Frisco: ‘Water, Fire, and the Forest’ luncheon Thursday |

Frisco: ‘Water, Fire, and the Forest’ luncheon Thursday

The Forest Health Task Force and the Blue River Watershed Group will be co-hosting a free luncheon meeting entitled “Water, Fire, and the Forest: the critical connection between forest health and our water supply” on Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Frisco Community Center.

The objectives of the event are to increase awareness about the importance of forest vitality on local water supply and quality, encourage discussion on what forest management practices would best achieve water supply and quality objectives, and promote collaboration and understanding among stakeholders.

Invited speakers include Colorado Water Commissioner Scott Hummer; Cary Green with the U.S. Forest Service; Don Kennedy of Denver Water; Jeff Crane of the Colorado Watershed Assembly; Tom Clark, president of the Colorado Bark Beetle Collaborative; Steve Swanson, representing the Blue River Watershed Group; as well as John Duggan from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Representatives from the Colorado State Forest Service and Xcel Energy are also expected.

According to task force president Howard Hallman, the Thursday gathering is designed to promote a greater appreciation for the challenges facing mountain communities as the dominant feature on the landscape responds to the aftermath of a devastating bark beetle epidemic, reacts to climate change in ways that are just beginning to be understood, and faces an increasing risk of further destruction in the form of catastrophic wildfire.

Forest health roundtable meetings are free and open to the public. Those interested in partaking in a complimentary lunch of soup, salad and sandwiches should RSVP to Hallman at, or (970) 468-9134 or (719) 491-1807.

The community center is located one block south of Frisco Main Street at the corner of Third Avenue and Granite Street.

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