The Future Forest

FHTF Vision
A sustainable high country forest ecosystem providing ecological diversity, clean water, valuable habitat, abundant recreation opportunities, and quality of life while supporting a healthy economy and vibrant communities without depletion of natural character and beauty.

FHTF Mission
• Educate on forest health and wildfire issues
• Promote cooperation between diverse stakeholder groups
• Collaborate on policy goals and projects with other stakeholders
• Increase citizen involvement
• Engage in forest restoration projects
• Monitor long-term forest conditions
• Study impacts of changing climate and social conditions
• Encourage appropriately-sized wood utilization projects
• Implement science-based cost-effective forest management practices allowing regeneration of a naturally diverse forest land ecosystem

Forest Health Stakeholders
All parties impacted by or impacting forest lands in Summit County

FHTF Activities
• Over 200 public meetings over a 10-year period
• Website, www.foresthealthtaskforce.org, relevant news updates
• Monthly newsletter

• SCVFMP- Summit County Volunteer Forest Monitoring Project
• Researching Summit County historical forest and geological conditions
• Blue River Watershed Source Water Protection Plan
• Model to predict Economic Availability of Woody Biomass
• Straight Creek and Peak 7 forest restoration projects
• Long-term forest restoration monitoring projects in partnership with FDRD

Great efforts are being taken to create a healthy forest for the future. Here are just a few examples of what's happening locally.

Putting Fire back into the forest

By Jon Stavney, NW COG

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Putting Fire back into the forest

By Jon Stavney, NW COG

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USFS WILDIFRE OCCURRENCES GROWING IN THE WEST

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Celebrate Camp Hale, Past & Future

On Saturday, January 21, the public will have a unique opportunity to learn about the past, present and future of Colorado’s famed Camp Hale, the home and training ground for World War II’s legendary 10th Mountain Division mountain troopers.

Senator Udall letter to Secretary Vilsack

The following letter from Senator Udall to Secretary Vilsack focuses on bark beetles but highlights the Senator's current area of interest with regard to forests:

November 15, 2010

Dear Secretary Vilsack:
As you know, we have been experiencing an unprecedented insect epidemic in the forests of Colorado and Wyoming. The vast scale of tree mortality brought on by the mountain pine beetle has affected over 3.5 million acres of National Forest Service land in Colorado and Wyoming over the past decade. When it finally runs its full course, it is estimated that the vast majority of mature lodgepole pine in these areas will have died.

Senator Udall letter to Secretary Vilsack (Read the full letter here)