March 2016 Forest Health Task Force Newsletter
March 2016 Newsletter

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Building Collaboration -
A special presentation by Gary Severson

The Forest Health Task Force meets next Wednesday, March 16th at Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Mount Royal Room, Summit County Commons, 37 County Road 1005, Frisco

This month, we're honored to welcome speaker Gary Severson, retired Executive Director of Northwest Colorado Council of Government (1998 - 2010).  On March 16th, he'll share his knowledge and experience about forest and community collaboration.

As Executive Director, Gary led a voluntary association of 28 county and municipal governments to collaboratively address a broad array of social, economic, and environmental issues common to the 10,000 square mile region.  While in that position, he was a recipient of the USDA Rural Communities Leadership award for collaborative cross-boundary issues management with the White River National Forest.  Gary was a founding member of the Colorado Bark Beetle Cooperative (CBBC) and served as the CBBC’s chair from 2006 to 2010.  He also served as the coordinator of the Colorado Governor’s Forest Health Advisory Council (2010–2012). He began his career as the public involvement coordinator for the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region (1974-1983) and was a co-author of the first Forest Service Public Involvement Handbook. Gary recently served on the USDA Secretary's Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Advisory Committee and is an original member of the USDA Forest Service National Collaboration Cadre (2007 to present).  He has worked with more than twenty national forests across the nation helping build collaborative relationships with communities and a diversity of stakeholders. Gary makes his home in Evergreen, Colorado.7.23.14MtgPhoto3

Join us next Wednesday at noon. Lunch will be served. 
 
REMINDER! Future Meetings:
 
Wed, April 20, Noon, County Commons, Mt. Royal Rm
Wed, May 18, Noon, County Commons, Mt. Royal Rm
Tues, June 14, Noon, County Commons, Mt. Royal Rm
 
 

Collaboration in Q'eqchi'

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When Forest Collaboration Meets Culture

The Belize project seems to be gaining momentum every day. In case you haven't been able to follow our progress thus far, we have been diligently working on the development and piloting of the survey, which was completed at the end of August. The first week of September we tackled the exciting task of training our field assistants to conduct the survey. This training was incredibly enlightening and extremely fun to be a part of. We have three community members that will be conducting the surveys for us due to the Q'eqchi' language barrier. Each of these individuals has such a unique and fun personality and brought new ideas and perspectives to... READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE

Collaboration in Colorado

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The CFLR Program Continues to go strong with collaborative restoration efforts

This milestone is an important opportunity to assess progress toward program goals—part of that is the 5-Year Report to Congress.  The CFLR Program website contains a range of resources supporting the development and findings of the five-year report.

ACCESS More CFLR Reports Here to read about success in collaboration

Looking Ahead

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What Will Colorado’s Forests Look Like in 90 Years? (5280.com, Feb 2016)

...“What surprised me most [is] that I pictured lots of tree species migrating north, but instead we see a constricting of range toward higher elevations,” says Werner. “Under a worst-case scenario, which unfortunately is the path we’re on now, we could see 90 percent reduction in certain subalpine forest types.” 
That’s not only an aesthetic or economic concern—who knows if, say, skiers will want to slide around resorts peppered with... READ MORE
2016
Wildfire Outlook


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After unusually warm weather, fires burn 40,000 acres in Oklahoma (CNN.com, February 2016)

After a heat spell brought record-breaking high temperatures to the central United States, wildfires burned about 40,000 acres in Oklahoma on Thursday, Michelle Finch-Walker with the state forestry agency said."We haven't had one of these in the last few years," said Mark Goeller, the Oklahoma Forestry Services' fire management chief, told CNN. "Fires are going to burn...READ MORE

White River
2015 Impact Report


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White River National Forest Study

The White River National Forest is very excited to share with you our 2015 Impact Report, a recap of all that the Forest (and its partners) accomplished in 2015. This is a “by the numbers” look back into last year. Join us as we start at No. 1  and count up the successes and numbers that defined 2015 for the White River.... Read More


Forest Monitoring

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Monitoring Around the World

 

Saving the Climate Requires Saving Forests  (Forest News, February 2016)

Most countries have included forest and land use in their efforts to reduce emissions of carbon dioxides and other greenhouse gases—but as those in the carbon-accounting world will tell you, countries can’t manage what they can’t measure and monitor. And, in the past, many developing countries simply didn’t have the capacity to monitor their forests and related carbon emissions. Now research shows that the past decade has seen a marked improvement, driven largely by the struggle against climate change. “If there is forest monitoring capacity... READ MORE


Mark Your Calendars for 2016 Monitoring Training

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The Forest Health Task Force 2016 Volunteer Monitor Training Sessions

Saturday, May 14th from 10am-Noon, Wildernest (Location TBD)
Wednesday, May 18th from 6-8pm, Frisco (Location TBD)


Please RSVP to join us in one of our volunteer training sessions so you can be one of our citizen volunteers who gathers real, useful information to create more viable forest ecosystems. See last year's forest monitoring data report and read about the impacts our volunteers are making.

 

Events & Info

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

2016 Collaborative Restoration Workshop
Sign up by March 15
April 26-27
Denver, CO

Western State Colorado University
The New Normal 
- Adaptive Forest Management in a Changing World
Gunnison, CO
May 12-14

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

Summit County Wildfire Mitigation Grants
Check this website in early spring of 2016 for information on the 2016 Wildfire Grant program.

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