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Thursday, January 16, 2014
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Defensible space is not enough.

Contributed by
Bruce Benninghoff - Consulting Forester

900,000 embers/hectare is 364,372 per acre.
Individually almost inconspicuous.
In aggregate, devastating.

Defensible space is not enough.  You must pay attention to the ease of ignition of the structure.

Lessons learned from Slave Lake disaster


Wildfire Mitigation Grants Available in 2014:


#1- HB12-1032 Forest Restoration Grant

Contributed by
Naomi J. Marcus                                   
Forest Stewardship Coordinator               
CSFS-Forest Management Div.     

I invite you to submit proposals for the Forest Restoration Grant program. If interested in this funding opportunity, complete the application form as attached or you may access the form from the Colorado State Forest Service website at www.csfs.colostate.edu. The attached Request for Application outlines the background of this cost-share program, eligibility, application instructions and scoring criteria. The RFA is also accessible at the CSFS website.

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Request for Application



#2 -Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program

Contributed by
Lisa Dale
Assistant Director, Parks, Wildlife and Lands Colorado Department of Natural Resources

The Colorado Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for a second round of awards under the Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program. This phase will provide $5.2 million in grants to reduce the risk of wildfire in areas where human development and forested lands overlap, areas often called the wildland-urban interface.

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#3 -  Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

Contributed by
Jill Ozarski
Senior Natural Resources Advisor
U.S. Senator Mark Udall

I wanted to give you a heads-up on an important new source of funds that will soon be available to help mitigate wildfire on non-federal lands.  On January 3, 2014, the state will invite all eligible applicants to submit Notices of Interest (NOI) for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).  The NOI will be posted at www.coemergency.com and will be due by January 31, 2013.

The HMGP program is funded by FEMA based on a percentage of federal flood disaster dollars that are spent in the state.  The state will set-aside at least 15% of funds for wildfire mitigation projects, and projects anywhere in the state are eligible.  The total numbers are unclear at this point, but it looks like somewhere between $4.5 million and $7.5 million will be available. 

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