During the summers, EcoAction Partners teams up with many forest health experts including CSU Extension office, USDA Forest Service, Colorado State Forest Service and Mountain Village foresters to launch a forest health initiative. Together we hosted two workshops and conducted a number of tree tours to provide youth and the general public with “hands-on” information about forest health. Participants were able to “get their arms” around a variety of forest health topics including spruce bud worm and bark beetle outbreaks, SADS – Sudden Aspen Decline, tent catepillar, root diseases and much more.
Forest Health workshops will continue with the addition of a Citizen Scientist component to provide public land managers with necessary information to make decisions. The forest health carbon connection is a concern as more trees die and ongoing monitoring is needed. Professional Development Training using Science Discovery/ Science Explorers efficiently and effectively incorporates energy education into the schools.
EcoAction Partners also proudly partners with the Uncompahgre Partnership, who’s mission is to develop a collaboratie approach to improve the ecosystem health and natural functions of the landscape using he best available science, community input, and adaptive management . For more information please visit the Uncompahgre Partnership website.