COSWAP in RMRI-Southwest: La Plata County fire mitigation efforts RMRI-SW
Visiting crews will begin extensive wildfire mitigation efforts on 83 miles of roads throughout La Plata County. Initial efforts in October will begin with mitigation along County Road 117 as well as the Vista de Oro subdivision on the Fort Lewis Mesa. A map of the targeted area is available here. The work will be funded through the Colorado Strategic Wildfire Action Plan (COSWAP), which was created to administer funds via the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.
COSWAP in RMRI-Southwest: Montezuma County wildfire mitigation efforts RMRI-SW
The Mancos Conservation District, in partnership with the Dolores Watershed Resilient Forest Collaborative, Wildfire Adapted Partnership, and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, was recently awarded $1,000,000 by the CO Department of Natural Resources through the Colorado Strategic Wildlife Action Program (COSWAP). Under the Landscape Resilience Investment, this funding will provide targeted wildfire risk mitigation on private lands in the Mancos and Dolores watershed to increase community resilience and protect life, property, and infrastructure.
COSWAP in RMRI-Upper South Platte: Partners focus on Teller County RMRI-Upper South Platte
The Woodland Park Field Office of the Colorado State Forest Service received a $1 million Landscape Resilience Investment grant through the Colorado Department of Natural Resources Colorado Strategic Wildfire Action Program (COSWAP) that will fund essential forest management activities near the North Catamount reservoir. This fuels treatment project known as the North Cat 2, will help shift the risk from catastrophic wildfire on the landscape, increase protection to vital drinking water supply and infrastructure, protect wildlife habitat and provide increased protection to communities adjacent to the North Catamount reservoir. Forest management activities and project work under this grant are slated for completion by 2025. More…
Fences & benches built from wildfire mitigation improve outdoor spaces RMRI-Upper Arkansas
RMRI Partners in the RMRI-Upper Arkansas landscape are treating ecosystems while also serving communities. Natural fencing and new benches will be placed at popular recreation areas in the towns of Salida, Poncha Springs and Buena Vista, as the Southwest Conservation Corp (SCC) completes a project funded by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO). SCC provides youth, young adults and veterans with challenging service and educational opportunities through projects that promote personal growth and an ethic of natural resource stewardship. The Healthy Forests, Fences and Benches project serves the organization’s mission well because it includes public service components, from reducing wildfire danger to protecting wildlife to improving the outdoors for residents and visitors. More…
Dolores Ranger District plans to burn slash piles this fall and winter RMRI-SW
The San Juan National Forest’s Dolores Ranger District plans to burn slash piles generated from forest thinning and timber sales in areas north of Mancos, east and northeast of Dolores, and east of Dove Creek. The USDA Forest Service recently completed a 90-day nationwide operational pause and program review of protocols, decision support tools and practices related to the implementation of prescribed fire. This pause has allowed us time to identify and immediately implement program improvements to ensure firefighters have the resources, tools and support needed to safely carry out this important work. The lessons learned, driven by the best available science, will be implemented before resuming the prescribed fire program. More…
Middle schoolers make the grade during forest cleanup RMRI-Upper Arkansas
Students from Darren Patterson Christian Academy “adopted” a recreation area in September. Twenty-three middle schoolers from the Buena Vista school cleaned up an area of the San Isabel National Forest. The event, hosted by Chaffee Rec Adopters, reinforced educational priorities by helping students get real-world experiences. Chaffee Rec Adopters volunteers have used a mobile app to survey more than 2,200 dispersed campsites along the county’s forested road system. The information is used by land agencies to focus stewardship efforts and manage the impacts of growing recreation use. “Adopters” have removed more than 15,000 pounds of ash and trash from county recreation sites during cleanup events this year. More…
RESTORE Colorado 2022 Request for Proposals RMRI
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is soliciting proposals for the annual Restoration and Stewardship of Outdoor Resources and Environment (RESTORE) Colorado Program. Applications are due November 10, 2022. Cross-boundary landscape projects that are within RMRI’s three focal areas are the target for the forested lands applications. More...
Loan program helps reduce wildfire severity while improving wood profits RMRI
“The Wildfire Risk Mitigation Loan Fund provides financing to wildfire mitigation contractors and forest products businesses to invest in new equipment and working capital to address Colorado’s increasing wildfire challenge. It is administered in partnership with the SLVDRG and other lenders like the Northwest Loan Fund,” said RMRI partner Tim Reader, the wood products specialist with the Colorado State Forest Service. More…
Bird/Forest Management Tool Workshop RMRI
The Bird Conservancy of the Rockies has worked with the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute to create a spatial tool that maps potential benefits of forest treatments for bird occupancy and richness in forested regions along the Front Range (see the email below for more details). They are looking to host a virtual workshop to showcase the tool. If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please contact Jennifer Timmer at Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (firstname.lastname@example.org) directly to be put on their contact list.