Forest Management

A message from Sheriff Pelle on wildfire mitigation

July 28th, 2016

A message from Sheriff Pelle on wildfire mitigation

Public Information & Community Outreach Specialist Carrie Haverfield from Boulder County Sheriff’s Office · 20 Jun
Photo from Carrie Haverfield

As Boulder County Sheriff, I would like to personally thank the hundreds of mountain residents who have taken the initiative and worked hard to perform wildfire mitigation on their property. By taking personal responsibility to prepare for future wildfires, you are helping us to become a safer and more resilient community.

In 2015, wildfires burned a record 10 million acres, destroyed more than 4,500 homes and structures, and killed 13 wildland firefighters in the U.S. Despite our wet spring, it is not a matter of if another wildfire will impact our county, but when. The time to act is now before the next hot dry spell.

Boulder County first responders are among the best in the nation. However, we need YOU to mitigate your property now to be most effective. During wind-driven wildfires, first responders likely will not be able to reach everyone. Your mitigation will not just increase the chances your home will survive – it will help protect lives during these future disasters.

If you have not done so already, I encourage you to join Wildfire Partners to guide you through wildfire mitigation efforts on your property. Wildfire Partners provides many benefits to homeowners, including up to $2,500 in financial assistance. To join the more than 700 residents and 35 partner organizations that have already joined Wildfire Partners, visit www.WildfirePartners.org, call 303-441-1420, or email info@wildfirepartners.org.

When I drive around mountain communities, I am encouraged when I see residents proudly displaying their Wildfire Partners yard sign, because I know they have taken the steps necessary reduce their wildfire risk and strengthen the community we all treasure and love.

Thank you,

Joe Pelle, Boulder County Sheriff

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Landowners Can Receive Financial Assistance to Protect Forestlands

July 18th, 2016

NEWS RELEASE

Contact for Reporters:

Ryan Lockwood 970.491.8970 or 970.491.6303

ryan.lockwood@colostate.edu

csfs.colostate.edu

Landowners Can Receive Financial Assistance to Protect Forestlands

 FORT COLLINS, Colo. – May 26, 2016 – The Colorado State Forest Service is now accepting Forest Legacy Program proposals from Colorado landowners. The program authorizes the CSFS or USDA Forest Service to purchase permanent conservation easements on private forestlands to prevent those lands from being converted to non-forest uses.

The purpose of the Colorado Forest Legacy Program is to protect environmentally important private forest areas that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses. The program provides an opportunity for private landowners to retain ownership and management of their land, while receiving compensation for unrealized development rights.

Forestlands that contain important scenic, cultural, recreation and water resources, including fish and  wildlife habitat and other ecological values, and that support traditional forest uses, will receive priority. Landowners who elect to participate in the program are required to follow a land management plan approved by the CSFS. Activities consistent with the management plan, including timber harvesting, grazing and recreation activities, are permitted.

The Colorado State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee will evaluate proposals and recommend to the state forester those proposals that have sufficient merit to forward to the USDA Forest Service.  Forwarded proposals will then compete at a regional level; those selected at the regional level will compete nationally for funding.

The application deadline is 4 p.m. July 29, 2016, for federal fiscal year 2018 funding. Proposals must be submitted by standard mail.

For additional information or to obtain an application packet, contact Naomi Marcus at 970-491-6303. Applications also are available online at http://csfs.colostate.edu/funding-assistance.

 

***The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) provides technical forestry assistance, wildfire mitigation expertise and outreach and education to help landowners and communities achieve their forest management goals. The CSFS is a service and outreach agency of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and provides staffing for the Division of Forestry within the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. 

This message was sent by Marcus,Naomi at Naomi.Marcus@ColoState.EDU.

For questions, changes or to subscribe to this list contact Colorado Open Space Alliance at info@coloradoopenspace.org.

Maya MacHamer

Watershed Coalition Coordinator

Fourmile Watershed Coalition

1740 Fourmile Canyon Dr.

Boulder, Co. 80302

(c) 303-817-2261

(o) 303-449-3333

fourmilewatershed.org

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USFS fire restrictions

July 12th, 2016
USFS is on board finally with restrictions on Roosevelt and Arapaho National Forest.. YAY!

Corrected- Fire Restrictions BeginToday

Release Date: Jul 11, 2016

Fire Restrictions Begin Today

 

Fort Collins, Colo. (July 11, 2016) –  Stage I Fire Restriction went into effect for the Boulder, Canyon Lakes and Clear Creek Ranger Districts of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests this morning. Additionally a restriction on discharging a firearm on National Forest System lands in Boulder County was put in place in support of the Cold Springs fire operations.

The Stage 1 fire restrictions limit where and what type of fires visitors can have and are in place until rescinded.  See the order and map for details.  Within the fire restriction area, forest visitors cannot:

  • Build or maintain a fire or use charcoal, coal, or wood stoves, except within a developed recreation site (e.g., campgrounds where fees are charged).
  • Use explosives, including fireworks.
  • Smoke, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while in an area at least three feet in diameter cleared of all flammable materials.
  • Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester properly installed and in effective working order, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher kept with the operator, and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches readily available for use.36 CFR § 261.52(h).
  • Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher.

The shooting order restricts discharging a firearm on National Forest System lands in Boulder County. These restrictions were put in place to support the fire operation efforts on the Cold Springs Fire. Any person possessing a valid Colorado hunting license lawfully involved in hunting and harvesting game is exempt from the shooting restriction.

Not complying with the Stage 1 fire restriction order could result in a minimum fine of $300, but could be more, or a mandatory Federal Magistrate Court appearance. If responsible for causing a wildfire, one could be held accountable for suppression costs of that fire. The penalty for not complying with the restrictions on discharging a fire will result in a mandatory Federal Magistrate Court appearance.

Forest Service staff will continue to monitor conditions and consider the variety of options to address those conditions, including additional restrictions if weather remains dry and lessening or rescinding restriction if a rainy weather pattern starts. To view the fire restriction order, go to www.fs.usda.gov/arp. They will be listed in the “Alerts and Notices” box on the right. Please note that many counties are also under fire restrictions; information is available at www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html.

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Wildfire Partners

June 1st, 2016

Accepting New Applicants for 2016

Wildfire Partners is now accepting applications for the 2016 season.  Please encourage your friends and neighbors to apply at www.WildfirePartners.org.  See flyer below

 

Accepting New Applicants for 2016

Wildfire Partners is now accepting applications for the 2016 season.  Please encourage your friends and neighbors to apply at www.WildfirePartners.org.

New 2016 Contractor List

The list of approved Wildfire Partners mitigation contractors has changed.  Many of the 2015 contractors have returned, but some are no longer associated with the program.  If you would like to hire a contractor, please use the 2016 Contractor list.
Download the 2016 Contractor List

Community Chipping – Saws and Slaws Events

Boulder County and Wildfire Partners are helping to fund various chipping services in 2016.  See the flyer below for details on community chipping and Saws and Slaws dates.  Events are planned for Lyons, Nederland, Crestview Estates, St Anton Highlands First Addition HOA, Coal Creek Canyon, or the following fire districts: Rocky Mountain, Sugarloaf, and Sunshine.
Community Chipping Flyer

New Wildfire Partners Chipping Support

If you live in a community that is not included in the above list of chipping and Saws and Slaws events, don’t despair! You are eligible to apply for a Wildfire Partners Community Roadside Chipping Event. Events require at least 10 properties and 3 new Wildfire Partners homeowners to be eligible.  Wildfire Partners will pay 100% of chipping cost for certified Wildfire Partners homeowners, 75% of chipping costs for Wildfire Partners homeowners who have received an assessment, and 50% of chipping costs for Wildfire Partners homeowners who have been accepted into the program. For more details download the flyer below and contact Jim Webster at jbwebster@bouldercounty.org.

Want more information?

Download Flyer
Download The Application

Contact us:

Our new phone number:    303-441-1420
Our new email:                    info@wildfirepartners.org
Our website:                        www.WildfirePartners.org

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Wildfire Mitigation and Forest Health Newsletter

May 19th, 2016

Wildfire Mitigation and Forest Health Newsletter – May 19, 2016

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Wildfire Mitigation and Forest Health Newsletter – May 19, 2016

Today’s Wildfire Mitigation and Forest Health Newsletter covers the following:

  • Wildfire Partners 2016 Season
  • Wildfire Training Exercise
  • Defensible Space and Boulder County’s 2016 Building Code
  • Community Forestry Sort Yards are Open

 Please forward this newsletter to individuals, groups and organizations you know who may be interested.

