Forest Management

Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – Feb. 28, 2014

March 1st, 2014

Today’s Forest Health Outreach update covers the following:
*Forestry Tip of the Day: Wildfire Partner Myths – Apply Soon!
*$10,000 Prize– Encourage Your Neighbors to Apply
*Nederland and Allenspark Sort Yards Open in Early May
*Call for Applications: 2014 Boulder County Community Chipping Reimbursement Program

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Wildfire Partner Myths – Apply Soon!  
Forestry Tip of the Day: 
There are only three days left to apply to be a Wildfire Partner. Applications are due by end of day March 3, 2014. Apply online at www.WildfirePartners.org. Over 350 landowners have already signed up!

Today we thought we would try to dispel a few myths that have been circulating in the community.

Myth 1:  By joining Wildfire Partners I will be forced to take actions that I don’t want to take.

Our Thoughts: Wildfire Partners is a voluntary program. You will not be required to take any actions that you aren’t comfortable taking. The program is designed to help inform you about the wildfire risk on your property and to encourage voluntary action. We hope you will consider following our advice on how to create effective wildfire mitigation on your land but that decision remains yours.

Myth 2: By joining Wildfire Partners I will be forced to clear-cut my property.

Our Thoughts: We will not require you to cut down all of your trees on your property. A number of factors will determine which—if any—trees need to be removed from your home ignition zone (for many homes this zone extends 100 feet from the structure). A properly mitigated home will usually have a mix of clumps of trees, openings and isolated individual trees. Our Wildfire Mitigation Specialists will work with each homeowner to create a healthier forest that is more resilient and has a better chance at surviving the next wildfire.

With that said, if you want to receive a Wildfire Partners Certificate you will have to complete all the required actions identified on your customized wildfire mitigation report. The report will also include recommended/optional measures. Some landowner’s will be able to quickly complete all required items and others may take months to even years to finish. The speed that you completed your required actions is up to you. However, in order to guarantee your $300 rebate you need to complete all required actions listed in your report in 2014.

Make sure to apply by end of day next Monday, March 3, 2014. www.WildfirePartners.org

*$10,000 Prize– Encourage Your Neighbors to Apply
We are offering a $10,000 prize to the largest contiguous block of neighbors who apply to be Wildfire Partners. The $10,000 prize will be divided evenly among the winning team of neighbors. So get out there and talk to your neighbors about wildfire mitigation and encourage them to apply!

Complete details about the prize including eligibility requirements are available here:http://www.wildfirepartners.org/10000-prize/.

*Nederland and Allenspark Sort Yards Open in Early May
You spoke, and we listened… We are excited to announce a dramatically expanded sort yard operating season for 2014. Both the Nederland and the Meeker/Allenspark sort yards will be open 4 days per week, all summer long, from early May through October 18.

  • Meeker/Allenspark – Opens: May 1 | Closes: Oct. 18
  • Nederland – Opens: May 7 | Closes: Oct. 18
  • Days of operation for both yards | Open: Wed. thru Sat. | Closed: Sun., Mon., and Tues. | Holiday Closure on July 4, 5

Spring snowfall might push back our opening dates. There may be additional closures during the season dependent upon weather, staff training and administrative requirements. Call 303-678-6368, before hauling a load of material, to ensure we are open.

*Call for Applications: 2014 Boulder County Community Chipping Reimbursement Program
Boulder County is offering financial assistance to encourage mountain communities to conduct community-based chipping days. One of the biggest obstacles homeowners face when managing their backyard forest is disposing of slash. This program helps addresses this problem and encourages community members to work together.

Reimbursement is only available for direct costs related to chipping or transportation of slash. It is not available for tree cutting. In 2013, the County awarded $17,500 to seven communities. Subject to prior approval, the County will reimburse up to 50% of direct costs up to a maximum of $4,000 per community. 

Visit www.BoulderCounty.org/ForestHealth to see complete program details and to download a community application form. Applications are due by March 24, 2014.

We encourage your community to apply today! Please share this email with other community members, community organizations and other who may be interested.

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
*Please visit our website to join our Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter. Learn about upcoming forestry workshops, wildfire mitigation, bark beetle management tips and more!

 

Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – Feb. 21, 2014

February 22nd, 2014

Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – Feb. 21, 2014
Today’s Forest Health Outreach update covers the following:
*Forestry Tip of the Day: The Benefits of Wildfire Partners
*$10,000 Prize is up for Grabs – Encourage Your Neighbors to Apply

*Forestry Tip of the Day: The Benefits of Wildfire Partners
Forestry Tip of the Day: 
Applications for Wildfire Partners have been steadily rolling in from residents throughout the foothills. Over 200 folks have already applied. Have you applied yet for your share of the $250,000 in rebates available to those who become Wildfire Partners? This is the largest amount of funding Boulder County has ever had available to offer homeowners to perform wildfire mitigation. Don’t wait! Enrollment is limited. Apply online by visiting www.WildfirePartners.orgApplications are due by March 3, 2014.

Here are a few of the benefits Wildfire Partners offers you:

  • An individual, on-site, wildfire home assessment with a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist – You will interact one-on-one with your specialist to learn about all aspects of proper mitigation. Your Wildfire Specialist will not only examine the landscaping and tree density around your home but they will also look at your home’s construction and provide direction on how to best retrofit your home. The assessment, valued at $250, will be provided at a charge of $25 (March-July) and $50 (August-December) and is estimated to take two to four hours to complete.
  • After the home assessment is complete each participant will receive a customized report that identifies the weak links in your home’s defenses – The report will specify precisely what actions you need to take to reduce your vulnerability to wildfire. The report will include pictures of vulnerabilities on your property that need to be mitigated.
  • $300 in rebates for every Wildfire Partner and additional need and merit-based rebates for some participants. Complete details on rebate eligibility are available on our webpage.
  • See even more benefits by visiting “Why You Should Become a Wildfire Partner”.


Why did we launch Wildfire Partners is in the middle of winter? 
We launched the program during winter so we can start offering wildfire site visits as soon as the snow melts. Hot, dry summer weather is just around the corner and we want program participants to understand their wildfire risk before smoke is in the air. The fire on Flagstaff earlier this week serves as a good reminder that fires can occur any time of year. Don’t wait to ask for assistance. If you wait, we may not be able to assist you during our inaugural year.

*$10,000 Prize is up for Grabs – Encourage Your Neighbors to Apply
Encourage your neighbors to apply to Wildfire Partners for a chance to win $10,000! Wildfire mitigation is more effective when neighbors work together. If your neighbor becomes a Wildfire Partner, you and your community will benefit.

We are offering a $10,000 prize to the largest contiguous block of neighbors who apply to be Wildfire Partners. The $10,000 prize will be divided evenly among the winning team of neighbors. So get out there and talk to your neighbors about wildfire mitigation and encourage them to apply!

Complete details about the prize including eligibility requirements are available here: http://www.wildfirepartners.org/10000-prize/. What team of neighbors will win the cash? Will it be you?

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
*Please visit our website to join our Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter. Learn about upcoming forestry workshops, wildfire mitigation, bark beetle management tips and more!

 

 

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day – Saturday, May 3, 2014

February 14th, 2014

From: Prudhomme, Cathy [mailto:CPrudhomme@nfpa.org]
Subject: Wildfire Community Preparedness Day – Saturday, May 3, 2014

Wildland Fire Educators:

Please consider sharing the flyer below with your stakeholders.  The first nationwide Wildfire Preparedness Day is Saturday, May 3, 2014.  $10,000 in funding is available for twenty neighborhood projects through a grant provided by State Farm.

Visit www.WildfirePrepDay.org for all the details and use the hashtag #WildfirePrepDay.org for updates.

Join the webinar on Tuesday, February 25, at 10am MST and discover what can be achieved on May 3 in your community!   Here’s the link: http://nfpa.adobeconnect.com/WildfirePrepDay/.

Cathy Prudhomme

Associate Project Mgr – Wildland Fire Operations Division, NFPA

(O) 303-736-8461

(C) 720-883-4627

6855 South Havana Street, Suite 180

Centennial, CO 80112

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Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – Jan. 28, 2014

February 4th, 2014

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Apply to be a Wildfire Partner
Forestry Tip of the Day: The flood kept us away for a bit, but we are back and excited to announce a new program called Wildfire Partners! You should be receiving info about this exciting opportunity in your mailboxes. We hope each of you considers signing up and encourages your neighbors to do the same! We attached a Wildfire Partners flier to this email.

Wildfire Partners is a new, voluntary program to help homeowners prepare for a wildfire. Are you already working to reduce your home’s vulnerability to wildfire or is it something that you have been meaning to do? Do you require assistance in identifying the weak links in your homes defenses or rebates to help you pay for mitigation work?

Wildfire Partners is here to help! We provide a comprehensive, on-site assessment of your home ignition zone; a customized report detailing actions you should take; and a follow-up visit to ensure that you are fully prepared for future wildfires.

Wildfire Partners offers many unique benefits that are only available for a short amount of time to a limited number of applicants. For more information, visit Why You Should Become a Wildfire Partner and Apply today!Or call us at 303-446-7877. 

Get Social! Like us/follow us on social media: https://www.facebook.com/wildfirepartners andhttps://twitter.com/WildfirePartner

*News Release: Wildfire Partners launches, offering residential wildfire mitigation assistance and rebates 
See our news release with more details here:  http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/bc12.aspx?articleid=3919&zoneid=28 

 

Cheers,
Ryan

Ryan Ludlow | Forestry Education & Outreach Coordinator 
Boulder County | Land Use Department
P.O. Box 471, Boulder CO 80306
O: 720.564.2641 | F: 303.441.4856
rludlow@bouldercounty.org | www.bouldercounty.org/ForestHealth
*Please visit our website to join our Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter. Learn about upcoming forestry workshops, wildfire mitigation, bark beetle management tips and more!

Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – Oct. 11, 2013

October 11th, 2013

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Bark Beetle Surveys Should Start Now
*Free Outreach Program: Nationally-renowned building scientist to discuss home wildfire mitigation – Mon., Oct. 21
*We need your help! Do you want to be one of our new Wildfire Consultants?
*Bring us your Logs and Slash Now! We Close for Winter Soon.

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Bark Beetle Surveys Should Start Now
Forestry Tip of the Day:
 Fall is by far the best time of year to survey for and remove currently infested mountain pine beetle trees. To identify infested trees use our Bark Beetle Field Guide -http://www.bouldercounty.org/doc/forest/barkbeetlefieldguide.pdf

If you want to keep logs as firewood, take these steps:
*Step #1 – “Cut down infested tree” remove the limbs and haul them to a community forestry sort yard, community chipping event or chip on-site.
*Step #2 – “Score the logs” by cutting furrows lengthwise down the entire log every 3-4 inches. Cuts don’t need to be too deep, just cut through the outer bark to the “white fleshy” cambium layer. This step speeds up the drying of the logs.
*Step #3 – “Buck (cut) the logs” into firewood sized pieces
*Step #4 – “Split the logs” and stack firewood in single rows, facing southwest, in the sunniest spot possible, with bark facing the sun. Do not stack the firewood in large piles.
*Alternative: After step # 3, don’t split the bucked up logs. Instead, place them in single rows facing southwest in a very sunny location. Logs must be rotated every couple of months to optimize sun exposure.

