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1 © All rights reserved. Front Range Roundtable About the Front Range Roundtable November 30, 2012 Facilitated by:

2 © All rights reserved. Front Range Roundtable Vision Round -table Colorado’s Fire Seasons Thousands of acres of wildfire per year (Total = 1.9 million acres of wildfire since 1995) Sources: 1995 – 2010: Rocky Mountain Area and Coordination Center Annual Activity Report ( ); Wildland Fire Activity by Cause, Combining Federal and Non- federal Agencies Within Each State (www.fs.fed.us/r2/fire/oo_annual_report.pdf); 2011 – 2012: Includes Hayman fire: $200 million of costs from the Hayman Fire alone, which accounted for one- fifth of all acres burned that year (138k acres) Includes Buffalo Creek fire: 12k acres Includes Bobcat Gulch fire: 11k acres Includes Fourmile fire: 6k acres Five years of implementation FRFTP formed 2 Includes Waldo (18k acres) and High Park (87k acres)

3 © All rights reserved. Front Range Roundtable Front Range Forests million acres of forest in the Front Range 1.4 million in need of ecological restoration and fire risk mitigation “Lower Montane”: Dry Ponderosa pine and Dry Douglas fir “Upper Montane”: Mesic Ponderosa Pine and Mixed Conifer “Subalpine”: Lodgepole Pine and Spruce Fir 3

4 © All rights reserved. Front Range Roundtable Definitions of Front Range life zones 1 Elevations noted are rough estimates – actual elevation limits depend on latitude, aspect, and other local factors; elevations generally lower in northern Front Range and on north-facing slopes, higher in southern Front Range and on south-facing slopes (e.g., Upper limit of Lower Montane ~7,500’ in Larimer vs. ~8,500’ in El Paso) 2May include: Ponderosa Pine, Douglas-fir (up to ~8,000’), Aspen, Blue Spruce, Limber Pine, Engelmann Spruce, Sub-alpine Fir Note:Riparian zones are included and considered in each life zone in which they are found General elevations 1 >~11,500’ ~9,000-9,500’ to ~11,500’ ~8,000’ to ~9,000- 9,500’ ~6,000’ to ~8,000’ ~5,500’ to ~6,000’ Sub- alpine Upper Montane Lower Montane Lower Ecotone Alpine Dominant overstory composition Associated vegetation types Mountain-mahogany Scrub Oak No trees Lodgepole Pine Spruce/Fir Mesic Ponderosa Pine Mesic Mixed Conifer 2 Dry Ponderosa Pine Dry Douglas-fir Transition to Ponderosa Pine Grassland Mountain-mahogany Scrub Oak Some permanent meadows Front Range life zones Grassy slopes and boulder fields Sedges, mat and cushion plants, dwarf willows Bogs, meadows, ponds, rich in wildflowers Example communities None Winter Park Ward Boulder Golden Evergreen Monument Estes Park Granby 4

5 © All rights reserved. Front Range Roundtable The Lower Montane is the Roundtable’s highest priority ecosystem for landscape-scale ecological restoration. 1 Elevations noted are rough estimates – actual elevation limits depend on latitude, aspect, and other local factors 2Historical Range of Variability in terms of vegetation characteristics; fuel composition; fire frequency, severity and pattern; and other associated disturbances General elevations 1 >~11,500’ ~9,000-9,500’ to ~11,500’ ~8,000’ to ~9,000-9,500’ ~6,000’ to ~8,000’ ~5,500’ to ~6,000’ Sub- alpine Upper Montane Lower Montane Lower Ecotone Alpine High Mixed Low Difference from HRV 2 ? Risk of ignition / fire spread HRV 2 well understood? Front Range ecosystems 5

6 © All rights reserved. Front Range Roundtable 6 Historical photos show how forest treatments in the Lower Montane restore forest structures

7 © All rights reserved. Front Range Roundtable 7 Forest Restoration = Fire Risk Reduction in the Lower Montane Source: Map by the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee Buttes National Grassland; Photos by John Bustos, a public affairs officer for the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee Buttes National Grassland in Fort Collins, CO. Began Labor Day, September 6, 2010 Estimated $217 million in personal property losses and damages: fire destroyed 169 homes. “Without past mitigation activities, the outcome could have been worse.” Bald Mountain Fourmile Canyon Fire,