Tip of the Day: Wildfire Partners is Open for Business

Wildfire Partners is accepting applications for 2016 at www.WildfirePartners.org. The program offers homeowners significant technical and financial assistance to prepare for future wildfires as a result of additional grant funding. Visit our website, call 303-441-1420 or email info@wildfirepartners.org with questions.

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Wildfire Training Exercise on May 20 and 21

On Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21, a full-scale wildfire training exercise will be held in partnership with Boulder County agencies, the City of Boulder, Boulder Office of Emergency Management and the Boulder Incident Management Team. The training exercise will involve more than 25 agencies, more than 300 participants and will exercise all elements of a wildland fire incident from the initial response to mass care management.

You may see and hear personnel and equipment associated with this training exercise, which will include helicopter flights. In the exercise, a fictitious wildland fire starts in Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District on a hot, dry, windy summer day. The fire advances quickly and will cause immediate evacuation of residents and threaten homes. The City of Boulder will be involved in the scenario when spot fires cause a threat to the Dakota Ridge and Wonderland Lake neighborhoods.

This is a good reminder that residents should prepare for future wildfires by actively creating and maintaining proper mitigation and become a Wildfire Partner. For more information about the full-scale exercise, please contact the Office of Emergency Management at 303-441-3390.

Defensible Space and Boulder County’s 2016 Building Code Amendments

As of January 2016, applicants may use their Wildfire Partners Certificate to meet the county’s defensible space requirements. In Wildfire Management Zone 1, Boulder County’s Building Code requires defensible space for all additions greater than 200 square feet and all decks (new and replacement). To meet these requirements, applicants may: 1) Submit a Wildfire Partners Certificate, or 2) Comply with the new requirements in the county’s building code (5MB PDF). We encourage homeowners to obtain their certificates now to facilitate their future building projects. For more information, contact a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist at 303-441-3930. For a map of Fire Management Zone 1, visit www.bouldercounty.org/doc/landuse/firezone.pdf.

Community Forestry Sort Yards Are Open for 2016

County residents can drop off slash, logs, and pine needles free of charge at the Nederland Area Sort Yard, 291 Ridge Road, Nederland, and the Allenspark/Meeker Park Area Sort Yard, 8200 Hwy. 7, Allenspark.

  • Hours of Operation: Wednesday thru Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open through Saturday, Oct. 15.

For more information about the sort yards and what materials are accepted, please visit the Boulder County Community Forestry Sort Yards webpage or contact Wayne Harrington at 303-678-6368 or wharrington@bouldercounty.org.

Cheers,

Rick, Kyle, Chris and Jim

Boulder County Land Use Department

303-441-3930

WildfireMitigation@bouldercounty.org

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2016 Community Chipping Reimbursement Program

March 9th, 2016

Boulder County is currently accepting applications for our 2016 Community Chipping Reimbursement Program. A story of a past chipping program, the program overview, and the program application forms are attached. Please forward this information to anyone you know who may be interested in applying. Applications are due March 22nd.

If you have participated in this program in the past, we thank you for all your hard work. If you have not, we strongly encourage you to apply after reading the attached information and researching how to develop a competitive proposal.

Best regards,

Jim

 

Jim Webster

Wildfire Partners Program Coordinator

720-564-2600

jbwebster@bouldercounty.org

2045 13th Street

Boulder, CO 80302

Mailing Address: PO Box 471, Boulder, CO 80306

 

Applications for the 2016 chipping program are available at www.bouldercounty.org/foresthealth. Applications are due March 22. For more information, contact Jim Webster at 720-564-2600 or jbwebster@bouldercounty.org.

 

2016 Boulder County Community Chipping Reimbursement Program Overview

For over 20 years, Boulder County has offered financial assistance to encourage mountain communities to set up community-based chipping days. We encourage all residents to perform effective wildfire mitigation on their land and to be active stewards of their backyard forests. We are excited to offer chipping reimbursement funding to encourage community members to work together as they prepare their land for future wildfires.

Reimbursement is only available for direct costs related to chipping or transportation of slash. It is not available for tree cutting.

How much financial assistance is available?
Subject to prior approval, the County will reimburse up to 50% of direct costs up to a maximum of $4,000 per community.

Who can apply?
Communities, community organizations, incorporated towns, homeowner associations, and fire protection districts are eligible. In order to receive reimbursement, you must provide a valid tax identification number.

Funding priority will be given to events that:

  • Assist Wildfire Partner participants as they pursue their program certificate.
  • Encourage more residents to undertake wildfire mitigation and forest health efforts Heavily utilize community volunteers to help build community, increase organizational capacity, strengthen ties among neighbors, and leverage limited county funds.
  • Support the establishment of Firewise Communities/USA or the programing of established Firewise Communities/USA. For more info visit: http://www.firewise.org/communities/usa-recognition-program.aspx or contact Jim Webster at 720-564-2600 or jbwebster@bouldercounty.org.
  • Create partnerships among Boulder County and program participants.

What types of chipping events are most likely to be funded by Boulder County?

Below are three types of events that will be prioritized for funding in 2016:

  1. Ideal projects will offer an organized “curbside community chipping event” on a property-by-property basis. Slash will be chipped at the curbside or picked up and transported to a slash disposal site on a predetermined date.

Why Curbside?

Boulder County continually sees the most effective projects utilizing a curbside pickup model. The most successful communities select a specific deadline in which slash must be placed on the curbside. By setting a specific slash pickup day, community members have a target date to work toward. It also builds community awareness about the chipping event by utilizing peer pressure to encourage greater levels of mitigation. In addition, a specific chipping date makes the work less expensive. By requiring all slash to be at the curbside by a predetermined date, the chipping contractor may follow a strategic loop from house-to-house. This is more efficient than conducting random, small projects over a number of days or months.

Curbside Pick Logistics

Boulder County staff is available to advise communities on how to organize a successful curbside pickup program. A key component of a successful curbside pickup program is to provide specific geographic eligibility restraints, and specific guidelines for slash pile size, construction and placement.

2. Reimbursement is available to communities who organize “neighborhood chipping parties” in which community volunteers work together to help each other mitigate their land.

  1. Reimbursement is available to communities who offer a central drop-off site for slash and logs. Communities located within five miles of a Community Forestry Sort Yard site will be a lower priority for funding if they use this method of slash collection.
  1. Reimbursement may be available to communities who offer other types of chipping projects not listed here. In your application, please describe why a different method of slash collection is best for your community.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Reimbursement is only available for direct costs of chipping and/or biomass transportation to a Community Forestry Sort Yard or other slash disposal site.
  • Reimbursement is not available for costs related to cutting of trees.
  • Projects may not be eligible for the maximum funding if it serves less than 20 property owners.
  • Each community must hire its own chipping contractor, rent its own chipping/transportation equipment, and be responsible for all project coordination efforts.
  • Each community must provide acknowledgement to each participate that Boulder County is providing funding for this project.

How does my organization apply? When are applications due?
To apply, submit the following by no later than March 22, 2016 to Jim Webster at jbwebster@bouldercounty.org.

Counting Volunteer Time as In-kind Match 

Boulder County may reward communities who heavily utilize community volunteers while implementing their chipping event. We will review each application and if your project is determined to be a “Volunteer Based Community Chipping Project,” then you will be eligible to count volunteer time as in-kind match. The current value of volunteer time adjusted for Colorado is $25.68 per hour.

If your community would like to count volunteer time as in-kind match please provide a detailed explanation of how volunteers will be utilized to leverage county funding on in your application. Projects that may qualify would heavily utilize volunteers to work on properties other than their own on tasks such as helping drag slash and assisting with chipper operations on day of event. Your project will not qualify if the only volunteer time is for project coordination and advertisement of the event.

How will we know if our project has been approved?
The County will inform successful applicants if their project has been approved by April 3, 2016.

After project completion, how do we request reimbursement?
Communities must submit a “Request for Reimbursement Project Completion Form” within 30 days of final project completion or by November 15, whichever is the earliest.

Reporting Requirements:

  • Original invoices for chipper, truck or trailer rental (if applicable).
  • A photocopy of the front of the payment check is required.
  • Photos from your event.
  • Use the county’s template spreadsheet format to provide full names and addresses of each property owner served.
  • Use the county’s template spreadsheet with names of volunteers and hours donated.