The goal of this treatment is to rapidly dry the logs and kill the developing larva before they fly next summer. If you use this method, you should start treatments soon to take advantage of remaining warmer fall days.

*Free Outreach Program: Nationally-renowned building scientist to discuss home wildfire mitigation – Mon., Oct. 21
The Science of Home Ignition: Reducing your Home’s Vulnerability to Wildfire
When: Monday, Oct. 21 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Where: Boulder County Regional Fire Training Center, Boulder Reservoir, 5565 N. 51st St., Boulder

How do homes burn during wildfires? Dr. Stephen Quarles, one of the nation’s leading scientists studying this issue, has answers for homeowners looking to protect their property.

At the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s Research Center, Dr. Quarles injects burning embers into the wind stream in a large testing chamber, effectively reproducing ember storms typically observed during wildfires. Full-scale homes and commercial structures are built and transported into the test chamber so Dr. Quarles can study how ember attack and torching vegetation ignite structures. The primary objective of this research is to reduce the likelihood of wildfire-caused building ignitions in communities located in wildfire-prone areas such as the foothills of Boulder County.
To watch a video of the ember generator, visit http://www.disastersafety.org/video/page/5/.

Dr. Quarles will be presenting groundbreaking research in his presentation “The Science of Home Ignition: Reducing your Home’s Vulnerability to Wildfire,” on Monday, Oct. 21 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Boulder County Regional Fire Training Center, Boulder Reservoir, 5565 N. 51st St., Boulder.

To reach the Boulder County Regional 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.

This presentation is part of Wildfire Awareness Month. Boulder County declared October as Wildfire Awareness Month in 2011 based on a recommendation from residents to help educate the community and promote individual responsibility in preparing for future wildfires. Other events planned for the month, including the Wildfire Mitigation Challenge, have been cancelled due to the impacts of the September flood.

For more information, visit www.BoulderCountyWildfireAware.org, or contact Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Andrew Notbohm at 720-564-2625 or anotbohm@bouldercounty.org

*We need your help! Do you want to be one of our new Wildfire Consultants? 
Boulder County has issued RFP 5884-13 for Wildfire Consultants. Wildfire Partners is a new program to reduce wildfire risk for homeowners. To help implement Wildfire Partners, Boulder County is hiring 6-10 independent Wildfire Consultants to educate residents on how to prepare for wildfires, perform individual wildfire assessments of homes, and inspect wildfire mitigation measures. Consultants will work part-time starting in January 2014. Initial funding for Wildfire Partners comes from a Colorado Department of Natural Resources Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant. Information on the Wildfire Partners program for the general public along with the application forms required for residents to participate will be available starting in January 2014.

Email inquires for the RFP can be made to the Boulder County Purchasing Office at purchasing@bouldercounty.orgby 4 p.m. October 21. Submittals are due November 8, 2013 before 2 p.m. For Details Visit: (https://www.bouldercounty.org/gov/business/pages/biddetails.aspx?bidID=45)

*Bring us your Logs and Slash Now! We Close for Winter Soon.
This is the last Friday and Saturday of the year to drop slash and logs off at the Nederland Sort yard site. Our south county site will close for the season at 5pm on Saturday Oct. 12. It is open 9 am to 5pm.

Our Allenspark sort yard site is only open for one more week. This site is open Tues.- Sat. closing for the season at 5pm on Oct. 19.

Important: Flood Debris Drop-Off Information
Our sort yard program is only able to accept clean and natural wood debris from the flood. We are not able to accept mud covered wood or any secondary processed wood products like dimensional lumber, landscape timbers, posts, poles or other construction debris. We will turn away loads of material that has construction material mixed in or if it is covered in mud.

Cheers,
Ryan

Ryan Ludlow | Forestry Education & Outreach Coordinator 
Boulder County | Land Use Department
P.O. Box 471, Boulder CO 80306
O: 720.564.2641 | F: 303.441.4856
rludlow@bouldercounty.org | www.bouldercounty.org/ForestHealth
*Please visit our website to join our Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter. Learn about upcoming forestry workshops, wildfire mitigation, bark beetle management tips and more!

 

Nationally-renowned building scientist to discuss home wildfire mitigation

October 10th, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Oct. 9, 2013  Contact: Richard Hackett, Communications Specialist, 720-564-2605

 Nationally-renowned building scientist to discuss home wildfire mitigation

“The Science of Home Ignition: Reducing your Home’s Vulnerability to Wildfire” program on Monday, Oct. 21, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

 Boulder County, Colo. - How do homes burn during wildfires? Dr. Stephen Quarles, one of the nation’s leading scientists studying this issue, has answers for homeowners looking to protect their property.

At the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s Research Center, Dr. Quarles injects burning embers into the wind stream in a large testing chamber, effectively reproducing ember storms typically observed during wildfires. Full-scale homes and commercial structures are built and transported into the test chamber so Dr. Quarles can study how ember attack and torching vegetation ignite structures. The primary objective of this research is to reduce the likelihood of wildfire-caused building ignitions in communities located in wildfire-prone areas such as the foothills of Boulder County.

To watch a video of the ember generator, visit http://www.disastersafety.org/video/page/5/.

Dr. Quarles will be presenting groundbreaking research in his presentation “The Science of Home Ignition: Reducing your Home’s Vulnerability to Wildfire,” on Monday, Oct. 21 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Boulder County Regional Fire Training Center, Boulder Reservoir, 5565 N. 51st St., Boulder.

What: The Science of Home Ignition: Reducing your Home’s Vulnerability to Wildfire

When: Monday, Oct. 21 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Where: Boulder County Regional Fire Training Center, Boulder Reservoir, 5565 N. 51st St., Boulder

To reach the Boulder County Regional 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.

This presentation is part of Wildfire Awareness Month. Boulder County declared October as Wildfire Awareness Month in 2011 based on a recommendation from residents to help educate the community and promote individual responsibility in preparing for future wildfires. Other events planned for the month, including the Wildfire Mitigation Challenge, have been cancelled due to the impacts of the September flood.

For more information, visit www.BoulderCountyWildfireAware.org, or contact Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Andrew Notbohm at 720-564-2625 or anotbohm@bouldercounty.org.

-BoulderCounty.org-

 

 

Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – Sept. 18, 2013

September 19th, 2013

Today’s forest health outreach update covers the following topics:
*Forestry Tip of the Day: Some thoughts on the Flood
*3rd Annual Colorado Forestry Fair – Postponed
*Ned and Meeker Community Forestry Sort Yard Fall Schedule Updates

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Some thoughts on the Flood
Forestry Tip of the Day: In my opinion Boulder County is one of the best places to live in the United States. We have the most beautiful mountains, the best people I have ever met and more recreational opportunities then imaginable. For the past four years I have spent countless hours driving our beautiful canyons, seeing our amazing vistas and visiting with many of you at your lovely mountain homes and forests. We have had countless hours of conversation discussing bark beetles, wildfire mitigation and how to create healthier forests.

It is amazing how in a couple of days everything seems to change. The past few days have been an extremely difficult time for so many of you, the folks that make this place so special to me. I hope everyone is making it through the flooding to the best of their abilities. I know that this flood has impacted just about everyone who reads this eNewsletter and it saddens me to think about the impacts that so many of you are going through right now. I wish everyone the best of luck and look forward to continuing our forestry outreach after our community begins to heal. It has been surreal and amazing to watch the ongoing rescue effort and response to this widespread natural disaster. We will bounce back from this Boulder County and we will be stronger then we were before. Best of luck to everyone in your road to recovery! I can assure you Boulder County is here for you and we will get through this together.

For the latest information on emergency response to the flood please visit: www.boulderoem.com. Go to www.BoulderCountyFlood.org orwww.BoulderFloodInfo.net for recovery information. These websites provide information about assistance and resources available for those affected by the Boulder flood.

*3rd Annual Colorado Forestry Fair – Postponed
As you likely guessed we had to postpone 2013 Colorado Forestry Fair which was supposed to take place Saturday Sept. 14. But don’t worry; we are planning to reschedule the event for the upcoming Spring 2014.

*Community Forestry Sort Yard Fall Schedule Updates
The Allenspark sort yard is under an emergency closure thru at least Sunday Sept. 22. This closure is due to limited access to the yard for staff and residents and also due to muddy conditions on site. The soonest this north county slash and log disposal site might reopen is Tuesday, Sept. 24. When the site reopens we will now accept currently infested mountain pine beetle logs.

The south county Nederland Sort Yard is currently planned to re-open as scheduled this Friday Sept. 20. It will be open on 4 consecutive Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 20 thru Oct. 12.

Due to ongoing disaster response our sort yard schedule is subject to change with little warning. Before hauling slash and logs to either sort yard please call our daily operational hotline at 303-678-6368 to confirm operational status.

For complete details about this free log and slash disposal program please visit: http://www.bouldercounty.org/property/forest/pages/fhsortyards.aspx

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
*Please visit our website to sign-up to receive emails about forestry workshops, community meetings, bark beetle management tips and more!

Visit the Boulder County Web site: http://www.bouldercounty.org

Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – Sept. 10, 2013

September 10th, 2013

Today’s forest health outreach update covers the following topics:
*Forestry Tip of the Day: Don’t miss the Colorado Forestry Fair – Sat., Sept. 14
*3rd Annual Colorado Forestry Fair Event Details
*Community Forestry Sort Yard Fall Schedule – Free Slash and Log Disposal

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Don’t miss the Forestry Fair – Sat., Sept. 14 – Nederland
Forestry Tip of the Day: The 3rd annual Colorado Forestry Fair is an event that you will not want to miss! We know your weekends are busy and if you receive this eNewsletter you have likely already attended one of our past smaller forestry workshops.  However, the upcoming free of charge Forestry Fair, outside Nederland, is the biggest and likely the best outreach event we have ever offered. More than 30 partners/sponsors are coming together to host a day of forestry that is sure to offer something for everyone.

For private forest landowners, a fair highlight will be our forestry equipment demonstration area. Zach Price, County Forester, will show you how to effectively use ropes, pulleys, winches, atvs and small forestry tractors to work smarter, not harder.  After watching the demos and chatting with Zach you will have a much better understanding about how to move logs and slash out of your woods without breaking your back. Simple and cost effective equipment, plus a bit of knowledge, can make it a lot easier to actively manage your backyard forest.

The Forestry Fair is an open house style event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We encourage you to come early! A few more details… Nederland’s very own Wild Mountain Smokehouse will be selling lunch. Nederland Fire Protection District will have a Fire Truck on-site for you to check out. There will be a tree dropping demonstration. We will have several different forest ecology, bark beetle management and defensible space hikes.  Smokey Bear will make a guest appearance! Plus a whole lot more!

If you can’t tell I am excited for this event! We sure hope you can join us for the day! More details about the Fair can be found in the next post.

