Forest Management

Boulder County hosts Wildfire Awareness Month events in October

September 30th, 2014

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

Boulder County hosts Wildfire Awareness Month events in October

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

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

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

Schedule of Events:

Fire Prevention Week

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

Forestry Work Project

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

Hike: Healthy Forest Ecology and Wildfire Mitigation Tips

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

What Is the Future of Colorado’s Forests?

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

Waldo Canyon: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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

Community Chipping Events:

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

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

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

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

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

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Gold Hill Chipping

September 15th, 2014

Posted on: September 12th, 2014

Mountain ‘Curb Side’ Community Chipping Event -thru Four Mile Fire Protection District’s Fire Crew.
 
The Four Mile Fire Protection District is generously offering to chip our slash at no cost.
 Please read entirely.
Chipping Dates: September 29th through October 3rd
How to sign up: Call Kris Gibson @ 303-545-9670 no later than 5:00 pm on September 25th. The earlier the better.
Depending on the level of response (first come first serve), decisions will be made as to what is feasible given the scope of the grant and resources afforded. The Four Mile Fire Protection District has one week of budgeted funding to allow for chipping within their and neighboring districts.
Acceptable Material:
Slash that is 1″ to 6″ in diameter, including burned material (from the Four Mile Fire) as well as green slash.
Material Not Accepted:
-Slash with metal in it!
-Old/moldy/rotten material (it can’t be chipped and is hazardous to handlers)
-Logs or branches over 6 inches in diameter
-Stumps, root balls or raked up pine needles
Agreement: Piles MUST be chipper ready! Piles must be arranged with ALL the butt ends of the branches facing the same direction and towards the road or driveway. The chipper will pull up and the crew members will pull the slash pieces, butt end first, into the chipper. Additionally, the chipper MUST be able to easily back up to the piles or be able to have a LARGE turnaround at the end of a driveway (consider a 40 foot length with truck and chipper).
Unless otherwise requested, ALL Chips will be broadcasted onto the forest floor from the chipper. Raking of chips by the homeowner may be necessary to achieve standard chip depths, per Colorado State Forest Service standards.
Again, you must sign up through GHFPD-Kris Gibson 303-545-9670
thanks,
Zach Littlefield
Lieutenant/Engine Boss- Four Mile Fire Crew

 

Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – Sept. 12, 2014

September 12th, 2014

From: Ludlow, Ryan
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2014 11:41 AM
To: Ludlow, Ryan
Cc: ’bcforesthealth@listserv.bouldercounty.org
Subject: Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – Sept. 12, 2014

 

Today’s Forest Health Outreach update covers the following:
*Forestry Tip of the Day: End of Mountain Pine Beetle Flight and Fall Needle Drop
*Sneak Peak: October Wildfire Awareness Month Events
*Bark Beetle Surveying Tips
*Video: Colorado State Forest Service- Video #2
*Sort Yard: Closes for the Season Oct. 18

*Forestry Tip of the Day: End of Mountain Pine Beetle Flight & Fall Needle Drop
Aspens are changing and snow is falling. It must be fall in Colorado! A vast majority of mountain pine beetles have now finished their annual flight. To date we have not heard of big increases in beetle activity, so hopefully we are continuing to see declining beetle populations. Fall is the perfect time of year to get out on your land and cut!  Grab that chainsaw and get out there! 

This time of year we like to remind everyone about fall needle drop.  Each fall your conifers drop upwards of 1/3 of their needles. If your trees have browning needles on the interior of their branches, don’t freak out, it is probably normal. Just wait and watch and during the next wind events most of these brown needles will drop from the tree. 

*Sneak Peak: October Wildfire Awareness Month Events
October Wildfire Awareness Month is just around the corner. We have a great calendar of events lined up. We are planning community chipping events, forest ecology hikes, volunteer events and a keynote presentation by Brett Lacey, Fire Marshal from Colorado Springs Fire Department. Bret will speak about lessons learned during the Waldo Canyon Fire and their wildfire mitigation efforts around town. Stay tuned for additional details. 

Community Chipping Events: We are pleased to announce eight community chipping events taking place during October Wildfire Awareness Month. Events are being planned in Crestview Estates, Coal Creek Canyon, Fourmile Canyon, Gold Hill and Lower Sunshine (see separate post for our Gold Hill info), Magnolia Road, Sugarloaf FPD, Sunshine FPD and at the Nederland and Allenspark sort yards. See below for complete details for each event. Several events have geographic restrictions and deadlines to sign up. Make sure to contact the event coordinator to find out all the details about an event in your area. We hope many of you are able to take advantage of these discounted chipping opportunities! Thanks go out to all of our Partners who are making these events possible! 