Contractor Invoices must clearly state all of the following:

  • Invoices for chipping services ONLY with per hour fee, dates work occurred, and number of hours worked.
  • Invoices must be itemized, only chipping and transportation services are reimbursed.
  • Invoices must clearly show they are paid invoices.

If you have any questions, please contact, Jim Webster, at 720-564-2600 or jbwebster@bouldercounty.org

Community Chipping Reimbursement Program Website: http://www.bouldercounty.org/property/forest/pages/chippingreimbursement.aspx

 

 

       

 

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In case you see smoke

December 16th, 2015

From: Armstrong, Katherine R -FS [mailto:krarmstrong@fs.fed.usOn Behalf Of FS-brdvis
Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 10:02 AM
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: UPDATE: Pile burning moves to Gold Hill, Bunce School areas

BOULDER, Colo – (Dec. 16, 2015) Firefighters successfully completed nearly 65 acres of slash pile burning during yesterday’s storm in areas adjacent to CR 97 and Magnolia Road, including machine piles. Pile burning will now move to Rocky Point, part of the Sugarloaf Project, along the Forest boundary west of Gold Hill; and Saint Vrain Project, in the vicinity of Bunce School Road. Pile burning activities will continue over the next few days as conditions allow and then will resume in early January.

Conditions are evaluated each day to determine if ignition will take place. Ignitions are generally expected to begin after 10 a.m. and will cease several hours before sunset. Smoke may be visible. Precipitation, wind, temperature, fuel moisture and staffing all play a part in when and whether ignition occurs. Firefighters monitor the area after burning is complete. Public and firefighter safety is always the number one priority in burning operations.

If you know anyone else who would like to receive updates on pile burning activities in the Boulder Ranger District area, have them email brdvis@fs.fed.us and ask to be added to our email updates.

To unsubscribe, please reply with UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line.

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.

A complete list of areas where pile burning could occur on the Boulder Ranger District this season is located at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4648/.

 

 

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Winter conditions mark start of pile burning season in Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forests

December 2nd, 2015

 

Subject: NEWS RELEASE: Winter conditions mark start of pile burning season
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:39:43 +0000
Frm: Armstrong, Katherine R -FS <krarmstrong@fs.fed.us>

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests

Pawnee National Grassland

Contact: Reid Armstrong, 303-541-2532

Winter conditions mark start of pile burning season

BOULDER, Colo. (Nov. 30, 2015) – As winter conditions settle in, the Boulder and Clear Creek Ranger Districts of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests will work to burn slash piles resulting from fuels reductions and hazardous tree removal projects in the area.

Hand piles are a result of crews using chainsaws and to thin the forest, the subsequent cut material is piled for burning. Machine piles are the result of using logging equipment and consist of primarily the limbs of trees as most of the logs have already been removed. These piles must be burned before the treatment is complete.

Some pile burning could occur in early December, but the bulk of pile burning will occur between the New Year and early April, as conditions allow. Piles are only ignited under favorable weather, snow cover, and conditions conducive for good smoke dispersal, such as wind and temperature. Firefighters monitor the area after burning is complete. Public and firefighter safety is always the number one priority in burning operations.

Crews may begin burning as many as 450 smaller piles a day at each location if favorable conditions are met, which includes a minimum of 3 inches of snow cover, or up to 40 large machine piles at each location per day with a minimum of 6 inches of snow cover.

Piles that have cured and are ready for burning are prioritized based on elevation, aspect, access, and proximity to homes. Last season, these two districts burned a total of 90 machine piles and 3,700 hand piles for a total of 665 acres.

Areas on the Boulder Ranger District with hand and machine piles ready for burning are:

  • Forsythe Project surrounding Gross Reservoir and along Magnolia Road;
  • Sugarloaf Project near the communities of Sunset, Silver Springs and Swiss Peaks Subdivision;
  • Saint Vrain Project near the communities of Allen’s Park, Big Elk Meadows, and in the vicinity of Button Rock Reservoir;
  • Winniger Project 4 miles east of the community of Nederland;
  • Lump Gulch Projects south of Nederland; and,
  • James Creek Project near the communities of Jamestown, Gold Hill, Ward and Bar K subdivision and Gold Lake Ranch.

Areas on the Clear Creek Ranger District with hand piles ready for burning are:

  • The Yankee Hill Project near Central City and Black Hawk.

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health. For more information see https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wood-smoke-and-health.

If you would like to receive regular updates about pile burning in your area, send an email to BRDvis@fs.fed.us.

Also visit the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grasslands our Inciweb Page at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4648/or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usfsarp.

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Chipping

September 28th, 2015

Info from Kris Gibson  kgkeewee@netzero.net

Four Mile Fire Protection District is offering chipping for our district. This is a limited opportunityand is first come. Sign up by October 2nd through Kris Gibson- 303-545-9670. The cost is $75 an hour.

Kris Gibson

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NEWS RELEASE: Boulder Ranger District begins public outreach on forest health project

September 5th, 2015

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests

Pawnee National Grassland

Boulder Ranger District

Date: Sept. 4, 2015

Contact: Reid Armstrong, 970-222-7607

Boulder Ranger District begins public outreach on forest health project

NEDERLAND, Colo. – The U.S. Forest Service’s Boulder Ranger District is accepting public comment on a proposed forest health project that would treat 3,840 acres of vegetation on National Forest System lands in the vicinity of Gross Reservoir and Nederland.

The project’s primary goals are to improve forest health in the absence of wildfire; improve the resiliency of watersheds in the event a wildfire does occur; and provide opportunities for neighboring landowners to create defensible space on the National Forest boundary near their homes. This project is being tiered off previous environmental analysis and is called Forsythe II.

Work would occur in lower montane lodgepole pine, ponderosa pine, mixed conifer and aspen stands. Possible types of treatment include thinning, patch cuts and clear cuts using both chainsaws and machinery, as well as prescribed burning. The full proposed action, maps, example photos and information on how to comment are located on the project website at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/Forsythe2.

The initial public scoping period, which begins this week, will last approximately one month and may lead to some adjustments in what’s being proposed. A field trip is being planned, Sept. 26, to discuss the proposal and a formal comment period will occur this fall. The final environmental analysis will be written over the winter months and a decision is expected in the spring of 2016. Implementation on portions of the project could begin as soon as next summer.

All future announcements and information about this project and related meetings will be shared by email. To be added to the mailing list, email brdvis@fs.fed.us with the subject line Forsythe II. Please include your full name and mailing address for the project records.

 

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Wildfire Partners

August 18th, 2015
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August 17, 2015

Boulder County Land Use Contacts:

Jim Webster, 720-564-2600, jbwebster@bouldercounty.org
Richard M. Hackett, 720-564-2605, rhackett@bouldercounty.org

Wildfire Partners receives $1 million grant

Boulder County, Colo. – Wildfire Partners – a voluntary program for Boulder County homeowners who want to prepare for wildfire – has been awarded $1.125 million by FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). Launched in 2014, Wildfire Partners provides technical and financial assistance to homeowners and increases the insurability of participating homes.

Boulder County’s Parks and Open Space program also received HMGP grant funding that will support increasing defensible space around historic structures on various Parks and Open Space properties and a fuels reduction project on Betasso Open Space.

FEMA funding will support Wildfire Partners for 2016 and 2017. The program is currently funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. With more than 35 partner organizations and over 600 participants, the program has proven valuable in helping foothills residents obtain insurance and create more resilient communities. Ninety-one percent of participants said they were likely or very likely to refer the program to a friend or neighbor.

Wildfire Partners is serving as a model for communities around the state and country, and recently received the National Association of Counties 2015 Best in Category Achievement Award.

Wildfire Partners logo

Wildfire Partners offers homeowners:

  • An individual, on-site, wildfire home assessment with a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist and a customized report that identifies the weak links in a home’s defenses.
  • Financial awards from $500 to $2,000 for forestry contract work.
  • Access to Wildfire Phone Advisors to answer questions and support on-site mitigation efforts.
  • Lists of Forestry and Home Retrofit Contractors to help complete mitigation work.
  • A follow-up inspection that takes place after recommended mitigation measures are completed.
  • A Wildfire Partners Certificate and Yard Sign recognizing homeowners who have performed mitigation. Wildfire Partners is working with insurance agencies such as Allstate and State Farm who recognize the certification and support the program.

