Front Range Roundtable

The Front Range Roundtable was formed to "serve as a focal point for diverse stakeholder input into efforts to reduce wildland fire risks and improve forest health through sustained fuels treatment along the Colorado Front Range."
News

2015

012315 News:


Erin Hartnett (Boulder County Parks & Open Space or BCPOS) sent information about an upcoming meeting to review the recent Heil Valley prescribed burn. The event is January 29 from 7-8:30 p.m. at BCPOS at 5201 St. Vrain Road in Longmont, and is being hosted by BCPOS and Wildland Fire Management Program. For more information, click here (PDF 306k), or call 303-678-6211.

Cecilia Clavet (TNC) is garnering support for the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act support letter. This letter of support is for the same bill that many folks supported in last Congress, and she points out that since the language is the same, the signatures from the last letter have been transferred to the latest letter. For more information, to add your signature, or if you are no longer able to support this letter, click here (PDF 406k).

Paige Lewis (TNC) sent information about this summer's fire ecology institutes hosted by Colorado Project Learning Tree and the Colorado State Forest Service. The two week-long institutes will include field studies, technology, lesson planning, literature, multimedia, and GIS and is focused on grades 3 through 12. The first institute is June 7-12 at Fort Lewis College in Durango. The second is July 6-11 at The Nature Place in Florissant. For more information, check out the flyer (PDF 1397k) or visit the workshop website.

2014

121114 News:

The Roundtable Executive Team has extended the deadline for proposals for a Roundtable Coordinator. The new deadline to submit proposals is January 9, 2015. 
 In order to ensure that our Roundtable Coordinator is selected through a competitive process, the Executive Team has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) (PDF 294k), which is open to Roundtable member organizations as well as independent contractors. Please circulate the attached RFP to anyone you feel might be interested in and qualified for this position. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 9th, and should be sent electronically to Megan Davis at mdavis@bouldercounty.orgPlease alert any potential candidates to the relatively short turn-around time. For more information, please contact Megan Davis at (303) 441-3562 or mdavis@bouldercounty.org. Click here for the RFP (PDF 294k).

121014 News:

Megan Davis (Boulder County) sent information about this Friday's Community Protection Team meeting. The meeting will be held at the USFS-RO at 740 Simms St. in the Fernow Room, from 1-3:30. The meeting will provide the opportunity to go through the priorities that were advanced at the last meeting and determine the team's focus areas for 2015 – 16. If you would like to attend, please email Megan at mdavis@bouldercounty.org

Tony Cheng (CSU-CFRI) shared information about the video series Our Future Forests: Beyond Bark Beetle. This series is comprised of ten short films meant to "help the public better understand the bark beetle outbreak in our local forests." For more information
click here (PDF 73k), or to visit the video website, click here.

Sara Mayben sent information about the 2015 Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity RFP. To read the RFP, click here (PDF 224k). The U.S. Forest Service is requesting proposals to expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets throughout the United States to support forest management needs. Funding will be awarded for the expansion of both wood energy markets and wood products markets. The deadline to submit proposals is January 23, 2015. For more information, including an archived webinar and FAQ, please visit: http://www.na.fs.fed.us/werc/wip/2015-rfp.shtm.

112414 News:


Peter Brown (RMTRR) passed along the recent study Learning to Coexist with Wildfire published in the November 6 issue of Nature. The abstract states: "The impacts of escalating wildfire in many regions — the lives and homes lost, the expense of suppression and the damage
to ecosystem services — necessitate a more sustainable coexistence with wildfire. Climate change and continued development
on fire-prone landscapes will only compound current problems. Emerging strategies for managing ecosystems and
mitigating risks to human communities provide some hope, although greater recognition of their inherent variation
and links is crucial." For the full PDF, click here (PDF 2.7m). 

The latest Southern Rockies Fire Science Network E-News is available. Announcements include upcoming webinars and meetings, industry research and resources. Click here for a PDF version (.8m). 

112014 News:


Paige Lewis (TNC) sent the following announcement for Roundtable members:

The Roundtable’s contract with Gali Beh and Beh Management Consulting, Inc. will expire at the end of December 2014. In order to ensure that our Roundtable Coordinator is selected through a competitive process, the Executive Team is issuing a Request For Proposals (RFP) (PDF 258k) for the Roundtable coordination responsibilities. This RFP is open to Roundtable member organizations as well as independent contractors. Please circulate the attached RFP to anyone you feel might be interested in and qualified for this position. Proposals are due by close of business on Monday, December 15th.  Please alert any potential candidates to the relatively short turn-around time.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Thanks very much,

Paige Lewis (TNC)

Here is another link to the RFP (PDF 258k)

J
enny Briggs (USGS) sent some news and accomplishments to share with the Roundtable. "The Roundtable's partners and questions have generated numerous interesting and important scientific studies over the past decade. We have two related pieces of good news to share on this topic!" Jenny said:
  • Front Range study in press: With collaboration from many agencies and individuals in the Roundtable, Jenny Briggs initiated a study led by USGS, the Rocky Mountain Research Station, Colorado State University, USFS Forest Health Management, and the Colorado State Forest Service to investigate the effects of mountain pine beetle in Front Range forests in 2009. After several years of field surveys on the lands of many Roundtable agencies, lab experiments, and analyses, the first paper from this project is in press in the journal Forest Ecology and Management (link below). The lead author, Dan West, completed a PhD at Colorado State University in 2014 associated with this project and related studies. We have appreciated the opportunity to present our results and get feedback from the Roundtable members along the way, in addition to site access and extensive support from partners such as Boulder County Parks and Open Space, Rocky Mountain National Park, the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, Jefferson County Open Space, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. More papers are in review and in preparation. Jenny would be very interested in any comments or questions: jsbriggs@usgs.gov.

West, D. R., J. S. Briggs, W. Jacobi, and J. F. Negron. 2014. Mountain pine beetle-caused mortality over eight years in two hosts in mixed-pine stands of the southern Rocky Mountains. In press. Forest Ecology and Management 334: 321-330  http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Povl1L~Gw0DkM

  • New Forest Entomologist with CSFS, Jan 2015: Dan West recently accepted the position of Entomology Program Manager with the Colorado State Forest Service in Fort Collins. This position was formerly held by Dave Leatherman, Ingrid Aguayo, and Sky Stephens. Dan will start work in January 2015 and we look forward to welcoming him to the Front Range Roundtable and community!