*Bark Beetle Surveying Tips
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.

*Video: Colorado State Forest Service- Video #2
As promised here is the second video from the Colorado State Forest Service’s, four-segment video series. Segment two is on “Forest Management as a Solution”. Link: http://vimeo.com/96730053

*Sort Yard: Closes for the Season Oct. 18
There is only one more month of operation at the Nederland and Allenspark sort yards. Make sure to haul all your logs, slash and yard waste to us before our closing day on Oct. 18. Fall is the perfect time to cut: the weather is cool, bark beetle risk is low and the aspens are lovely!  Our sort yard staff looks forward to seeing 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
*Visit our website to join our Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter

 

October Wildfire Awareness Month – Community Chipping Events

We are pleased to announce eight community chipping events taking place during October Wildfire Awareness Month. Some events have geographic restrictions so read the info below to determine if an event is being offered in your area. The contacts listed below can answer any questions you have about local event requirements. Don’t forget that everyone is able to haul slash and logs to the Nederland or Allenspark sort yard for no charge.

  1. 1)  Crestview Estates Neighborhood EventWhat: Free Curbside Chipping
    Who: Open to residents of Crestview Estates Only
    Event Date: Oct. 8
    For more info and to sign up: Email Rich at reb@green-mtn.com Deadline to sign up: Oct. 7
  2. 2)  Coal Creek Canyon Area Slash Collection EventWhat: Centralized Collection Event – You Haul It
    Who: Open to residents of Coal Creek Canyon Fire Protection District Event Date: Oct. 18 and 19
    For more info: Email information@coalcreekcanyonfd.org
  3. 3)  Fourmile Canyon, Gold Hill and Lower Sunshine Canyon Area EventWhat: Free Curbside Chipping
    Who: Open to residents of Fourmile Fire, Gold Hill Fire, Poorman Road area, and Lower Sunshine Canyon Only
    Event Date: Sept. 29 – Oct. 3
    For more info and to sign up: Email Zach at zachsflittlefield@yahoo.com
    Deadline to sign up: Sept. 26      For Gold Hill Fire, How to sign up: Call Kris Gibson @ 303-545-9670 no later than 5:00 pm on September 25th. The earlier the better. 
  4. 4)  Magnolia Road/ PUMA Community Chipping EventWhat: Discounted Curbside Chipping
    Who: Open to residents living off Magnolia Road Only
    Event Date: Oct. 13
    For more info and to sign up: Email Rob at robertjfrey@gmail.com Deadline to sign up: Oct. 10
  5. 5)  Sugarloaf Fire Protection District EventWhat: Discounted Curbside Chipping
    Who: Open to residents of Sugarloaf Fire Only
    Event Date: Oct. 15
    For more info and to sign up: Email CB at cbb@ionet.net Deadline to sign up: Oct. 14
  6. 6)  Sunshine Fire Protection District EventWhat: Free Curbside Chipping
    Who: Open to residents of Sunshine Fire Only Event Date: Oct. 6 – 10

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For more info and to sign up: Email Abby at abberoo@msn.com Deadline to sign up: Oct. 1

  1. 7)  Allenspark Community Forestry Sort YardWhat: Free Location to drop off slash, logs and yard waste – you haul it
    Who: Open to all forest landowners
    Event Date: Open Wed. – Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 18
    For more info: http://www.bouldercounty.org/property/forest/pages/fhsortyards.aspx
  2. 8)  Nederland Community Forestry Sort YardsWhat: Free Location to drop off slash, logs and yard waste – you haul it
    Who: Open to all forest landowners
    Event Date: Open Wed. – Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 18
    For more info: http://www.bouldercounty.org/property/forest/pages/fhsortyards.aspx

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Mountain ‘Curb Side’ Community Chipping Event -thru Four Mile Fire Protection District’s Fire Crew.

September 12th, 2014
Mountain ‘Curb Side’ Community Chipping Event -thru Four Mile Fire Protection District’s Fire Crew.
 
