Monthly Archives: May 2014

Upper Monument Creek Fire Mitigation

Upper Monument Creek Mitigation Informational Meetings

FOMP would like to make you aware of an urgent USFS proposal that will affect the entire Tri-Lakes area and meeting being held tonight at the Monument library!

USFS project website:

The Pike National Forest, Pikes Peak Ranger District will host several open house meetings for public wanting to learn more about the Upper Monument Creek project.  These scoping meetings will be held at public libraries in Colorado Springs, Monument, and Woodland Park.  The public is encouraged to attend May 28, 29, and June 3, 2014 to learn more and offer comments.

The Upper Monument Creek project proposes a variety of treatments within the 67,000 acre analysis area that includes El Paso, Douglas, and Teller counties.  The project will focus on creating more resilient ecological conditions, reducing the potential impacts of uncharacteristic wildfire to communities, infrastructure, and natural resources, and contributing towards the long-term sustainability of a full range of natural resource values including wildlife habitat, aquatic resources and public drinking water.

An Upper Monument Creek assessment was developed in collaboration with many different stakeholders including multiple government agencies, researchers, and local non-profits.  The public will have opportunity to make comments at each public open house or can submit them via email, the website or post.  The official comment period will be announced soon.  For more project information please attend one of the public meetings listed below.

All meetings will be from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

May 28, 2014 at Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room – 20 N. Cascade Ave. Colo. Springs

May 29, 2014 at Monument Public Library – 1706 Lake Woodmoor Dr. Monument

June 3, 2014 at Woodland Park Library – 218 East Midland Ave. Woodland Park

Trail Work!

FOMP needs you for this work session!

Tuesday May 20 at 6:00 PM

FOMP is pleased to be holding a volunteer trail work and tree trimming/seedling release work session!

We will be working on trails that desperately need some TLC after along and busy winter! We will also be performing seedling release – his involves cutting back scrub oak growth and removing any remaining root balls that are sticking up that could injure people, horses, or bikes.

We will also hold our monthly BOD meeting in the parking lot prior to the start of activities. 

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 trail head 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 that evening.
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 6:00PM! (map:
Thanks and we hope to see you out there!

Cancelled: Trail Work

Why? because it is May in Colorado and so of course we have too much snow!

We will hold the trail work originally scheduled for Tuesday 5/13 on Tuesday 5/20. We will send out another reminder next week.

Thanks and stay tuned!