Paige Lewis (TNC) forwarded information about the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act (WDFA). With Congress back in session, "we're in the homestretch of getting WDFA enacted," the email states. The best chance of making WDFA law is through the omnibus appropriations bill. The current continuing resolution ends December 11, and a letter is going to Congress to enact an omnibus appropriations bill. They have requested that interested parties sign on - by November 21. Click here to read the letter, and click here to sign the letter. For more information,click here (PDF 106k)

110714 News:

Adam Liljeblad (NFF) sent information about several grant opportunities from the National Forest Foundation. These include a ski conservation fund that will help enhance the quality of the White River National Forest, and a matching awards program for  projects 
benefiting America's National Forests and Grasslands. Proposals are due January 14, 2015. Click here for more information (PDF 142k), or visit the NFF's grant program web page


110314 News:

Mike Eckhoff, PhD (CSFS, USFS), sent notice about an upcoming RFP for the 2015 Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity. This RFP from the U.S. Forest Service focuses on reducing hazardous fuels from national forests, reducing costs of forest management, and promoting economic and environmental health. There is a pre-application webinar this Wednesday (
click this link for more information or to register). The proposal submission deadline is January 23, 2015. For more information about this opportunity, click here (PDF 122k). 


102014 News:

Mike Eckhoff, PhD (CSFS, USFS), sent an agenda for this Wednesday's (October 22) National Bioenergy Day. The event is free and is taking place from 10-2 at  the USFS-RO at 740 Simms Street in Golden. Refreshments and a light lunch will be served. RSVPs are requested by Tuesday, October 21 at noon. This year's theme is "A Conversation on Conversion" and will focus on how people can use biomass to lower their heating bills while improving our forests' health. Click here for the full agenda and meeting information (PDF 423k).  For more information or to RSVP call 970-219-2140 or email mike.eckhoff@colostate.edu

101014 News:
Mike Eckhoff, PhD (CSFS, USFS), sent information about the upcoming National Bioenergy Day on October 22. Hosted by the USFS Rocky Mountain Region, this year's theme is "A Conversation on Conversion" and will focus on how people can use biomass to lower their heating bills while improving our forests' health. Click here for more information (PDF 475k). The meeting will take place at the USFS-RO at 740 Simms Street in Golden from 10-2. For more information call 970-219-2140 or email mike.eckhoff@colostate.edu

100714 News:


Special National Indicators Online Meeting 10/27 at 1 p.m.
:  With the submission of our CFLRP National Indicators five-year progress report approaching November 7, the Landscape Restoration team is hosting a special conference call to review our results before they are submitted. We will not be able to do this review at the next Roundtable quarterly meeting, as that meeting isn't until November 14. If you would like to participate in this review, please send me your RSVP by October 23. The meeting will take place on October 27 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. (MDT). We will send out log in instructions and a phone number to call in prior to the meeting. It is important that you RSVP as we may need to upgrade our online meeting service to accommodate this meeting. If you have any questions about the meeting, or to RSVP, email terra@behconsulting.com

092914 News:

Sara Mayben (USFS-PSICC) sent a flyer about several upcoming Meet and Greets with the new PSICC Forest Supervisor Erin Connelly, and the new Deputy Forest Supervisor, Dianna Trujillo. Meet and Greets are happening October 1 in Salida, October 2 in Pueblo, and October 14 in Golden. See the flyer for more information (PDF .6m), and to RSVP to attend, please contact Barb Timock at btimock@fs.fed.us or 719-553-1415.

Bo Pogue (Legislative Council Staff) sent information about last Friday's 
interim Wildfire Matters Review Committee meeting. The meeting agenda included the consideration of six committee bills and one committee resolution. These draft measures can be viewed at the committee's website at the bottom of the page. Click on the links to the measures to review them. The summary of the committee's meeting are also published on this website. Check back later for a summary of the September 26 meeting. 

091714 News:

Jennifer Kovecses (Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed) sent information on the upcoming stakeholder meeting with the Colorado Conservation Exchange on September 23 to determine the return on investment for implementing restoration in the Poudre and Big Thompson watersheds. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend this initial meeting. Topics will include reviewing the purpose, roles and task of the committee, watershed issues and priorities that should be addressed, what information is currently available, and best approaches for determining restoration priorities. If you are interested, please RSVP to jenk@poudrewatershed.org. The meeting will be at the Larimer County Building in Fort Collins from 8:30-12. Click here for more information (PDF 114k).

Marcus Selig (National Forest Foundation) shared information on the upcoming conference Healthy Forests, Vibrant Economies in Scottsdale, Arizona, October 16-17. The conference will explore the threat that Arizona's fire-prone forests pose to state resources, public/private partnership opportunities, policy and industry barriers, and solutions and restoration accomplishments. There is no cost to attend, and participants need to register by October 3. Click here for conference information (PDF 496k) or visit the conference website here. Conference partners include the National Forest Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service, and The Nature Conservancy.

091214 News:

From Paige Lewis (TNC) a request from the Colorado State Forest for input on their Forest Action Plan (PDF 444k). Meetings are happening around the state through early October. RSVP by today at CSFS_planning@mail.colostate.edu. 

Brett Wolk (CSU-CFRI) and Paula Fornwalt (USFS, RMRS) sent information about the upcoming High Altitude Revegetation Workshop and Central Rockies Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration 2015 Conference March 10-12, 2015 at Colorado State University. There is also a call for abstracts with a deadline of November 28, 2014. The broad theme is high altitude restoration science and practice, and they are seeking high quality oral presentations and posters by practitioners, scientists, land managers, students and policy makers "to enhance our understanding of restoration and revegetation in diverse ecosystems using a variety of methods." Both Brett and Paula thought there may be some Roundtable interest in submitting. Click here for more information about the conference and call for submissions (PDF 406k). Click here for a copy of the submission form in Word (166k).

082914 News:

Chuck Dennis (West Range Reclamation) shared the latest Joint Fire Science Program publication which presents research on post-fire logging. The research, Post-fire Logging: An Effective Tool for Managing Future Fuels in Coniferous Inland Northwest Forests (PDF .5m) involved the study of 68 wildfires between 1970 and 2007 in eastern Washington and Oregon. The researchers "found no evidence that post-fire logging hindered tree regeneration on the study sites." 

Paige Lewis (TNC) sent information about an opening at Northern Arizona University's School of Forestry for a 4-year Ph.D. research assistanship to work on economic analysis of fuel treatment effectiveness in ponderosa pine forests of the Southwest. The position will begin in January 2015. For more details about the position, click here
(PDF 196k). 

Glenn Casamassa (USFS) shared news about the new WUI Wildfire Mitigation Desk Reference Guide (PDF 1.2m) that was released this week. The guide, published by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, establishes an authoritative source of information on WUI mitigation. It provides a reference to assist with integrating WUI principles into national wildland fire training and provides common language and consistent definitions for media use. 

