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Fuels reduction work to begin on National Forest near Meeker, Jamestown

From U.S. Forest Service :

BOULDER, Colo. (Sept. 12, 2017) – Work is scheduled to begin in the next few weeks on 300 acres of fuels reduction on the Roosevelt National Forest near Meeker Park and Jamestown. The projects will help improve forest health and reduce the risk of wildfire to nearby communities and watersheds. Treatments include thinning mixed conifer, expanding aspen stands and creating small patch cuts in lodgepole pine stands using chainsaws. The vegetation that is cut will be piled to burn, after curing, during winter conditions.

The projects are part of two landscape-scale planning efforts, including the St. Vrain Fuels Reduction Project and the James Creek Fuels Reduction Project. The work being completed by this contractor will be done entirely by hand. Additional vegetation treatment using machines will be scheduled later in the fall with a different contractor.

Work will occur from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and the project is expected to take four weeks to complete.

K. “Reid” Armstrong
Public Affairs Specialist
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
Pawnee National Grassland
Email: krarmstrong@fs.fed.us
Desk: 303-541-2532
Cell: 970-222-7607

Prescribed Burn in Jamestown, Saturday 9/9/2017

On behalf of the James Creek Watershed Initiative:

“Prescribed Burn – This Saturday, the JVFD along with the James Creek Watershed Initiative (JCWI) are planning on conducting a prescribed burn on the “buy out” properties at 145, 153, and 167 Main St. .  These are the properties surrounding, and near the community gardens.  The purpose is to help remove invasive weeds in advance of soil preparation , re-seeding and planting as part of the James Creek Riparian Restoration project.  The restoration project is sponsored by a Healthy Rivers Grant awarded to JCWI by the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

Provided that conditions are appropriate, the prescribed burn will be conducted by experienced firefighters under a burn plan and burn permit issued by Boulder County, and should take no longer than a couple of hours.  There will be smoke in the air during that time.

Follow-up phases of the restoration will occur later in September.  Look for information soon on volunteer opportunities to help with that.”

Bear activity in backcountry increasing, campers urged to use care with food storage

From: Boulder Ranger District

Boulder, Colo. – Because of a recent significant increase in reports of bear activity in and around dispersed and backcountry camp sites in the Boulder Ranger District, forest officials are urging backpackers and others venturing off road to use bear wise camping techniques, including the use of portable bear resistant canisters for food and toiletries. 

 Bev Baker, Wildlife Biologist for the Boulder Ranger District said, “Bear encounters have been reported recently in dispersed camping areas across the District, and now more so in the backcountry. If a bear approaches your campsite, try to scare it away by making loud noises, such as banging pans together, or keep a whistle or air horn handy. Known bear attractants include food, drinks, trash, toiletries and pet food – please store them properly to help keep you safe and bears alive.” By keeping a bear-wise site, campers will reduce the risk of drawing bears into their campsites and becoming habituated on human food sources.  A habituated bear is a problem bear.

All visitors are asked to report bear activity within the Boulder Ranger District as soon as possible by calling the bear activity reporting number at Colorado Parks and Wildlife: (970) 472-4462.  For emergencies requiring immediate response please call 911.  For information about recreating in bear country, please visit http://cpw.state.co.us/bears.   You may also visit usonline at www.fs.usda.gov/arp, Twitter@usfsarp or www.facebook.com/usfsarp.

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests Enacts Fire Restrictions on the Boulder and Clear Creek Ranger Districts

BOULDER, Colo. – Stage I Fire Restriction went into effect this morning (July 6) for all portions of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests that lie in Boulder, Gilpin, Jefferson, Park and Clear Creek counties due to a forecast of dry, warm conditions. The fire restrictions apply to all of the Boulder Ranger District and the Clear Creek Ranger District.

The Stage 1 Fire Restrictions limit where and what type of fires visitors can have, along with other restrictions. They are in place until October 1, 2017, or rescinded, whichever is first. See the Boulder Ranger District order and map and the Clear Creek District order and map for details.

Within the fire restriction area, forest visitors cannot:

  • Build or maintain a fire or use charcoal, coal, or wood stoves, except within a developed recreation site (e.g., campgrounds where fees are charged).
  • Smoke, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while in an area at least three feet in diameter cleared of all flammable materials.
  • Operate a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester properly installed and in effective working order, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher kept with the operator, and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches readily available for use.
  • Weld or operate acetylene or other torch with open flame except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher.
  • Use explosives, including fireworks.
  • Discharge a firearm EXCEPT a person possessing a valid Colorado hunting license lawfully involved in hunting and harvesting game.

Violation of any of these provisions of Stage 1 Fire Restrictions could result in a maximum fine of $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for more than six months, or both. If responsible for causing a wildfire, one could be held accountable for suppression costs of that fire.

Forest Service staff will continue to monitor the situation and consider a variety of options to address conditions, including additional restrictions if weather remains dry and lessening or rescinding restriction if a rainy weather pattern starts.

Cydney D. Janssen
Acting Public Affairs Officer
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests & Pawnee National Grassland
2150 Centre Ave.; Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526
308-360-2976

Fire Restrictions Enacted in Boulder County

BOULDER, Colo. – Stage I Fire Restriction went into effect for all Boulder County portions of the Boulder Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forests due to a forecast of dry, warm conditions.

The Stage 1 fire restrictions limit where and what type of fires visitors can have, along with other restrictions. They are in place until October 1, 2017, or rescinded, whichever is first.  See the order and map for details.

Within the fire restriction area, forest visitors cannot:

·        Build or maintain a fire or use charcoal, coal, or wood stoves, except within a developed recreation site (e.g., campgrounds where fees are charged).

·        Smoke, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while in an area at least three feet in diameter cleared of all flammable materials.

·        Operate a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester properly installed and in effective working order, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher kept with the operator, and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches readily available for use.

·        Weld or operate acetylene or other torch with open flame except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher.

·        Use explosives, including fireworks.

·        Discharge a firearm EXCEPT a person possessing a valid Colorado hunting license lawfully involved in hunting and harvesting game.

Violation of any of these provisions of Stage 1 fire restrictions could result in a maximum fine of $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for more than six months, or both. If responsible for causing a wildfire, one could be held accountable for suppression costs of that fire.

Forest Service staff will continue to monitor conditions and consider the variety of options to address those conditions, including additional restrictions if weather remains dry and lessening or rescinding restriction if a rainy weather pattern starts.

Reghan Cloudman
Public Affairs Specialist
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
and Pawnee National Grassland
p: 970-295-6770
rcloudman@fs.fed.us
2150 Centre Avenue, Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8119
www.fs.usda.gov/arp