The Four Mile Fire Protection District is generously offering to chip our slash at no cost.
 Please read entirely.
Chipping Dates: September 29th through October 3rd
How to sign up: Call Kris Gibson @ 303-545-9670 no later than 5:00 pm on September 25th. The earlier the better.
Depending on the level of response (first come first serve), decisions will be made as to what is feasible given the scope of the grant and resources afforded. The Four Mile Fire Protection District has one week of budgeted funding to allow for chipping within their and neighboring districts.
Acceptable Material:
Slash that is 1″ to 6″ in diameter, including burned material (from the Four Mile Fire) as well as green slash.
Material Not Accepted:
-Slash with metal in it!
-Old/moldy/rotten material (it can’t be chipped and is hazardous to handlers)
-Logs or branches over 6 inches in diameter
-Stumps, root balls or raked up pine needles
Agreement: Piles MUST be chipper ready! Piles must be arranged with ALL the butt ends of the branches facing the same direction and towards the road or driveway. The chipper will pull up and the crew members will pull the slash pieces, butt end first, into the chipper. Additionally, the chipper MUST be able to easily back up to the piles or be able to have a LARGE turnaround at the end of a driveway (consider a 40 foot length with truck and chipper).
Unless otherwise requested, ALL Chips will be broadcasted onto the forest floor from the chipper. Raking of chips by the homeowner may be necessary to achieve standard chip depths, per Colorado State Forest Service standards.
Again, you must sign up through GHFPD-Kris Gibson 303-545-9670
thanks,
Zach Littlefield
Lieutenant/Engine Boss- Four Mile Fire Crew

Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – Aug. 26, 2014

August 26th, 2014

Today’s Forest Health Outreach update covers the following:
*Forestry Tip of the Day: A Quiet Fire Season – So Far
*Event: Wed. Aug. 27 – “Good Fire, Bad Fire” and a Planned Burn at Heil Valley Ranch
*Videos: from the Colorado State Forest Service
*Sort Yard: Noxious Weeds, Grass Clippings, and Pine Needles
*Forest Service Responds to an Increase in Unattended Campfires

*Forestry Tip of the Day: A Quiet Fire Season – So Far
Forestry Tip of the Day: This summer we have been able to breathe a sigh of relief as the Front Range has seen a quiet fire season. A recent Daily Camera article provides a nice overview of the current wildfire season and provides good tips as we move into fall.

Article Link: http://www.dailycamera.com/top-stories/ci_26375399/boulder-county-front-range-see-quiet-fire-season

Here are a couple of great quote from Jay Stalnacker, Fire Management Officer, Boulder County Sheriff Office “Our concern locally is really what the moisture and the rain and green-up is doing to our fuels,” Stalnacker said. “Our main fire carrier is the grass and our brushes. That’s truly what causes our fire to spread. Our concern is the tall grasses; we have not seen grass this high, I think, in 10-plus years. At numerous locations throughout the county, wild grasses have grown 4 to 6 feet high; that could be volatile fuel, once autumn arrives with its occasionally robust, drying winds.”

If you haven’t already now is an important time to make sure your home is prepared for a fast moving grass fire. Grab a weed whip and make sure all your grasses are cut to less than 6 inches within 30 feet of all structures. For extra protection cut under large trees and along roads and driveways.

*Event: Wed. Aug. 27 – Good Fire, Bad Fire – and a Planned Burn at Heil
Don’t forget to attend the expert panel discussion on the effective use of prescribed fire, tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. The panel will discuss the historical role fire played in our Front Range forests and how the use of prescribed fire can help return portions of our forest to a healthy state. In addition, Parks and Open Space will share info about a planned prescribed burn that will take place this fall at Heil Valley Ranch. We will discuss the benefits of prescribed fire, the risks and the precautions we take to ensure a safe and ecologically effective burn.
When: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Boulder County Parks and Open Space, 5201 St. Vrain Road, Longmont

Panel of Wildfire Specialists to include:
• Peter M. Brown, Director, Rocky Mountain Tree-Ring Research
• Michael Frary, Prescribed Fire Manager, State of Colorado,  Division of Fire Prevention and Control
• Jay Stalnacker, Fire Management Officer, Boulder County Sheriff’s Office
Questions?
  Contact bcforestry@bouldercounty.org or 303-678-6206.

*Videos: Colorado State Forest Service- worth a look
The Colorado State Forest service released a, four-segment video on forest conditions in Colorado, forest threats and challenges, and solutions to forest health problems. Each segment is under 10 minutes and well worth watching. Over the next couple of weeks will share all four segments.

We highly recommend watching the first segment titled “Past, Present and Future” here: http://vimeo.com/87307649

*Sort Yard: Noxious Weeds, Grass Clippings, and Pine Needles
New this year; we now accept yard waste at both sort yards. There has been a bit of confusion about how to haul this type material, so we thought we send out some clarification.