Glenn Casamassa (USFS) also sent the National Association of State Foresters recently published document on Communities at Risk. The publication states that there are 72,681 communities at risk across the United States, and only 17,060 covered by CWPP. Click here (PDF .8m) to read the report. 

081514 News:

Megan Davis (Boulder County) sent a press release about a panel discussion on August 27 on the historical role that fire has played on the Front Range and how the use of prescribed fire can help make our forests more healthy. The county is planning a prescribed fire at Heil Valley Ranch this fall, so the discussion will also be an opportunity for residents to learn more details about the plan. Speakers include Peter Brown (Rocky Mountain Tree Ring Research), Michael Frary (State of Colorado, Division of Fire Prevention and Control), and Jay Stalnacker (Boulder County Sheriff's Office). The discussion will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Boulder County Parks & Open Space in Longmont. See the press release for more details (PDF 197k).

080614 News:

Roundtable members from Boulder County sent a job announcement for a Senior Forestry Specialist in the Boulder County Parks and Open Space department. This is a full time position, and applications will be accepted until August 15. Click here (PDF 69k) to read a full job description and application instructions, or visit the Boulder County job openings page

Gloria Edwards sent the latest Southern Rockies Fire Science Network newsletter, available here (PDF 312k). Read about the JFSP award winner, find out about upcoming events and webinars, and get information about the webinar "Shortgrass Prairie and Fire."

072214 News:

Jill Ozarski (Senator Mark Udall's office) sent a link to a hearing from last week from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on wildfire budgeting to address the bipartisan "Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2013" (S.1875 and H.R.3992). The provision is also included in the President's budget, and would "avoid the pervasive problem of 'fire-borrowing' by fundamentally changing the way USFS and DOI budget for fighting wildfires." Click here to see Senator Udall's statement, and click here for Commissioner Gibbs testimony. The full hearing can be viewed at this link. Read the full press release here (PDF 100k). 

In related news, Noah Koerper (Senator Michael Bennet's office) sent a press release today with updates on increasing and repairing fire funding in Colorado and across the country. A dozen Senators, including Bennet and Udall, sent a letter to Senate leaders calling for "swift passage of President Obama's emergency supplemental funding request, which would allocate $615 million - accessible immediately - to fight wildfires." The Senators also called for a vote on the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act. The cost of fighting wildfires regularly exceeds the amount appropriated by Congress in previous years. To read the full press release and letter, click here (PDF 216k). 

061314 News:

Torsten Lund Snee, researcher at Colorado Forest Restoration Institute and CSU Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, is encouraging Roundtable members to participate in his short research study on the economic benefit of collaborative forestry. If you haven't already, please take a few minutes to participate by 
clicking this link. The results of this survey will help establish the economic value that participants in a collaborative forestry process place on that process. Click here to read the full description and instructions before you participate in the survey (PDF 223k). 

Peter Brown (Rocky Mountain Tree Ring Research) shared an article recently published in The Atlantic called Fire on the Mountain (PDF 10m). about the deadly Yarnell, Arizona fire, and as Peter said, more generally about the whole fire situation in the west. You can also read the article by following this link; the live link includes interactive features and videos.

Cecilia Clavet, Senior Policy Advisor at The Nature Conservancy, sent information about the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, including
this chart showing state-by-state fire transfer impacts (PDF 344k). She sent an article released this week in the Santa Fe New Mexican called Obama Pitches Wildfire Plan to Governors (PDF .8m). The article says that Obama encouraged governors attending the Western Governors Association conference in Colorado Springs to support a plan to pay for wildfire suppression. Fighting wildfires this year will cost about $1.8 billion, according to Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, who chairs the WGA, said governors will urge Congress to support the plan, "and make sure that they recognize that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. 


Sara Mayben (USFS, PSICC) forwarded us information about a CBS Weather feature called Living With Wildfire. Here is a
link to the clip. Partners in the program included 
 BLM Public Affairs, Todd Richardson, Tim Mathewson, Colorado State Forest Service, the State of Colorado, Department of Defense – Air Force, Forest Service SFAM, Chris Strebig and Sheryl Page.

052314 News:

Megan Davis (Boulder County) sent us a Solicitation of Qualifications (SOQ) from Boulder County for contractors who would like to be considered for inclusion on the list of Wildfire Partner Contractors. Wildfire Partners is a new program to reduce the wildfire risk to residents living in the wildland-urban interface. This is the second SOQ for this program (the first deadline was November 27, 2013). The deadline for this SOQ is June 9 by 2 p.m. Mountain time. More information about the program can be found on the program's website at www.wildfirepartners.org. Please click here (PDF 97k) for the complete application and submittal form.

Noah Koerper (Senator Michael Bennet's office) and Jill Ozarski (Senator Mark Udall's office) both shared news about the USDA's announcement this week that it has designated 94 national forest areas in 35 states for expedited insect and disease treatments. The National Forest Insect and Disease Treatment Act was signed into law as part of the Farm Bill earlier this year. "In Colorado, over 9.6 million acres in the Arapaho-Roosevelt, Grand Mesa, Gunnison, Pike, Rio Grande, Routt, San Juan and White River national forests will receive treatment," the press release states. Bennet said, 
“We made sure to include environmental safeguards while putting in place tools for expediting treatment of these at-risk areas. This work by the Forest Service will help reduce the risk of wildfires and the threats they pose to our communities and natural resources.” Click here for a PDF (318k) of the press release. Click here for a map showing the Healthy Forest Restoration Act designations in Colorado (PDF 470k). 

Jill Ozarski (Senator Mark Udall's office) sent news that Udall thanked the Forest Service for strengthening its fleet of air tankers to fight wildfire. Udall has led the fight to augment the federal firefighting fleet, so that the agency has the modern air tankers it needs to fight fire. In the press release, Udall states, "I am proud the U.S. Forest Service has heeded my calls to aggressively augment its air tanker fleet, but we need to stay vigilant. I will continue to work with the Forest Service, military and Colorado agencies to ensure we leverage every resource possible to protect Coloradans' homes and lives." Read the full press release here (PDF 252k).

