INTRODUCING: the Council of Western State Forester’s Forest Utilization Network
The Colorado State Forest Service is excited to announce the formation of this network, represented by biomass utilization representatives appointed by the state forester of each western state. Representatives from the 2-3-2 include two representatives, Tim Reader (Colorado) and Carmen Austin (New Mexico) to this newly established Network. The goal of the new effort is to increase interstate cooperation, coordination, communication, and resource sharing among western biomass utilization programs and projects.
After a small planning meeting last October in Denver, the Network got off to a great start in Park City, Utah where 13 states, including Hawaii, were represented and provided updates on their respective efforts, as well as solutions to the common challenges we all face in the biomass utilization arena.
The initial conversations have already yielded two principal outcomes: (1) scale is being recognized and addressed across the west with several technologies that represent realistic investment opportunities for current or new biomass using facilities, and (2) there is increased private sector participation in public sector programs resulting in more innovative and economically sustainable solutions to our biomass utilization challenges that we are all seeking.
Stay tuned for additional efforts and successes as the work of the Network proceeds. Contact Tim Reader, firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
PROJECT UPDATES & REQUESTS
REQUEST FOR FEEDBACK Pagosa Ranger District
Blanco Basin Vegetation Management Project The Pagosa Ranger District would appreciate your input on the proposed Blanco Basin Vegetation Management Project located southeast of Pagosa Springs, Colorado. The purpose of the project is to use targeted forest thinning and shrub mastication treatments to reduce forest health threats and hazardous fuels in and adjacent to private properties in the middle and upper Blanco Basin landscape. The overall goal of treatments is to provide a fuel break that will 1) help with managing natural ignitions which occur between National Forest System Roads and the South San Juan Wilderness and 2) serve as containment lines for a planned prescribed fire the south and west of those roads. The overall effect of thinning and mowing treatments and associated facilitated fire management will be to increase to overall resiliency of forest vegetation to disturbances such as drought, insect and disease and high-severity wildfire. The full document was emailed to the 2-3-2 group. To request a copy or if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact Matt Tuten or Fred Ellis. Please provide feedback ASAP.
2-3-2 informal “Happy Hour”
Taos, NM, 4 pm – 6 pm
Taos Mesa Brewery Pub, downtown
201 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur
2-3-2 Quarterly meeting
Taos, NM, 7:30 (tour) – 4:00 pm
Taos County Commission Chambers
105 Albright Street
PROPOSED MEETING AGENDA Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Location: Taos County Commission Chambers, 105 Albright St., Taos, NM
Time: 10 am – 4:00 pm (networking lunch); Optional Tour beginning at 7:15 am
*** Lunch will be made available, $10 contribution requested *** TOUR (optional) 7:15 – Leave parking lot at 7:30
Meet at the NW corner of the Taos County Commission Parking Lot
The tour will visit Projects within the Rio Fernando. It will include 2 stops; 1 at a forest location and 1 at water location MEETING AGENDA 10:15 to 10:20 Welcome and Introductions
Welcome from USFS 10:20 to 10:30 What is the 2-3-2?
An introduction to the 2-3-2 10:30 to 11:00 Group Introductions
Who’s in the room? BREAK 11:15 to 12:00 Presentation
Marcus Kauffman, Biomass Specialist, Oregon Department of Forestry – Biomass Enterprise Development through a Collaborative Process 12:00 to 1:00NETWORKING LUNCH 1:00 to 1:30 We share your stories (outreach committee update)
Role of the outreach committee (Mary Stuever), Website/newsletter/logo, story template (Page Buono), story template (Matt Tutten) 1:30 to 2:30 Round-Robin project updates
NEPA and Fire Funding Changes
Other Group Updates 2:30 to 2:45 Rapid Committee Updates (5 min per committee) BREAK 3:00 to 3:20 Proposed Project on the San Juan National Forest [Matt Tuten] 3:20 to 3:50 Proposal for a Transboundary Meeting 3:50 to 4:00 Committee Requests/ Next Steps OUTCOMES: