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Monday, February 23, 2015
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Vanishing Pieces of The Puzzle

by Tom Martin,
CEO American Forest Foundation

contributed by
Greg Zausen
Colorado State Forest Service
Fort Collins District

"Because families care for more of America’s forests than the government or corporations, family-owned forests and the products produced from these lands are part of every aspect of our lives and most of us don't even realize it. These lands are an integral piece of America’s forest puzzle—without them, we wouldn’t have the same clean air and water, wildlife habitat, places to recreate, or forest products we all use every day.

New research from the American Forest Foundation, produced in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the Family Forest Research Center, shows that the wood supplies in family-owned forests are abundant—these forests currently have more than 358 billion cubic feet of standing wood."

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Aerial Survey Shows Pine Beetle Waning

but spruce beetles continue to spread

article by Bob Berwyn
Summit County Citizens Voice

FRISCO — There’s good news and bad news from Colorado’s forests. Mountain pine beetle activity has faded to the lowest level since 1996, but spruce beetles continue to spread in the San Juans and in northwestern Colorado.

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Late Winter the Best Time to Prune Trees

contributed by
Ryan Lockwood
Public and Media Relations Coordinator
Colorado State Forest Service

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Late winter, from mid-February until early March, is the best time to prune most trees. Trees are still dormant at this time of year and, unlike in early winter, wound closure will be rapid if pruning occurs just prior to the time new growth emerges.

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The Polar Vortex – White Needles

Contributed by
Ryan Ludlow
Forestry Education & Outreach Coordinator
Boulder County | Land Use Department

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? 

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Pikes Peak Wildfire Prevention Partners Prevention Workshop March 27

contributed by
Bruce Benninghoff, Consulting Forester
Benninghoff & Company

El Paso, Douglas and Teller counties, CO -- “Don’t let snow or last summer’s rains fool you, wildfires can happen at anytime and communities need to prepare.” So says Randy Johnson, President of Pikes Pike Wildfire Prevention Partners (PPWPP.org). To help residents and communities get ready, the organization is holding a full-day prevention workshop March 27. “We’ve already seen homes lost to wildfires this year in other parts of the West,” says Johnson, “and we’ve already had small fires locally. The threat is ongoing,” Johnson stresses.

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2015 Workshop Schedule


National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day - Saturday, May 2, 2015

contributed by
Cathy Prudhomme
Community Outreach Program Manager
NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations Division

This year’s national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is Saturday, May 2, 2015. To assist in local projects being implemented, sixty-five $500 project funding awards will be provided through generous support from State Farm. The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 5, at 11:59pm ET - the short application is easy to complete and only takes a few minutes. Details available in Fire Break and on WildfirePrepDay.org.

A wide-range of free materials can be accessed on the site’s Resources Page. Available options include: flyers, postcards, logos, web and email banners and Facebook/Twitter profile photo images. Flyers and postcards are available in multiple formats including a customizable version for local events/projects. Attached is a pdf of the flyer for easy sharing. Add the web banner to your site and encourage projects and participation.

Last year, activities were completed by individuals, neighborhoods and community groups working to reduce their wildfire risk and make their communities a safer place to live. 

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Visit the New Colorado State Forest Service Website

CSFS has recently redesigned their aready excellent website. It is easier to navigate.

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