The WPHFI is wonderful partnership of key stakeholders from the Woodland Park area, and it is a great opportunity for the community and surrounding area to join in the forest protection effort. The objective of the Initiative is to thin the densely stocked ponderosa pine stands surrounding the community in order to make the area more resilient to catastrophic wildfire. These forest treatments would not only make the forest more resilient to catastrophic wildfire, but would also improve the health of individual trees, making them more resistant to bark beetle infestation, and more resilient to drought. As an additional benefit to the treatments, the Initiative is endeavoring to remove and chip as much of the forest thinning as possible, then utilize this woody biomass as a source of renewable energy. I’m excited about the prospects of what can be achieved, but the Initiative’s partners can’t do it by themselves: we need your help! We need single landowners and subdivisions to get engaged. We need a community effort! It’s a great opportunity to help our forest.
Retired Forest Supervisor, Pike & San Isabel National Forestsand Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands