Forest Management

Public Scoping Begins on Management Direction for Recreational Sport Shooting

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

Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – April 27, 2015

April 27th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers,
Ryan

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

April 21st, 2015

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

 Boulder County Community Forestry Sort Yards open in May

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

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

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

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

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

Nederland Area Sort Yard – 291 Ridge Road, Nederland

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

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

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

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

 Volunteer Community Forestry Sort Yard Hosts needed

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

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

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

-BoulderCounty.org-

Boulder County Forest Health Outreach eNewsletter – March 24, 2015

March 25th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers,
Ryan

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

March 6th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers,
Ryan

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

February 13th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers,
Ryan

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

February 6th, 2015

Forwarded from Amy Hardy, IMA Chair

Hello IMA Members,

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

Have a great Friday,   Amy

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Sylvia Clark

Boulder District Ranger, USFS

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

January 23rd, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers,
Ryan

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

November 7th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers,
Ryan

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

November 4th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers,
Ryan

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

October 10th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers,
Ryan

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

October 7th, 2014

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

Nederland and Allenspark Sort Yards Season Ends Oct. 18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nederland Area Sort Yard – 291 Ridge Road, Nederland

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

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

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

-BoulderCounty.org-

 

Boulder County hosts Wildfire Awareness Month events in October

September 30th, 2014

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

Boulder County hosts Wildfire Awareness Month events in October

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

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

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

Schedule of Events:

Fire Prevention Week

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

Forestry Work Project

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

Hike: Healthy Forest Ecology and Wildfire Mitigation Tips

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

What Is the Future of Colorado’s Forests?

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

Waldo Canyon: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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

Community Chipping Events:

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

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

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

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

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

-BoulderCounty.org-

 

 

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