The DR Board of Directors has approved release of the recently completed Forest Management Plan for Douglass Ranch. The FMP can be viewed here.
Firewise Year-End Summary
At the year end DR Annual Meeting a summary of 2018 Firewise mitigation activities was presented. The presentation is available here.
Firewise Online Tool
4/28/18, updated 11/20/18
A new online tool is available for tracking costs, effort and mileage related to Fire Mitigation activities in Douglass Ranch.
Annually accumulating neighborhood effort, cost and mileage related to wildfire mitigation is essential to maintaining the Douglass Ranch Firewise Designation.
Click here to jump to the tool.
Shaded Fuel Break Implemented
Over the summer a small Shaded Fuel Break (SFB) was implemented in the Douglass Ranch Open Space. Images of the SFB are now posted here.
The SFB was professionally designed and implemented. A SFB in the Open Space is suggested in the DR Assessment as prepared by Elk Creek Fire Department.
NOTE: For 2018 the tool has been deactivated and results have been submitted in the DR Firewise 2018 renewal application.
Look for reinstatement of the tool in early 2019. Thanks to all for their mitigation efforts in 2018!
Jeffco P&Z Announces Emmaus SDP documents
A recent mailing from Jeffco Planning and Zoning announced that documents related to a Site Development Plan have been submitted to Jeffco Planning & Zoning for the Emmaus Catholic Retreat and Conference Center to the east of Douglass Ranch POA.
A number of reports and correspondence, including a Well Water Supply report, a Site Adjustment Dedication Platt (SAD), and an SDP, are available at the Jeffco P&Z permit search web page. Look for the "3. Review Process - Agency Comments" folder. Then look in the "3rd Referral" folder.
The case number is 17-128287SD.
Megafires: What can be done?
11/21/18, updated 12/15/18
The Wall Street Journal recently wrote an article about California fires - Facing Deadlier Fires, California Tries Something New: More Logging. The article is available here (note: the link requires a WSJ subscription).
Articles related to the WSJ topic are:
All are recommended reading for all who live in the Colorado forests.