Wildfire Partners is currently accepting applications. Boulder County homeowners interested in Wildfire Partners must apply and be accepted into the program. For more information or to apply, visit www.WildfirePartners.org or contact a Wildfire Advisor at 303-446-7877.

WildfirePartnersHomeowner

Boulder County Commissioners Elise Jones, left, and Cindy Domenico, right, with Wildfire Partners participant homeowner Jill Lopez and Wildfire Partners Program Coordinator Jim Webster.

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Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – July 7, 2015

July 12th, 2015

Sorry this is so late – I just found it weeding out my overwhelming inbox

Today’s Forest Health Outreach update covers the following:
*Forestry Tip of the Day: Signing off – Great Working with all of You!
*Nederland and Allenspark Sort Yards are Open – Bring us your Slash and Logs
*Wildfire Partners: Sign up Today!
*eNewsletter – New Format and Delivery System is Coming Soon

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Signing off – Great Working with all of You!
Dear Loyal Readers and Forest Stewards,

This will be the last Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter from me as the editor. After a lengthy debate, I have decided that it is time for me to transition away from my job at Boulder County. My last day is this Thursday, July 9. It has been an absolute pleasure working with you all for the past 7 years. I hope our Forest Health Outreach Program and eNewsletter have helped you be active stewards of your backyard forest.

Our first eNewsletter was sent to a small group of you all in February 2009. Six years later, I am about to hit send on the 120th eNewsletter. During those years we have fought and won the battle against mountain pine beetle and ips beetles. We hosted nearly 100 community meetings, forestry workshops and chipping events. Saws and Slaws became a reality. We established two community forestry sort yards, which are widely popular.

I am continually impressed by the people who call Boulder County home. You all are environmentally minded and want to do the right thing on your land. I am excited because you are taking our educational messaging to heart. During the summer you can hear the buzz of chainsaws and weedwhips echoing throughout the foothills. When I drive the mountain roads I can see the cut stumps and slash stacked by the road waiting to be chipped. Wildfire mitigation is on your radar and you are taking amazing steps to prepare your home for future wildfires.

It has been really fun and rewarding working with you all during my time at the county. Thanks for reading and attending our events over the years. I hope my outreach programs helped you create healthier forests on your land and be better prepared for the next wildfire. Keep up the great work everyone!

Thanks,
Ryan

*Nederland and Allenspark Sort Yards are Open– Bring us your Slash and Logs
Got slash, logs, pine needles, yard waste or noxious weeds? Both our Nederland and Allenspark sort yard will take these materials off your hands for no charge. All you need to do is load the material into a truck, trailer or Subaru. Make sure to keep the various types of material separated in the load since they are unloaded in different areas of the yard.

Both sort yards are open Wed. to Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Before hauling visit:www.bouldercounty.org/property/forest/pages/fhsortyards.aspx for complete program details.

Temporary Closure: The Allenspark sort yard will be closed for one day on Thursday, July 9. Please help spread the word about this temporary closure.

*Wildfire Partners – Sign up Today!  
Are you interested in creating effective wildfire mitigation on your land? Do you need help identifying the weak links in your defensible space and home construction? If yes, Wildfire Partners is the program you will want to join. Last year, we enrolled 450 Boulder County homeowners into the program. This year we have room to add an additional 400 homes. To learn more about this exciting program and to sign up please visit us at www.WildfirePartners.org or call 303-446-7877.

*eNewsletter – New Format and Delivery System is Coming Soon
We are updating the way we send out all of our county email news communications. The county has contracted with GovDelivery, and future Forest Health Outreach eNewsletters will come from this new system. You won’t need to take any steps to continue receiving our eNewsletter. Just keep an eye out for a new look in the next Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter. Also, you can sign up for other Boulder County email news topics at:https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/COBOULDER/subscriber/new.

Thanks for Reading!
Cheers,
Ryan

Ryan Ludlow | Forestry Education & Outreach Coordinator 
Boulder County | Land Use Department
2045 13th Street, Boulder, CO 80302
720-564-2641 | rludlow@bouldercounty.org
www.BoulderCounty.org/ForestHealth

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Public Scoping Begins on Management Direction for Recreational Sport Shooting

May 5th, 2015
NEWS RELEASE
 
Contact:  Tammy Williams, 970-295-6693
Date: May 4, 2015  
Public Scoping Begins on Management Direction for Recreational Sport Shooting
FORT COLLINS, Colo. –   The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests announced the public scoping process on a proposal to include Forest Plan management direction for recreational sport shooting activities on National Forest System lands in Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand, Jefferson, Larimer and Park counties.
Currently, the 1997 Forest Plan does not provide any specific direction on how recreational sport shooting should be managed. Due to increasing residential development, housing density, public use, increased public participation in recreational sport shooting and associated health and safety issues; the U.S. Forest Service is considering amending the Forest Plan to include direction for managing recreational sport shooting. Management direction may include:
(1)    Developing Forest Plan goals, objectives or desired conditions for recreational sport shooting;
(2)    Identifying areas that are appropriate for dispersed recreational sport shooting;
(3)    Identifying areas suitable as designated shooting areas; and
(4)    Identifying areas where recreational sport shooting would be prohibited for health and safety reasons.
Proposed management direction does not include any change in management for lawful hunting activities.
The U.S. Forest Service is requesting comments on this proposal. Public comments will help shape the Forest Service’s proposal and identify issues and concerns during environmental review.  While comments are welcome at any time, they will be most helpful if received by June 3, 2015. Comments can be submitted in writing or electronically atcomments-rm-arapaho-roosevelt@fs.fed.us, Information about this project and how to comment can be found at:www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/recshootingmgt .  For more information about recreational sport shooting visit:www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/targetshooting.
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Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – April 27, 2015

April 27th, 2015

Today’s Forest Health Outreach update covers the following:
* Forestry Tip of the Day: Nederland and Allenspark Sort Yards Open Friday – May 1
* Event: Slash Piles 101- Everything you need to know about burning slash in Boulder County – May 2
* Volunteer Community Forestry Sort Yard Hosts Needed

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Nederland and Allenspark Sort Yards Open Friday – May 1
Got Slash? The Nederland and Allenspark sort yards both open for the season on this Friday, May 1 at 9 a.m. This summer marks the eighth consecutive year that Boulder County has offered free slash and log disposal. We look forward to seeing everyone as we kick off the sort yard season!

Allenspark/Meeker Park Area Sort Yard – 8200 Hwy. 7, Allenspark
Opens: May 1 – Closes: Oct. 17
Hours of Operation: Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nederland Area Sort Yard – 291 Ridge Road, Nederland
Opens: May 1 – Closes: Oct. 17
Hours of Operation: Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sort yards are free of charge locations where residents can drop off logs, tree branches, pine needles, cut grass and noxious weeds. Residents load the material into a vehicle or trailer, haul it to Nederland or Allenspark, and unload it at the yard at no charge. For complete details on the sort yard opening see our press release or visit us online atwww.BoulderCounty.org/ForestHealth
 
*Event: Slash Piles 101- Everything you need to know about burning slash in Boulder County – May 2
Residents are invited to join Boulder County Fire Management Staff for a free slash pile workshop on Community Wildfire Preparedness Day, May 2.

What: Free slash pile workshop
When: Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Nederland Community Forestry Sort Yard, 291 Ridge Rd., Nederland
RSVP: No RSVP is required. Bring work gloves and a water bottle. Snacks will be provided.

Attendees will learn how to safely use slash burning to perform hazardous fuels mitigation in conjunction with the slash disposal and chipping programs supported by Boulder County. Residents will learn when to use slash piling as a mitigation tool, how and where to construct slash piles, state and county regulations and permitting process for burning, and how to safely burn and mop up piles.

The workshop is sponsored by Boulder County, State Farm Insurance, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). For more information about the workshop, call 303-441-4500 or email bcfiremanagement@bouldercounty.org.

For information on burn permits, visit www.bit.ly/bcburnpermit.

*Volunteer Community Forestry Sort Yard Hosts Needed
Volunteer Sort Yard Hosts are needed at the Allenspark and Nederland yards. Volunteers help make sure that sort yards continue to be a local hub of community-based forestry information.