When Hauling Slash, Logs and Yard Waste:
• All material must be securely tied down
• Keep all types of material (logs, slash and yard waste) separate within the load. Each type of material is unloaded in a different location.
• Haul yard waste (pine needles, grass clippings, pine cones, and bark mulch) in reusable containers.

When Hauling Noxious Weeds:
• Special hauling requirements are in place to limit the spread of noxious weeds during transport.
• Haul noxious weeds (the whole plant) in sealed compostable brown bags (exception thistles and mullein).
• For thistles and mulleins, the flower section can be cut from the stem of the plant and bagged. The flower section contains the seeds.

Sort Yards Do Not Accept:
• Do not drop-off any construction materials, root balls, stumps, dirt, furniture, household trash or wood with metal wire on/in.

*Forest Service Responds to an Increase in Unattended Campfires
Take a look at this press release from the US Forest Service about an increase in unattended campfires in the area. The article includes some great tips on how to safely build and fully extinguish campfires.

Read it here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=STELPRD3812169

Cheers,
Ryan

Ryan Ludlow | Forestry Education & Outreach Coordinator 
Boulder County | Land Use Department
720-564-2641 | rludlow@bouldercounty.org
www.BoulderCounty.org/ForestHealth
*Visit our website to join our Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter

 

Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – Aug. 12, 2014

August 12th, 2014

Today’s Forest Health Outreach update covers the following:
*Forestry Tip of the Day: Bark Beetles – Flying Now
*Event: Good Fire, Bad Fire – An Expert Panel Discussion and a Planned Burn at Heil – Aug. 27
*Article: New Wildfire Science – Small Steps Can Save Homes
*Video: What happens when a propane tank explodes?
*Nederland Meeting: Local Forest Fuels Treatment Projects – Aug. 21
*Sort Yard: Both Yards are Open

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Bark Beetles – Flying Now  
Forestry Tip of the Day: The summer is flying by and we are once again in the middle of mountain pine beetle (MPB) flight. Mass flight typically occurs once per year between mid-July to mid-Sept. Fortunately, MPB infestations in Boulder County have been declining for several years now. We hope you have seen less impact on your land.

We encourage you to take advantage of the declining populations and get out on your land to create healthier forests that are more resistant to future beetle outbreaks. The benefit gained by cutting this time of year outweighs the risks of drawing beetles to your land.

Starting in mid-Sept. use our bark beetle inspector field guide to search for new infestations. If you find new “pitch tubes”, flag the tree and make a plan for removal. As always contact us with any questions.

*Event: Good Fire, Bad Fire – An Expert Panel Discusses Effective Uses of Fire & a Planned Burn at Heil – Aug. 27
Boulder County Parks and Open Space invites you to attend an expert panel discussion on the use of prescribed fire. The panel will discuss the historical role fire played in our Front Range forests and how the use of prescribed fire can help return portions of our forest to a healthy state.

Parks and Open Space is planning a prescribed fire at Heil Valley Ranch this fall.  We would like to share with neighbors and county residents the details of this plan.  We will discuss the benefits of prescribed fire, the risks and the precautions we take to ensure a safe and ecologically effective burn. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for evening of forest ecology and fire.

When: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Boulder County Parks and Open Space, 5201 St. Vrain Road, Longmont
Panel of Wildfire Specialists to include:

  • Peter M. Brown, Director, Rocky Mountain Tree-Ring Research
  • Michael Frary, Prescribed Fire Manager, State of Colorado,  Division of Fire Prevention and Control
  • Jay Stalnacker, Fire Management Officer, Boulder County Sheriff’s Office


Questions?
  Contact bcforestry@bouldercounty.org or 303-678-6206.

*Article: New Wildfire Science Shows That Small Steps Can Save Homes, Communities
Take a look at this fantastic wildfire mitigation article from National Geographic. The article focuses on much of the mitigation science we have been sharing with you over the years.
Read it here: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/07/140730-fire-science-fireproofing-wildfire-california/

*Video: What happens when a propane tank explodes? 
Have you ever wondered why we encourage folks to clear combustible debris like firewood, fences and shrubs away from propane tanks? Well, take a look at this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM0jtD_OWLU

O.K. you can admit it, after watching did you immediately start moving combustibles away from your tank? Yup, me to. Let’s do our part to keep firefighters safe and store combustibles away from propane tanks.

*Nederland Meeting: Local Forest Fuels Treatment Projects – Aug. 21
Wildfire mitigation fuels reduction work will soon begin in and around the Town of Nederland. At the Thurs., August 21st meeting of the Nederland Parks and Open Space Advisory Board (PROSAB), there will be a forest health presentation by Peter Brown, of Tree Ring Research, and presentations and Q&A by the US Forest Service and Boulder County regarding upcoming area projects.