*3rd Annual Colorado Forestry Fair Event Details – Sept. 14
The Colorado State Forest Service and Boulder County proudly present the 2013 Colorado Forestry Fair!
September 14th- 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Theme - “Forest Stewardship through Active Management”
• Learn about forest management and wildfire mitigation
• See forestry equipment demonstrations
• Fun kids’ activities including puppet shows and tree seed plantings
• Career exploration and networking in forestry and natural resource management
• Landowners, families, students and anyone interested in forestry are encouraged to attend

Located at the Boulder County Nederland Sort Yard, 291 Ridge Road, Nederland, CO.  This is a free event and is open to the general public. For questions, please email CSFS_ForestryFair@mail.colostate.edu

Program Includes:
• Defensible Space Presentations by Andrew Notbohm – Wildfire Mitigation Specialist and Ryan Ludlow – Forestry Education & Outreach Coordinator – Boulder County Land Use Department
• Forest Ecology and Pine Beetle Identification Walks
• Forestry Equipment Demonstrations
• CSU Logging Sports Team
• Sawmill Demo
• Chainsaw and Tree Felling Demo
• Fire Ecology Demonstrations
• Lear about what Do Foresters Do
• Crafts and Activities

*Community Forestry Sort Yard Fall Schedule – Free Slash and Log Disposal
The Allenspark sort yard is now open for free of charge slash and log disposal. This north county site is open Tues. – Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. thru Oct. 19. FYI – we will begin accepting currently infested mountain pine beetle logs starting on Tuesday Sept. 17, 2013.

The south county Nederland Sort Yard will reopen on 4 consecutive Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 20 thru Oct. 12.

For complete details about the free log and slash disposal program please visit:http://www.bouldercounty.org/property/forest/pages/fhsortyards.aspx

Cheers,
Ryan

Ryan Ludlow | Forestry Education & Outreach Coordinator 
Boulder County | Land Use Department
P.O. Box 471, Boulder CO 80306
O: 720.564.2641 | F: 303.441.4856
rludlow@bouldercounty.org | www.bouldercounty.org/ForestHealth
*Please visit our website to join our Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter. Learn about upcoming forestry workshops, wildfire mitigation, bark beetle management tips and more!

Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – Aug. 5, 2013

August 5th, 2013

Today’s forest health outreach update covers the following topics:
*Forestry Tip of the Day: New Wildfire Mitigation Online Resources
*Reminder: Firewise Landscaping Webinar – Part 1: Tues. Aug. 6 at Noon
*Insurance Workshops – New Locations/Dates in Jamestown and Allenspark
*Allenspark Sort Yard Now Open

*Forestry Tip of the Day: New Wildfire Mitigation Online Resources
Forestry Tip of the Day: We are excited to announce our new and improved wildfire mitigation education and outreach resource webpage. Visit http://www.bouldercounty.org/property/forest/pages/defensiblespace.aspxto learn more about how to protect your home from future wildfires.

Webpage highlights include:
• View an aerial photo of your actual home’s defensible zones
• Watch wildfire mitigation educational videos focused on why homes are lost in wildfires
• See the ember storm/blizzard video by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety
• Read the latest scientific reports from recent Colorado Wildfires

*Reminder: Firewise Landscaping Webinar – Part 1: Tues. Aug. 6 at Noon
We are offering our popular Firewise Landscaping Workshop as a two-part online webinar. Join us tomorrow, Aug. 6, at noon for our first session focused actions you can take today to improve the chances of your home surviving the next wildfire. A webinar is an online seminar. You can participate from any computer with decent internet access. This webinar is free of charge.

Defensible-space (D-space) does not mean moonscape! In this two part webinar learn how to transform your home’s perimeter into an area that you can not only use, but looks good and helps protect your home from wildfires. You have the ability to dramatically improve the chances of your home surviving the next wildfire!

Webinar Part 1: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 (Noon – 1:00 pm MT) – Home Ignition Zone: Lessons learned from Fourmile, High Park and Waldo Canyon fires. Our understanding of how homes are lost in wildfires is changing. Learn the newest science available.  Learn about simple maintenance tips to better prepare your home for wildfires.  See fun and attractive examples of D-space incorporating patio design and pathways. Presented by Ryan Ludlow, Boulder County Forestry Education & Outreach Coordinator

Webinar Part 2: Thursday, August 15, 2013 (Noon – 1:00 pm MT) – Fire-Resistant Plants: Learn how to use fire-resistant native and adapted plants to add color and beauty and to attract birds to your land. Presented by Irene Shonle, Gilpin County Extension Director

To register for one or both of these free webinars go to:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Dv0D2k_CVu5IVP4YlZPRY2jHZkj3ynO33oEPI2enueE/viewform

*Insurance Workshops – New Locations/Dates in Jamestown and Allenspark
Back by popular demand we have scheduled two additional Insurance workshop locations. Join us in Jamestown this week on Aug. 7 or next week in Allenspark on Aug. 13.

Location Option # 1:
When:
 Wednesday, August 7, 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Jamestown Town Hall, 118 Main St., Jamestown

Location Option # 2:
When:
 Tuesday, August 13, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Hilltop Guild’s Kelley House, 18720 Hwy 7, Allenspark

Program Description:
• Hear what Fourmile Fire Survivors wish they’d known about insurance before they lost their homes.
• Easy to use tools, tips, and resources to assure that your mountain home is adequately insured.
• How to avoid the most common gaps in insurance coverage.
• An accurate range of per square footage costs to rebuild in the mountains west of Boulder.

To learn more now, check out this insurance video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMNtIzlTsbg
Other great insurance resources are available at http://bouldermountainresources.org/resources/insurance/

*Allenspark Sort Yard Now Open
The Allenspark sort yard is now open for free of charge slash and log disposal. This north county site is open Tues. – Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. thru Oct. 19. Please note we will not accept currently infested mountain pine beetle logs until after mpb flight ends in mid-Sept.

For complete details about our Community Forest Sort Yard Program please visit:http://www.bouldercounty.org/property/forest/pages/fhsortyards.aspx

Cheers,
Ryan

Ryan Ludlow | Forestry Education & Outreach Coordinator 
Boulder County | Land Use Department
P.O. Box 471, Boulder CO 80306
O: 720.564.2641 | F: 303.441.4856
rludlow@bouldercounty.org | www.bouldercounty.org/ForestHealth
*Please visit our website to join our Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter. Learn about upcoming forestry workshops, wildfire mitigation, bark beetle management tips and more!

 

Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – July 24, 2013

July 24th, 2013

Today’s forest health outreach update covers the following topics:
*Forestry Tip of the Day: Mountain Pine Beetle Flight
*Firewise Landscaping Webinar Series: Defensible space is not moonscape!
*Reminder: Free Insurance Workshop: Nederland – July 25
*Boulder Office of Emergency Management Seeks Input on Hazard Mitigation Plan Revision
*Allenspark Sort Yard Reopens on Tuesday – July 30
*Fire Ban Rescinded

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Mountain Pine Beetle Flight 
Forestry Tip of the Day: Mountain pine beetles (MPBs) typically fly once per year between mid-July to mid-Sept. Private forest landowner’s should use caution when cutting during the heart of beetle flight since MPBs can be attracted to freshly cut pine. We do think it is okay to continue cutting during beetle flight, especially if you are working to create effective defensible space on your land, but be conscience about your methods.

When cutting during MPB flight try to limit the amount of time fresh cut pine branches and logs stay on your land. If possible it is best to cut and remove freshly cut pine material from your land quickly. If removal isn’t feasible make sure to stack freshly cut pine material away from high value trees. Chipping freshly cut pine back onto the forest floor can also attract beetles to your land so either haul chips offsite or spread chips away from high value trees.

Keep in mind that you can cut fir, spruce, aspen and other non-pine species of trees during beetle flight without worry of attracting MPBs. You can also cut dead trees and remove the dead lower branches of any tree species without issues.

MPB Management: You can reduce the total impacts from beetles on your land if you aggressively survey for and remove newly infested trees. We recommend that you survey all pines in your forest at least once per year after beetle flight ends in mid-Sept. Use our Bark Beetle Management Field Guide to help determine if a tree has been successfully attacked. http://www.bouldercounty.org/doc/forest/barkbeetlefieldguide.pdf

The good news is that in recent years we have seen declining beetle populations throughout the state and in Boulder County. This decline in population provides even more reason and motivation to make sure to remove as many infested trees from your land as possible.

Keep in mind the absolute best time of the year to be on your land cutting is from about Mid-Sept. to Mid-March. Both MPBs and Ips bark beetles are the least active during these cooler fall and winter months.

*Firewise Landscaping Two-part Webinar Series: Defensible space is not moonscape!
(A webinar is an online seminar. You can participate from any computer with decent internet access.)

Defensible-space (D-space) does not mean moonscape! In this two part webinar learn how to transform your home’s perimeter into an area that you can not only use, but looks good and helps protect your home from wildfires. You have the ability to dramatically improve the chances of your home surviving the next wildfire!

Webinar Part 1: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 (Noon – 1:00 pm MT) – Home Ignition Zone: Lessons learned from Fourmile, High Park and Waldo Canyon fires. Our understanding of how homes are lost in wildfires is changing. Learn the newest science available.  Learn about simple maintenance tips to better prepare your home for wildfires.  See fun and attractive examples of D-space incorporating patio design and pathways. Presented by Ryan Ludlow, Boulder County Forestry Education & Outreach Coordinator

Webinar Part 2: Thursday, August 15, 2013 (Noon – 1:00 pm MT) – Fire-Resistant Plants: Learn how to use fire-resistant native and adapted plants to add color and beauty and to attract birds to your land. Presented by Irene Shonle, Gilpin County Extension Director

To register for one or both of these free webinars go to:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Dv0D2k_CVu5IVP4YlZPRY2jHZkj3ynO33oEPI2enueE/viewform

*Reminder: Free Insurance Workshop in Nederland – Thursday, July 25
Learn how to properly insure your home and be prepared in case of natural disasters.
When: Thursday, July 25 – 7- 9 p.m.
Where: Nederland Community Center, 750 Highway 72 North
Program Description:
• Easy to use tools, tips, and resources to assure that your home is adequately insured. 
• How to avoid the most common gaps in insurance coverage.
• An accurate range of per square footage costs to rebuild in the mountains west of Boulder. 
• What Fourmile Fire survivors wish they’d known about insurance before they lost their homes. 
• Receive tips from United Policyholders’ Roadmap to Preparedness Program (www.uphelp.org).

*Boulder Office of Emergency Management Seeks Virtual Input on Hazard Mitigation Plan Revision
The Boulder Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is using social media to gather public input on the revision of the county’s Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. The agency is asking residents to take an online survey about hazard mitigation in their communities. The OEM is also encouraging residents utilize Facebook and Twitter to receive important information about the plan and to continue providing feedback throughout the revision process.