Nehalem Clark (USFS, Canyon Lakes Ranger District) sent a letter announcing the scoping and comment period for the Cherokee Park Fuels Project. The district is proposing vegetation treatments within the project area to reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health. They are also proposing enhancements to meadow and aspen areas and recommendations for an effective transportation system in this area. The area includes dead trees killed by mountain pine beetle which have the potential to produce uncharacteristically severe wildfire behavior that could threaten private property and natural resources. Click here (PDF 3m) for a full copy of the letter. The scoping and comment period for this project ends June 16, 2014. Additional information and related maps can be found on the Forest Service website

051914 News:

We received notice that there are two job openings at the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control. They are seeking qualified applicants for Section Chief, Wildland Fire Management Section (click here for the job description PDF 180k) and Section Chief, Fire and Life Safety Section (click here for job description PDF 200k). The deadline to apply for both of these positions is Wednesday, May 28 at 5 p.m. Mountain Time. For questions, call Sandie Seegmiller, Department of Public Safety, Human Resource Analyst at 303-239-5777.


Torsten Lund Snee, a researcher at Colorado Forest Restoration Institute and CSU Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, would like to remind Roundtable members that his research study is ending soon. If you would like to participate, and you haven't already, please consider doing so now by clicking this link. He is relying on the results of this survey to complete his Master's thesis. Click here to read the full description and instructions before you participate in the survey (PDF 223k). 


050814 News:

Marcus Selig (NFF) sent information about the 2014 Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge. $100,000 will be awarded to teams for innovative, market-based solutions to natural resource challenges. The purpose, according to Craig Barrett, former Chairman and CEO of Intel, and Vice Chairman of the NFF Board of Directors, is "stimulating new ideas and cultivating the next generation of entrepreneurial natural resource and business leaders." The top winner will receive $75,000 and a runner up will receive $25,000. For more information visit the Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge link. To read the full press release, click here (106kb). 

Sara Comas (USFS) sent information about the next Planning for Growth and Open Space Conservation webinar: Integrated Water Strategies at the Urban Fringe. The webinar is May 14 from 12-1:30 p.m. Mountain Time, and will explore "a green infrastructure approach to conservation planning and how this approach can improve ecological function and enhance biodiversity in design projects at the urban fringe and in urbanizing watersheds." The webinar is free. Register in advance here


050114 News:


Torsten Lund Snee, a researcher at Colorado Forest Restoration Institute and CSU Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics is conducting a survey called Assessing the Social Benefits to Stakeholders in Colorado's Collaborative Forestry Organizations. The purpose of this study is to understand the benefits to participants that arise from collaborative forestry organizations. "This will help establish the economic value that participants in the collaborative forestry process place on that process," they describe. Please note that this is the same survey that Torsten conducted at the April 11, 2014 quarterly Roundtable meeting; if you participated in this survey at that meeting, please do not take the survey again. Click here to read the full description and instructions before you participate in the survey (PDF 223k). The link to the survey can be found in the instructions or by clicking here

Megan Davis (Boulder County) would like to share information about the next Community Protection Team meeting. The 
meeting will be Friday, May 16 from 9-11 in the Jefferson County area. Brett Wolk from the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute will discuss the Colorado DNR grant program monitoring efforts, as well as the opportunity to hear more about some of the programs that are being implemented through this funding on the Front Range. If you would like more information about the upcoming meeting or would like to RSVP, contact Megan at mdavis@bouldercounty.org

Sara Comas (USFS) sent information about a new Forest Service publication called Across the Green Line: How Forest Service Employees Can Support Local Land Use Planning Efforts. Click here (PDF 232k) to read the press release. To learn more, download a copy, or order a hard copy visit this link


041514 News:

Jill Ozarski (Senator Mark Udall's office) sent us two letters that Senator Udall sent last week asking his colleagues on the appropriations committee to prioritize funding for proactive work to improve forest health. In the first letter (PDF 390k), he asks his colleagues to continue support of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program, and the second letter (PDF 457k) requests funding of programs that promote forest health and reduce hazardous fuels in Colorado, including CFLRP projects in Colorado, wildfire preparedness and suppression programs, and support of the Wildfire Funding Cap in the President's budget.

Mark Martin (USFS) sent a flyer for the upcoming retirement party for Hal Gibbs. The party will be April 29 at the USFS ARP-SO in the Continental Divide Conference Room from 11:30-1. Lunch is $10/person and is being catered by Qdoba. See the flyer for more information, and to RSVP contact Lynne Deibel at lcdeibel@fs.fed.us


041014 News:

Noah Koerper (Senator Michael Bennet's office) sent us a letter that was sent to the Senate Appropriations leaders last week, asking them to increase spending on forestry projects. In the letter, Bennet says, "Numerous studies have shown that targeted investments in mitigation and preparedness will prevent and reduce large-scale wildfires down the road, saving federal, state and local dollars in the long run. FEMA should make more meaningful investments in wildfire mitigation in the coming years." To read the full letter, click here (PDF 1.8m). 

040714 News:

Randy Johnson (Pikes Peak Wildfire Prevention Partners) sent information about a mitigation workshop this coming Saturday, April 12 at the Ponderosa Retreat and Conference Center. The workshop is geared toward community leaders involved in fire mitigation in their communities. Here is a copy of the
flyer (PDF 108k) for more information, or you can visit www.ppwpp.org for more information. 

Steve Aulerich (Forest Engineering Inc.) sent a reminder about the upcoming workshop “Fuel Reduction on Steep Slopes,” hosted by Forest Engineering, Inc. The workshop is April 28-29 
in Colorado Springs and will present systems, equipment, planning, and operational requirements for using cable systems in small wood. Click here for more information


040414 News:


James Pitts from the Society of American Foresters (SAF) sent information about the upcoming SAF Colorado and Wyoming Spring Meeting April 24-26 in Colorado Springs. The theme of the meeting is Restoration, Recovery and Resilience, with discussion about the need for active management of forest resources to create resilient communities and watersheds. Speakers include Dave Walters (SAF President), Dan Jiron (USFS-R2 Regional Forester); Mike Lester (CSFS Director), Bill Crasper (State Forester of Wyoming), and Jim Hubbard (USFS State & Private Forestry Deputy Chief). There will be a GIS workshop (click here for the flyer PDF 296k) on April 24 and a field trip to the Waldo Canyon fire burn area on April 26. Click here for a draft agenda (PDF 222k). Click here for the registration form (PDF 185k). 

Sara Comas (USFS) sent us information about the upcoming webinar Intergenerational Land Transfer, part of the Planning for Growth and Open Space Conservation Webinar Series. The webinar is on Wednesday, April 16 from 12-1:30 (Mountain Time). The webinar will explore the relationship between intergenerational land transfer and forest conservation. It will include a discussion from private forest landowners planning for the transition of their forest land. The webinar is free and open to everyone. Visit the webinar registration website to register. For more information or to view past webinars, visit the Planning for Growth and Open Space Conservation Webinar webpage.