PROSAB members will then discuss making a recommendation to the Nederland Board of Trustees concerning acceptance of a scope of work for fuels treatments on seven Town of Nederland properties that were included in a FEMA pre-disaster mitigation grant. These properties include Mud Lake Open Space, Big Springs Park, Joe Smith Park and Caribou Ridge Open Space.
Local Residents are encouraged to attend.
When: Thursday, 8/21, 7:00 PM
Where: Nederland Community Center, 750 Highway 72 North,

*Sort Yard: Both Yards are Open
Both the Nederland and Allenspark sort yards are open Wed. to Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Nederland Sort Yard will beclosed on Thursday Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Noxious weeds: You can drop off noxious weeds at both sort yards, but please make sure to haul them in compostable paper bags. This helps prevent the spread of wind dispersed seeds while in transport.

Before hauling visit: www.bouldercounty.org/property/forest/pages/fhsortyards.aspx for complete program details.

Cheers,
Ryan

Ryan Ludlow | Forestry Education & Outreach Coordinator 
Boulder County | Land Use Department
2045 13th Street, Boulder, CO 80302
720-564-2641 | rludlow@bouldercounty.org
www.BoulderCounty.org/ForestHealth
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Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – July 11, 2014

July 11th, 2014

Today’s Forest Health Outreach update covers the following:
*Forestry Tip of the Day: Time to Cut the Grass
*Wildfire Partners: 500 Homeowners!
* Sort Yard: Did we Mention it is Free?
*Article: 4 Ways to Double Check Your Homeowners Insurance Coverage

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Time to Cut the Grass 
Forestry Tip of the Day: If you haven’t already, it is time to cut your tall grasses and weeds.  Grasses are one of the most abundant surface fuels in Boulder County and wildfires quickly gain momentum when burning in tall grass. Many homes are lost in wildfires each year because homeowner’s didn’t take personal responsibility to keep their grasses short.

Cut grasses and weeds as often as needed throughout the growing season and keep them shorter than 6 inches.

Where to focus your time:
• Mow/weed whip within 30 feet of your home and all outbuildings.
• Keep grasses shortest within close proximity structures.
• Cut grasses within 15-30 feet of roads and driveways.
• For extra protection cut grasses under and around all conifers and bushes close to the home (about 100 feet).

Be especially careful when mowing in areas of rocks. Mower blades can hit rocks and create sparks, causing fires in dry grass. Consider mowing only when humidity is high or after recent moisture.

*Wildfire Partners: 500 Homeowners! 
We are excited to announce that we reached our goal of accepting 500 homeowners into Wildfire Partners in 2014! Thanks to all of our readers who signed up! Make sure to say Hi to our wildfire mitigation specialists if you see them working in your neighborhood.

This summer we have already helped 326 homeowners understand their home’s biggest vulnerabilities to wildfires. If you didn’t have a chance to sign up for the program and are still interested please visit www.WildfirePartners.org to put your name on our waitlist.  We are applying for additional grants to provide funding for the program in 2015.

*Sort Yard: Did we Mention it is Free? 
Our friendly, smiling sort yard staffers Wayne, Holly and Nathan are ready to take all of your cut branches, logs, shrubs, pine needles and grass clippings. If you are cutting to improve your wildfire mitigation chances are high we will take the cut material off your hands, for no charge.

New this summer, both sort yards will now accept logs that are currently infested with mountain pine beetle (MPB) during the seasonal beetle flight. MPB populations continue to decline and the risk of infestation is significantly less today than it was even a few years ago. In addition, the benefit gained from cutting during beetle flight outweighs the risk of beetles flying during transportation.

Before hauling visit: www.bouldercounty.org/property/forest/pages/fhsortyards.aspx for complete program details.

*Article: 4 Ways to Double Check Your Homeowners Insurance Coverage
Have you checked your homeowners insurance policy lately? To learn more about how to double check your coverage read the following article: http://uphelp.org/library/resource/4-ways-double-check-your-homeowners-insurance-coverage

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 – June 11, 2014

June 12th, 2014

Today’s Forest Health Outreach update covers the following:
*Forestry Tip of the Day: Ips Beetles are Flying
*Wildfire Partners: Space is Limited – Apply by June 17
*Free Disposal: Branches, Logs, Pine Needles, Grass Clippings
*Noxious Weed ID Workshops: June 24 & Aug. 26

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Ips Beetles are Flying 
Forestry Tip of the Day: Over the past couple of weeks, we have seen new ips infestation in freshly cut firewood, slash piles and in stressed pine trees. We recommend surveying your land for new ips infestations. Use our Bark Beetle Field Guide to help with identification: http://www.bouldercounty.org/doc/forest/barkbeetlefieldguide.pdf.

