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Thursday, April 16, 2015
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Water: A Lifeline We Need to Protect

contributed by
Tom Fry
Director, Western Forest Conservation
American Forest Foundation

"In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Denver’s watersheds, on which 1.3 million people rely, were ground zero for several severe wildfires. The aftermath of these fires destroyed a significant portion of nature’s water filtration system. Without this green infrastructure in place, the rains that followed the fires caused substantial sediment buildup in reservoirs, which led to water quality issues and higher water treatment costs. Denver Water was forced to spend more than $27 million on water quality treatment, sediment and debris removal, and restoration. Experiences like these remind us why it’s so important to protect our water supply by investing in our forests, public and private."

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Now is the time to address wildfire mitigation near homes, communities

contributed by
Brian Lockwood
Public and Media Relations CoordinatorColorado State Forest Service
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – With Colorado’s snowpack at only 65 percent of average and Red Flag Warnings again in effect throughout much of the state today, the Colorado State Forest Service reminds landowners that there’s no better time than now to prepare homes and communities for wildfire.

“Sometimes the best defense is a good offense,” said Mike Lester, state forester and director of the Colorado State Forest Service. “Long before a fire arrives, landowners should be taking pre-emptive actions to reduce wildfire potential.”

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Discovery of a bud-break gene could lead to trees adapted for a changing climate

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — Scientists have confirmed the function of a gene that controls the awakening of trees from winter dormancy, a critical factor in their ability to adjust to environmental changes associated with climate change.

While other researchers have identified genes involved in producing the first green leaves of spring, the discovery of a master regulator in poplar trees (Populus species) could eventually lead to breeding plants that are better adapted for warmer climates.

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Restoration Efforts Make Progress In Colorado Forests

A long-term forest health improvement program that began in 2009 is making a difference in Colorado and other states, according to a report from the U.S. Forest Service.  

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April 25 - CFA April Workshop

Contribute by
Charlie Henry
Colorado Forestry Assn.

Attached please find a pdf file about our upcoming April Workshop on April  25th in Loveland, Colorado. This workshop is free and should be an interesting time for you to learn the latest in outdoor wood boilers, wood stove and insert regulations in addition to information on land conservancy and legacy planning for forest property.
See you there

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Annual Fire Ecology Workshop for Educators

 contributed by
Brian Lockwood
Public and Media Relations CoordinatorColorado State Forest Service

GOLDEN, Colo. – Colorado educators have until May 6 to apply for admittance to one of two 2015 Fire Ecology Institutes for Educators, offered for the 14th year by the Colorado State Forest Service. All Colorado educators for grades three through 12 are invited to apply to attend one of the workshops, respectively scheduled for June 7-12 in Durango, Colo., and July 6-11 in Florissant, Colo.

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