Volunteers greet people as they enter the yard, collect data on the material they are delivering, and provide information about forest ecology, bark beetles, and wildfire mitigation. Volunteers will not be responsible for helping unload materials. Boulder County is looking for volunteers who can commit to 16 hours per month in four-hour shifts.

For more information, visit www.BoulderCountyOpenSpace.org/volunteer, or contact Wayne Harrington at 303-678-6368 or wharrington@bouldercounty.org.

Cheers,
Ryan

Ryan Ludlow | Forestry Education & Outreach Coordinator 
Boulder County | Land Use Department
2045 13th Street, Boulder, CO 80302
720-564-2641 | rludlow@bouldercounty.org
www.BoulderCounty.org/ForestHealth
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Boulder County Community Forestry Sort Yards open in May

April 21st, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  April 21, 2015  Media Contact: Richard Hackett, Communications Specialist, 720-564-2605

 Boulder County Community Forestry Sort Yards open in May

Free slash and log disposal available at Allenspark and Nederland sort yards

 Boulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Forest Health Initiative has announced the Community Forestry Sort Yard operating schedule for 2015. Both the Allenspark and Nederland area sort yards will be open Wednesday through Saturday beginning in May.

Sort yards are free of charge locations where residents can drop off logs, tree branches, pine needles, cut grass and noxious weeds. Residents load the material into a vehicle or trailer, haul it to Nederland or Allenspark, and unload it at the yard at no charge.

Allenspark/Meeker Park Area Sort Yard – 8200 Hwy. 7, Allenspark

  • Opens: May 1 – Closes:Oct. 17
  • Hours of Operation: Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nederland Area Sort Yard – 291 Ridge Road, Nederland

  • Opens: May 1 – Closes:Oct. 17
  • Hours of Operation: Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This summer marks the eighth consecutive year that Boulder County has offered free slash and log disposal.

“The yards have proven to be an extremely popular resource for mountain residents,” said Ryan Ludlow, outreach forester with the county’s Land Use Department. “During the 2013 and 2014 seasons, more than 1,000 individuals dropped off 8,145 loads of material. The majority of these folks are working on wildfire mitigation and forest health improvement on their land.”

Both sort yards will be closed on July 4, and may have additional closures due to weather and administrative requirements. During inclement weather, call the operational status hotline at 303-678-6368 before hauling.

 Volunteer Community Forestry Sort Yard Hosts needed

Volunteer Community Forestry Sort Yard Hosts are needed at the Allenspark and Nederland yards. Volunteers help make sure that sort yards continue to be a local hub of community-based forestry information.

Volunteer Sort Yard Hosts greet people as they enter the yard, collect data on the material they are delivering, and provide information about forest ecology, bark beetles, and wildfire mitigation. Volunteers will not be responsible for helping unload materials. Boulder County is looking for volunteers who can commit to 16 hours per month in four-hour shifts.

For more information, visit www.BoulderCountyOpenSpace.org/volunteer, or contact Wayne Harrington at 303-678-6368 or wharrington@bouldercounty.org.

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Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – March 24, 2015

March 25th, 2015

Today’s Forest Health Outreach update covers the following:
*Forestry Tip of the Day: Where is your Firewood Pile?
*Sort Yards: Free Slash and Log Disposal Sites Open May 1

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Where is your Firewood Pile? 
As we move out of winter and into the warmer season it is a good time of year to make sure your “home ignition zone” is properly maintained. This time of year many people still have their winter firewood pile stacked on decks or against walls. Now is a good time to move firewood piles, scrap wood, and anything else combustible away from your home’s walls, off of decks and out from under decks.

Firewood piles should be stacked in an open area at least 30 feet away, on the uphill side of your home.  See the attached wildfire mitigation checklist for additional spring time mitigation tips. 

*Sort Yards: Free Slash and Log Disposal Sites Open May 1
The Nederland and Allenspark Sort Yards are both scheduled to open on Friday, May 1. Both yards will operate 4 days per week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. (Correction: In the last eNewsletter we mistakenly stated that they would operate 5 days per week. Sorry for the mix-up.)

What is a sort yard? Boulder County has established two sort yards to collect logs, tree branches, pine needles, cut grass and noxious weeds from county residents. There is no charge to drop off material. Keep all types of material (logs, slash, yard waste, noxious weeds) separate within the load. Each type of material is unloaded in a different location. Full sort yard program details are available here: http://www.bouldercounty.org/property/forest/pages/fhsortyards.aspx

Our opening date may be delayed due to spring snow. If there is snow in the air it is always wise to give our operational status hotline a call at 303-678-6368 before hauling.

Cheers,
Ryan

Ryan Ludlow | Forestry Education & Outreach Coordinator 
Boulder County | Land Use Department
2045 13th Street, Boulder, CO 80302
720-564-2641 | rludlow@bouldercounty.org
www.BoulderCounty.org/ForestHealth
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Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – March 3, 2015

March 6th, 2015

Today’s Forest Health Outreach update covers the following:
*Forestry Tip of the Day: Sort Yards Open May 1
*Call for Applications: 2015 Community Chipping Reimbursement Program
*Wildfire Mitigation Grant Funding Available from the CSFS

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Sort Yards Open May 1
We are excited to announce the 2015 Community Forestry Sort Yard operating schedule. The Nederland area and Allenspark area sort yards are both scheduled to open on May 1. Like last year both yards will operate 5 days per week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday thru Saturday. We will be closed July 4 and may have additional closures due to staff training.

What is a sort yard? Some of our newer readers may not know what a sort yard is so we thought we would provide a quick explanation. Boulder County has established two sort yards to collect logs, tree branches, pine needles, cut grass and noxious weeds from county residents. There is no charge to drop off material. Keep all types of material (logs, slash, yard waste, noxious weeds) separate within the load. Each type of material is unloaded in a different location. Full sort yard program details are available here:http://www.bouldercounty.org/property/forest/pages/fhsortyards.aspx

Our opening date may be delayed if we are lucky enough to be hit by a big spring snow storm. If there is snow in the air it is always wise to give our operational status hotline a call at 303-678-6368 before hauling.

*Call for Applications: 2015 Boulder County Community Chipping Reimbursement Program
For over 20 years Boulder County has offered financial assistance to encourage mountain communities to set up community-based chipping days. We are excited to once again offer $15,000 in chipping reimbursement funding to encourage community members to work together as they prepare their land for future wildfires. Ideal projects offer community members an organized “curbside community chipping event” on a property-by-property basis.

Reimbursement is only available for direct costs related to chipping or transportation of slash. It is not available for tree cutting. Communities, community organizations, incorporated towns, homeowner associations, and fire protection districts are all eligible. In order to receive reimbursement, you must provide a valid tax identification number.

Program Overview Website and Application Form:
• Please make sure carefully read our program overview webpage before your community applies for funding. Visit:http://www.bouldercounty.org/property/forest/pages/chippingreimbursement.aspx
• Community Application Forms are due by March 22, 2015. Download it here: http://www.bouldercounty.org/doc/landuse/fhchippingappform.doc

Contact us at rludlow@bouldercounty.org or 720-564-2641 if you have any questions.

*Wildfire Mitigation Grant Funding Available from the CSFS
The Colorado State Forest Service has received funding, from the United States Forest Service, to assist landowners in the Wildland Urban Interface with their defensible space and fuels mitigation needs. The grant is a 50:50 cost share, and interested parties can find out more by contacting Collin Wassink with the CSFS Boulder District at 303-823-5774 orcollin.wassink@colostate.edu.

Cheers,
Ryan

Ryan Ludlow | Forestry Education & Outreach Coordinator 
Boulder County | Land Use Department
O: 720.564.2641 | F: 303.441.4856
rludlow@bouldercounty.org | www.bouldercounty.org/ForestHealth
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Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – Feb. 13, 2015

February 13th, 2015

Today’s Forest Health Outreach update covers the following:
*Forestry Tip of the Day: The Polar Vortex – White Needles
*State Tax Subtraction: Wildfire Mitigation Measures Subtraction
*Community Meeting: Updates to the Boulder County Multi -Hazard Mitigation Plan – Feb. 19
*Flood Video: First Home in Jamestown is Rebuilt

*Forestry Tip of the Day: The Polar Vortex – White Needles
For a couple of months now, residents at lower elevations have been noticing the needles at the tips of conifer branches turning stark white. A team of foresters from Boulder County and the Colorado State Forest Service went out to investigate and we suspect the impacts are from the POLAR VORTEX! Remember that extreme cold snap in early November that abruptly ended our balmy fall weather?

