, in Montana we have enough of our own. Our wildfire season has increased from five months to over seven, with the amount of forest burned doubling throughout the West.

On a human level, that means my friend Becky, who has a condition which can make it hard to breathe under normal circumstances, struggles for every breath on those smoky days when she can't even see the nearest ridge. It must be scary.

Welcome to the depressing side of climate change. Now imagine... READ MORE

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8-3

Meeting: Buffalo Mtn Room, County Commons
Wednesday, May 20, Noon

FDRD  10th Anniversary Celebration
May 28, Silverthorne Pavilion

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