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Monday, April 29, 2018
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Larimer Tree Farmers
Spring Tour


Dr John Fitch will host a tour of his Tree Farm and sustainable home on Saturday, May 19 between 9 am and 12 pm.

Tour highlights

"As an ecologist and wildlife biologist, I have had a strong interest in designing and
building a sustainable home that, although connected to the electric grid, is super
insulated and produces solar energy both for radiant floor heating and for electric energy.
I also installed a high efficiency and low emissions woodstove to provide supplemental
Redstone Canyon (site of the tour) is fortunate to have a very active wildfire mitigation
program with cooperative grants from the Colorado Forest Service beginning in 2010. These grants provide funds for roadside forest slash to be ground up and sprayed back on the land
while the "sweat equity" of cutting and dragging trees to the roadsides are provided by an
organized group of landowner participants. Although the High Park fIre came into Redstone Canyon twice, no Association homes were lost!"

Dr Fitch wrote the popular article on electric chainsaws featured in a previous issue of Tree Farmer Alerts. His tools will be available for demonstration.

This tour is open to everyone but due to limited parking it will be necessary to limit attendance on a first come first service basis. If you wish to reserve a place please RSVP on the linked form: Tour Reservation Form


Colorado’s summer wildfire season could be the worst since 2012 and 2013

from The Denver Post


Conditions are setting up what could be the worst summer wildfire season in Colorado since the one-two punch of 2012 and 2013, officials said Friday, when devastating blazes ravaged areas across the state.

“It appears that this will probably be the worst one, forecast-wise, in quite some time,” said Mike Morgan, director of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control. “Abnormally dry weather and a dry winter has left our mountains nearly barren.”

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Communities Coming Together on Wildfire Preparedness Day

contributed by

Ryan Lockwood 
External & Media Communications Specialist
Colorado State Forest Service


DENVER – April 26, 2018 – Next Saturday, May 5, is “Wildfire Preparedness Day” in Colorado – a day when communities across the state come together to prepare for wildfires and take actions to reduce their wildfire risk. The proclamation, which dedicates a day to engage communities in focusing on activities that create awareness, education and action to reduce potential deaths and property losses through their preparedness efforts, coincides with the 2018 National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day.

This year, Colorado had the second-highest number of communities receiving 2018 NFPA funding awards to implement Preparedness Day projects, with 18 of the 150 national awards coming to the state. Only California received more awards. The winners of the $500 project funding awards are listed on the NFPA site.

Read the Press Release


Recent research in the Rocky Mountains has found what others also determined in a 2013 study in Oregon — significant decreases in post-fire tree regeneration. In a paper titled “Evidence for declining forest resilience to wildfires under climate change”, eight researchers noted reductions in tree regeneration in the 21st century.

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Fire Fuels Editorial

contributed by
Molly Pitts
Rocky Mountain Regional Director
Healthy Forests Healthy Communities


Recent spring snows won’t eliminate the serious wildfire season that Colorado faces this summer. Worse, state agencies can’t help property owners in the “red zones” (where forests and subdivisions intermingle) remove dense undergrowth or dead and diseased trees near their homes. So, either property owners give up and don’t attempt to mitigate against wildfires, or, if they already have cut down problem trees, the debris piles just sit there, like heaps of kindling awaiting a deadly spark. As long-time forest advocates, we know that that the crisis has become a near-certainty. We thus call upon Gov. John Hickenlooper and state legislators to let forest professionals help homeowners mitigate against wildfires.

Read the Editorial


Jim Hubbard
Former Colorado State Forester

contributed by
Molly Pitts
Executive Director, CTIA


President Nominates Jim Hubbard for Under Secretary for
Natural Resources & Environment

The President announced over the weekend his nomination of Jim Hubbard to serve as the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, the USDA post that oversees the Forest Service (i.e. – the role played by Robert Bonnie for most of the Obama Administration, and Mark Rey for the entire George W. Bush Administration).

For those of you not aware of Jim’s background, he spent the first part of his career in the Colorado State Forest Service, before coming to Washington and serving in a political post at the Department of Interior during the George W. Bush years. He moved to a career slot at the Forest Service, eventually spending the last dozen years as Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry. He retired from public service in October of last year.

 Bill Imbergamo, Executive Director, FFRC


Spring is in the Air

contributed by
Mike Burns, National Woodland Owners Association 


So how long does skunk smell last?

Mild skunk smells can usually be removed by simply airing out your home, but stronger skunk smells that have worked their way into fur, clothes, or carpeting can linger for several months to several years if immediate action is not taken. If a skunk has died near or under your home, skunk scent will linger far longer.

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