Ips Beetle ID Tips: When surveying for ips look for accumulations of fine grain reddish brown frass (saw dust) at the base of living pine trees, caught in the bark of trees or in little piles accumulating on the top of fresh firewood and slash piles. Another sign to look for is the very rapid die off of seemly healthy trees. Trees infested with ips turn from green to a red in as little as 4-6 weeks. To help with ID we created an Ips Tip Sheet graphic and attached it to the eNewsletter.  Take a look!

Ips Beetle Management “Green Chaining”:  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/logs in an area that is easy to access for disposal and is not close to high value trees. These freshly cut piles will attract ips beetles and in essence “bait” the ips into the pile. After Ips infests the pile it takes them 4-6 weeks to complete their life cycle. Once ips completes their life cycle they typically fly out of the infested pile and immediately re-infest the same pile; if the pile continues to have fresh/wet material in it.

We can use ips biology to our advantage by continuing to cut and adding freshly cut slash to the infested piles at intervals of at least every 3-4 weeks. The key to green chaining is creating a continuous supply of freshly cut slash.

The final and most important step is that you MUST destroy the pile and therefore the breeding beetles before the pile dries out. We recommend that you haul the pile to either theAllenspark or the Nederland community forestry sort yard site or chip the pile. Don’t panic if you find ips on your land or in firewood piles. They are to be expected when cutting and generally don’t turn into a huge problem if properly managed. Contact us with questions.

*Wildfire Partners: Space is Limited – Apply by June 17
Time is quickly running out to apply for Wildfire Partners in 2014. All applications must be received by June 17. We only have room to accept 85 additional home’s into the program in 2014 and already have 75 applications in hand.

Since program launch, we have already completed 210 wildfire mitigation home assessments. These participants have been impressed by the educational approach we take and were surprised by the number of little things they could do to immediately improve their home’s survivability.

Complete details including program benefits and an online application are available by visiting www.WildfirePartners.org. To apply by phone call 303-446-7877.

*Free Disposal – Branches, Logs, Pine Needles, Grass Clippings 
Have you been out implementing effective wildfire mitigation on your land? Do you have a huge pile of branches, logs, pine needles and grass clippings that are now creating a fire hazard on your land? You can drop all of this combustible material at our sort yards in Nederland Allenspark for no charge. Before hauling visit:http://www.bouldercounty.org/property/forest/pages/fhsortyards.aspx

Residents living closer to the city of Boulder can haul yard waste, branches and logs under 6 inches in diameter to Western Disposal’s yard waste facility. County residents receive a 40% discount at this fee site. More info: http://www.westerndisposal.com/drop-center/yard-waste/

*Noxious Weed ID Workshops: June 24 & Aug. 26
CSU Extensions and Boulder County Parks and Open Space are offering two noxious weed identification and management workshops this summer. One on June 24 and the other on August 26, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm in Longmont.  Please see the attached brochure for details.  You can register online at http://csu-extension-boco-weeds.eventbrite.com
Workshop Goals:
* Identify your weed samples
* Determine Weed Control strategies that will work for you (including organic control)
* Understand county and state weeds laws
Cheers,
Ryan

Ips Beetle Tip Sheet

Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – May 25, 2014

May 30th, 2014
Today’s Forest Health Outreach update covers the following:

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Bring us your Pine Needles and Grass Clippings! May 31
*Nederland and Allenspark Sort Yards are Open
*Annual Spring Cleanups in Nederland, Allenspark and Gold Hill

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Pine Needle Collection – Starting May 31
Forestry Tip of the Day: 
Got pine needles? We have some great news to share! Starting Sat., May 31 we will begin accepting pine needles and grass clippings at the Nederland and Allenspark sort yards!

Due to limited funding we do not anticipate accepting pine needles for the entire summer.  The service will conclude when funding is exhausted. This pilot program will help determine if there is demand for this type of collection in the mountains. Funding is being provided thru a partnership with the Town of Nederland and a grant by the Rural Utilities Service, United States Department of Agriculture.

When Hauling:
• Haul yard waste in reusable containers. You will be required to dump material directly into a dumpster.
• Keep yard waste separated from slash and logs. 
• We accept pine needles, grass clippings, leaves, pine cones, bark mulch and other organic yard waste that can be composted. 
• Noxious weeds: When working on noxious weed management haul weeds in sealed compostable bags and let our sort yard staff know you have weeds.  
• Do not drop-off any construction materials, root balls, dirt, furniture, trash or wood with metal wire on/in it at any time at any forestry sort yard site.