8 © All rights reserved. Front Range Roundtable 4.2 million acres of forests 6 (53% of all land types 7 ) including 2 million acres of habitat for 31 species of concern 5 80% of Front Range forests have recreation opportunities 5 attracting some of Colorado’s 28 million overnight visitors spending $10 billion annually, making tourism the second- highest employment sector in the state, with 143,000 jobs 3 $5 million per year of available biomass from forest treatments 12 1,246 essential water supply infrastructures (intakes 4, reservoirs, transbasin diversions) 4.2 million acres of forest watersheds important for drinking water (65% at risk for post-fire erosion) 5 1,775 miles of roads 8 1,573 miles of transmission lines 664 miles of gas pipeline communications towers 10 1.Federal Register (as of January 4, 2001) Census (ESRI) 3.SERGoM (Spatially Explicit Regional Growth Model) version `12 June 2008 (Theobald) 100m Front Range Lives and Resources Remain at Risk People 881 communities 1 2 million people (more than 40% of Colorado’s population) 2 More than 700,000 homes 3 Water and safety Natural and economic resources 4.CDPHE, Colorado State Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy Colorado Statewide Forest Assessment (in preparation). 6.LANDFIRE, 2006 (Includes PJ and shrubs) 11.“State spending on tourism a hot potato for lawmakers,” Rocky Mountain News, January 12, ,000 bdt/y (Jefferson County Biomass Facility Feasibility Study, McNeil Technologies Inc, January 2005 ) * $30 7.ESRI, TIGER: USCB Ventyx, December FAA,

9 © All rights reserved. Front Range Roundtable The Front Range Roundtable Overlap of goals Fire Risk Mitigation Goals Ecological Restoration Goals ~400,000 acres ~700,000 acres The Front Range roundtable has reached consensus that 1.5 million acres of Front Range forests require treatments to reduce fire risk and/or achieve ecological restoration. Vision The Front Range Roundtable was formed to “serve as a focal point for diverse stakeholder input into efforts to reduce wildland fire risks and improve forest health through sustained fuels treatment along the Colorado Front Range.” Mission 9

10 © All rights reserved. Front Range Roundtable Source: Map by USFS-ARP 2009 Map of Priorities: Accomplishments vs Recommendations Notes on methods 1.Data collected back to 2004 to our best available knowledge (received for treated acres separately from planned acres as shown) 2.Excludes private land treated without the assistance of the CSFS 3.Excludes county lands treated in Park, Teller, Douglas, El Paso, and Grand. 4.Some of these areas have been treated with prescribed or natural burn and may not require additional near-term treatment. Some of these areas have been treated mechanically but still require prescribed or natural burn to achieve restoration. 5.Different databases are used between units/agencies. Data is comparable within a unit, but not between units. This should be resolved for 2009 and future years. 10

11 © All rights reserved. Front Range Roundtable Treatment Accomplishments by County as of 2009 vs Roundtable Recommendations Front Range Roundtable county Roundtable priority areas as of 2006 Acres treated anywhere in County ( ) Acres treated in Roundtable priority areas % of priority acres treated % of treatments outside Roundtable priorities Boulder 150,245 12,844 9%0% Clear Creek 63, %59% Douglas 181,303 12,480 8,9755%28% El Paso 138,681 5, %87% Gilpin 44, %39% Grand 56,563 20,042 4,4798%78% Jefferson 227,805 22,336 10%0% Larimer 226,460 23,425 7,6713%67% Park 194,431 10,191 8,9225%12% Teller 143,850 21,880 13,5739%38% TOTAL 1,426, ,888 80,1226%38% Data underlying the monitoring map on the prior slide: 11

12 © All rights reserved. Front Range Roundtable Progress Towards the Roundtable Vision Direct Roundtable Successes 1.Launched the self-sustaining Woodland Park Healthy Forest Initiative (WPHFI) with seed funds of $75,000 provided by Roundtable members and partners, which the WPHFI leveraged into an additional $175,000 in other funding 2.Helped submit a winning proposal to the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) for an additional $1 million for Front Range National Forests in FY10, $3.4 million in FY11 and $3.1 million in FY12 (with the possibility of further allocations). Partners’ successes consistent with recommendations 1.Long term stewardships contracts: Arapaho-Roosevelt and Pike-San Isabel (3,000 acres/yr for 10 years) 2.Increased federal funding for on the ground treatments: $1.8 mm more in 2008 than in 2006; $1 million in 2009 ARRA funds 3.Biomass utilization: bioheating in Gilpin, Boulder, and Park counties; planned in El Paso; 22 slash sites for private landowners across Front Range 4.CWPPs: 75 Front Range CWPPs approved (out of 151 completed in Colorado) 5.Policies: Passage of state legislation authorizing the creation of local Forest Improvement Districts 12

