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Colorado Water Plan Workshop: Forest Health - Shared screen with speaker view
Bob Peters
57:57
Hi Matt, will the "state of the science" effort include characterizing the "state of management" of forests? Thanks.
Matt Lindburg
01:02:22
Hi Bob - We are certainly thinking about forest management and associated challenges. Also thinking about tools that help us make good decisions with respect to forest management.
Bob Peters
01:03:52
Great, thanks. Just thinking that we ought to get a sense of where we are and where we need to go, from a state-wide perspective..
Brad Piehl
01:07:56
We also need to think about what forest management looks like after the 2020 fire season. Forest management for watershed protection going forward might need to look different than our past ideas.
Laura Quattrini
01:13:57
are these deposition areas considered in the watershed protection layer on the Colorado forest atlas?
Carol Ekarius
01:14:55
No, Laura. That analysis was not included in the atlas at this juncture.
Mely Whiting
01:16:42
How much of the pre-fire planning, including identification of depositional zones, is currently being done by established Forest Health / Fire workgroups and how much could/should be done by CWCB in the context of CWP or by BRTs in the context of BIPs?
Brad Piehl
01:17:58
The Forest Atlas analysis is relatively large-scale watershed analysis conducted state-wide. Sediment deposition is small-scale and not available at a state-wide basis
Brett Gracely
01:18:11
RE Pre-Fire Planning Study. Understanding it's just one slide with some bullet points (you may very well have more in mind), seems those steps lean toward a more rural or wildland setting. Seems like forested watersheds with more residential, commercial, or other quasi-urban infrastructure features including but not limited to the WUI, may have additional analytical and response steps.
Dan Omasta
01:18:19
What data/analysis did Boulder use to develop risk assessment/sediment mobility?
Maya MacHamer
01:20:55
Dan - the Colorado Geological Survey did large scale debris flow modeling, city if Boulder did a Wildfire Erosion and Sediment Transport modeling project with the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute and the Fluvial Hazard Zone protocol was used.
Dan Omasta
01:21:41
Thanks Maya!
Sandy White
01:23:14
Chris, will CWCB now provide funding for actual vegetation management described in previous watershed assessments? Sandy
Christopher Sturm
01:25:25
Sandy, The CWCB will fund forest health planning and projects such as those in the presentation, e.g. floodplain restoration. The CWCB does not fund tree thinning, however there are grant programs within CSFS for these activities. Those grants do count as match for CWCB grants
Christopher Sturm
01:26:20
Brad - good comment. I think we can use the Atlas data to begin a prioritization for more detailed studies, including studies similar to the example presented.
Christopher Sturm
01:27:35
Dan, I believe data was used from both the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute an the Co Geological Survey. There may be other sources as well, and we can visit with the Boulder Watershed Collective and their consultant to discuss.
Constance Kim
01:34:46
What does GHG mean?
Carol Ekarius
01:35:03
Greenhouse gas
Brad Piehl
01:35:04
Green House Gases
Constance Kim
01:35:25
Thanks
chris treese, SWCD
01:45:04
The Colorado Water & Power Authority is authorized to finance forest health programs. It hasn't to date but is in discusiions with the SWIF program in SW Colo.
Maya MacHamer
01:56:39
https://assets.bouldercounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/forest-health-mou-signed.pdf
Patt Dorsey, National Wild Turkey Federation
02:03:37
www.restoringtherockies.org
Rena Griggs
02:05:34
Agreed...having a "champion" for these efforts is everything.
Danielle Snyder
02:07:19
Rena - completely agree - I was typing the same thing - a champion is crucial
Thomas Timberlake (USFS Region 2)
02:14:39
Here's the two-pager for those interested: https://www.fs.usda.gov/rmrs/sites/default/files/documents/sycu_5_goeking_08062020.pdf
Thomas Timberlake (USFS Region 2)
02:15:02
And the paper itself: https://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs_journals/2020/rmrs_2020_goeking_s001.pdf
Lauren Duncan-TU
02:16:14
Thank you!
Bailey Leppek
02:16:23
Thank you! I was just looking for that!
Patt Dorsey, National Wild Turkey Federation
02:19:55
Are you using different planning scenarios for different parts of the state? E.g., SW hotter and drier than NE
Danielle Snyder
02:30:51
https://cwcb.colorado.gov/FACE
Patt Dorsey, National Wild Turkey Federation
02:32:53
Thank you!
Casey Cooley-CPW
02:34:54
Thanks!
Thomas Timberlake (USFS Region 2)
02:35:56
The Coop et al. paper that Matt referenced on the last slide of the previous presentation is available here: https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/70/8/659/5859066. It provides an excellent overview of the ecology of forest conversion to other cover types (grasslands, shrublands).
Matt Lindburg
02:36:55
Thank you, Thomas!
Laura Quattrini
02:59:41
Sarah Hart with the Dept of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at CSU is currently giving a webinar on "Tree regeneration following wildfires in high elevation forests in the Southern Rocky Mountains" via the Society for Ecological Restoration. Hopefully a recording of the webinar will be found here later: https://www.ser.org/page/WebinarLibrary
Carol Ekarius
03:10:25
Identify sub-watersheds that are of high concern for water supply to help inform updates of Forest Atlas and Shared Stewardship
Mely Whiting
03:11:14
BRTs could undertake fluvial hazard mapping in their area and encourage SMPs and IWMPs to identify projects to maintain important depositional areas, for example.
Julie Knudson
03:17:08
Thanks everyone!
Patt Dorsey, National Wild Turkey Federation
03:17:10
Very well done and well organized!
Rena Griggs
03:17:11
Thank you!