032114 News:

Mike Echkoff (USFS) sent information about an upcoming webinar that will preview a user-friendly wood energy tool that will soon be ready for prime time. The Wood Energy Financial App is an interactive calculator that estimates capital investment costs, wood fuel usage, annual fuel cost savings, and projected payback for wood chip and wood pellet energy systems in comparison to fossil fuels. Mike sent this document (PDF .5m) with more information. The webinar is Friday, March 28 from 11-12:30 (Mountain time).  Click here for the webinar link. The call-in number is 424-203-8405, access code 957620. Contact mike.eckhoff@colostate.edu or 970-219-2140 for more information. If you are unable to attend or want a sneak preview, you can "run" the calculator here

031914 News:

The Southern Rockies Fire Science Network is presenting a webinar tomorrow, March 20, at 11 a.m. (Mountain Time). The webinar is Part 2: Assessing Needs, Grand Teton National Park/Bridger Teton National Forest Risk Assessment  Findings. Joe Scott, who has more than 15 years of experience in wildland fire science experience, will be providing an overview of how LANDFIRE tools and methodology were used in the assessment process. For more information, see the flyer here (PDF .6m), or visit the registration website to sign up.

The Southern Rockies Fire Science Network is also co-sponsoring the Colorado Wildland Fire Conference 2014 in Glenwood Springs on April 16 and 17. The conference theme is The True Cost of Wildfire, and will include a keynote address by Peter Brown, Rocky Mountain Tree Ring Research. The conference is geared to community leaders, planners and officials. See the flyer (PDF 4m) for more information, or visit the conference website

Jill Ozarski (Senator Mark Udall's Office) shared the press release 
Udall Presses Air Force, Forest Service to Ensure Excess Military Aircraft Are Quickly Refitted, Added to Fire-Fighting Fleet (PDF 251k). Jill said, "Even though many parts of the state still have snow on the ground, Senator Udall and others are aggressively preparing for the upcoming wildfire season. One of our priorities is fighting to ensure that modern aircraft are available for this firefighting season." Udall is urging the U.S. Airforce and the U.S. Forest Service to repurpose military aircraft to help fight future wildfires in Colorado and across the West. Udall, who serves on both the U.S. Armed Services Committee and the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said these aircraft will help protect Colorado's communities, water supplies and special way of life.

FOR NON-FEDERAL MEMBERS: Paige Lewis (TNC) sent us information about ways to support disaster funding for wildfires. Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet as well as Representative Scott Tipton are co-sponsors of the Wildfire Disaster Funding ACt (WDFA) (
S. 1875 and H.R. 3992), a bill currently before Congress that would go a long way toward improving the nation's approach to fire suppression funding. Read more in Paige's letter here (Word 14k). You can help by adding your group name to a list of over 160 supporting organizations:  SIGN ON, and by talking with your Congressional leaders about the importance of this legislation and encouraging their support.

031414 News:

Shawna Crocker (CSFS Project Learning Tree) sent a flyer about their group's free tree's for teachers program. They are providing 12" tree seedlings from the CSFS Nursery to teachers for student plantings. This year, with widespread floods, fires, bugs and droughts, "the need is high to restore habitat and ecosystem services provided by trees." Trees can be planted on private or public lands, individually or as part of a larger community planting project. See the flyer for more information and instructions (PDF 276k). The deadline to apply is March 21.

031014 News:


Sara Comas (USFS) sent us information about this Wednesday's webinar Tracking Land-Use Change Over Time, part of the Planning for Growth and Open Space Conservation Webinar Series. The webinar is from 12-1:30 (Mountain Time). The webinar will showcase NASA’s Land-Use/Land-Cover Change Program (LCLUC) program, exploring how time-tracking of land use observations from space can be used from a planning perspective. The webinar is free and open to everyone. Visit the webinar registration website to register. For more information or to view past webinars, visit the Planning for Growth and Open Space Conservation Webinar webpage.

022714 News:

Jill Ozarski (Senator Mark Udall's Office) shared the press release
 Udall Welcomes White House's Steps to Fundamentally Shift How It Fights Wildfires, Safeguard Proactive Fire Prevention Efforts (PDF 251k). The president's 2015 budget is consistent with Udall's push to prevent federal agencies from using wildfire prevention program funding to pay for fighting fires. "With the rise of modern mega-fires in Colorado and across the West, federal firefighting agencies have been forced to raid forestry programs that could help prevent future fires. This destructive cycle — robbing Peter to pay Paul — leaves Coloradans exposed to wildfires and only invites future catastrophic mega-fires like the Waldo Canyon Fire, the High Park Fire and the West Fork Complex Fire," Udall said.

Gloria Edwards (Southern Rockies Fire Science Network) sent us a link to the new publication "A Review of Fire Effects on Vegetation and Soils in the Great Basin Region: Response and Ecological Site Characteristics."  The review summarizes all of the available literature related to the fire effects on vegetation and soils within the boundaries of the Great Basin Region. It is intended to be used as a reference for environmental assessments and management plans, identifying ecological components that influence fire interactions, and increase the ability to predict outcomes following fire. Click here for a copy of the publication (PDF 13.8m), or visit the website here. To request a printed copy, please contact either Gloria Edwards at srfsn.csu@gmail.com or Genie Montblanc at emb@cabnr.unr.edu.  

021414 News:

Cathy Prudhomme (National Fire Protection Association), shared information about the first nationwide Wildfire Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Through a State Farm grant, $10,000 is being offered for community preparedness projects. Details are available at www.WildfirePrepDay.org or click here for the flyer (PDF 132k). A webinar is being held on February 25 at 10 a.m. MST for communities interested in learning what they can do. Visit http://nfpa.adobeconnect.com/WildfirePrepDay/ to register. 

The Southern Rockies Fire Science Network sent information about an upcoming webinar series developed by LANDFIRE and the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) designed to help land managers and others understand and use data resources to assist them when making decisions regarding large landscape projects. "Because the suite of LANDFIRE tools is based in vegetation history and current conditions, these data can be applied in both fire and non-fire related activities and are especially effective when doing scenario planning and cost-benefit analyses." See the flyer (PDF .6m) for more details. The first webinar is called Landfire 101 and is tomorrow, February 19 at 10 a.m. MST.

Jonathan Bruno (CUSP) sent a flyer about the upcoming 2014 Wildfire Preparedness Kick-Off Event on March 1, 2014 at 9 a.m. in Woodland Park. The event will include a keynote address by researcher and author Linda Masterson, who wrote Surviving Wildfire. Get Prepared.
Stay Alive. Rebuild Your Life. See the event flyer (PDF 2.2m) for more details. 