13 © All rights reserved. Front Range Roundtable Progress Against 2006 Roundtable Recommendations Set clear priorities and ensure progress against common goals Ensure local leadership and planning Reduce the cost of forest treatments Increase funding for forest treatments 2006 Roundtable goalsRecommended initiatives 1.Identify new state and local funding sources for treatments on state and private land. 2.Increase forest treatment incentives for private landowners. 3.Advocate for additional federal funding for Front Range forest treatments. 4.Increase appropriate application of prescribed fire and wildland fire use as a management tool. 5.Increase utilization of woody biomass for facility heating. 6.Increase contract sizes and durations with stewardship contracts on federal land. 7.Change local policy to limit the growth of fire risk in the Wildland- Urban Interface. 8.Promote the development of Community Wildfire Protection Plans for Front Range communities-at-risk. 9.Adopt a clear and common framework for prioritizing treatments. 10.Convene follow-on Roundtable to ensure implementation of recommended initiatives. Source: Most initiatives were rated by a poll at the September 18, 2009 Quarterly Roundtable meeting of 37 attendees from 24 organizations representing 11 stakeholder groups. Ratings for initiatives 3, 5, and 6 were increased by one level at the December 2, 2010 Executive Team meeting. Ratings for initiatives 3, 5, and 6 were raised on level at the March 4, 2011 Roundtable meeting “gut check” B B Y B Y B P Y B Y P April 2010 OEO team analysis Sept “gut check” P Y Y B Y P B BB B Y B G B P B G R R G Y P Significant progress made Initial progress made Needs attention B Some progress made R No action taken 13

14 © All rights reserved. Front Range Roundtable Roundtable Organization 1.The Front Range Roundtable is not itself a legal entity but an informal volunteer coalition with CUSP acting as fiscal agent. 2.Partner groups are separate from the Front Range Roundtable and have their own organizational structures and initiatives. 3.Project leader and fiscal agent for the CFLRP Monitoring Teams Members Executive Team Facilitator Community Protection (CP) Team Front Range Fuels Treatment Partnership (FRFTP) 2 Northern Front Range Mountain Pine Beetle Working Group (NFRMPBWG) 2 Colorado Watershed Wildfire Protection Working Group (CWWPWG) 2 Guests Landscape Restoration (LR) Team Biomass Utilization and Slash Sites (BUSS) Team Roundtable Partners Mixed teams Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP)—Fiscal Agent) 1 Funders Boulder CountyNational Forest Foundation Clear Creek CountyUSFS-AR Douglas CountyUSFS-Pike Gilpin CountyCSFS El Paso CountyTNC Jefferson CountyWest Range Reclamation Larimer CountyRMRS Park CountyDenver Water Teller CountyNRCS Colorado Forest Restoration Institute (CFRI) 3 14 Wildlife Team

15 © All rights reserved. Front Range Roundtable Executive Team Structure and Change Process Current Executive Team Membership Size: At least 6 or no more than 9 members 4 Process for changing membership: Only when there is a change in the leadership of the organization shown 1.Three seats are dedicated permanently to these leadership positions from these organizations shown 2.Two seats are dedicated to these stakeholder groups shown with the representing organization rotating each year, as desired 3.One seat is dedicated for the fiscal agent of the Roundtable, one seat is for each of the two main working teams: the Community Protection Team and the Landscape Restoration Team. One or two seats are open to additional or other stakeholder groups with the stakeholder type and/or representing organization rotating each year as desired among: Conservation, County Commissioner, Energy, Insurance, Local Government, Planning, Private, Recreation, Science / Academic, State Government, Timber, or Water 4.Membership size can very depending on the decisions of the Executive team and Roundtable needs / number of applicants Dedicated to certain organizations 1 Dedicated to certain stakeholder groups 2 Open to other stakeholder groups 3 Term ends Dec Terms end May 2013 USFS-AR Supervisor Glenn Casamassa USFS-PSI Supervisor Jerri Marr CSFS State Forester Joe Duda Conserva- tion NGO Paige Lewis, The Nature Conservancy County Commis- sioner— North Cindy Domenico, Boulder County County Commis- sioner— South John Tighe, Park County Treasurer Carol Ekarius, Coalition for the Upper South Platte Landscape Restoration Team Liaison Pam Motley, West Range Reclamation Community Protection Team Liaison Megan Davis, Boulder County Terms end or renew at end of June 2013

