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Saturday, February 15,2014
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Progress on biomass: Finally seeing the results of waste-to-energy

Contributed by
Bruce Benninghoff, Consulting Forester

For most of the last decade, Coloradans have been talking about how to make good use of their mountain forests, dying and gray. Something is finally happening.

Read more: Progress on biomass: Finally seeing the results of waste-to-energy - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_25036584/finally-seeing-results-waste-energy#ixzz2tPWh5vMA 


Slippery Bark Protects Pines from Beetles

Contributed by
Jon Bell, Forest Landowner and Inventor

It has been found that Mountain Pine Beetles do not attack smooth-barked pines because they can't hang on long enough to get the job done. This has implications when deciding which trees to thin and which to leave, and also suggests a new family of preventive treatment methods for high-value trees.



The Fire Line:
Wildfire in Colorado

Contributed by
Mike Hughes, CSFS Asst District Forester

Here is the video I mentioned last night at the larimer County Tree Farm meeting.  It's pretty good.



Ponderosa Pine Genetic Studies

Contributed by
Bruce Benninghoff, Consulting Forester

Genetic knowledge is particularly important for species such as ponderosa pine that are distributed across wide geographic distances and types ofclimates. A ponderosa pine study initiated in 1910 at the Fort Valley Experimental
Forest is among the earliest ponderosa pine genetic research efforts in the United States. This study contributed to the description of ponderosa pine’s varietal differences, genetic diversity and adaptation patterns, and helped confirm the importance of using local seed sources.

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Meetings and Events

  • February 17
    - Can a Collapse of Global Civilization Be Avoided?  
    Monday, February 17, 2014 
    5:00pm - 6:00pm 
    Ehrlich notes that although in the past, numerous civilizations collapsed due to environmental problems, now, for the first time, we are faced with a global collapse due to multiple drivers -- overpopulation, over consumption by the rich, poor choices of technologies, etc. He suggests that a dramatic cultural change is needed for averting calamity
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  • February 19
    - Northern Rockies and Southern Rockies Fire Science Networks Webinar Series

    LANDFIRE and the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) have developed a series of webinars that will be offered across the US starting February 19. These webinars are designed to help land managers and others understand and use data resources to assist them when making decisions regarding large landscape projects. Because the suite of LANDFIRE tools is based in vegetation history and current conditions, these data can be applied in both fire and non-fire related activities and are especially effective when doing scenario planning and cost-benefit analyses.
    Click here to view the flyer for webinar dates, more information and registration!  
  • February 24
    - Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Workshop

    Folks,  this workshop on February 24th in Centennial, Colorado will focus on grant writing for the upcoming wildland fire grants due March 6th in Colorado, and also the use of lasers in forest measurements.
    Dave Cawrse
    Chair, CO/WY SAF Chapter
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  • May 3

    Join communities throughout the U.S. on Saturday, May 3, 2014 as NFPA launches its first national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day!
    Commit a couple of hours, or the entire day, and watch as your actions positively contribute to reducing your community’s wildfire risk. Challenge your friends, your family, relatives, faith-based group or youth organization to develop a project and join others throughout the nation in making big changes. Your efforts will help raise wildfire awareness, promote collaboration and bring neighbors together to work on projects that can help protect homes, neighborhoods and entire communities from future wildfire risk or current post-fire impacts.

    Join the webinar on Tuesday, February 25, at 10am MST and discover what can be achieved on May 3 in your community!   Here’s the link:  http://nfpa.adobeconnect.com/WildfirePrepDay/.
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