021214 News:

Today (February 12) from 12-1:30 p.m. Mountain Time is session #21 of the Forest Service's Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) webinar series. The program "encourages collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes and has helped catalyze larger restoration efforts surrounding National Forests." Speakers include Lauren Marshall (USFS Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program Coordinator), Reese Lolley (The Nature Conservancy – Eastern Washington), and Dick Fleishman (USFS Four Forests Restoration Initiative). The webinar is open to all and is free. To join visit the webinar website. For more information contact Sara Comas (scomas@fs.fed.us).

020514 News:

Thanks to Peter Brown (RMTRR) for passing along this press release from the USDA: Secretary Vilsack Announces Regional Hubs to Help Agriculture, Forestry Mitigate the Impacts of a Changing Climate (PDF 187k). The agency is establishing seven hubs across the country to " address increasing risks such as fires, invasive pests, devastating floods, and crippling droughts on a regional basis, aiming to translate science and research into information to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners on ways to adapt and adjust their resource management." The plan is part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan. The Northern Plains Hub will be part of the Agricultural Research Service in Fort Collins. See the full press release here (PDF 187k) for more information, or visit the USDA's climate change web page

Jill Ozarski (Senator Mark Udall's office) sent news about the recent passage of the Five-Year Farm Bill by the Senate and House. The bill is on its way to the President for final signature.
Click here for a link to the press release (PDF 266k). Besides critical PILT funding and agricultural programs, the Farm Bill also includes key forestry and wildfire provisions. A few relevant pieces of the legislation that Jill pointed out include:

  • Permanent reauthorization of Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) and expansion to other states: GNA was a successful pilot program in Colorado for both the USFS and BLM. It encouraged agencies to work collaboratively across state and local boundaries to reduce wildfire risks and improve forest health, and we proved to have such a great model that other states have been clamoring for it as well.
  • Permanent reauthorization of Stewardship Contracting 
  • Double the Authorization for Insect and Disease Treatments across the country: There could now be up to $200 million available nationwide available to treat areas impacted by bark beetles, including both mountain pine and spruce beetles.
  • Streamlines USFS Process: The Farm Bill expands NEPA streamlining provisions of the Healthy Forest Restoration Act (HFRA) for “treatment areas” nominated by each state Governor and based on annual forest health surveys.  Projects conducted under the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) automatically qualify, so the Front Range Roundtable and the Uncompagre Plateau Partnership are included. 
  • Streamlines Preparation Work for Timber Sales and Stewardship Contracts:  Extends Stewardship Contracts Authority regarding Use of Designation by Prescription to all thinning sales, allowing USFS to streamline process and get more work done on-the-ground.
  • Clarifies EPA NPDES Permits for Forest Management Activities: Consistent with recent decisions by the Supreme Court, the Farm Bill clarifies that EPA non-point source permits are not necessary for forest management activities.
  • Air Tankers:  Grants new authority for the USFS to lease large air tankers and other aerial support for up to 5 years. This allows them more flexibility in ways to acquire aircraft in support of the projected increased demand in fire operations not only in Colorado but nationwide.
  • Renewal of the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) which allows up to $12.5M to pay for approved facilities $20/dry ton for eligible biomass materials removed from private, state and USFS/BLM lands. Jill said "This program has been offered in the past, but was not very practical for Colorado and was rarely used. Please take a look at the new provision and let me know if you see a better prospect for it this time around."

Click here for a link to the press release (PDF 266k).

012814 News:

Adam J. Liljeblad (National Forest Foundation) sent us information about the 2014 Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge award to spur innovation in natural resource management. The Challenge rewards innovative market-based solutions to natural resource issues affecting National Forests and Grasslands and hopes to cultivate a new generation of entrepreneurial natural resource and business leaders, and is open to teams that include at least two accredited college or university students, graduate students, or post-doctoral students. Click here to read Adam's letter for more information (PDF 21k) or here to visit the web page. The electronic pre-proposal deadline is March 17, 2014.
 
FOR NON-FEDERAL MEMBERS ONLYCecilia Clavet, Senior Policy Advisor at The Nature Conservancy, sent us information about the Wildfire Disaster Funding (WDFA S. 1875) legislation that would significantly change how wildfires are funded. The bill would develop wildfire emergency funding processes for the USFS and DOI that are similar to those of other natural disaster emergencies. She said a companion bill is expected to be introduced in the House in the next few weeks. Here is a copy of the support letter, and a link to sign the letter supporting this important bill. The deadline for signing is next Friday, January 31. Click here for a summary of the bill, and click here for a pdf of  talking points. Feel free to pass along this information to other groups or individuals who may be interested in supporting.

012414 News:

Keith Worley (Forestree Development, LLC) shared the Black Forest Fire Assessment Report (PDF 11m) published this week by the Pikes Peak Wildfire Prevention Partners. The report responds to the Governor of Colorado's inquiry for an objective assessment of how successful defensible spaces were in preventing home losses during the Black Forest Fire. The press release is also available here (PDF 130k). The report and companion video can also be found at www.ppwpp.org.

Peter Brown (RMTRR) shared information about the next Human Side of Restoration webinar coming up February 4 from 10:30-12 (MST). This month's webinar is "Sticky legal issues surrounding restoration: Navigating adaptive management and cumulative effects analysis to satisfy legal requirements and address stakeholder concerns." Speakers include Courtney Schultz (Assistant Professor in Forestry at CSU) and David Seesholtz (Research Liaison for the Pacific Northwest Region of the Forest Service). See the flyer for more information (PDF 60k)or follow this link to register. The third webinar will take place March 4. 

Jefferson County is currently accepting proposals for Forest Wood Slash Utilization solutions. The RFP is available here (PDF 350k), as well as submittal information (Word 35k) and qualifications information (35k). Question can be submitted in writing through February 4 at 11 a.m. to chardwic@jeffco.us. Proposals are due February 26 no later than 11 a.m.  


012214 News: 

Steve Aulerich (Forest Engineering Inc.) wants to let Roundtable members know about the upcoming workshop “Fuel Reduction on Steep Slopes,” which his company will be holding in Colorado Springs April 28-29. The workshop focuses on reducing the fuel loading on slopes over 35 percent, which Steve said "are more challenging in terms of environmental impacts, economic feasibility and physical conditions." He said various techniques will be presented from using goats to cable systems. Click here for more information

011314 News:

Jill Ozarski (Senator Mark Udall's office) shared news about a new bill that would address fire-borrowing by the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of the Interior. Several Senators are working this week to try and get this provision included in the Continuing Resolution (CR, or FY14 budget). The press release states "As part of his longtime push to ensure firefighters have the resources they need to protect Colorado communities from wildfire, Mark Udall joined a bipartisan effort today in the U.S. Senate to modernize the funding structure for fighting and preventing wildfires. The bipartisan, money-saving bill prevents federal agencies from draining funding from proactive and costsaving wildfire prevention programs and allows access to emergency funding to support immediate fire response." Read the full press release here (PDF 412k). 

