USFS Fire Mitigation in the Monument Preserve – Area 1 & Area 2

USFS Fire Mitigation in the Monument Preserve

Please be aware that USFS contractors will conduct thinning operations at the Monument Preserve as a form of fire mitigation or fuel mastication. These operations are a part of the larger Upper Monument Creek Landscape Restoration Project to restore forests in the Rampart Range area. The fuel treatment project will reduce wildfire risk and create a more complex vegetation structure.

The USFS has officially lifted the Area 1 closure (Ref: Termination of Order). Beginning the first week in January, there will be some cleanup work in and around Area 1 to resolve anything missed during the initial work and hand-felling treatment work. They will also be limbing trees along Mt. Herman Road.

Area 2 thinning operations will begin the week of January 2nd and last until March 3rd (Ref: Phase 2 South Order). The Area includes the central portions of the Fire Center area (the hatched section in the map).

For public safety during operations, the USFS has informed us that the areas of Area 2 will be closed to use during the work period, though they’ll be open on the weekends. Various large equipment and hand tools will be used to thin the vegetation, and hazardous conditions may exist in the treatment area. The closure is needed to ensure the safety of the public and the operators. 

The USFS has informed FOMP that while there may be damage to some trails due to equipment used in the mitigation process and accumulation of slash, there is no intent to destroy or close trails associated with this project.
Click here to refer to an official USFS document sent to FOMP.

USFS Fire Mitigation in the Monument Preserve – Area 1 Work Started

Area 1 work in progress – Photo courtesy of Brad Baker

USFS Fire Mitigation in the Monument Preserve

Please be aware that the USFS will be conducting thinning operations at the Monument Preserve as a form of fire mitigation. These operations are a part of the larger Upper Monument Creek Landscape Restoration Project to restore forests in the Rampart Range area. The fuel treatment project will reduce the risk of wildfire and create a more complex vegetation structure in the area.

Area 1 thinning operations began this week and last until the end of the year and include the northern portion of the Fire Center area (the hatched portion in the map).

Area 2 begins in January 2023, lasts through March 2023, and includes the most central portions of the Fire Center.

For public safety during operations, the USFS has informed us that the areas of Areas 1 & 2 will be closed to use during the work period, though they’ll be open on the weekends. A variety of large equipment and hand tools will be used to thin the vegetation, and hazardous conditions may exist in the treatment area. The closure is needed to ensure the safety of the public and the operators. 

Area 1 work in progress – Photo courtesy of Brad Baker

The USFS has informed FOMP that while there may be damage to some trails due to equipment used in the mitigation process and accumulation of slash, there is no intent to destroy or close trails associated with this project.

Here are the original maps for Area 1 & 2 closures.

Focus on the Forest clean up – Lower Mt. Herman Cleanup

Focus on the Forest clean up – Lower Mt. Herman Cleanup

Saturday, November 12th at 9:00 AM

Join us for the cleanup of MULTIPLE hotspots at the base of Mt Herman Rd that need our attention before the weather prevents it. We really need about 15 people to get these areas done well, so feel free to bring a friend.

MEETING LOCATION:  Carpool/Caravan to the cleanup sites; ARRIVE 15 min EARLY

The road does NOT require 4WD but is dirt, so a higher clearance front-wheel drive vehicle is preferred.

9:00 am – Departs from Monument: Dirty Woman Park (17575 Mitchell Ave) in the main parking lot by the playing field.

LUNCH:   PROVIDED after the cleanup at about noon 

BRING:  Refillable water bottle, gloves, wear sunscreen, a coat, long pants & STURDY shoes/boots

PROVIDED:  water, gloves (if needed), grabbers, trash bag

PRE-REGISTRATION is VERY helpful so that we can be sure to bring enough supplies & food for everyone

PRE-REGISTER HERE

Thanks, and we hope to see you out there!

FOMP

November BOD Meeting & Board Member Changes

FOMP is pleased to announce our November 2022 Board Meeting

Meeting Time: Tuesday, November 8th at 7:00 PM, It will be an online call. If you are interested in attending, please email us at info@fomp.org for details.

Board Changes

We want to welcome Donna Wood as our new FOMP Treasurer. Unfortunately, Sarah Brondum has resigned as our Secretary/Outreach lead, so if anyone is interested in that volunteer position, please email us at info@fomp.org. Thanks for Sarah’s hard work during her time with the Board, and good luck are her future endeavors. 

Board Member Updates

  • President and Vice President update.
  • New Treasurer Introduction.

Topics

  • USFS updates. 
  • Tool & sign updates.

Open Discussion

Thanks

FOMP BOD

USFS Fire Mitigation in the Monument Preserve – Phases 2 & 3

Please be aware that the USFS will be conducting thinning operations at the Monument Preserve as a form of fire mitigation. These operations are a part of the larger Upper Monument Creek Landscape Restoration Project to restore forests in the Rampart Range area. The fuel treatment project will reduce the risk of wildfire and create a more complex vegetation structure in the area.

Phase 2 thinning operations will begin around late November 2022, last until the end of December 2022, and include the northern portion of the Fire Center area. Phase 3 begins in January 2023, lasts through March 2023, and includes the most central portions of the Fire Center.

For public safety during operations, the USFS has informed us that the areas of Phases 2 & 3 will be closed to use during the work period, though they’ll be open on the weekends  A variety of large equipment and hand tools will be used to thin the vegetation, and hazardous conditions may exist in the treatment area. The closure is needed to ensure the safety of the public and the operators. 

