Monthly Archives: May 2022

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. Starting in mid-May (contractors to be in the area this Wednesday, May 11), for approximately six weeks, the USFS will begin Phase 1 of their thinning operations. Other phases are planned for Winter 2023 and Winter 2024. 

For the safety of the public during operations, the USFS has informed us that the area of Phase 1 will be closed to use, during the work period.  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. For additional information about the treatments or area closure, please see attached information from the USFS, or contact Acting District Ranger Jennifer DeWoody at jennifer.dewoody@usda.gov or (719) 477-4202.

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

May 2022 Trail Night

FOMP needs you for this trail work session!

Tuesday, May 10th 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! https://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