February 2016 Forest Health Task Force Newsletter
February 28, 2016 Newsletter

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Our Next FHTF
Meeting is March 16th:
JOIN US - Noon
Mt Royal Room
County Commons


A Brief Summary of our February FHTF meeting
U.S. Forest Service Forester Shelby Limberis provided a comprehensive update of Forest Service project plans for Summit County in 2016. Work will continue in the Breckenridge and Ophir Mountain area, where several units identified as adaptive management are included for treatment as the percentage of dead trees exceeded the minimum threshold identified in the NEPA document. The mountain top was not an adaptive management unit and is scheduled to be logged. Also the Forest Service decided against leaving visual buffers along portions of trails due to blow-down and safety concerns.

The Snake River Categorical Exclusion project in the Keystone area will proceed. The Forest Service has reviewed input from stakeholders and has prepared an updated plan for further stakeholder review. Categorical exclusions are fast track approval projects of up to 3,000 acres, ordered by Governor Hickenlooper for purposes of disease response and control. Collaboration with stakeholders is a requirement under the categorical exclusion legislation.

Shelby Limberis is a regular participant in our FHTF stakeholder family along with Cary Green, U.S. Forest Service. We appreciate their involvement. It provides an opportunity for citizens and stakeholders to interact directly with U.S.F.S. foresters regarding current and future projects. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity.

CSFS Forest Ag


Selecting the right forest health prescription and how to monitor for results (CSFS Ag Program Newsletter)

Witness your forest as it grows and changes, especially after completing a forest treatment. Through regeneration monitoring you can learn about the overall health and vigor of your forest’s understory, including trees, grasses and other plants. Some trees are well-adapted to live under the shade of larger trees (e.g. spruce and fir), while others prefer... READ MORE
Forests & Climate


Melting Colorado  (Chaffee County Times, February 2016)

New research led by the University of Colorado Boulder indicates an ongoing loss of ice on Niwot Ridge and the adjacent Green Lakes Valley in the high mountains west of Boulder is likely to progress as the climate continues to warm.
The study area encompasses the Niwot Ridge Long-Term Ecological Research site, thousands of acres of alpine tundra, subalpine forest, talus slopes, glacial lakes and wetlands stretching to the top of the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. The Niwot Ridge LTER site, which includes Green Lakes Valley and CU-Boulder’s Mountain Research Station, is one of 26 North American... READ MORE



Data Sharing And Replication In The Sciences (Forbes, February 2016)

Perhaps one of the most fascinating, yet underreported stories about data and the sciences thus far in 2016 was an editorial published last month in the highly prestigious New England Journal of Medicine criticizing the growing trend towards data sharing in the sciences. Its publication was juxtaposed with Vice President’s Biden’s remarks last month that one of the great obstacles towards medical advances is that so much of the data generated by medical research remains...READ MORE

Climate Perspectives

Invasive plants beat natives in climate adaptation race (High Country News, February 2016)

Last summer, after observing unusual amounts of brown foliage on giant sequoias —  a sign of stress — researchers set out to assess the trees’ response to California’s historic drought. It’s still an open question how the trees might respond to.... READ MORE

Wildfire Grant Program

Doug Cupp
Or visit www.SummitCountyCO.gov

Summit County Wildfire Council Grant Program

Since 2006 the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), through the Summit County Wildfire Council (SCWC), has provided matching grants to eligible homeowner groups to support community wildfire protection projects.  In 2008, Summit County voters approved Referred Measure 1A, which among other things provides funding to support the SCWC Grant programs.  The Grant programs assist Summit County property owners with actual costs associated with community protection from wildfire through a reimbursement process.  All projects addressing community protection from wildfire (e.g.: fuel reduction, cistern installation, neighborhood signage, egress considerations, outreach education) are eligible to apply. To obtain the pre-application please contact: Doug Cupp

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.)

Ski with a Ranger FDRD Tour
Every Friday and Saturday
11:00 am

Innovation and Collaboration of Denver Water
March 15, 1:30-3
Denver, Daniels Fund Building

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
May 7, 2016

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, 2016
Denver, CO

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

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