The USFS has informed FOMP that while there may be damage to some trails due to equipment used in the mitigation process and accumulation of slash, there is no intent to destroy or close trails associated with this project.

Click here to refer to an official USFS document that was sent to FOMP.

October 2022 Trail Night

FOMP needs you for this trail work session!

Tuesday, October 11th at 5:00 PM (One hour earlier)

FOMP is pleased to be holding one of our monthly volunteer trail work maintenance sessions for 2022.  

Please meet at the main parking lot at Mt Herman and Nursery https://goo.gl/maps/rdJuhbbQWEx

Check the website too! http://www.fomp.org

The rest of the info you need: FOMP and USFS provide all the necessary tools. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing for performing outdoor landscaping type of work. Volunteers should wear long pants and sturdy shoes and bring leather gloves, a hat, a personal water supply, eye protection, sunscreen, and bug repellent. We meet rain or shine unless there is lightning active in the area.

We make every effort to accommodate volunteer preferences and abilities at each event. Generally, we perform water bar building or renovation, trail renovation, maintenance, trimming, etc. So, everything from trimming back scrub oak or digging lots of dirt to moving boulders. We assign duties based on interests 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.

Be aware that all participants will need to sign a waiver before beginning any trail work.

Thanks, and we hope to see you out there!

FOMP

September 2022 Trail Night

FOMP needs you for this trail work session!

Tuesday, September 13th at 6:00 PM

FOMP is pleased to be holding one of our monthly volunteer trail work maintenance sessions for 2022.  

Please meet at the main parking lot at Mt Herman and Nursery https://goo.gl/maps/rdJuhbbQWEx

Check the website too! http://www.fomp.org

The rest of the info you need: FOMP and USFS provide all the necessary tools. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing for performing outdoor landscaping type of work. Volunteers should wear long pants and sturdy shoes and bring leather gloves, a hat, a personal water supply, eye protection, sunscreen, and bug repellent. We meet rain or shine unless there is lightning active in the area.

We make every effort to accommodate volunteer preferences and abilities at each event. Generally, we perform water bar building or renovation, trail renovation, maintenance, trimming, etc. So, everything from trimming back scrub oak or digging lots of dirt to moving boulders. We assign duties based on interests 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.

Be aware that all participants will need to sign a waiver before beginning any trail work.

Thanks, and we hope to see you out there!

FOMP

 August 2022 Trail Night


 

FOMP needs you for this trail work session!

Tuesday, August 9th at 6:00 PMFOMP is pleased to be holding one of our monthly volunteer trail work maintenance sessions for 2022.  Please meet at the main parking lot at Mt Herman and Nursery https://goo.gl/maps/rdJuhbbQWEx

Check the website too! http://www.fomp.org

The rest of the info you need: FOMP and USFS provide all the necessary tools. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing for performing outdoor landscaping type of work. Volunteers should wear long pants and sturdy shoes and bring leather gloves, a hat, a personal water supply, eye protection, sunscreen, and bug repellent. We meet rain or shine unless there is lightning active in the area.We make every effort to accommodate volunteer preferences and abilities at each event. Generally, we perform water bar building or renovation, trail renovation, maintenance, trimming, etc. So, everything from trimming back scrub oak or digging lots of dirt to moving boulders. We assign duties based on interests 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.Be aware that all participants will need to sign a waiver before beginning any trail work.Thanks, and we hope to see you out there!

FOMP

July 2022 Trail Night

FOMP needs you for this trail work session!

Tuesday, July 12th at 6:00 PM

FOMP is pleased to be holding one of our monthly volunteer trail work maintenance sessions for 2022.  

Please meet at the main parking lot at Mt Herman and Nursery https://goo.gl/maps/rdJuhbbQWEx

Check the website too! http://www.fomp.org

The rest of the info you need: FOMP and USFS provide all the necessary tools. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing for performing outdoor landscaping type of work. Volunteers should wear long pants and sturdy shoes and bring leather gloves, a hat, a personal water supply, eye protection, sunscreen, and bug repellent. We meet rain or shine unless there is lightning active in the area.

We make every effort to accommodate volunteer preferences and abilities at each event. Generally, we perform water bar building or renovation, trail renovation, maintenance, trimming, etc. So, everything from trimming back scrub oak or digging lots of dirt to moving boulders. We assign duties based on interests 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.

Be aware that all participants will need to sign a waiver before beginning any trail work.

Thanks, and we hope to see you out there!

FOMP

June 2022 Trail Night

FOMP needs you for this trail work session!

Tuesday, June 14th at 6:00 PM

FOMP is pleased to be holding one of our monthly volunteer trail work maintenance sessions for 2022.  

Please meet at the main parking lot at Mt Herman and Nursery https://goo.gl/maps/rdJuhbbQWEx

Check the website too! http://www.fomp.org

The rest of the info you need: FOMP and USFS provide all the necessary tools. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing for performing outdoor landscaping type of work. Volunteers should wear long pants and sturdy shoes and bring leather gloves, a hat, a personal water supply, eye protection, sunscreen, and bug repellent. We meet rain or shine unless there is lightning active in the area.

We make every effort to accommodate volunteer preferences and abilities at each event. Generally, we perform water bar building or renovation, trail renovation, maintenance, trimming, etc. So, everything from trimming back scrub oak or digging lots of dirt to moving boulders. We assign duties based on interests 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.

Be aware that all participants will need to sign a waiver before beginning any trail work.

Thanks, and we hope to see you out there!

FOMP