So What Happened? Our trees were happily enjoying the abnormally warm late fall weather and had not yet fully “hardened off”, in preparation for winter. When the abrupt temperature swing occurred it damaged the tree’s tissue on the current year pine needles (located at the end of the branch). Next time you are out take a look around and you will notice many trees with white coloration at the ends of needles, especially on the southern facing side of the tree and top of the tree. The damage is especially common at lower elevations and in the cities on the flats.  The white coloration, as opposed to red/brown/yellow color, is a telltale sign of frost damage.

Will My Tree Die? At this point we are not overly concerned, but we won’t really know the full impact until the spring, when the tree buds come out of dormancy. In the best case scenario, the trees will slowly drop their white needles and bounce back without much impact. In the worst case, the tree’s buds may have been killed and we may see isolated branches and tree tops killed. So stay tuned and wait patiently for spring to see how the buds do. If something changes we will write another forestry tip of the day in spring.

P.S. This time of year we are also seeing a lot of trees turning yellow/red along roadways. This happens every winter and is due to tree being located so closely to the roadway.

*State Tax Subtraction: Wildfire Mitigation Measures Subtraction
Individuals, estates and trusts may subtract from federal taxable income certain costs incurred while performing wildfire mitigation measures on their property. For qualifications and limitations, please see FYI: Income 65 Wildfire Mitigation Measures Subtraction from the Colorado Department of Revenue Taxpayer Service Division. (https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/Income65.pdf)

Please contact a tax professional with questions. The program is administered by the State of Colorado Department of Revenue.

*Community Meeting: Updates to the County’s Multi -Hazard Mitigation Plan – Feb. 19
The Office of Emergency Management will be holding a community meeting on Thursday, Feb. 19 to discuss updates to the Boulder County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The Plan was first created in 2008 and allowed the county to become eligible for certain federal disaster assistance including FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and the Pre-Disaster Mitigation program. Boulder County also earned credits for the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System by having a mitigation plan created.

Beginning in 2013, the OEM prepared to revise and update the plan as required by FEMA. A review was completed of the goals our communities set for themselves in the original plan and accomplishments of the past five years were noted. The OEM reassessed the hazards we face and began the facilitation of setting new hazard mitigation goals.

Residents are now invited to a community meeting to discuss the proposed updated to the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan.

When: Thursday, Feb. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 1750 33rd St, Boulder County
Agenda: Introduce the plan’s purpose, Review the process and updates to the plan, Discuss hazards and mitigation projects, Introduce the social media program

Visit www.BoulderOEM.com for more information about Emergency Management and the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, or call 303-441-3390.

*Flood Video: Watch the First Home in Jamestown be Rebuilt
Here is a touching video of ongoing flood recovery efforts up in Jamestown. This Denver Post video tells the story of the first home in Jamestown being rebuilt after the flood. We thought other mountain folks would enjoy watching.

Watch it here: http://jamestown.denverpost.com/2014/12/20/coming-home/ Scroll to the bottom of the website to see other excellent Jamestown flood recovery videos.

Cheers,
Ryan

Ryan Ludlow | Forestry Education & Outreach Coordinator 
Boulder County | Land Use Department
2045 13th Street, Boulder, CO 80302
720-564-2641 | rludlow@bouldercounty.org
www.BoulderCounty.org/ForestHealth
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Grant money for wildfire community preparedness day projects

February 6th, 2015

Forwarded from Amy Hardy, IMA Chair

Hello IMA Members,

Sylvia Clark passed along this information for grant money for wildfire community preparedness day projects. This might be of interest to many of you…

Have a great Friday,   Amy

From: Clark, Sylvia G -FS [mailto:sgclark@fs.fed.us]

Subject: FW: ANNOUNCEMENT: Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Project Awards

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is awarding sixty-five $500 project funding awards for implementing projects that reduce wildfire risk or post-fire impacts for the 2015 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (Saturday, May 2, 2015). Project funding awards are open to everyone – potential applicants include individuals, neighborhoods, youth groups, homeowner associations, civic organizations, fire departments, park/open space and forestry agencies; it is not a requirement that applicants be part of an active Firewise Community/USA®.

 

Applying for a project funding award is easy and takes only a few minutes to complete.  Provide a short overview of the project that will be implemented on May 2 describing the activity’s benefits, who the participants will be, the city and state where it will occur and details on how the project funding will be used on Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, Saturday, May 2, 2015. Applications will be accepted thru March 5, 2015 at 11:59pm ET. Apply here.

 

Your project description and entry form must be uploaded to SnapApp at www.WildfirePrepDay.org/contest or through the contest tab on NFPA’s Firewise Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/Firewise. All entries will be available to the public for viewing and for voting. Encourage friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to vote for your project idea through the app on the campaign landing page or NFPA’s Firewise Facebook page.

 

An NFPA panel will review applications and select 65 project award recipients.  Winners will be announced Monday, March 10, 2015. View the official rules for the project funding awards here.

 

Example projects from the 2014 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day can be found here.

Sylvia Clark

Boulder District Ranger, USFS

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Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – Jan. 20, 2015

January 23rd, 2015

Today’s Forest Health Outreach update covers the following:
*Join us Thursday at our Wildfire Mitigation Home Retrofit Workshop
*Public Meeting Scheduled for Jan. 29 to Review Heil Valley Ranch Prescribed Burn

*Join us Thursday at our Wildfire Mitigation Home Retrofit Workshop 
Join us for a wildfire home retrofit workshop on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 2pm. Unlike some of our past trainings, this workshop is designed specifically for handymen and contractors.

We need your help! Do you have handymen/contractors that are your go to for home repairs? If yes, please contact them and let them know about this workshop (or send us their contact info and we will call them).

Workshop Description:
Many of the 9,000 homes in western Boulder County are in need of minor retrofits to reduce their vulnerability to wildfire. Homeowners and Wildfire Partners are actively soliciting contractors to perform this work and fill the current void in the marketplace.

Workshop participants will learn about ignition-resistant retrofit work, explore future changes to Boulder County building codes, and discuss best practices for building or retrofitting at-risk homes. Ignition-resistant retrofit work often consists of simple and inexpensive changes to help a home survive a wildfire.

What:  Wildfire Mitigation Home Retrofit Workshop
When:  2 to 4 p.m., Thursday, January 22, 2015
Where:  Boulder County Clerk & Recorder, 1750 33rd St., Boulder

For complete workshop details see the attached flier or visit us here: http://www.wildfirepartners.org/

*Public Meeting Scheduled for Jan. 29 to Review Heil Valley Ranch Prescribed Burn
Staff from Boulder County Parks and Open Space and the Sheriff’s Office Wildland Fire Management Program are hosting an After Action Review to discuss the outcome of the recent prescribed burn at Heil Valley Ranch.

What: Heil Valley Ranch Prescribed Burn After-Action Review Meeting
When: Thursday, Jan. 29, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Boulder County Parks and Open Space, 5201 St. Vrain Road, Longmont

In October and November 2014, Boulder County conducted a prescribed fire at Heil Valley Ranch. The 150-acre project was completed in early November after five days of ignitions.

Members of the public are invited to join the fire command staff for a presentation and question-and-answer session. This meeting is open to public comment, as well as input from fire personnel involved in the burn.

For more information, please contact Erin Hartnett, at 303-678-6211 or ehartnett@bouldercounty.org.

Cheers,
Ryan

Ryan Ludlow | Forestry Education & Outreach Coordinator 
Boulder County | Land Use Department
2045 13th Street, Boulder, CO 80302
720-564-2641 | rludlow@bouldercounty.org
www.BoulderCounty.org/ForestHealth
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Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – Nov. 7, 2014

November 7th, 2014

Today’s Forest Health Outreach update covers the following:
*Forestry Tip of the Day: Three Fall Wildfire Mitigation Tips
*Prescribed Burn at Heil Valley Ranch Open Space scheduled to resume Sunday Nov. 9 (weather permitting)
*Colorado State Forest Service: Low-Cost Seedlings and Shrubs

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Three Fall Wildfire Mitigation Tips
Today’s tip is simple. Answer the following questions.
1) Are your gutters full of pine needles and leaves?
2) Are your wildland grasses cut back within 30 feet of your home to a max height of 6 inches?
3) Is your firewood pile located in a safe location?

