July 2014 Newsletter

July, 2014 Newsletter

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Creating a shared forest vision
Join us at our meeting Wednesday, July 23
Noon until 1:30 p.m.
Loveland Room
Summit County Community Center
83 Nancy's Place
Frisco, CO
We'll be covering two important topics:
(1) How our group members can work in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service and other stakeholders on forest treatment projects in the Keystone area. Projects in the Keystone and Snake River watershed area are currently in the conceptual stage. This is an excellent time to provide feedback. 

(2) Our Summit County Volunteer Forest Monitoring Project.
How it is evolving, how we can make it easier and better, and how we can better utilize the Cit.Sci forest monitoring website.
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Volunteer forest monitoring

Our volunteer forest monitors are busy gathering data.
Participation has been excellent! Volunteers are clearly in it for the long haul. The terms citizen-scientists and citizen-stakeholders are becoming much more than just ideas. Citizen involvement in tracking long-term forest health is now a reality in Summit County. We now have two types of monitoring plots: restoration plots where treatment has occured and common stand plots where no active management has happened. 
 
 
Monitoring

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How Citizen Scientists Are Using The Web to Track the Natural World (Environment 360)

By making the recording and sharing of environmental data easier than ever, web-based technology has fostered the rapid growth of so-called citizen scientists — volunteers who collaborate with scientists to collect and interpret data. Here is a sampling of some of these projects....READ MORE

Participatory Policy Making for Integrated Landscape Management in Kenya (Landscapes for People, Food and Nature, June, 2014)

Sensing the participants were getting a little restless after several hours of discussing policy challenges for the integrated management of water resources in the Lake Naivasha Landscape, Joan Kimayu, a lead facilitator with the Strengthening Rural Institutions Program at the World Agroforestry Centre, wondered what she could do to make a group of government officials stand up and get moving. Improvising slightly, she decided to have each of them give a “Landscape Oath,” stating, “I, [insert name] am a landscape champion.”  Initially.... READ MORE

Mexican forest communities seek business benefit from climate laws (Thomson Reuters Foundation, June, 2014)

“The inhabitants of regions such as Ixtlán are knowledgeable about the land, because of their history and their needs, and they are the ones who can have the best influence in carrying out environmental rulemaking,”... READ MORE

No Ph.D. Needed: 8 Impactful Citizen Science Projects
(Mashable.com, June 25, 2014)

You don't need a Ph.D. to contribute to scientific research. Thanks to the proliferation of mobile apps and advances in online crowdsourcing platforms, non-professionals are helping researchers identify new species, track comets, name proteins, project climate patterns and much more. Science-minded individuals have...

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Citisci.org

CitSci.org supports your research by providing tools and resources that allow you to customize your scientific procedure - all in one location on the internet. As your partner in research, CitSci.org provides tools for the entire research process including: creating new projects, managing project members, building custom data sheets, analyzing collected data, and gathering participant feedback.Citisci.org can help you get your project off the ground! READ MORE!

Forest News
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Forest Service Floats Recreational Shooting Limits in Colorado, forest service says (The Denver Post, July 2, 2014)

Citing increased danger in a heavily populated region, the U.S. Forest Service is floating a plan to restrict recreational shooting to designated areas in a 625-square-mile swath of land that covers most of Colorado's Front Range foothills and Interstate 70 corridor.. (Go to article)

Summit County firefighters battle 3 small blazes in Heeney (Summit Daily News, 7/2/14)

The grass is green and the spring melt is not yet finished, but that didn’t stop three small fires from igniting Monday, June 30, along Heeney Road 30... READ MORE

Breckenridge to pay property owners for cutting and thinning trees (SDN, July 1, 2014)

Breckenridge property owners can take advantage of an incentive program offered by the town in an effort to reduce the risk of wildfire damage. The town of Breckenridge will reimburse property owners $10 a tree, up to $200 per property, for the costs incurred in creating defensible space around structures and land within town limits. The program is aimed at promoting fire mitigation and defensible space along with the county’s free chip-and-haul program... READ MORE
 

Innovation

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A new mapping tool shows how states value wildlife
(High Country News, June 23)

When infrastructure and habitat collide, there's trouble – not just for wildlife, but also for developers hoping to avoid regulatory conflict. That's why the Western Governors' Association created its Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT), a West-wide map that ranks each state's habitat on a scale of 1 to 6 (with "1" most crucial). "If you're putting in transmission lines, siting pipelines, or building a wildlife overpass, you can find out where the most valuable habitat is before you begin planning," explains Carlee Brown, WGA's policy advisor. Map users might notice a telling quirk....
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Events

FHTF Volunteers active in Straight Creek
 

 at the Buffalo Mountain Room at the County Commons in Frisco

The Forest Health Task Force works on a variety of forest initiatives in the interest of Summit County citizens and stakeholders. Our work is focused on a healthy resilient future forest. We promote education, volunteer forest monitoring, best science forest management practices, and community-wide collaborative forest planning. Our goal is to create a stronger connection between citizens and the forest lands we value. With these interests in mind, we are now offering a membership status for all interested parties who want to have their voices heard as we bring important forest issues to the attention of forest managers and other decision makers. To become a member or to view our membership form, please go to the FHTF website's Membership Form!




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