16 © All rights reserved. Front Range Roundtable Front Range Roundtable Roles 1.Propose strategic, organizational, and operational priorities for the Roundtable’s consideration at Quarterly meetings 2.In between Quarterly meetings, make decisions on behalf of the Roundtable as needed 3.Approve agendas for Roundtable Quarterly meetings (proposed by Facilitator) 4.Meet once each quarter between Quarterly Roundtable meetings Executive Team Working Teams Facilitator 1.Schedule, arrange, and facilitate Roundtable Quarterly meetings, Executive Team meetings, and working team meetings 2.Support working teams in achieving their goals by providing organizational, administrative, and logistical support (e.g., keeping work plans) —not content or legwork 3.Act as the central point of contact for all Roundtable internal and external communications (e.g., distribution list, website maintenance) 1.Execute on the Roundtable’s strategic goals, according to work plans developed jointly by the teams 2.Present progress updates at Quarterly Roundtable meetings 3.Attend working team meetings as scheduled, typically two calls per month with some in person meetings as determined by the team Members 1.Attend quarterly Roundtable meetings and, when required, approve or change proposals by the Executive Team 2.Share relevant announcements and updates to Quarterly Roundtable meetings; productively contribute to discussions, honoring the obligation to dissent when necessary 3.Volunteer for working teams if able and/or want to see something done by the Roundtable 16

17 © All rights reserved. Front Range Roundtable Front Range Roundtable Participants Through the Years Org TypeOrganization ConservationARP Foundation Coalition for the Upper South Platte Conservation Districts and Colorado Geological Survey Forest Health Task Force Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance Southern Rockies Conservation Alliance The Nature Conservancy The Wilderness Society CountyBoulder County Clear Creek County Colorado Counties Inc. Douglas County El Paso County Gilpin County Grand County Jefferson County Larimer County Park County Teller County Energy Colorado Renewable Resource Cooperative Environmental Energy Partners Forest Energy Colorado Xcel Energy PlanningAmerican Planning Association RecreationColorado Mountain Club State gov'tColorado General Assembly Org TypeOrganization Federal agencyBureau of Land Management National Forest Foundation National Park Service Natural Resources Conservation Service Rocky Mountain Research Station US Bureau of Land Management US Fish and Wildlife Service US Forest Service US Geological Survey US Forest Service, PSICC Colorado Division of Wildlife US Forest Service-Region 2 US Forest Service, ARP Federal gov'tUS House of Representatives Office of US Senator Bennet Insurance Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association Local gov't City of Fort Collins Colorado Municipal League Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District City of Woodland Park Org TypeOrganization PrivateBeh Management Consulting, Inc. Bihn Systems Confluence Energy Habitat Management Inc. Science / AcademicCenter of the American West Colorado State Forest Service Colorado State University Fire & Life Safety Educators of Colorado Rocky Mountain Tree-Ring Research University of Colorado at Denver University of Denver State agencyColorado Air Pollution Control Division Colorado Division of Emergency Management Colorado Office of Economic Development Colorado State Forest Service Governor's Energy Office Colorado State Forest Service Colorado Division of Wildlife TimberColorado State Tree Farm Committee Colorado Timber Industry Association West Range Reclamation WaterAmerican Water Works Association City of Aurora Denver Water ~190 people from ~80 organizations are currently subscribed to list (to join, see  “Sign Up”) 17

18 © All rights reserved. Front Range Roundtable Front Range Roundtable 2012 Goals Community Protection (CP) Team Biomass Utilization and Slash Sites (BUSS) Team 1.Share information about biomass utilization developments across the Front Range (via monthly calls) Landscape Restoration (LP) Team 1.Serve as the Front Range CFLR project multi-party monitoring group 2.Develop an adaptive management process and recommendations 3.Revise the June 2011 CFLR monitoring plan 4.Assemble and inventory GIS and other data to facilitate information sharing on Front Range forest research/fire history. Executive Team 1.Lead in forming a coalition to recommend policy initiatives to limits fire risks in the WUI. 2.Lead the Roundtable to agree on a collaborative adaptive management process 3.Fundraise at least $50, Goals 1.Delegated to Community Protection team 2.Delegated to Landscape Restoration Team 3.Main goal and purpose This team has paid facilitation Status as of Nov IM Team’s 2012 goals are in question: 1.Develop a project plan and attract funding for a turn-key project around at least one of the highest priority landscape identified. 2.Update the Front Range 10-County map of completed treatments 1.Volunteer-led and facilitated 1.On track (new findings and methods) 2.On track (agreeing on narrative) 3.Deferred due to lack of capacity, but posting “addendums” on website for now 4.Deferred due to lack of capacity This team has paid facilitation Wildlife Team 1.Prioritizing an abridged list of species to monitor from the 2011 CFLRP Monitoring Plan, 2.Setting population trends for each target species expected if forest restoration is achieved, and 3.Recommending data collection and monitoring methods for each target species given funding constraints and monitoring methods in use. calls) 1.Just launched in Nov. 2012, will have paid facilitation 1.Volunteer-led and facilitated


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