*News: Wapiti Prescribed Burn at Heil Valley Ranch Open Space Canceled for Today, Rescheduled for Sunday (weather permitting)
Staff from Boulder County Parks and Open Space and the Sheriff’s Office Wildland Fire Management Program postponed their plans today to carry out the final phase of the Wapiti prescribed burn at Heil Valley Ranch due to high winds.

The park will be open Friday and Saturday, and will be closed on Sunday, Nov. 9, to continue the prescribed burn (weather permitting).

The Wapiti prescribed burn covers approximately 150 acres and is located around the Wapiti and Ponderosa Loop Trails. From Oct. 25 to Oct. 30 approximately 32 acres were burned in the north section of the unit. On Sunday, fire personnel plan to burn the remaining acreage within the burn unit.

To sign up for an email notifications, please contact bcforestry@bouldercounty.org or call

(303) 678-6211. For additional info visit:www.BoulderCountyOpenSpace.org.

*Colorado State Forest Service: Low-Cost Seedlings and Shrubs
The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) seedling tree program is now accepting applications. Each year the CSFS Nursery grows 2 million tree and shrub seedlings and makes them available to rural landowners at a nominal cost.

Boulder County Landowners can order seedlings from either CSU Extensions in Gilpin County or theLongmont & Boulder Valley Conservation District in Longmont. It is first-come first-serve, so order early.

We recommend folks living at Higher Elevation order thru CSU Extensions in Gilpin County since they have a later spring delivery date (better for planting at high elevation). To order visit:http://www.extension.colostate.edu/gilpin/hort/tree.shtml.  Please call them (303-582-9106) to check for availability and for help in choosing the right plants.   Payment must accompany order, and trees will be available for pickup April 29 from 4-7 pm (free planting class at 6:30).

Lower Elevation Landowners can order thru Longmont Conservation Services. To order visit:http://www.longmontcd.org/Seedling-Tree-Program. Please call them (303- 776-4034 x101) to check for availability and for help in choosing the right plants.   Payment must accompany order, and trees will be available for pickup on April 10 and 11 (free planting class on April 10 at 8:30am and 1:30pm).

Cheers,
Ryan

Ryan Ludlow | Forestry Education & Outreach Coordinator 
Boulder County | Land Use Department
2045 13th Street, Boulder, CO 80302
720-564-2641 | rludlow@bouldercounty.org
www.BoulderCounty.org/ForestHealth
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Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – Oct. 29, 2014

November 4th, 2014

Today’s Forest Health Outreach update covers the following:
*Forestry Tip of the Day: Join us for “Waldo Canyon: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly” – Oct. 30
*Article: High Country News – A New Wildfire Protection Approach in Colorado
*Video: Colorado State Forest Service- Video #4

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Join us for “Waldo Canyon: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly”- Oct. 30
Please join us for the October Wildfire Awareness Month keynote presentation on Thursday, Oct 30 at 6:30 p.m. Deputy Fire Marshal Kris Cooper, Colorado Springs Fire Department, will share his lessons learned while fighting the Waldo Canyon Fire.

Keynote: Waldo Canyon: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
When: Thurs., Oct. 30, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Description: The 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs killed two residents, destroyed 346 homes, burned 18,247 acres, and forced more than 30,000 people to evacuate. At the time it was considered the worst wildfire in Colorado history. Deputy Fire Marshal Kris Cooper will share lessons learned from the fire line.

Where: Boulder County Regional Fire Training Center, Boulder Reservoir, 5565 N. 51st St., Boulder (Directions: drive through Boulder Reservoir’s main entrance, continue past the recreational facilities to the end of the road where the Fire Center is located.)

*Please try your best to arrive for the presentation early. We need to lock the gates to the Reservoir at 6:45 p.m. sharp and no one will be allowed access to the presentation after that time. Thanks for your help!

*Article: High Country News – A New Wildfire Protection Approach in Colorado
Take a look at this great article from High Country News highlighting our new Wildfire Partners Program. Web link: http://www.hcn.org/issues/46.14/a-new-wildfire-protection-approach-in-colorado

The 2014 Wildfire Partners Program is currently at capacity. However, additional homes will be accepted into the program in 2015. Visit www.WildfirePartners.org to find out more and add your name to the 2015 program waitlist.

*Video: Colorado State Forest Service- Video #4
Take a look at the final segment of the four-segment video series produced by the Colorado State Forest Service.  This one focuses on Colorado’s Wood Products Industry: Essential to Long-Term Forest Health.

Watch it here: http://vimeo.com/98376500

Cheers,
Ryan

Ryan Ludlow | Forestry Education & Outreach Coordinator 
Boulder County | Land Use Department
2045 13th Street, Boulder, CO 80302
720-564-2641 | rludlow@bouldercounty.org
www.BoulderCounty.org/ForestHealth
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Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – Oct. 10, 2014

October 10th, 2014

Today’s Forest Health Outreach update covers the following:
*Forestry Tip of the Day: October is Wildfire Awareness Month
*Sort Yard: Last Day of the Season – Sat., Oct. 18
*Wildfire Awareness Month Calendar of Events
*Video: Colorado State Forest Service- Video #3

*Forestry Tip of the Day: October is Wildfire Awareness Month
Boulder County hosts Wildfire Awareness Month each October to help educate the community and promote individual responsibility in preparing for future wildfires. A series of events is scheduled around education, wildfire mitigation and community slash chipping. For complete details visit: www.BoulderCountyWildfireAware.org

Each year we bring in a nationally renowned wildfire speaker for our keynote presentation. This year we are excited to hostBrett Lacy, Fire Marshal of the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

Keynote: Waldo Canyon: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
When: Thurs., Oct. 30, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Description: The 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs killed two residents, destroyed 346 homes, burned 18,247 acres, and forced more than 30,000 people to evacuate. At the time it was considered the worst wildfire in Colorado history. Fire Marshal Lacey will share lessons learned from the fireline. A dynamic speaker, Fire Marshal Lacey is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and is a registered professional engineer and safety professional.
Where: Boulder County Regional Fire Training Center, Boulder Reservoir, 5565 N. 51st St., Boulder (Directions: drive through Boulder Reservoir’s main entrance, continue past the recreational facilities to the end of the road where the Fire Center is located)

*Sort Yard: Last Day of the Season – Sat., Oct. 18
The final days of sort yard operations are upon us. Don’t wait; haul your logs, tree branches, pine needles and yard waste to us before we shut down for winter. Make sure to keep slash, logs and yard waste separated in your load. For more details on the seasonal closure see our press release:http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/bc12.aspx?articleid=4235&zoneid=28

We continue to be amazed by the enormous volumes of woody material being dropped at both yards. This summer more than 600 mountain landowners took advantage of the free service.

*Wildfire Awareness Month Calendar of Events
Fire Prevention Week
Dates: Oct. 5 – 11
What: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month! The Great Colorado Fire Drill: Practice your home escape plan, www.greatcoloradofiredrill.org

Healthy Forest Ecology and Wildfire Mitigation Tips – Interpretive Hike
When: Saturday, Oct. 18, 4 – 6 p.m.
Location: Nederland Community Forestry Sort Yard, 291 Ridge Rd, Nederland
Details: Join us for fun and informative “hike” exploring the forest at the Nederland sort yard. We will focus on how to properly manage your forest so it is healthier in the long-term. When cutting it is easy to make simple mistakes that could cause long-term forest health issues on your land. Blending the “art and science” of good forest management is key to your success. We will also talk about fall time wildfire awareness tips. As the leaves drop and the grasses turn brown it is an important time to not let your guard down.

What Is the Future of Colorado’s Forests?
When: Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: University of Colorado-Denver, Lawrence Street Center, 2nd Floor Terrace Room, 1380 Lawrence Street, Denver
Details: The Union of Concerned Scientists and the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization recently released a report titled “Rocky Mountain Forests at Risk: Confronting Climate-driven Impacts from Insects, Wildfires, Heat, and Drought.” This event will feature a panel discussion regarding the report and its implications for Colorado’s forests.

Prescribed Fire at Heil Valley Ranch, Boulder County Open Space
Details: A prescribed burn is planned for 156 acres at Heil Valley Ranch, weather dependent, over 3-5 days between Oct. 25 and Dec. 31. Expect park and trail closures during active ignition days.

Questions contact bcforestry@bouldercounty.org or 303-678-6211.

