Prescribed Fire

Regeneration in the valley

After the Hunter Creek Valley prescribed burn, officials making sure only native plants take hold Aspen City Forester Ben Carlsen and Wilderness Workshop Conservation Director Will Roush stood in the Hunter Creek Valley swatting at the flies that swarm among the tall grasses this time of year. While they appeared spent from a long day of weed pulling in the hot sun, each wore an expression of satisfaction for the job they and their volunteers had accomplished. “Counting staff and volunteers from agencies including Pitkin County, Wilderness Workshop, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and the U.S. Forest Service, I think we [...]

Regeneration in the valley 2018-04-15T18:57:14+00:00

Hunter Creek Valley restoration advances to next stage

Experts have spotted clues that wildlife has already benefitted from a prescribed burn undertaken in Hunter Creek Valley this spring and now a coalition of groups is going to make sure the targeted area continues to flourish. A community weed pull will be held in Hunter Creek Valley Saturday. Volunteers will be teamed with crew leaders to pull plumeless thistle and hound's tongue to prevent the invasive weeds from spreading into the exposed ground within the 900 acres that were burned. The event is family-friendly, so volunteers are welcome to bring their kids. Jamie Werner, forest programs director for Aspen Center [...]

Hunter Creek Valley restoration advances to next stage 2018-04-18T15:16:34+00:00

Friendly Fire

With summer heat on Western Slope's doorstep, prescribed burns benefit wildlife, limit fuel buildup MOLINA — On a pleasant midmorning on a gentle slope on the lower flanks of Grand Mesa in early May, Patrick "P.K." Kieran gathers a group of fellow wildland firefighters around him and runs through a last-minute checklist. Are the weather conditions right? Check. Have smoke management criteria been met? Check. Have all 20 or so personnel been briefed on their assignments, safety, etc.? Check. Read Full Article >>

Friendly Fire 2018-04-18T17:51:24+00:00

Hunter Creek prescribed fire successfully treats 900 acres

The right weather and the right fuel conditions converged Saturday and the White River National Forest successfully treated 900 acres with a Hunter Creek prescribed fire, the U.S. Forest Service reported Sunday. The forest has been working with partners in the Hunter-Smuggler Cooperative Plan to educate the community on the benefits of prescribed fire, and particularly the Hunter Creek prescribed fire, for more than a year. Yesterday, many of those partners were on site providing assistance and documenting the burn, including representatives from the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, the Aspen Fire Department, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, the city [...]

Hunter Creek prescribed fire successfully treats 900 acres 2018-04-18T15:19:30+00:00

Prescribed fire planned in Aspen’s Hunter Creek Valley this month

Fire helped shape the Aspen-area environment for thousands of years until white settler's arrived and snuffed every blaze over the past century. Six governments and conservation groups are teaming to try to restore a bit of balance this month in the Hunter Creek Valley north of Aspen. Firefighters with the Upper Colorado Interagency Fire Management Unit and Aspen Fire Department will intentionally start fires on a sun-drenched, south-facing slope to burn off decadent vegetation and spur new growth. It will reduce ground fuels that can accelerate fire, and the fire will create better browsing for big game such as deer and [...]

Prescribed fire planned in Aspen’s Hunter Creek Valley this month 2018-04-18T15:22:26+00:00

Experts stress importance of Hunter Creek prescribed burn

Locals voice concerns over having a fire so close to their homes in Aspen A planned prescribed burn in the Hunter Creek area will be the closest one to the city of Aspen ever conducted, but is needed following decades of fire suppression. The burn is designed to improve wildlife habitat in the popular wilderness area northeast of Aspen, and thin dense brush that could fuel a potentially catastrophic wildfire in the future. A coalition overseeing the project met with several concerned or curious locals on Wednesday afternoon during a site visit to the upper parking area. The effort is being [...]

Experts stress importance of Hunter Creek prescribed burn 2018-04-15T19:30:00+00:00

Public tour set for prescribed burn in Hunter Creek

Two Aspen environmental groups will host a hike for the public into the site of a proposed prescribed burn in Hunter Creek Valley Wednesday at 4 p.m. Wilderness Workshop and Aspen Center for Environmental Studies are organizing the visit. Anyone interested in attending should meet at parking lot for handicapped visitors and the 10th Mountain Hut System at the end of the north Hunter Creek Road. The U.S. Forest Service has granted permission for special use of the parking lot. Will Roush, conservation director for Wilderness Workshop, said Forest Service officials who are planning the prescribed fire for next year will [...]

Public tour set for prescribed burn in Hunter Creek 2018-04-18T15:45:23+00:00

Prescribed burn eyed for 2016 in Hunter Creek Valley

A coalition of environmental groups, public-land managers and firefighters is exploring use of prescribed fire to improve wildlife habitat and decrease the risk of wildfire in the Hunter Creek Valley. The group is looking at using fire on steep slopes on the north side of the valley in the area surrounding the lower Sunnyside Plunge Trail and the new Hummingbird Trail. No estimate was available on the acreage that will be burned. The goal is to use prescribed fire in the valley next spring, but weather conditions and safety concerns at the time will determine if the project can proceed. Historic [...]

Prescribed burn eyed for 2016 in Hunter Creek Valley 2018-04-18T15:47:25+00:00

Coalition looks at large prescribed burn in Hunter Creek Valley

A coalition of six local entities is looking into the feasibility of a large prescribed burn in the upper Hunter Creek Valley next spring to improve wildlife habitat and help eliminate fuels that have built up, and pose a threat of feeding a natural wildfire. The Aspen Fire Department, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), Wilderness Workshop, Pitkin County, the city of Aspen and the U.S Forest Service are taking a collaborative look at the proposed burn. “It’s rare to see a diverse group like this all pulling toward the same goal,” said Will Roush, conservation director at Wilderness Workshop, in [...]

Coalition looks at large prescribed burn in Hunter Creek Valley 2018-04-15T19:35:14+00:00