USFS Open House: Upper Monument Creek Fire Mitigation Project
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 5:30 – 7:00PM
This is a last minute announcement that FOMP received from USFS.
For those of you unfamiliar with the classroom building mentioned below, make the first left into the Fire Center after Mt. Herman Rd. turns to dirt, follow the road all the way into the administrative area and the classroom building is the first building on your right. We suggest bringing a flashlight – after dark, it is difficult to see in the area around the classroom.
USFS has added a public meeting to be held at our Monument Fire Center Classroom to discuss the Upper Monument Project EIS this Thursday, Dec 1st from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.
We would like to share with the Tri-Lakes community where we are in the process.
|Oscar P. Martinez
Pike/San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron/Comanche National Grasslands,
Pikes Peak Ranger District
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FOMP is pleased to be holding our FINAL monthly volunteer trail work session for 2016!
[Note: We really need volunteers to come out even if it is only once per year. We need new faces to help us maintain our trails – have you been out enjoying the trails this year? Please consider spending at least one evening per year giving back so we can keep the trails open and in great shape! — Thanks!]
This is our last regular work session for 2016. Due to travel, late starts, etc please read carfully! Call if you have questions!
- We are focused on cutting oak back Wednesday.
- NOTE: Please cut all oak flush with the ground, no “pungi’s” (aka Scrub Oak short stumps) allowed. They are dangerous for everyone!
- Tools will be in Jon’s old blue Ford parked at Red Rocks and MHR, parked there by 4:30 so anyone who can be early is encouraged to do so.
- Grab trimming tools and Walk past the closed gate ~200 yards, enter the Preserve on the left. (MHR is temporarily closed but you can walk the short distance to the ridge entrance)
- Priority is to finish trimming on Hotshot if you can get there in time. Jon will be there before 5:30 where we left off.
- Alternative A: Trim South on Flow Dog: just walk through the closed gate on Mount Herman, head up 200 yards, go left into the preserve and an immediate right: trim on the trail that contours just below Mount Herman Road.
- Alternative B: Trim down to the Pond as time allows.
- Jon’s cell 719 640 1347. Text is better, call if needed. Chris is out with an injured knee.
FOMP and USFS provide all necessary tools. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing for performing outdoor landscaping type of work. Volunteers should bring leather gloves, a personal water supply, eye protection, sunscreen, and bug repellent. We meet rain or shine unless there is lightning active in the area. In the event that you are joining us late we try to leave a note at the trailhead parking lot or you can call Jon Nordby (719.640.1347) or Chris Tirpak (719.439.8865) to find out where in the Preserve we are working.
We make every effort to accommodate volunteer preferences and abilities at each event. Generally, we perform activities such as water bar building or renovation, trail renovation, maintenance, and trimming, etc. So, pretty much everything from trimming back scrub oak or digging lots of dirt to moving boulders. We assign duties based on interest and capabilities. Kids are welcome to join their parents; however, we do ask that you evaluate whether this is an appropriate activity for your child or not.
Meet at the main trailhead parking lot at the corner of Mt. Herman Rd and Nursery Rd at 6:00PM! (map: http://bit.ly/FOMPMeetingSpot)
Thanks and we hope to see you out there!