Monthly Archives: May 2015

Forest health project to begin northeast of Ward

WARD, Colo. – U.S. Forest Service contractors are expected to begin work this week on a project that will improve forest health on the Roosevelt National Forest northeast of Ward and north of Gold Lake Road. The work will occur on some 180 acres of National Forest System land.

This type of forestry work is designed to reduce existing fuel loading and increase the vegetative diversity across the landscape, encouraging a healthier, more resilient forest for future generations. Diversity in the age, size and species of trees across the landscape helps make forests more resilient to climate change, disease and insect infestations, and helps reduce the spread and severity of wildfire.

This particular parcel, called the Ward Units, will have two types of treatments implemented, depending on the dominant vegetation type. In lodgepole pine dominated stands, a combination of small openings and thinning will be implemented. The work involves cutting both live and dead trees in small openings and thinning to provide forest stand variation in a homogenous landscape.

In units where mixed conifer species exist, a thinning treatment will occur. For this treatment, individual trees have been hand-selected for thinning to promote forest health and diversity. Additional benefits include the reduction of ladder fuels and the improvement of wildlife habitat. Aspen stands and open meadows will be enhanced and expanded, improving wildlife habitat for a diversity of species.

Trees in these areas will be cut by hand using chainsaws. Smaller material will be piled to burn and/or chip and will need to cure for several years before it can be burned. Larger material will be cut into four-foot lengths and left on the forest floor. Once work begins, crews are expected to be on site for several weeks, working between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Environmental effects of this project were analyzed in the James Creek Environmental Assessment (2004).

For more information on this project, contact Boulder Ranger District community liaison K. Reid Armstrong at 303-541-2532. To receive updates about Boulder Ranger District happenings, email krarmstrong@fs.fed.us.

Spring Clean up

June 27

Ward Spring cleanup is coming and it’s going to be different!

Boulder County has changed their policy about providing trash pickup for community cleanups and will no longer provide free trash rolloffs for our Spring Cleanup. Instead they will provide several FREE rolloffs for recycling and diversion of the following categories of items:

  • Appliances of any sort – refrigerators (yes CFCs are okay), stoves, water heaters, vacuum cleaners, etc
  • Tires – Your own or feel free to drag them out of the woods.
  • Electronics – printers, monitors, computers, stereos, TVs, etc
  • Scrap metal
  • Rigid Plastic items like Rubbermaid tubs, outdoor furniture, plastic trashcans, laundry baskets
  • Motor oil, paint, antifreeze
  • Ordinary single stream recycling – bottles, cans, paper, etc

We’re looking for volunteers to help sort and direct.

We’ll be providing regular free trash service on June 13 for household trash. We will NOT be accepting any of the materials listed above for diversion and will not accept those materials in our trash pickups in the future either.

In case you haven’t noticed we’ve been pre-staging the collection of those divertible items at the old Catholic church and you are welcome to bring your materials there, anytime. Please self-sort appliances in the appliance pile, tires in the tire pile, and we can really clean up our town and our yards and not have to send as much to the landfill. Do NOT leave trash or single stream recycling.

Questions? Either comment here or call 303-459-9273 and we’ll get back to you.

Brainard Lake Road Improvements

The Town of Ward is in discussions with Boulder County about the impact of the County’s road improvements on town property that borders the road.

The following maps indicate the extent of the impact. The impact is not inconsequential but is more inclined to resilience on our property than on county property. Additionally the county has committed to compensate us by helping us to repair infrastructure that might otherwise be out of our possibility, like replacing a stretch of 100 year old water pipe and repairing some of our roads. Their plans do include revegetation and we do have input into the design process, and into the revegetation process.

One concern that has been raised is the multitude of trucks going through town and likely exceeding our speed limit, endangering our citizens, our children and our pets.  This will probably be the most obnoxious and dangerous impact. I’d like to propose that we reconsider a town magistrate – part time, perhaps local – who could adjudicate minor traffic and local offenses and give us some measure of control of the speeding traffic (including bicycles!). If the haulers know there is enforcement in town, they’ll be less likely to take advantage of us.

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