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Friday, August 23, 2013
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 Insurance demands for fire mitigation may mean big changes in communities

contributed by Scott Golden, Tree Farmer

 Insurance demands for fire mitigation

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Task Force on Wildfire Insurance and Forest Health

Governor Hickenlooper has ordered that a task force be created to study and present him with recommendations on wildfire insurance and forest health. A website has been formed that contains much of the information that the task force members are studying in order to form their recommendations. The Task Force is working to complete a Report by September 30th

The recommendations presented to the Governor will affect everyone owning forested property or living in the wildland urban interface. You can review the information available to the task force at the following website.



Colorado Forestry Fair

Boulder County and the Colorado State Forest Service proudly present the 3rd annual

Saturday, September 14

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Boulder County Nederland Sort Yard 291 Ridge Road Nederland, Colo.

Forest Stewardship through Active Management

  • Learn about forest management and wildfire mitigation
  • See forestry equipment demonstrations
  • Fun kids' activities, including puppet shows and tree seed plantings
  • Career exploration and networking in forestry and natural resource management
  • Landowners, families, students and anyone interested in forestry are encouraged to attend
  • FREE and OPEN to the public
  • For more information, email CSFS_ForestryFair@ mail.colostate.edu
  • Informational flyer (1.2 MB PDF)


Virtual Tour-Small Scale Forestry Equipment

Joe Turner, an independent Fire Mitigation and Forest Health Specialist, has compiled a list of links to information on small scale forestry equipment for woodland owners and has been kind enough to share.



Fire Injury in Conifers -- Some Useful Literature

Folks,  With the large number of fires along the Front Range over the last few years, it seemed like a good idea to survey the available literature on fire injury of conifers and methods for determining whether fire-injured trees will likely survive their injury.  Attached above, is a list of scientific publications on fire injury for your information and use.  Fortunately, many of the papers can be obtained online free of charge, especially those related to fire injury of ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir.

For ponderosa pine, the single best paper is the one by Sieg and others (2006).  For Douglas-fir, the best papers are by Hood and others (2007).  The paper by Michaletz and Johnson (2007) provides a good discussion of how fires kill trees (there is a fair bit of physics in this one, intermixed with more general discussions). 

I also included a discussion of bark beetles associated with fire-injured conifers for your information.  I hope these documents prove useful for you.  Regards,  Jeff.

Jeff Witcosky
Lakewood Service Center Leader
740 Simms Street
Golden, CO  80401

Fire Injury in Conifers

Bark Beetles in Fire Injured Trees



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