We had a very good and productive roll to a private ranch in southern Colorado. Over the course of 10 days the following was accomplished:
We burned 41 machine piles, reducing the fuel loading and potential for catastrophic wildfire in the a critical river basin. These piles were the byproduct of several hundred acres of forestry work.
We cut out the conifer encroachment:
In 53 acres of aspen stands, as part of the ranch’s forest management plan to address ranch wide aspen decline
16 acres of narrow leaf cottonwood bosque, improving riparian habitat and protecting an unique higher elevation gallery
We treated 12.75 miles of road, removing hazard trees along important Ranch access and emergency egress roads.
We conducted 2 days of live fire wildland fire training for Northern Arizona University SAFE (Student Association of Fire Ecology).
Authored a 5 year, ranch wide, prescriptive pile burn plan. This plan is the first ever submitted under the new Archuleta County burn MOU program. The MOU program is the culmination of a big effort by our partners at CPLA to get Archuleta County to systematically support private land burning and create a sustainable platform for fire as a tool in mitigation.