For complete details about how you can provide feedback please see our news release here:http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/bc12.aspx?articleid=3678&zoneid=1

*Allenspark Area Sort Yard Reopens on Tuesday – July 30
The Allenspark sort yard reopens next week for free of charge slash and log disposal. This north county site will be open Tues. – Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. thru Oct. 19. Please note we will not accept currently infested mountain pine beetle logs until after mpb flight ends in mid-Sept. For complete details please visit:http://www.bouldercounty.org/property/forest/pages/fhsortyards.aspx 

*The Fire Ban in Boulder County has been rescinded
The Fire ban has been rescinded. For further information please visit the Sheriff’s Office Press Release here:http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/bc12.aspx?articleid=3675&zoneid=2

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
*Please visit our website to sign-up to receive emails about forestry workshops, community meetings, bark beetle management tips and more!   

 

Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – July 10, 2013

July 10th, 2013

Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – July 10, 2013
Today’s forest health outreach update covers the following topics:
*Forestry Tip of the Day: Free Slash Disposal Event West of Jamestown – July 13
*In the News: An Interview with your eNewsletter Editor
*New Event: Free Insurance Workshop: Nederland – July 25
*Northern Front Range Recreational Sport Shooting Management Partnership
*Article of Interest: Saws and Slaws: Mitigation Superstars
*Fire Ban is still in Effect

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Free Slash Disposal Event West of Jamestown – Saturday July 13 
Forestry Tip of the Day: Got slash? We have a chipper and a free location to drop it off on this Saturday, July 13, from 9am to 3pm. We will be collecting slash in the Bar K neighborhood located 6 miles west of Jamestown off of Overland Road. This event is open to everyone!

This is a you haul it, we chip it style event brought to you in partnership by Boulder County, Colorado State Forest Service, Left Hand Fire Protection District and the Bar K Association. We will not accept raked up pine needles at this event. Don’t have a truck/trailer?? Then team up with a neighbor who has one or rent a trailer in Boulder.

Before hauling slash please view our event flier for directions and info on what will and won’t be accepted. We are chipping everything as it is unload so we have specific requirements on what we can accept. Event Flier: http://www.bouldercounty.org/doc/landuse/jamestownbarkchipping201306.pdf

Make sure to double check your directions before heading up. There is no cell signal and it is a bit tricky to find. Here is a google map link: https://maps.google.com/maps?daddr=40.111754,-105.445386&hl=en&sll=40.112936,-105.444288&sspn=0.007532,0.015278&t=h&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=16&z=16

Questions: Call Jim Webster, CWPP Planner with Boulder County at 720-564-2600.

*In the News: An Interview with the eNewsletter Editor
I was recently invited down to Denver for a short interview with 9News. I thought folks might like to hear our wildfire mitigation tips. Watch it here:http://www.9news.com/news/local/article/342481/346/Wildfire-mitigation-in-your-backyard Live interviews with thousands of folks watching is always so much fun… Hope you enjoy it.

*New Event: Free Insurance Workshop in Nederland – July 25
We are offering another one of our popular Insurance workshops in Nederland on July 25. This is a must attend workshop. Did you know that 60% of the homes lost in the Fourmile Fire were underinsured? Learn how to properly insure your home and be prepared in case of natural disasters.

When: Thursday, July 25 – 7-8:30pm.
Where: Nederland Community Center, 750 Highway 72 North
Program Description:

  • Hear lessons learned from Fourmile Fire Survivors.
  • Receive tips from United Policyholders’ Roadmap to Preparedness Program (www.uphelp.org).
  • Understand if your insurance policy accurately reflects the real cost of rebuilding in the mountains west of Boulder.
  • Pick up practical ways your family can be prepared in the case of a natural disaster.

To learn more now, check out this insurance video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMNtIzlTsbg. Other great insurance resources are available athttp://bouldermountainresources.org/resources/insurance/.

*Northern Front Range Recreational Sport Shooting Management Partnership
Recently Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin and Larimer counties formalized a partnership with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service to develop a landscape-level, multi-jurisdictional strategy for Recreational Sport Shooting (RSS) across northern Colorado’s Front Range. To view complete details about this partnership please visit:http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/bc12.aspx?articleid=3633&zoneid=1

Informational open houses will be held in each county in the coming weeks to update the public and share preliminary criteria to identify potential opportunities for developed shooting areas in each county. Below is the schedule of open houses:

  • Larimer County: June 27, 6-8 p.m., Carter Lake & Boyd Lake Meeting Rooms, Larimer County Courthouse Office Building, 200 W. Oak Street, Ft. Collins.
  • Gilpin County: July 11, 6-8 p.m., Gilpin County Community Center, 250 Norton Drive, Black Hawk.
  • Clear Creek County: July 16, 6-8 p.m., Idaho Springs City Hall, 1711 Miner Street, Idaho Springs.
  • Boulder County: July 23, 6-8 p.m., Boulder County Courthouse, Commissioners’ Hearing Room, 3rd Floor, 1325 Pearl Street, Boulder.

*Article of Interest: Saws and Slaws: Mitigation Superstars
Last week’s Mountain Ear newspaper, out of Nederland, had a great article focused on the community driven Saws and Slaws Wildfire Mitigation Program. Read the article here:http://themtnear.com/2013/07/saws-slaws-mitigation-superstars/. To learn more and get involved with the awesome community driven wildfire mitigation effort please visit their website: http://sawsandslaws.com/

*Fire Ban still in Effect
The entire mountain area of Boulder County is under a fire ban. No open fires or fireworks are allowed. See details here:http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/bc12.aspx?articleid=3643&zoneid=2 

In addition, the USFS has also issued a Stage 1 Fire Restrict. For full details on these restrictions please visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/arp/alerts-notices/?aid=18267 

Cheers,
Ryan

Ryan Ludlow | Forestry Education & Outreach Coordinator 
Boulder County | Land Use Department
P.O. Box 471, Boulder CO 80306
O: 720.564.2641 | F: 303.441.4856
rludlow@bouldercounty.org | www.bouldercounty.org/ForestHealth
*Please visit our website to join our Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter. Learn about upcoming forestry workshops, wildfire mitigation, bark beetle management tips and more!

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Forest Service’s heightened fire ban rules

June 27th, 2013

 

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
Pawnee National Grassland
Contact: Tammy Williams, 970-295-6693
Find this news online at:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=STELPRDB5425859
Twitter: @usfsarp

 

Date: June 27, 2013
Fire Restrictions Thursday

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Due to the hot and dry conditions, Stage 1 fire restrictions start Thursday, June 27, for National Forest System lands on the Boulder, Canyon Lakes, Clear Creek and Sulphur Ranger Districts on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests.

These Stage 1 fire restrictions limit where and what type of fires visitors can have and are in place until rescinded. 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.
    • Weld or operate an acetylene or other torch with an open flame, except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher.
    • Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arresting devise properly installed and a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher kept with the operator.

Additionally these restrictions include no discharging firearms on National Forest System lands in the geographic area encompassedon the west by State Highways 7 and 72; on the north by the Larimer/ Boulder County line; on the south by State Highway 72 and one-half mile on both sides of the Bunce School Road #105 and 217.1. Any person possessing a valid Colorado hunting license lawfully involved in hunting and harvesting game is exempt from the shooting restriction.

Not complying with this order could result in a mandatory court appearance, a Class B misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organizations, or imprisonment for more than six months, or both. If you were to cause a wildfire, you could be held responsible for suppression costs of that fire.

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

Fire conditions can rapidly change and vary by location. Extra caution is urged with all activities on the National Forests and Grassland especially with any activities that could potentially start a fire. Visitors are asked to be extra careful about where they choose to discharge firearms, place portable stoves or lanterns, and park their vehicle. Visitors are encouraged to watch conditions closely and consider choosing a different activity or location that is less prone to wildfire.

Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – June 21, 2013

June 21st, 2013

Today’s forest health outreach update covers the following topics:
**Fire Ban**
*Forestry Tip of the Day: Actions to take this Weekend
*Report: National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook
*Reminder: Free Insurance Workshop: Is Your Mountain Home Properly Insured? – June 25
*Nederland Sort Yard is Open for Free Slash and Log Disposal – Last Day July 6

** Fire Ban**
The entire mountain area of Boulder County is under a fire ban. No open fires or fireworks are allowed. Help us keep Boulder County free from wildfires this summer. See details here: http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/bc12.aspx?articleid=3643&zoneid=2

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Actions to take this Weekend 
Forestry Tip of the Day: Happy summer Solstice! Summer sure has arrived in a hurry. Today, we thought we would highlight a couple of tasks we recommend everyone take this weekend.

  • Cut your grass. Look outside your window, how tall is your grass? Get outside this weekend and cut all grass to a max height of 6 inches within 30 feet of all structures and along driveways. For added protection weed whip under prized trees that are beyond 30 feet and along roadways.  This task is especially important this year since the grasses are so tall from all that spring snow/rain. Be very careful when mowing it can cause sparks. Make sure to have long hose nearby.
  • Create a 3-5 feet non-combustible perimeter around all structures. Grab a rake and weedwhip and make sure the first three to five feet outside of your home is completely free of all pine needles, grasses, shrubs, firewood piles, lumber and anything else that is flammable. Taking this action gives your home a final line of defense against an approaching wildfire. If you don’t currently have an ignition-resistant perimeter (crushed gravel, pavers, flagstone etc.) installed, just rake down to bare mineral soil. Pay special attention under decks, where steps meet the ground and areas where wood siding is close to the ground.
  • Check and clean gutters of all pine needles. Have you been up the ladder to check lately? I just checked my house and was surprised to find a big pile of pine needles in one of my gutters. The needles are gone now.

 

More tips and wildfire mitigation outreach videos are available on our Wildfire Mitigation Educational website here:http://www.bouldercounty.org/property/forest/pages/defensiblespace.aspx 

*Report: National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook
We thought folks might be interested in reading about the wildfire outlook for the summer. This report is put out monthly by the National Interagency Fire Center. Read it here:http://www.predictiveservices.nifc.gov/outlooks/monthly_seasonal_outlook.pdf 

*Reminder: Free Insurance Workshop: Is Your Mountain Home Properly Insured? – June 25
Did you know that 60% of the homes lost in the Fourmile Fire were underinsured? Learn how to properly insure your home and be prepared in case of natural disasters.

When: Tuesday, June 25 – 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Coal Creek Community Center, 31528 Highway 72, Golden, CO
Program Description:

  • Hear lessons learned from Fourmile Fire Survivors.
  • Receive tips from United Policyholders’ Roadmap to Preparedness Program (www.uphelp.org).
  • Understand if your insurance policy accurately reflects the real cost of rebuilding in the mountains west of Boulder.
  • Pick up practical ways your family can be prepared in the case of a natural disaster.

To learn more now, check out this insurance video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMNtIzlTsbg. Other great insurance resources are available athttp://bouldermountainresources.org/resources/insurance/.

*Nederland Sort Yard is Open for Slash and Log Disposal – Last day July 6

  • Nederland Sort Yard: Now open 5 days per week thru July 6. This south county site will reopen in the Fall on a limited 8 day Friday/Saturday schedule.
  • Allenspark Sort Yard: Currently closed. Scheduled to reopen on July 30.