010714 News:

Jonas Feinstein (NRCS) sent us six 
Notice of Intent/Pre-application forms for the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Further clarification on eligibility can be found at the top of each form. Eligible potential applicants include local governments, Tribal governments, state agencies, and certain private nonprofit organizations (including rural electric associations). The forms are listed here in Word and PDF: 
Lisa Dale (Colorado Department of Natural Resources) sent the press release Grants available to help communities reduce wildfire risk (PDF 163k). Colorado DNR is accepting applications for a second round of awards under the Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program. This phase will provide $5.2 million in grants to reduce the risk of wildfire in areas where human development and forested lands overlap. Eligible applicants include community groups, local governments, utilities, state agencies and non-profit groups, and the  deadline to receive proposals is March 13. More information can be found on the WRRG page of the DNR website. 

010314 News:

Peter Brown (RMTRR) sent a copy of the Denver Post documentary The Fire Line: Wildfire in Colorado. The 27-minute video provides some interesting perspectives on the recent devastating fires along the Front Range, and the changes in planning and policy in recent years from suppression to prevention. Here is the description from the Denver Post website: "Four times in four years, wind-fanned flames raced through Colorado neighborhoods in and at the edge of dying forests, killing people and breaking records for destruction. And because more than 100,000 people in the last decade have moved into "red-zone" areas primed for conflagration by a century of fire suppression, no one is sure that the devastating fires of 2012 and 2013 will not be repeated."


2013


122713 News:

Jill Ozarski (Senator Mark Udall's office) shared news about a new source of funds that will soon be available to help mitigate wildfire on non-federal lands. 
 On January 3, 2014, the state will invite all eligible applicants to submit Notices of Interest (NOI) for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The NOI will be posted at www.coemergency.com and will be due by January 31, 2013. This is a short turn-around; see the full press release (PDF 122k) for more information.

Hal Gibbs (USFS-ARP) forwarded the report Effects of Wildfire on Drinking Water Utilities and Best Practices for Wildfire Risk Reduction and Mitigation (PDF 3.4m) that was recently published by the Water Research Foundation. The report was jointly sponsored by the Water Research Foundation and the U.S. EPA. The report presents current information on the effects wildfires may have on drinking water utilities, and lessons learned and recommendations for future research that were discussed during the Wildfire Readiness and Response Workshop held in Denver on April 4-5, 2013.

Lyle Laverty (Society of American Foresters) shared the latest National Association of Forest Service Retirees Association Fire Policy position paper newsletter (PDF 392k). 


121213 News:


Sara Mayben (USFS-PSICC) shared the report
Unsupported inferences of high-severity fire in historical dry forests of the western United States: response to Williams and Baker (PDF 154k). The report came from Peter Fulé, College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences at Northern Arizona University. He said, "Last year a paper was published that drew inferences of severe fire regimes from historical forest data on ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forests (Williams and Baker 2012). A number of fire ecologists had concerns about the methods used to come to these conclusions, which would have substantial implications for forest restoration. Our response has just been published.... In brief, we argue that the methods were not appropriate and they led to flawed conclusions."

Evan Burks (USFS-PSICC) sent us information about an upcoming statewide conference from the Colorado Parks & Recreation Association Partners in the Outdoors (PDF flyer 112k). The conference is taking place February 21-22 in Colorado Springs, and is geared to organizations with the desire to collaborate on outdoor recreation partnerships. For more information or to register, visit the conference website.

Jill Ozarski (Senator Mark Udall's office) shared news with us that Udall is leading a bipartisan effort urging the Farm Bill conference committee to include critical forest health provisions in its final legislation. 
"These programs will streamline federal funds and increase the role of state and local agencies in federal forest management, while keeping our lands healthy, protect communities and save money in the long-term by mitigating our risks for catastrophic wildfires," Udall said. Here is a copy of the press release (PDF 124k). 

120513 News:

Lisa Mason (CSFS) sent us information about the upcoming Collaboration for Community Wildfire Mitigation Planning
workshop December 13-14 in Bellvue, Colorado (northwest of Fort Collins). The two day workshop is seeking attendance from
 local, state and federal agencies, industry representatives, academics, collaborative groups and community members. Lodging, meals and conference registration for participants will be covered by the grant, so anyone who is interested is encouraged to attend. See the workshop flyer (PDF 280k) for more information. 

120213 News:

Tony Cheng (CSU-CFRI) sent us information about an upcoming webinar series called the Human Side of Restoration (flyer PDF 399k). The series starts Tuesday, December 10 from 10:30-12 (MST). The series will provide a forum for managers and social scientists to share their insights and experiences with the "human side" of restoration. The series is being presented by the US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station and the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute. 

Marcus Selig (National Forest Foundation) sent information about the NFF's
2014 Wilderness Stewardship Challenge award program. Grants of up to $50,000 will be provided to nonprofit partners interested in implementing projects that advance the USFS's 10-Year Wilderness Stewardship Challenge through strategic on-the-ground and monitoring tasks. Proposals are due by January 22, 2014. For a brief description click here (PDF 167k), or for more detailed information visit http://www.nationalforests.org/conserve/grantprograms/ontheground/wilderness.

110613 News:

Lisa Dale (Colorado Department of Natural Resources) sent us a
flyer announcing three upcoming prescribed fire stakeholder meetings
 (PDF 279k) happening around the state this month,  including Pueblo on November 13 and Boulder November 14. Discussion points include developing a Colorado State Prescribed Fire Policy, developing a voluntary Colorado Certified Burner training program and implementing a voluntary Agricultural Burner information program. Questions or comments can be directed to Michael Frary, Branch Chief-Prescribed Fire, DFPC at michael.frary@state.co.us or 720.402.8293.


