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Summit County: Expert panel eyes future forest health

June 30 meeting will address emerging impacts to Colorado’s mountain forests

What will our future forests look like? A panel of experts will discuss the question at the June 30 Summit County Forest Health Task Force luncheon.

SUMMIT COUNTY — This week’s luncheon meeting (June 30) of the Summit County Forest Health Task Force will focus on how to optimize future forest conditions with the limited resources available to land managers.

A panel of forest experts and ecologists will discuss what kind of forest management practices are under discussion to address emerging human and climate impacts on high-altitude forests in Colorado.

The meeting is from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Spencer’s Restaurant at the Beaver Run Conference Center in Breckenridge. The buffet lunch costs $11 per person. Confirm attendance with Howard Hallman via email at future1946@yahoo.com. Continue reading

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‘Canadian approach’ protects forest around Aspen

Dead and dying lodgepole pines in Frisco, Colorado.

Summit Forest Health Task Force gets update on beetle battle in Aspen; preview of next week’s Forests At Risk symposium

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — An intensive — and expensive — treatment option for protecting lodgepole pines from beetles is showing some promise on a small test plot near Aspen, said For the Forest director John Bennet, speaking Thursday at a luncheon meeting of the Summit forest health task force.

“I’d call it a classic Canadian approach,” Bennett said, describing how groups are trying to preserve some live trees on Smuggler Mountain by removing brood trees and scattering verbenone to try and disrupt the breeding cycle of the pesky bugs that are tearing up huge swaths of Colorado forests. Continue reading

Summit County: Forest health and global warming

Is there a link between global climate change and the pine beetle epidemic?

The Summit Forest Health Task Force is hosting a Feb. 10 luncheon meeting in Frisco.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — You don’t have to be an early-bird to attend this week’s meeting of the Summit County Forest Health Task Force. The group normally meets early Thursday morning, but in a shift from its regular schedule, the task force is hosting a Feb. 10 luncheon meeting featuring John Bennett, executive director of For The Forest, an Aspen-based group that’s presenting a ground-breaking symposium on forest health next week.

The meeting is set for 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Frisco Community Center, 110 Third Avenue South (at Granite) in Frisco. Forest Health roundtable meetings are free and open to the public. Attendees interested in partaking in a complimentary lunch of soup, salad and sandwiches should RSVP to Sandy Briggs at  ForestHealthTF@aol.com or (970) 389-0987. Continue reading

Will new state leadership affect forest policies?

Forest Health task force to discuss state policy changes.

Summit forest health task force meets Nov. 18

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Community members interested in forest health issues will get an update in how changes in political leadership at the state level might affect forest health policy this week. With several members of Governor-elect John Hickenlooper‘s transition team in attendance at the recent bark beetle summit meeting at Keystone, it appears that there will be some continuity in addressing one of the state’s most critical natural resource issues.

But the summit also showed there is still confusion among some elected officials, who seemed to want to link the recent Four Mile Canyon Fire with the bark beetle issue. the problem with that is that the Four Mile Canyon Fire burned in mostly green trees that hadn’t been affected by insects. That’s a fundamental distinction that needs to be made, and if the state’s top political leaders can’t do that, it tough to expect the general population to get it.

The task force meeting (Nov. 18, 7:30 a.m. at the Frisco Community Center, 110 Third Ave.) will also get an update on ow a potential partnership between Summit County,  the Town of Kremmling and Union Pacific could facilitate sale and distribution of Colorado Blue Pine®  products to state, national and international markets. Related to that, task force leaders will give a report on how they’re progressing with a Colorado Blue Pine® online catalog designed to promote the sale of products made with beetle-killed bluestain wood. Questions about the forest health task force can be directed at lead organizer Sandy Briggs, 970-389-0987.

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