May, 2011

Forest Health Task Force Roundtable Report
Frisco Community Center, Frisco, Colorado
Thursday, May 12, 2011

Keystone Science School education programs

Dave Miller described a number of place-based education programs the Keystone Science School is conducting to educate students about forest health and water issues. One is H2O Outdoors, a three-day, standards-based, educational camp, open to all Colorado high school students, to be held at the school October 15-17. Co-sponsors include the Colorado River District, Aurora Water and Denver Water.

KSS is also partnering with the Summit School District to create a guided 6th-8th grade earth science curriculum that includes a field-based research project to identify human impacts on forest soils as well as policy recommendations for mitigating these impacts.
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Choose Outdoors sustainable forestry initiative

Bruce Ward described key objectives of Choose Outdoors: 1) engaging youth in outdoor recreation and stewardship; 2) improving recreation infrastructure; 3) mitigating the impacts of pine beetle infestation. The organization is embarking on a national campaign to promote uses for beetle-killed trees so that private industry has an incentive to remove them from the wildland-urban interface and select backcountry locations. The initiative will rely in the identification of zones of agreement among key stakeholders followed by the development of a consistent message having universal appeal among  potential users of wood products. Solie Swan of 360 Media described the thrust of a five week project of baseline research to address such questions as 1) what should our message be and 2) with whom should we be talking. Paul Bishop, representing Brandwise, a Lakewood-based Application Service Provider (ASP), spoke about the company’s success in helping manufacturers in the outdoor sports and the gift & home industries promote sales through hosted software solutions. Brandwise is prepared to design and manage a wholesale online hub for Colorado wood products that would emphasize those fashioned from beetle-kill lodgepole pine. For details on the Choose Outdoors sustainable forestry initiative, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by email or phone at 303-917 1476. 

Matt Sugar, representing U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s office, observed that making (the use of beetle kill wood) a household issue would be a challenge.

15 Attendees signed in:

Judy Anderson                                 Bill’s Ranch Neighborhood Association
Randy Barrientez                               Summit County Builders Association
Bob Berwyn                                     Summit Voice
Paul Bishop                                      Brandwise/Choose Outdoors
Sandy Briggs                                    Forest Health Task Force
Howard Hallman                               The Greenlands Reserve/Forest Health Task Force
David Miller                                       Keystone Science School
Don Parsons                                     resident
Brad Piehl                                        JW Associates
Kristin Springer                                 A Cut Above Forestry
Matt Sugar                                      U.S. Senator Mark Udall
Solie Swan                                      360 Media
Bruce Ward                                     Choose Outdoors
Rick Warren                                     Blue River Group, Sierra Club
Shirley Willis                                     Forest Health Task Force

The next Forest Health Task Force Roundtable will be
12:00 – 1:30 pm, Thursday, June 30, 2011
Spencer’s Restaurant @ Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge

TOPIC: Optimizing Future Forest Conditions. Identifying human and climate impacts on emerging high altitude forests in Colorado. What are our best management practices given limited resources?  Luncheon buffet available at $11.00 per person.

Please RSVP to Howard Hallman at 719-491-1807 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it