110113 News:


Noah Koerper (Senator Michael Bennet's office) sent us news that Senator Bennet will convene a Subcommittee hearing next Tuesday, November 5 at 2:30 EST (12:30 MST) called "Shortchanging our Forests: How Tight Budgets and Management Decisions Can Increase the Risk of Wildfire." Witnesses include: Mr. Jim Hubbard, Deputy Chief, U.S. Forest Service, Washington, DC; Mr. Davey Pitcher, President and CEO, Wolf Creek Ski Area, Pagosa Springs, CO; Mr. Chris Topik, Director, Restoring America’s Forests Program, The Nature Conservancy, Washington, DC; Mr. Tom Troxel, Executive Director, Intermountain Forest Association, Rapid City, SD; Ms. Sallie Clark, Incoming Vice President, National Association of Counties, Commissioner, El Paso County, CO. A live webcast of the hearing can be viewed on the Committee’s website at http://ag.senate.gov.

Koerper also shared a letter sent this week to Secretary Vilsack, signed by Senators Udall and Bennet, requesting the increase in pace and scale of investment for forest restoration work in the Rocky Mountain Region. Please find the letter (with attachments) here (PDF 1.8m). 

102413 News:


Sara Mayben (USFS-PSICC), sent us the article Fire on the Mountain: What Motivates Homeowners to Reduce Their Wildfire Risk (PDF .9m) from the USFS-RMRS newsletter. The article addresses the attitudes of homeowners in the wildland-urban interface in reducing fire risk on their property and where they are turning to for important information. The article can also be found on the Science You Can Use website. 

Jill Ozarski (Senator Mark Udall's office) sent us news that the Senate bipartisan bill Udall-Inhofe S.1396 now has a bipartisan companion bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill would place wildfires on par with other natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and tornadoes. Colorado and other states could receive an additional 15 percent of the total funds FEMA allocates for fire suppression for proactive wildfire-mitigation efforts. In the press release Udall said this important milestone demonstrates the growing, bipartisan support for his common-sense and fiscally responsible idea. Read the full press release here (PDF 157k). 

102213 News:

Noah Koerper (Senator Michael Bennet's office) sent us news that Senator Bennet applauded the decision by the Forest Service late last week to reinstate stewardship contracts and timber sales on national forest lands. Here is a link to the letter that Senator Bennet sent to Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell last Thursday (PDF .6m) urging this decision. 

102113 News: 

Jill Ozarski (Senator Mark Udall's office) sent us this press release with several pieces of news. First, the Continuing Resolution (CR) that passed to reopen the government last week included $636 million to restore the “fire borrowing” that occurred in August 2013 as a response to an expensive fire-fighting season. Also, Udall issued a statement last Thursday urging a quick restart of stewardship contacts so that forest health workers could get back to work. "Stewardship contracts and timber sales forge critical partnerships between the U.S. Forest Service and private industry. These efforts, which are used to produce timber products and biomass energy, are essential to forest management and to reduce wildfire risks throughout Colorado," Udall said. Finally, the Senate is working on several bipartisan Farm Bills to replace the Farm Bill that expired October 1, ending important tools including the Stewardship Contracting Authority. See the full press release for more information. 

101513 News:

Paige Lewis (The Nature Conservancy) wanted to let us know that the upcoming Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Workshop on October 28-30 is still happening, despite the government shutdown. Organizers are hoping that government partners will be able to join the conference, but they will share workshop outcomes if they're unable to attend. 
More details can be found on the workshop's website: http://nff.wildapricot.org/R2R3-CFLRPWorkshop or on the workshop agenda (PDF 99k) flyer.

Colorado Matters on Colorado Public Radio aired a story by Ryan Warner on October 15 about how more than 400 goats are helping reduce wildfire risk in the Roxborough Park southwest of Chatfield Reservoir in Littleton (not in Colorado Springs as originally reported). Click here for the story.


101013 News:

Andrew Notbohm (Boulder County Land Use) sent us a flyer about an upcoming wildfire presentation called The Science of Home Ignition: Reducing your Home's Vulnerability to Wildfire. Dr. Stephen Quarles of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety will present. This free event is part of Boulder County's Wildfire Awareness Month for October and is being held at the Boulder Fire Training Center at the Boulder Reservoir on Monday, October 21 from 6:30-8 p.m. See the flyer for more information (PDF 207k).

Boulder County has issued RFP 5884-13 for Wildfire Consultants. The county will hire 6-10 consultants as part of their new Wildfire Partners program. The consultants will work part-time to educate residents on preparing for wildfires, assess homes and inspect wildfire mitigation measures. "The program's goal is to assist 500 Wildfire Partners in creating a safe Home Ignition Zone." The Colorado Department of Natural Resources Wildfire Risk Reduction grant has provided the initial funding for this program. Email inquires can be made to the Boulder County Purchasing Office at purchasing@bouldercounty.org by 4 p.m. October 21. Submittals are due November 8, 2013 before 2 p.m. See the RFP for more details.


100713 News:

Kathie Mattor (CSU Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department) sent us a reminder about the Region 2 and 3 CFLRP Workshop (PDF 352k) October 28-30 in Montrose, Colorado. The Holiday Inn is offering a room rate of $83 per night for government and nonprofit employees during the conference. If you are representing a nonprofit, you will need to provide the hotel with proof of nonprofit status, such as an IRS determination letter. There is a discounted price if you register for the workshop before this Wednesday, October 9 ($35 before October 9 and $50 after). To register visit the workshop website

091913 News:

Paige Lewis (TNC) sent us information about the upcoming Region 2 and 3 CFLRP Workshop October 28-30 in Montrose Colorado. The workshop is being hosted by several players, including the National Forest Foundation, the US Forest Service, the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, the Uncompahgre Partnership, and The Nature Conservancy, among others, and will include training sessions and field trips to help people working in their local CFLRPs. Registration is limited. The cost of the workshop is $35 if registered before October 9, and $50 after. Please see the workshop flyer (PDF 360k) for more details, or visit the workshop website

For non-Federal members only: Cecilia Clavet, Policy Analyst from the Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters, sent an email about a conference call today, September 19 at 4 p.m. ET. The call will cover FLAME, transfers and other aspects of fire funding. USDA Undersecretary Robert Bonnie will be speaking for several minutes at the beginning of the call. The phone number to call in is 866-299-7945 and the passcode is 4632734#. See a PDF of the email (87k) for more information.  09/06/13 News:

Ryan Lockwood (CSFS) sent us information about the third annual Forestry Fair on September 14 in Nederland, being hosted by CSFS and Boulder County as well as other state and local partners. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held at the Boulder County Sort Yard at 291 Ridge Road in Nederland from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. This year's theme is "forest stewardship through active management." The fair will include forestry and logging equipment demonstrations, FireWise presentations, kids activities, career exploration and networking and field tours. For more information see the attached press release (PDF 139k) and flyer (PDF 1.7m). 
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