For complete details about our sort yard program including hours of operation, location and operational schedule visit:http://www.bouldercounty.org/property/forest/pages/fhsortyards.aspx

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
*Please visit our website to sign-up to receive emails about forestry workshops, community meetings, bark beetle management tips and more!

Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – June 12, 2013

June 12th, 2013

Today’s forest health outreach update covers the following topics:
***Fire Ban Enacted June 12, 2013 at Noon***

*Forestry Tip of the Day: What a Difference a Day Makes
*Free Insurance Workshop: Is Your Mountain Home Properly Insured?

*Free Community Chipping Event: Jamestown – June 15

*Community Meeting: Learn about Community Driven Fire Mitigation…

*Nederland and Allenspark Sort Yards are Both Open for Slash and Log Disposal

*** Sheriff Joe Pelle will Enact a Fire Ban Beginning June 12, 2013 at Noon ***

Today, June 12 at noon, Sheriff Joe Pelle will enact a fire ban for the central mountain corridor of Boulder County. For further details on the boundary of the fire ban, specific banned activities and other useful info please visit: http://bit.ly/18x41mb.


*Forestry Tip of the Day: What a Difference a Day Makes 

Forestry Tip of the Day: Low humidity, strong winds, hot temps and an ignition are all it takes to start major wildfires in Colorado. As most of you are aware, several large wildfires erupted throughout the state yesterday.

If you are regular reader of this eNewsletter, then you know that days like yesterday are what we have been preparing for. We know that many of you reading this have been working nearly day and night to prepare your homes for future wildfires. Today, we wanted to applaud your hard work. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed, and we are continually amazed by your efforts to create effective wildfire mitigation on your land. Keep up the great work; you are setting an example for your neighbors, friends and the larger community! Thank you for all your efforts!!

Hopefully, we can use these fires as motivation to make sure our homes are ready. We need your help in our efforts to prepare all Boulder County residents for the next big fire. Help us spread the message of proactive wildfire mitigation. Talk with your neighbors, talk with your friends and encourage everyone you interact with to create effective wildfire mitigation on their land. We still have too many folks who live in the mountains who haven’t taken action. You can be the person to help deliver this important message and encourage your neighbors to better prepare for wildfires.

*Free Insurance Workshop: Is Your Mountain Home Properly Insured?
Did you know that 60% of the homes lost in the Fourmile Fire were underinsured? Mark your calendars and plan to attend this training and learn how to properly insure your home and be prepared in case of natural disasters.

When: Tuesday, June 25 – 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Coal Creek Community Center, 31528 Highway 72, Golden, CO
Program Description:

  • Hear lessons learned from Fourmile Fire Survivors.
  • Receive tips from United Policyholders’ Roadmap to Preparedness Program (www.uphelp.org).
  • Understand if your insurance policy accurately reflects the real cost of rebuilding in the mountains west of Boulder.
  • Pick up practical ways your family can be prepared in the case of a natural disaster.

To learn more now, check out this insurance video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMNtIzlTsbg. Other great insurance resources are available athttp://bouldermountainresources.org/resources/insurance/.

*Free Community Chipping Event: Jamestown – June 15
Got Slash or pine needles?? Then don’t forget to put it in a truck, or your neighbor’s truck or the back of your Subaru and haul it to our free-of-charge, community chipping event. Don’t have a truck? Then, rent a big trailer in Boulder for cheap!

This is a “you haul it, we chip it” style event and is first come first served. Once dumpsters are full, we won’t be able to accept additional material. Make sure to keep your pine needles separated from slash. We recommend putting pine needles in big garbage cans so they can be dumped directly into the dumpster.

View our event flier for complete details on location, hours and what we will and won’t accept.

* Community Meeting: Learn about Community Driven Fire Mitigation Projects that are being Planned for the Big Springs Neighborhood in Nederland – Thurs, June 13
Saws and Slaws is a volunteer-based group helping neighborhoods implement fire mitigation.  We bring neighbors and volunteers together for a morning of work doing fire mitigation (Saws) and then have a potluck in the afternoon (Slaws).  It’s a great way to work with your neighbors to reduce the danger of wildland fire at your home and in your community.    We are planning four events this summer in the Big Springs Neighborhood – roughly one per month.  We have support from the Town of Nederland and Boulder County to provide free chipping for these events.

We will have an informational/planning meeting Thursday, June 13th from 7-8:30pm at the Nederland Community Center, 750 Highway 72 North.   At the meeting, we will introduce the Saws and Slaws program and then discuss the best way to group homes together to hold the four events.  We already have over 15 property owners interested. If you are interested in having Saws and Slaws help you organize an event in your part of Big Springs or you are just interested in the Saws and Slaws program, please join us!

Questions?  Please email Alan Brewer at nedforesthealth@gmail.com and check out www.sawsandslaws.com or sawsandslaws on facebook.
This message was posted on Behalf of Nederland Saws and Slaws Community Volunteers: Alan Brewer and Kris Hess

*Nederland and Allenspark Sort Yards are Both Open for Slash and Log Disposal

  • Nederland Sort Yard: Now open 5 days per week thru July 6. This south county site will reopen in the Fall on a limited 8 day Friday/Saturday schedule.
  • Allenspark Sort Yard: Open now for a limited spring operation on Fridays and Saturdays only. We are only open two more days this spring so make sure to haul material now! Open June 14, 15 only. This North County slash site reopens on its main five day per week schedule on July 30 thru Oct. 19.

For complete details about our sort yard program including hours of operation, location and operational schedule visit:http://www.bouldercounty.org/property/forest/pages/fhsortyards.aspx

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
*Please visit our website to sign-up to receive emails about forestry workshops, community meetings, bark beetle management tips and more!

Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – June 7, 2013

June 7th, 2013

Today’s forest health outreach update covers the following topics:
*Forestry Tip of the Day: Don’t miss out on cheap slash, log and pine needle disposal
*New Publication: Wildfire Mitigation Quick Checklist
*In the News: FAQ’s about the Colorado Homeowner Insurance Reform Act of 2013
*Press Release: Boulder County Sheriff Reminds Public to Register for Emergency Alerts

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Don’t miss out on cheap slash, log and pine needle disposal 
Forestry Tip of the Day: Despite the somewhat cooler and wetter start to the summer, we recently had good reminder about the need to properly prepare for wildfires. On Monday, the Blue Bell Fire started near Evergreen and burned an estimated 15-20 acres. For more on this fire visit theJefferson County Sheriff’s Office Blog.

Got Pine Needles and Cut Grass? In today’s eNewsletter we wanted to highlight all the great community driven wildfire mitigation disposal events that are available to you for a limited time. Local community leaders in Nederland, Gold Hill and Jamestown have been diligently working to provide you cheap, easy and close options to dispose slash, logs, pine needles and cut grass. There are several one-time events that are occurring now or soon that we highly recommend you take advantage of. Don’t wait to take action, these events won’t be available later in the summer, when it really starts to dry out. Attend any event that is close to your home. Open to all.

Pine Needle and Grass Clipping Disposal Options:

  • Nederland area Pine Needle Disposal: You must purchase compostable yard waste bags from Town Hall for $0.50 each. Full bags must be returned to Nederland Public works by June 19. For complete details visit: http://nederlandco.org/2013/06/pine-needle-bags-extended-sale-and-collection/
  • Gold Hill area Pine Needle Disposal: As part of Gold Hill’s annual spring cleanup they will have a “Firewise” dumpster available for disposal of flammable material (pine needles, cut grass). You must purchase compostable yard waste bags prior to the event, fill um up, and then drop the bags off on Saturday, June 15. To buy bags contact local community volunteers, Gretchen at Gretchen@mac.com or Kris atkgkeewee@netzero.net. Buy bags now because they won’t last long!

 

Free Slash Disposal and Pine Needle Disposal Options:

  • Jamestown area Pine Needle and Free Slash Disposal: On June 15, local community leaders are offering a free of charge slash, pine needles and grass clipping disposal event. Yard waste will be dropped in one dumpster and slash will be unloaded and immediately chipped by volunteers into 3 other dumpsters. There are very specific requirements about what is accepted at this event. Please look at our event flier for complete details:  http://www.bouldercounty.org/doc/landuse/jamestownbarkchipping201306.pdf This event is first come first served so come early. Make sure to keep your pine needles separated from slash. We recommend putting pine needles in big garbage cans so they can be dumped directly into the dumpster.

 

Nederland and Allenspark Sort Yards are both Open – Slash and Log Disposal Options:

  • Nederland Sort Yard: Open 5 days per week thru July 6. Make sure to bring us your slash and logs now, we are only open one more month! Don’t wait until smoke is in the air because the site might be closed. This south county site will reopen in the Fall on a limited 8 day Friday/Saturday schedule.
  • Allenspark Sort Yard: Open now for a limited spring operation on Fridays and Saturdays only. Open June 7, 8, 14, 15. This North County slash site reopens on its main five day per week schedule on July 30 thru Oct. 19.
  • For complete details about our sort yard program including hours of operation, location and operational schedule visit:http://www.bouldercounty.org/property/forest/pages/fhsortyards.aspx

*New Publication: Wildfire Mitigation Quick Checklist
Boulder County recently put together a new one page brochure to help you implement effective wildfire mitigation on your land. The brochure is simple, to the point and provides an easy list of actions everyone can take around their homes.

*In the News: FAQ’s about the Colorado Homeowner Insurance Reform Act of 2013
Did you hear about the new homeowner insurance laws that just passed in Colorado? Do you know how these new laws will affect you? To learn more visit the following webpage:https://app.e2ma.net/app/view:CampaignPublic/id:36513.13072865525/rid:372448ea57e2711e01e32aefb25f5318

*Press Release: Boulder County Sheriff Reminds Public to Register for Emergency Alerts
Please read this press release from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office on how to sign-up for and receive emergency notifications. Weblink:http://www.bouldercounty.org/apps/newsroom/templates/bc12.aspx?articleid=3616&zoneid=2

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
*Please visit our website to sign-up to receive emails about forestry workshops, community meetings, bark beetle management tips and more!

Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – May 23, 2013

May 23rd, 2013

Today’s forest health outreach update covers the following topics:
*Forestry Tip of the Day: Watch Out for Ips Bark Beetles
*Announcement: Allenspark Community Forestry Sort Yard Reopens on Friday – May 24
*Event Announcement: Town of Nederland Annual “Firewise” Spring Cleanup Event – June 1

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Watch Out for Ips Bark Beetles they are Flying
Forestry Tip of the Day: The spring/early summer is a good time of year to survey all your pine trees for new beetle infestation. Both ips bark beetles and mountain pine beetles continue to be the main species of bark beetle causing tree mortality in our area. As a reminder use our Bark Beetle Field Guide to help with identification these beetles: www.bouldercounty.org/find/library/environment/barkbeetlefieldguide.pdf

Ips Beetle Management Tip: In the spring of each year we typically observe the most damaging ips beetle flight. Over the past couple of days, we have seen signs of new ips infestation in freshly cut firewood piles, freshly cut pine slash and in weakened stressed pine trees. We recommend that everyone does a quick survey of their land to see if there are new ips infestations. Don’t forget that Ips beetles only infest pine trees.

