Summit County: Fire, water, beetles & climate
The tentative monthly calendar of topics for Forest Health Task Force meetings has been announced. The focus of designing the meetings is to find topics that are timely, relevant and educational in the realm of forest health, coordinator Howard Hallman said, adding that it’s a goal to also focus on partner organizations and collaborations. The partnerships are designed to fit into a larger goal of forest health in Colorado’s central mountains, including identifying economically and ecologically sustainable actions that can be implemented locally. After each meeting, notes are available to keep agencies, companies and individuals abreast of the task force’s activities.Meetings vary from morning meetings to lunch meetings. Learn more at http://www.summitpinebeetle.org.February – Ecological and environmental protection. The meeting encourages renewed participation from the environmental community, and should have notable leaders from the Sierra Club and The Nature Conservancy as guests. March – Watersheds. It’s a meeting hosted by Denver Water, Aurora Water, Blue River Watershed Group, and should have participation from the U.S. Forest Service. April – Fire science and fire mitigation. The goal is to have two experts on either side of the question of whether fire danger will or will not increase significantly.May – Educational outreach and communications. Focusing on recreation aspects, the meeting could feature the Choose Outdoors environmental plan as well as the Forest Service’s communications plan.June – Future forests. The meeting will look at the impact of climate change and human impacts, and what can be done to promote healthy forests, particularly under changed conditions in a world with limited resources.July – Colorado Bark Beetle Cooperative. The meeting will give the organization a chance to share their mission. August – Roundtable on forest health. Colorado State Forest Service, the Colorado State University Summit County Extension, and the Forest Restoration Institute will be featured. September – Wood utilization. New faces in the blue-pine market will be revealed, such as West Range Restoration, the Colorado State University Wood Utilization Institute, some out-of-state players and more. October – Forest health projects. The meeting will focus on how projects are tailored toward safety and protection for homeowners and infrastructure. November – Youth involvement. A main partner at this meeting should be the Keystone Science School.December – Year-end wrapup. All the key players in environmental protection, watershed protection, youth, communications and education, optimizing future forest conditions, understanding beetles and other forest pests, Forest Service, and more will be invited to the discussion.
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