As reminder, residents living closer to the city of Boulder can haul yard waste to Western Disposal’s yard waste facility. County residents receive a 40% discount at this fee site. More info:http://www.westerndisposal.com/drop-center/yard-waste/

*Nederland and Allenspark Sort Yards are Open
It must be spring; the buzz of chainsaws is in the air! Folks from throughout the mountains are dusting off their chainsaws and getting out on their land implement implementing effective wildfire mitigation and improving the overall health of their forests. You can haul your slash and logs to either sort yard for no charge!

The sort yard season is off to a fantastic start with a bunch of early season activity. Our sort yard staff Wayne, Holly and Nathan look forward to seeing you at the yards this summer! Complete program details are available here: http://www.bouldercounty.org/property/forest/pages/fhsortyards.aspx

*Annual Spring Cleanups in Nederland, Allenspark and Gold Hill
Annual spring cleanups are occurring in mountain towns starting next week. These events are great opportunities to get all that combustible junk off your land and away from your homes. Each event has different requirements on what they accept so please visit each event’s info page before hauling.

Household Hazardous Waste: New this year we are accepting Household Hazardous Waste at the Nederland and Allenspark events only. Please refer to the attached flier for more info. You must preregister online or call 720-564-2725 to dispose of hazardous waste at these events.
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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Wildfire Partners accepting additional applications for wildfire mitigation

May 27th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  May 27, 2014  Contact: Richard Hackett, Communications Specialist, 720-564-2605

Wildfire Partners accepting additional applications for wildfire mitigation

Assistance and rebates available to protect homes and property from wildfire

Boulder County, Colo. – Wildfire Partners – a new voluntary program which recently launched to help Boulder County homeowners prepare for wildfire – is encouraging additional residents to apply to receive wildfire mitigation assistance and rebates.

During the first application period, 414 Boulder County households were accepted into Wildfire Partners. Applications are now available for an additional 86 households to participate.

With 182 wildfire mitigation assessments completed and $197,000 in rebates awarded, here is what current participants are saying:

“I’ve been mitigating my land for a decade, but Wildfire Partners still taught me things I didn’t know about wildfires and structure defense. I think everyone in the mountains should invite them up.” – Jim Merryman, Lee Hill Road.

“The Wildfire Partners program is a great way to gain insight on how to best protect your home from wildfires. It isn’t a request to clear cut your property, rather a way to safeguard the mountain hillsides we all love.” – Kay Lynn Hartmann, Boulder Heights.

“Despite the fact that we have spent years mitigating the fire risks on our property and thought we had covered most of them, the two seasoned Wildfire Partners veterans found some significant ones. Reducing the smallest hazard gives our home and our mountain life a better chance.” – Bill Holmes, Bison Drive

Wildfire Partners is funded by Boulder County and a $980,000 Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant from the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and includes more than 20 partner organizations.

Program benefits include:

  • An individual, on-site, wildfire home assessment with a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist and a customized report that identifies the weak links in a home’s defenses.
  • $300 in rebates for every Wildfire Partner, with additional need and merit-based rebates available.
  • Free access to Wildfire Phone Advisors, available by phone at 303-446-7877 from 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday–Friday to answer questions and support on-site mitigation efforts.
  • A follow-up inspection that takes place after recommended mitigation measures are completed.
  • A certificate stating homeowners performed recommended mitigation actions.

How to Apply

Homeowners must apply and be accepted into the program to take advantage of this opportunity. Wildfire Partners plans to accept 86 additional homeowners during this sign up period. Applicants not accepted will be placed on a waiting list.

The Wildfire Partners’ application can be completed and submitted online at www.WildfirePartners.org, or by calling a Wildfire Advisor at 303-446-7877. Applications must be submitted by June 17th to be considered.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Home must be located in unincorporated western Boulder County, or the towns of Jamestown, Lyons, Nederland or Ward.
  • Applicants must own their home. (Renters are not eligible to apply)
  • Applicants agree to participate in an individual home assessment and complete recommended mitigation measures.

For more information or to apply, visit www.WildfirePartners.org or contact a Wildfire Advisor at 303-446-7877.