Ips Beetle ID Tips: When surveying for ips infestation look for small accumulations of frass at the base of living pine trees, caught in the bark of trees or little piles of saw dust looking material accumulating on the top side of fresh firewood piles or fresh slash piles. This frass is actually beetle poop and is one of the main visual signs of ips beetle infestation. Another sign of possible ips infestation is the very rapid die off of seemly healthy trees. Trees infested with ips bark beetles turn from green to a bright red/yellow in as little as 4-6 weeks.

Ips Beetle Green Chaining:  While ips beetles are flying we can use their beetle biology to our advantage. In the next section we explain a management technique known as “green chaining”. We apologize for the long forestry tip of the day today, this technique is a bit complicated, but if done correctly can be highly effective.

Ips beetles are highly attracted to freshly cut “green/wet” pine slash and logs. We can use this knowledge to our advantage by intentionally cutting this time of year and stacking green pine slash and/or pine logs in an area away from high value trees and in a location that is easy to access for disposal. These piles of green branches and logs will attract ips beetles to them and in essence bait the Ips into these piles. After Ips infest that material we know that it takes them 4-6 weeks to complete their life cycle, from eggs to flying adults.

Once ips complete their life cycle they fly out of the infested slash pile and if that same pile still remains green/wet and attractive the beetles will generally turn around and re-infest that same material again and begin building their populations within the green pile. We can continue to use ips biology to our advantage by continuing to cut and make sure that we add freshly cut pine slash to these infested piles at intervals of at least every 3-4 weeks. This will ensure that our slash pile always has freshly cut material available that is both attracting new ips beetles to the pile and also helping keep the existing ips populations in the slash pile. The key to green chaining is creating a continuous supply of freshly cut slash during their flight period.

A very important step when green chaining is that you MUST destroy the pile of slash, and therefore the breeding beetles in the slash before the pile dries out to the point that it can no longer support new ips beetle reproduction. We recommend that you haul that pile of infested slash to either theAllenspark or the Nederland community forestry sort yard site.  You can also chip these piles.

Why is this important?  To conclude, you basically use freshly cut green pine slash or logs as “bait” for the beetles.  You “trap” them in the material and then haul that infested material to one of our community forestry sort yard sites before the beetles finish their life cycle. We should caution that this technique is not a guarantee and there is a chance that ips will infest living trees near your slash and log piles. This is why we recommend stacking the material away from large prized pine trees that you don’t want infested.

*Announcement: Allenspark Community Forestry Sort Yard Reopens on Friday – May 24
We are excited to announce the 2013 reopening of the north county Allenspark area sort yard site. The site reopens for free of charge log and slash disposal on Friday, May 24. This spring the north county site will be open on Fridays and Saturdays only, for a limited 8 day operation. Open on May 24, 25, 31 and June 1, 7, 8, 14, 15. The site will reopen again later in the summer for its main 5 day per week operation on July 30. Please help spread the word in your community about this limited reopening. The spring is a great time to be out on your land creating a healthier forest ecosystem that is better adapted to future wildfires. Get those saws out!

Don’t forget the south county Nederland area sort yard site is currently open Tuesday – Saturday, 9 am to 5 p.m. through July 6. This site has already seen significant use this spring.  For more information on sort yards including locations, hours, schedule of operation and materials accepted please visit: http://www.bouldercounty.org/property/forest/pages/fhsortyards.aspx

*Event Announcement: Town of Nederland Annual “Firewise” Spring Cleanup Event – June 1

The Town of Nederland will host its annual “Firewise” Spring Cleanup event on Saturday, June 1st at the Teen Center. For complete details see the event flier here: http://nederlandco.org/download/Town_of_Nederland_Spring_Clean_Up_Flier.pdf

New this year the Town is rebranding their spring cleanup event as a “Firewise Cleanup Event” in order to encourage folks to implement effective wildire mitigation on their land. To help you determine the most important actions to take on your land the Town developed a very helpful “Firewise Cleanup Homeowners Tip Sheet” that can be view online here: http://nederlandco.org/download/2013CleanupTipSheet.pdf  Use this tip sheet to learn more about the types of material you should focus on removing from around your home in order to make it more “Firewise”.

Also, new this year they will now accept pine needles and cut wildland grass at the event. In order to participate in this new service you must package pine needles in 30 gallon compostable bags pre-purchased from Nederland Town Hall. There is a limit of 5 bags per Boulder County Resident. To purchase pine needle composting bags stop in at Town Hall in downtown Nederland.

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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Please visit our website to sign-up to receive emails about forestry workshops, community meetings, bark beetle management tips and more!

 

Saws and Slaws Mountain Community Outreach Meeting

April 25th, 2013

From: Randy Lee <randyl@nederlandco.org>
Date: Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Subject: [intermountain-alliance] Saws and Slaws Mountain Community Outreach Meeting
To: randyl@nederlandco.org

Hello forest health advocates,
A meeting to help interested mountain communities initiate their own Saws and Slaws programs has been scheduled for 7:00 – 8:30pm Tuesday April 30th at the Nederland Community Center. Saws and Slaws is a proven effective program of neighbors helping neighbors create defensible space around their homes for their mutual benefit. Learn more about Saws and Slaws and what it takes to form and coordinate a program in your own town, HOA or neighborhood, to be a Saws and Slaws event host or just to volunteer at an event at this informational meeting.
Please forward this invitation to anyone you know who might be interested in attending.
* * * * *
Randy Lee
Town of Nederland Trustee
 

Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – April 17, 2013

April 17th, 2013

Today’s forest health outreach update covers the following topics:
* Forestry Tip of the Day: Saws and Slaws – Building a Stronger Community through a Healthy Forest!
* Event Postponed due to snow until next week: Wildfire Mitigation Community Training for the Sugarloaf Community!

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Saws and Slaws – Building a Stronger Community through a Healthy Forest! 
Forestry Tip of the Day: Have you heard about the new community forestry effort that is quickly building momentum in the foothills of Boulder County? It is a new community driven volunteer effort called “Saws and Slaws”. The name refers to chainsaws and coleslaws. The basic premise is that a bunch of neighbors come together, volunteer their time and help each other implement forestry mitigation on their land and then share a giant potluck after the project is complete to celebrate their hard work and socialize.

Saws and Slaws was started by community members in Coal Creek Canyon in 2011 and has quickly spread to neighboring communities. In 2012, the program was adopted by the Town of Nederland and the St. Antons HOA and this summer the Sugarloaf Community is jumping on board and planning projects. To date ninety-two individuals have donated over 990 hours of volunteer time and helped mitigate 32 homes! 

For further information (including photos and videos) about this exciting program please visit Saws and Slaws website:http://sawsandslaws.com/

Saws and Slaws is gaining national attention and was recently highlighted on the National Fire Protection Association FireBreak Blog. Read the blog post here: http://wildfire.blog.nfpa.org/2013/03/saws-and-slaws-a-recipe-youll-want-to-sample-soon.html

Why is this important?  As the County’s Outreach Forester, I couldn’t be more excited by this amazing community driven effort. I can’t point to a much better example of community members working together to accomplish their shared goals of protecting homes from future wildfires and creating a healthier forest ecosystem. This program is empowering landowners and allowing them to leverage their strengths and resources; in order to see more work occur on the ground. 

Coal Creek Canyon, Nederland, St. Antons HOA and Sugarloaf are all planning Saws and Slaws cutting parties on weekends throughout the summer. Saws and Slaws is always looking for additional volunteers who want to get involved in this exciting program. Contact Saws and Slaws directly through their website contact page (http://sawsandslaws.com/about/contact-us/) if you are interested in volunteering at an event or spreading the Saws and Slaws program to your neighborhood. 

* Event Postponed until next week: Free Wildfire Mitigation Community Training for the Sugarloaf Community!
***DUE to SNOWY weather we are postponing this training until next week, Thursday April 25.*** 

When:
 rescheduled to Thursday, April 25, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Sugarloaf Fire House # 2, 1360 Sugarloaf Road
What: Educational program focused on wildfire mitigation and upcoming community chipping event

Program Description: Learn about simple actions you can take to dramatically improve the chances of your home surviving the next wildfire. Our understanding about how homes are lost in wildfires is changing. Learn the latest science available and lessons learned from last summer’s Waldo Canyon Wildfire.

Program Highlights: 
*Hear about our planned Community Chipping Days 
*Sign-up for the discounted curbside chipping program (geographic restrictions exist) 
*Learn about simple spring maintenance tips to better prepare your home for wildfires
*Understand the latest wildfire mitigation science
*Learn how to retrofit your home to be more fire-resistant 

Community Chipping Program: Boulder County recently awarded Sugarloaf Fire Protection District a community chipping reimbursement grant to help the community set up a curbside chipping program. This year Sugarloaf FPD will host two “curbside chipping events”, on May 15 and Oct. 15. Please join us at this community meeting if you are interested in learning more and taking advantage of the heavily discounted chipping program. If you cannot attend and/or have questions please call CB Bassity, Sugarloaf Firefighter, at 720-406-7835.

Program Sponsors: Sugarloaf Fire Protection District and Boulder County. 

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
*Please visit our website to sign-up to receive emails about forestry workshops, community meetings, bark beetle management tips and more!   

 

Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – April 15, 2013

April 15th, 2013

Today’s forest health outreach update covers the following topics:
* Forestry Tip of the Day: Volunteer as a Community Forestry Sort Yard Host

* Outreach Event: Free Wildfire Mitigation Community Training in the Sugarloaf Community this week!
* Seasonal Job Opening: Now Recruiting for a Seasonal Forestry Sort Yard Technician

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Volunteer as a Community Forestry Sort Yard Host
Forestry Tip of the Day: We hope everyone is enjoying the snowy winter-like weather today and staying safe on the roads. It sure is nice, awesome, great, splendid, fabulous, etc. to have fairly consistent spring moisture this year! On snowy days like today it is hard to believe that the Nederland sort yard site will reopen in just over two weeks, on May 1.

Speaking of the sort yard; we are still seeking community volunteers to help us out at both the Nederland and Allenspark locations.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. We are looking for volunteers who can commit to 4 hour shifts and 15 hours per month.

The Nederland Sort Yard will operate May to July from 9am to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday. September through October it will operate on Friday and Saturday. Application deadline for the Nederland Sort Yard have been extended and are now due by April 30th.

The Meeker Park Sort Yard will operate May to June from 9am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday. July to October it will operate Tuesday through Saturday. Application deadline for the Meeker Park Sort Yard is May 10th.

For more information and an application, contact Shane Milne at 303-678-6089 or smilne@bouldercounty.org.

Why is this important?  Volunteering as a sort yard host is a great way to give back and stay connected with your local community. Sort yard hosts will learn about forest ecology, bark beetle management, wildfire mitigation and meet inspiring landowners who are being great stewards of their backyard forest!