Wildfire Awareness Month Community Chipping Events:
Several community chipping events are scheduled during October. Take a look below to see if an event is being offered in your area.

Coal Creek Canyon Area Slash Collection Event – Oct. 18 and 19
What: Centralized Collection Event – You Haul It
Who: Open to residents of Coal Creek Canyon Fire Protection District
Contact: Email information@coalcreekcanyonfd.org

Magnolia Road/ PUMA Community Chipping Event – Oct. 13
What: Discounted Curbside Chipping
Who: Open to residents living off Magnolia Road only
Details: Deadline to sign up is Oct. 10. Email Rob at robertjfrey@gmail.com

Sugarloaf Fire Protection District Event – Oct. 15
What: Discounted Curbside Chipping
Who: Open to residents of Sugarloaf Fire only
Details: Deadline to sign up is Oct. 14. Email CB at cbb@ionet.net

*Video: Colorado State Forest Service- Video #3
We highly recommend watching the third video from the Colorado State Forest Service’s, four-segment video series. This segment is especially pertinent to each of you and  focuses on lessons learned from recent fires and highlights why proactive wildfire mitigation is so important.

Colorado’s Wildland Urban Interface: A Growing Challenge: http://vimeo.com/97549777

Cheers,
Ryan

Ryan Ludlow | Forestry Education & Outreach Coordinator 
Boulder County | Land Use Department
O: 720.564.2641 | F: 303.441.4856
rludlow@bouldercounty.org | www.bouldercounty.org/ForestHealth
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Sort Yards close Oct. 18

October 7th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   October 7, 2014    Contact: Ryan Ludlow, Land Use, 720-564-2641

Nederland and Allenspark Sort Yards Season Ends Oct. 18

Don’t wait; haul your logs, slash, and pine needles to a sort yard before the sites close for the season

Boulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Community Sort Yard program, a free log and slash disposal service for mountain residents, is in its final days of operation for the 2014 collection season. Both the Nederland and Allenspark sort yards are scheduled to close at 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 18.

County residents can drop off tree branches, logs, and yard waste (pine needles, cut grass, pine cones) free of charge at either sort yard location.

This summer marks the seventh consecutive year that Boulder County has operated sort yards in the mountains, and has proven to be another very successful year of backyard forest management. By the end of August, more than 600 individual land owners/stewards dropped off more than 3,300 loads of material at both sort yards.

“The fall is the perfect time of year to be out on your land cutting. The weather is cool and bark beetles are less active,” said Ryan Ludlow, outreach forester with the county’s Land Use Department. “We hope mountain residents are able to take advantage of remaining days of operation. We typically see a major uptick in usage as we approach closing day.”

Allenspark/Meeker Park Area Sort Yard – 8200 Hwy 7, Allenspark

  • Last Day Open is Saturday, Oct. 18
  • Hours of Operation: Wednesday thru Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nederland Area Sort Yard – 291 Ridge Road, Nederland

  • Last Day Open is Saturday, Oct. 18
  • Hours of Operation: Wednesday thru Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about the sort yard program or how to implement proactive wildfire mitigation on your land, contact Ryan Ludlow, Boulder County Forest Health Initiative’s outreach forester, at 720-564-2641 or rludlow@bouldercounty.org.

Both sort yards may have additional closures due to early season snowfall. To check the operational status, please call 303-678-6368.

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Boulder County hosts Wildfire Awareness Month events in October

September 30th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Sept. 30, 2014  Contact: Jim Webster, Boulder County Land Use, 303-564-2600

Boulder County hosts Wildfire Awareness Month events in October

Brett Lacey to present “Waldo Canyon: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” Oct. 30

Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County hosts Wildfire Awareness Month each October to help educate the community and promote individual responsibility in preparing for future wildfires.

A series of events is scheduled around education, wildfire mitigation and community slash chipping. More information and the latest schedule of events can be found at www.BoulderCountyWildfireAware.org.

Schedule of Events:

Fire Prevention Week

Dates: Oct. 5 – 11
What: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month! The Great Colorado Fire Drill: Practice your home escape plan, www.greatcoloradofiredrill.org 

Forestry Work Project

When: Saturday, Oct. 11, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Location will be given to registered participants
Details: Volunteers are needed to build slash piles from mechanically-thinned forestry projects on county open space properties. These efforts improve wildlife habitat, decrease fire danger, and enhance meadow ecosystems. Minimum age is 10 with adult supervision. Register online at www.BoulderCountyOpenSpace.org/wildwork. For more information contact Shane Milne at 303-678-6089 or smilne@bouldercounty.org.

Hike: Healthy Forest Ecology and Wildfire Mitigation Tips

When: Saturday, Oct. 18, 4 – 6 p.m.
Location: Nederland Community Forestry Sort Yard, 291 Ridge Rd, Nederland
Details: Join us for fun and informative “hike” exploring the forest at the Nederland sort yard. We will focus on how to properly manage your forest so it is healthier in the long-term. When cutting it is easy to make simple mistakes that could cause long-term forest health issues on your land. Blending the “art and science” of good forest management is key to your success. We will also talk about fall time wildfire awareness tips. As the leaves drop and the grasses turn brown it is an important time to not let your guard down.

What Is the Future of Colorado’s Forests?

When: Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: University of Colorado-Denver, Lawrence Street Center, 2nd Floor Terrace Room, 1380 Lawrence Street, Denver
Details: The Union of Concerned Scientists and the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization recently released a report titled “Rocky Mountain Forests at Risk: Confronting Climate-driven Impacts from Insects, Wildfires, Heat, and Drought.” This event, hosted by the Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development at CU Denver, will feature a panel discussion regarding the report and its implications for Colorado’s forests.

Waldo Canyon: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

When: Thursday, Oct. 30, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Location: Boulder County Regional Fire Training Center, Boulder Reservoir, 5565 N. 51st St., Boulder (To reach the Fire Training Center, drive through the Boulder Reservoir’s main entrance, continue past the recreational facilities, and drive to the end of the road where the center is located.)
Details: The Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs killed two residents, destroyed 346 homes, scorched 18,247 acres, and forced more than 30,000 people to evacuate. At the time it was considered the worst wildfire in Colorado history. Brett Lacey, Fire Marshal of the Colorado Springs Fire Department, will share lessons learned from the fireline in his presentation “Waldo Canyon: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” A dynamic speaker, Fire Marshal Lacey is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and is a registered professional engineer and safety professional. He has worked in the fire service for over 34 years serving in the ranks of firefighter, paramedic and engineer up to his current position.

Community Chipping Events:

Several community chipping events are scheduled during October. As some events have geographic restrictions, residents are asked to determine if an event is being offered in their area. Residents are also able to haul slash and logs to the Nederland or Allenspark sort yard for no charge through October 18: www.bouldercounty.org/property/forest/pages/fhsortyards.aspx

Crestview Estates Neighborhood Event
What: Free Curbside Chipping
Who: Open to residents of Crestview Estates only
When: Oct.  8
Details: Deadline to sign up is Oct. 7. Email Rich at reb@green-mtn.com

Coal Creek Canyon Area Slash Collection Event
What: Centralized Collection Event – You Haul It
Who: Open to residents of Coal Creek Canyon Fire Protection District
When: Oct. 18 and 19
Contact: Email information@coalcreekcanyonfd.org
 
Fourmile Canyon, Gold Hill and Lower Sunshine Canyon Area Event
What: Free Curbside Chipping
Who: Open to residents of Fourmile Fire, Gold Hill Fire, Poorman Road area, and Lower Sunshine Canyon Only
When: Sept. 29 - Oct. 3
Contact: Email Zach at zachsflittlefield@yahoo.com
 
Magnolia Road/ PUMA Community Chipping Event
What: Discounted Curbside Chipping
Who: Open to residents living off Magnolia Road only
When: Oct. 13
Details: Deadline to sign up is Oct. 10. Email Rob at robertjfrey@gmail.com

Sugarloaf Fire Protection District Event
What: Discounted Curbside Chipping
Who: Open to residents of Sugarloaf Fire only
When: Oct. 15
Details: Deadline to sign up is Oct. 14. Email CB at cbb@ionet.net

Sunshine Fire Protection District Event
What: Free Curbside Chipping
Who: Open to residents of Sunshine Fire only
When: Oct. 6 - 10
Details: Deadline to sign up is Oct. 1. Email Abby at abberoo@msn.com

-BoulderCounty.org-

 

 

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