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Friday, April 5, 2013
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Feds project climate change will double wildfire risk in forests

By Bruce Finley The Denver Post

The hotter, drier climate will transform Rocky Mountain forests, unleashing wider wildfires and insect attacks, federal scientists warn in a report for Congress and the White House.

The U.S. Forest Service scientists project that, by 2050, the area burned each year by increasingly severe wildfires will at least double, to around 20 million acres nationwide.

Some regions, including western Colorado, are expected to face up to a fivefold increase in acres burned if climate change continues on the current trajectory.



Lessons Learned from Waldo Canyon


submitted by Phillip Howe, woodland owner

The Waldo Canyon fire presented the first opportunity for partners in the national Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Coalition to collectively assess the performance of mitigation practices in Colorado Springs in a post-fire environment and to compare the results to the mitigation strategy recommended by the Fire Adapted Communities program.



U.S. Starts Massive Forest-Thinning Project

By Tiffany Stecker and ClimateWire

"While the Schultz fire visibly marked the landscape, the damage was relatively benign compared with the floods that came a month later. The fire had stripped the hills of trees and vegetation, and soil erosion left a smooth slope allowing the summer rains to push an avalanche of mud, rocks and other debris down into the community. A 12-year-old girl was killed. Millions of dollars in damage ensued. The vulnerability left by the fire was unearthed -- literally."



Be Prepared

hosted by the Colorado Tree Farmers

"Be Prepared" is a community event to help people be better prepared to reduce the damage to their property and to increase the odds that their .homes can be saved during the upcoming wildfire and flood seasons in the High Park Fire burn area.

The event will address the questions:

  • What did we learn from the recent fires?
  • What can we expect this year?
  • What can we do to be better prepared?
  • Who can help us?
“We were better prepared than most. But we were nowhere near as well prepared as we should have been. Or could have been.” – Linda Masterson, author of Surviving Wildfire - A Handbook for Homeowners

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Ward Mountain Ranch, 4985 Stove Prairie Rd., Bellvue 80512

What time:
9 am to Noon

Who is invited:
Everyone interested in wildfire and flooding.



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Landowners who attend one of our tours in 2013 will receive the Colorado Tree Farmer's forest management manual, "Saving Your Forest". Currently certified Tree Farmers can get a manual by bringing a neighbor or friend to one of our tours.