*Event: Free Wildfire Mitigation Community Training for the Sugarloaf Community this week!
When: Thursday, April 18, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Sugarloaf Fire House # 2, 1360 Sugarloaf Road
What: Educational program focused on wildfire mitigation and upcoming community chipping event

Program Description: Learn about simple actions you can take to dramatically improve the chances of your home surviving the next wildfire. Our understanding about how homes are lost in wildfires is changing. Learn the latest science available and lessons learned from last summer’s Waldo Canyon Wildfire.

Program Highlights:
*Hear about our planned Community Chipping Days
*Sign-up for the discounted curbside chipping program (geographic restrictions exist)
*Learn about simple spring maintenance tips to better prepare your home for wildfires
*Understand the latest wildfire mitigation science
*Learn how to retrofit your home to be more fire-resistant

Community Chipping Program: Boulder County recently awarded Sugarloaf Fire Protection District a community chipping reimbursement grant to help the community set up a curbside chipping program. This year Sugarloaf FPD will host two “curbside chipping events”, on May 15 and Oct. 15. Please join us at this community meeting if you are interested in learning more and taking advantage of the heavily discounted chipping program. If you cannot attend and/or have questions please call CB Bassity, Sugarloaf Firefighter, at 720-406-7835.

Program Sponsors:
 Sugarloaf Fire Protection District and Boulder County.

*Seasonal Job Opening: Now Recruiting for a Seasonal Forestry Sort Yard Technician
Boulder County’s Parks and Open Space Department has an opening for a Seasonal Forestry Sort Yard Technician. The Forestry Sort Yard Technician performs a variety of skilled and semi-skilled duties related to the daily operation of the Community Forestry Sort Yard program.

This position will work full time hours, Tuesdays through Saturdays, and will report to the Parks and Open Space building in Longmont. Salary $15 hourly (dependent on qualifications). We hope to hire for this position as soon as possible. The position is open until filled.  Qualified applicants should have a minimum of two years course study in Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Sciences, or a related field and/or equivalent experience.

This posting only includes a short description of job duties and required qualifications. To receive a complete job description or ask questions please contact Wayne Harrington, sort yard manager, by emailing wharrington@bouldercounty.org. Please contact us asap if you are interested in this exciting job opportunity.

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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Please visit our website to sign-up to receive emails about forestry workshops, community meetings, bark beetle management tips and more!   

Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – March 22, 2013

March 22nd, 2013

Today’s forest health outreach update covers the following topics:
* Forestry Tip of the Day: Help Us Design Forestry Programs that Meet Your Needs
* Announcement: Nederland and Allenspark Community Forestry Sort Yards to Open in May
* Now Recruiting Volunteer Sort Yard Hosts – We need your help! 

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Help Us Design Forestry Programs that Meet Your Needs 
Forestry Tip of the Day: We are currently planning our spring calendar of forestry outreach events and would like your input on programming content. Please let us know about specific topics you would like to see offered at future trainings. For instance are you interested in learning about basic tree identification? How about ponderosa pine restoration? Or aspen enhancement? Stay in touch and let us know how we can improve the effectiveness of our programs.

Forest Health Outreach Community Meetings: Did you know our Forest Health Outreach Program is available to work with HOAs, Fire Protection Districts, and individual neighborhoods to set up local community forestry trainings? Just give us a call to schedule a date. We will customize the program content and date to meet your community’s needs.

Firewise Landscaping Workshop in Nederland: We are hosting a free “Firewise Landscaping workshop” at the Nederland Community Center on Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m to 12:30 p.m. Program Description: Defensible space does not mean moonscape: Learn how to transform your home’s perimeter into an area that you can not only use, but looks good and helps protect your home from wildfires.  This workshop is being offered in partnership by Boulder County, Colorado State Forest Service, CSU Extensions in Gilpin County and the US Forest Service.

We need your photos! Does your home have fun and attractive examples of d-space incorporating patio design and pathways? If yes, we would like to share and highlight your hard work at our Firewise Landscaping workshop. Please email us photos of your beautiful and fire-resistant outdoor spaces!

Why is this important?  Boulder County strongly believes that a key to helping mitigate the problems that face our forests is having a knowledgeable, well-educated population that understands the ecology that drives our local forests. We want to empower and encourage all forest landowners to be active stewards of their disturbance-driven forests.

*Announcement: Nederland and Allenspark Community Forestry Sort Yards to Open in May
We are pleased to announce the Community Forestry Sort Yard operating schedule for 2013. Two sort yard locations are open each summer to provide residents a free of charge location to dispose of logs and slash cut from their land.

Allenspark/Meeker Park Sort Yard 
8200 Hwy 7, Allenspark

  • Spring hours: Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 24th thru June 15th
  • Summer/Fall hours: Tuesday thru Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 30th thru Oct. 19th

 

Nederland Area Sort Yard
291 Ridge Road, Nederland

  • Spring hours: Tuesday thru Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1st thru July 6th (closed July 4th)
  • Summer/Fall hours: Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20th thru Oct. 12th (these dates are tentative)

As a reminder the sort yards do not accept yard clippings, raked up pine needles, root balls, construction materials, dirt, furniture, household trash or wood with metal in it. Sort yard staff will refuse loads that contain unacceptable items. The Community Forestry Sort Yards may have additional closures during the open season due to weather, staff training or other administrative requirements. To check the operational status of a sort yard please call 303-678-6368.

*Now Recruiting Volunteer Sort Yard Hosts – We need your help!
Boulder County is seeking individuals who are interested in volunteering as a Sort Yard Host at the Allenspark and Nederland sites. Volunteers help make sure that sort yards continue to be a local hub of community-based forestry information.

Volunteer Sort Yard Hosts will 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. We are looking for volunteers who can commit to 4 hour shifts and 15 hours per month.

Application deadline for the Meeker Park Sort Yard is May 10th. Application deadline for the Nederland Sort Yard is April 19th. For more information and an application, contact Shane Milne at 303-678-6089 or smilne@bouldercounty.org.

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
*Please visit our website to sign-up to receive emails about forestry workshops, community meetings, bark beetle management tips and more!

Classes: Living wisely with wildlife and wildfire

March 15th, 2013

There are great upcoming classes for mountain residents.  This information comes from the Gilpin County Extension Agent, Irene Shonle.  Some are actually webinars you view at home on your computer.

Gilpin Wildwise series: Living wisely with wildlife and wildfire

Fire Preparedness Workshop April 27 (Sat) 2:00-4:00pm Gilpin Community Center  FREE   A big fire could happen anytime. Prepare yourself and your home for evacuation. Metal reflective address signs will be for sale. RSVP’s appreciated.

 

Living with Wildlife  May 4 (Sat) 2:00-4:00pm Gilpin Community Center   FREE  

Are you seeing moose for the first time, or noticing aggressive coyotes? Are you ready for extra-hungry bears this year? Bring your children for the special kids track with snacks, crafts and games. Also, look for wildlife-related story hours at the library through the month of May. RSVP’s appreciated.

 

Firewise Landscaping    May 11 (Sat) 9:00- 12:00 Nederland Community Center  FREE    Create a usable and attractive defensible space. Learn how to transform your house’s perimeter into an area that you can not only use, but looks good and helps protect your home.

 

Chainsaw Safety Workshop    June 1 (Sat) 9:00-12:00 Gilpin Community Center   FREE    Learn how to evaluate and fell trees safely with a chainsaw. The class will consist of an indoor presentation and an outdoor demonstration of techniques.

Must RSVP-space is limited. Gilpin residents only, please (others will be waitlisted)

 

Gilpin County Spring Gardening series:

Mountain Gardening Basics   April 6 (Sat)   1:30pm
Exhibit Building  $5.00  Learn the basics of what it takes to successfully garden in the mountains- flowers and vegetables!

Composting & Soil Amendments   April 6 (Sat)   3:00pm  Exhibit Building  $5.00  Learn how to compost in the mountains as well as how to test and improve your soil..

Mountain Vegetable Selection & Seed Starting
April 9 (Tues)   6:30pm  Gilpin Community Center    $5.00  Learn what to look for in vegetable varieties, and which plants to start early indoors and which you can directly seed outside.

Vegetable Planting Techniques & Season Extension
May 7 (Tues)   6:30pm  Gilpin Community Center  $5.00
This class will give you the best practices for planting your vegetable garden, including tips on how to extend your growing season.

Firewise Landscaping  May 11 (Sat)   9:00- 12:00
Nederland Community Center  FREE  Learn how to transform your house’s perimeter into an area that you can not only use, but looks good and helps protect your home.

Drought Tolerant, Hardy Flowers  May 29 (Wed)   6:30pm  Exhibit Building  $5.00  Nothing grows up here? Nonsense! Learn about beautiful and tough flowers to brighten your landscape.

 

Garden Pests: Insects & Critters   June 22 (Sat)   2:00pm
Exhibit Building  $5.00  Learn how to deal with pesky insects and animals that are destroying your garden.. Not having any problems yet? Learn how to stop them before they find you!

 

Small acreage webinars:

Colorado Native Fruits  March 19, 2013 12:00 – 1:00 pm MT

There are many tantalizing, tasty, and tough native plants out there that can produce edible fruit and enhance your landscape.  We will discuss these plants as well as some choice cultivars. Options are given for all elevations in Colorado. Presented by Irene Shonle, CSU Extension Director in Gilpin County

To register for this free webinar, click on the following link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vt-u9dTd_iUuYkDutN8WFafz3pyrYExnIdoFIv_eYLs/viewform

 

No-water Gardening for Higher Elevations (above 7500’)  April 2, 2013 12:00 – 1:00 pm MT Colorado water rights can be frustrating for the mountain homeowner. For example, there are no outdoor water rights for houses with wells drilled after May 8, 1972 on less than 35 acres.  In this webinar, learn techniques that allow you to grow beautiful ornamentals (and even vegetables) without violating water rights restrictions. Presented by Irene Shonle, CSU Extension Director in Gilpin County

To register for this free webinar, click on the following link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Y1r8ruH8rUT1-AgkldAxp3eGuqGu0so33_WTZjnVolo/viewform
Assessing Your Small Acreage for Water Quality and Environmental Protection  April 11, 2013  12:00-1:00 pm MT  Learn how to protect water quality on your property. We will discuss common water quality concerns related to private wells, pesticide and chemical handling, animal manure management, and oil and gas. Presented by Eric Wardle, CSU Soil and Crops Research Associate and Troy Bauder, Water Quality Specialist in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at CSU.

To register for this free webinar, click on the following link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ktVPwFK8td_4whnOAJ_sUfdrJ20NrS6h1cPMz9OEHVg/viewform

 

Water Wells & Oil/Gas Reserves in Northeastern Colorado  April 23, 2013  12:00-1:00 pm MT  Geologist Al Albin, of USDA-NRCS, will discuss the geologic history of Northeastern Colorado and how it relates to water wells and water availability.  We will learn about aquifers and specifically focus on the aquifers of the Denver Basin and the Ogallala aquifer.  Mr. Albin will also give an introduction to the Niobrara Formation, a major target for oil and natural gas drilling in Colorado.