-BoulderCounty.org-

 

 

Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – May 13, 2014

May 13th, 2014

Today’s Forest Health Outreach update covers the following:
*Forestry Tip of the Day: Wildfire Partners – Second Chance to Apply
*Sort Yard Snow Closure on Wednesday and Thursday – May 14, 15

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Wildfire Partners – Second Chance to Apply
Forestry Tip of the Day: 
We are excited to announce a limited number of remaining openings in our Wildfire Partners pilot program. During our first application period we saw strong interest from mountain landowners and have already accepted 414 folks into the program. In 2014 we plan to accept 500 homes. If you are already in the program and have completed your comprehensive one-on-one wildfire mitigation home assessment; consider encouraging your neighbors to apply. As we all know wildfire mitigation is more effective when neighbors work together to accomplish their shared goals.

To be considered for the program apply by June 17, 2014. Complete details including program benefits and an online application are available by visiting www.WildfirePartners.org. To apply by phone call 303-446-7877.

*Sort Yard Snow Closure on Wednesday and Thursday – May 14, 15
Both the Nederland and Allenspark sort yards will be temporarily closed on Wednesday and Thursday (May 14, 15) due to snowy and muddy conditions. We plan to reopen on Friday, but please call our operational hotline at 303-678-6368 before hauling to ensure we reopen as scheduled.

As a reminder sort yards are free locations where you can drop off any sized logs and slash at no charge. Complete program details including hours of operation and location are available by visiting: 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
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Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – May 8, 2014

May 8th, 2014

Today’s Forest Health Outreach update covers the following:
*Forestry Tip of the Day: Are you Ready for a Wildfire?
*Event: Firewise Landscaping Workshop – May 10 – Ned Area
*Nederland and Allenspark Sort Yards – Now Open
* Volunteer Sort Yard Hosts Needed 

*Forestry Tip of the Day: Are you Ready for a Wildfire?
Forestry Tip of the Day: The first wildfire of the season occurred north of Nederland off of Sugarloaf Rd on Sunday. Fortunately, our local firefighters were able to quick contain the small blaze.  Hats off to our brave men and women who quickly jumped into action. This fire serves as a good reminder to make sure our homes and families are ready for the active fire season. Did you see or smell the smoke? Were you ready? Was your home ready?

Here is a link to a useful wildfire safety tip sheet from the National Fire Prevention Association: www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/emergency-preparedness/natural-disasters/wildfires

*Event: Firewise Landscaping Workshop – Sat., May 10th – Ned Area
When:
 Saturday, May 10, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. at the Gilpin County Community Center, 230 Norton Drive, Black Hawk
What: Half-day workshop focused on Wildfire Mitigation and Firewise Landscaping
Program Description: Defensible-space (D-space) does not mean moonscape: Learn top tips on making your house less likely to burn in a wildfire, while still making it attractive. Sponsored by Boulder County, CSU Extensions, Gilpin County and Timberline Fire.

Workshop Highlights:
• Learn the newest science available on home ignition in fire.
• Lessons learned about why homes burned (and didn’t burn) from Four Mile, High Park, Black Forest, and Waldo Canyon fires.
• Retrofitting older homes.
• Learn about simple spring maintenance tips to better prepare your home for wildfires.
• See attractive examples of d-space incorporating patio design and pathways.
• Learn how to use fire-resistant native and adapted plants to add color and beauty to the mitigated area, and to attract birds to your land.
• Firefighter’s perspective on saving your house.

RSVP’s are appreciated to help with planning, please call 303-582-9106.

*Nederland and Allenspark Sort Yards- Now Open
Both of the sort yards are now open for the season and ready to help you be a great steward of your backyard forest!  Bring us your slash and logs! 
Hours of Operation:

• Meeker/Allenspark Area – Now Open | Closes: Oct. 18
• Nederland Area – Now Open| Closes: Oct. 18
• Both yards are Open Wednesday thru Saturday. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Both yards are closed Sun., Mon., and Tues. and on July 4, 5.

Keep an eye on the weather. We may temporarily close the sort yards if we receive much snow and/or heavy rain.  If snow is in the air, call 303-678-6368 before hauling a load of material, to ensure we are open.

*Volunteer Sort Yard Hosts Needed 

We are still seeking a few more volunteer sort yard hosts in Nederland and Allenspark. Volunteer hosts greet people as they enter the yard, collect user data and provide forestry outreach. Volunteers do not unload slash and logs. We are looking for individuals who can commit 10-15 hours per month, in 4 hour shifts, for at least 12 weeks during the season. Volunteers are most needed on Wednesdays and Saturdays. To apply, contact Shane Milne at 303-678-6089 or smilne@bouldercounty.org.

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. 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
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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
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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
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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
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