To register for this free webinar, click on the following link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Jd0iNAcK16jPeh3VbINoeJIMSpaGIoRl3XCvZbu0eNg/viewform

 

Not classes, but great resources for you:

 

Wildfire Mitigation Measures Subtraction

Tax time is once again upon us so we thought we would repost information about the State of Colorado “Wildfire Mitigation Measures Subtraction” program; available for the income tax years 2009 through 2013. You might be eligible to subtract from your federal taxable income 50% of the costs incurred while performing wildfire mitigation measures that meet the specified qualifications.

Complete details about this program including qualifications and limitations are available on the Colorado Department of Revenue’s FYI Income 65 fact sheet.  Weblink: http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite?blobcol=urldata&blobheader=application%2Fpdf&blobkey=id&blobtable=MungoBlobs&blobwhere=1251781330468&ssbinary=true

Please contact the State of Colorado directly if you have questions. The program is administered by the State of Colorado Department of Revenue. In case you were curious, all forest landowners in Gilpin County have an authorized Gilpin County-wide Community Wildfire Protection Plan. This is a requirement to participate in this program.

 

Irene Shonle, Ph.D., Director/Agent

CSU Extension Gilpin County

230 Norton Drive, Black Hawk, CO 80422

303-582-9106   FAX 303-582-5062

www.extension.colostate.edu/gilpin

 

Extension programs are available to all without discrimination

 

Seedling Tree Orders

February 28th, 2013

 

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: ”McIntyre, Nancy” <nmcintyre@bouldercounty.org>
To: ”‘ahardy105@yahoo.com‘” <ahardy105@yahoo.com>
Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2013 9:05 AM
Subject: Seedling Tree Orders
The Longmont & Boulder Valley Conservation Districts are offering a 15% discount on our seedling trees to the landowners that were affected by the Four Mile Canyon Fire.  I am attaching the order form.  When you place the order, note on the form that your property is in the burn area and take 15% off the total of the trees before adding the 4.9% tax.
Thanks for passing this along to those in your area.
Nancy McIntyre, District Manager
Boulder Valley & Longmont Conservation Districts
(303) 776-4034 x3

Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – Feb. 26, 2013

February 26th, 2013

Today’s forest health outreach update covers the following topics:
* Forestry Tip of the Day: Enjoy the Snow and Watch this Animated Forestry Video
* Reminder: Applications for the 2013 Community Chipping Reimbursement Program are due Friday
* Reminder: Tax Subtraction “Wildfire Mitigation Subtraction Measures”

* Forestry Tip of the Day: Enjoy the Snow and Watch this Animated Forestry Video
Forestry Tip of the Day: We hope everyone is enjoying the fresh blanket of snow! We sure needed the moisture. Hopefully this spring will brings many more upslope storms.

Today we thought we would share a short video produced by the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies titled “What’s Happening to our Forests”. This 4 minute animated short film outlines the issues affecting our forests on a national level. Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1vQAWmduM4&feature=youtu.be

Why is this important?  …videos are fun… Here is another cool video by local Boulder photographer James Balog showing time lapse footage of lodgepole pine decline. Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtYGJQiv8tY&feature=youtu.be

* Reminder: Applications for the 2013 Community Chipping Reimbursement Program are due Friday March 1
Applications for the 2013 Boulder County Community Chipping Reimbursement Program are due this Friday, March 1. We have already received several great community applications. Make sure to not miss out on this exciting program!

This reimbursement program encourages mountain communities to come together and conduct community-based chipping events. Boulder County encourages all residents to perform effective wildfire mitigation on their land and to be active stewards of their backyard forests. Subject to prior approval, the County will reimburse up to 50% of direct costs up to a maximum of $4,000 per community application.

Complete details about the 2013 program and an application are available on our website here:http://www.bouldercounty.org/live/environment/land/Pages/chippingreimbursement.aspx

* Reminder: Tax Subtraction “Wildfire Mitigation Subtraction Measures”
Tax time is once again upon us so we thought we would repost information about the State of Colorado “Wildfire Mitigation Measures Subtraction” program; available for the income tax years 2009 through 2013. You might be eligible to subtract from your federal taxable income 50% of the costs incurred while performing wildfire mitigation measures that meet the specified qualifications.

Complete details about this program including qualifications and limitations are available on the Colorado Department of Revenue’s FYI Income 65 fact sheet.  Weblink: http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite?blobcol=urldata&blobheader=application%2Fpdf&blobkey=id&blobtable=MungoBlobs&blobwhere=1251781330468&ssbinary=true

Please contact the State of Colorado directly if you have questions. The program is administered by the State of Colorado Department of Revenue. In case you were curious, all forest landowners in Boulder County have an authorized Boulder County-wide Community Wildfire Protection Plan. This is a requirement to participate in this program. Many landowners in the county also have a locally approved Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

Cheers,
Ryan

Ryan Ludlow | Forestry Education & Outreach Coordinator 
Boulder County | Land Use Department
P.O. Box 471, Boulder CO 80306
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. 12, 2013

February 15th, 2013

Today’s forest health outreach update covers the following topics:
* Forestry Tip of the Day: The Bark Beetle Outreach has Slowed Dramatically
* Call for Applications: 2013 Boulder County Community Chipping Reimbursement Program

* Forestry Tip of the Day: The Bark Beetle Outreach has Slowed Dramatically
Forestry Tip of the Day: We have great news to share! The U.S. Forest Service and Colorado State Forest Service recently released the latest information about the spread of mountain pine beetle (mpb) outbreak. For the fourth consecutive year in a row we have seen a significant reduction in mpb spread and intensity!

To give you an idea about how the beetle outbreak has progressed in Boulder County let’s look back at the past three years of beetle activity. In 2010 Boulder County saw 26,000 acres of newly impacted forests. In 2011 mountain pine beetle populations declined to only 16,000 acres of newly impacted forest, and in 2012 the numbers are down even more to only 1,000 acres of newly impacted forest. In Boulder County we do still have a couple of hot pockets of heavy mpb infestation. However, in most areas throughout Boulder County the outbreak has been collapsing in front of our eyes.

To read more about the annual forest health aerial survey please visit the following websites:
* A press release to the official 2012 Aerial Forest Health Survey can be found here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r2/home/?cid=stelprdb5408857
* Statistics about the bark beetle outbreak and frequently asked questions are available here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r2/home/?cid=stelprdb5408531

Why is this important?  We don’t have a crystal ball that can predict the future, but all signs are pointing toward continued declining mountain pine beetle populations. Your hard work fighting beetles on your land over the past few years is paying off and perhaps Mother Nature is giving our forest a much needed break. This is the first time in more than 4 years that we might be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Yippee, can we all jump up and down and celebrate our hard work and dedication to beetle tree removal yet?

Keep in mind, right now is a very important time to continue surveying for and removing the last remaining hot pockets of beetles. When mpb populations are fairly low or declining private landowners can have a much bigger impact on local beetle populations if they survey for and remove as many infested trees as possible. The work you do in late winter and spring of this year could greatly reduce total impacts from beetles in your local forest. As a reminder, if you need help identifying beetle infested trees please reference our Bark Beetle Inspector Field Guide (http://www.bouldercounty.org/find/library/environment/barkbeetlefieldguide.pdf) or give us a call.

* Call for Applications: 2013 Boulder County Community Chipping Reimbursement Program
Boulder County is offering financial assistance to encourage mountain communities to conduct community-based chipping events. Boulder County encourages all residents to perform effective wildfire mitigation on their land and to be active stewards of their backyard forests.

One of the biggest obstacles homeowners face when managing their backyard forest is disposing of slash. This community chipping program helps addresses the problem of slash disposal and encourages community members to work together to accomplish their shared goals.

This program will only reimburse communities for direct costs related to chipping or transportation costs. Reimbursement is not available for tree cutting costs. Last year in 2012, the County awarded $18,500 to nine communities in Boulder County.

Subject to prior approval, the County will reimburse up to 50% of direct costs up to a maximum of $4,000 per community. Community applications are due by March 1, 2013.

We have made several updates to the program in 2013. Please make sure to carefully read the program overview fact sheet(http://www.bouldercounty.org/find/library/build/2013bocochippingprogram.pdf) for complete details about the program.

Here is a quick snapshot of the updates for 2013 program:
Communities are now eligible for 50% reimbursement.
* Each community must offer a forest health outreach community meeting prior to their chipping event.
* Projects which are determined to be a “volunteer based community chipping project” may be eligible to count volunteer time as in-kind match.
* Boulder County will prioritize funding toward three specific types of projects. Complete details about each type of project can be found on the program overview fact sheet.
* Reimbursement paperwork is due 30 days after project completion.
* Chipping events that support the establishment of Firewise Communities/USA or the programing of established Firewise Communities/USA will be prioritized for funding.

Important Documents and Application Form:
* Program Overview and Requirements Fact Sheet: Please make sure to carefully read this document before applying!http://www.bouldercounty.org/find/library/build/2013bocochippingprogram.pdf
*Application Form (Due by March 1, 2013) http://www.bouldercounty.org/find/library/build/2013fhchippingappform.docx
Main Community Chipping Program website: http://www.bouldercounty.org/live/environment/land/Pages/chippingreimbursement.aspx

In order for your community to receive consideration, please submit a program Application Form (http://www.bouldercounty.org/find/library/build/2013fhchippingappform.docx)and an IRS W-9 form by email to rludlow@bouldercounty.org, by no later than March 1, 2013.

Please feel free to share this email with other community members and community groups who may be interested in this program. Feel free to contact us directly with any questions. We look forward to reviewing your applications!

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 – Jan. 24, 2013

January 24th, 2013

Today’s forest health outreach update covers the following topics:
*Forestry Tip of the Day: Red Flag Warning for Today 1/24/13
*Western Disposal is Open Year-Round for Yard Waste Disposal

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Red Flag Warning for Today 1/24/13
Forestry Tip of the Day: The National Weather Service has issued a RED FLAG WARNING for today 1/24/13. There is no open burning allowed during RED FLAG WARNINGS.

Why is this important?  A Red Flag Warning is a short term, temporary warning issued by the National Weather Service indicating the presence of dangerous combinations of temperature, wind, and relative humidity, fuel or drought conditions which can contribute to new fires or rapid spread of existing fires.

This important message comes to you from Boulder County’s Sheriff Office.
Jay Stalnacker
Fire Management Officer / SWAT
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

*Western Disposal is Open Year-Round for Yard Waste Disposal
As a reminder, county residents may use the county’s and the city of Boulder’s year-round yard waste drop-off site to disposal of yard waste for a fee. Boulder County residents pay 60% of the per ton cost, Boulder County subsidizes the remaining costs. You can drop off pine needles and grass clippings as well as slash and logs up to 6 inches in diameter. Western Disposal site is located at 5880 Butte Mill Road in east Boulder. For complete details please visit http://www.westerndisposal.com/yard_waste.php or call (303)-444-2037.

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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