Title

A Mountain Pine Beetle Awareness Manual and Community Wildfire Protection Plan for Hot Sulphur Springs-Parshall Fire Protection District and Williams Fork Valley in Grand County, Colorado

Date of Award

3-7-2010

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Advisor

Leonard Pasquini

Keywords

beetle; community; mountain; pine; plan; protection; wildfire

Abstract

The Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic is a growing problem in Colorado forests. As infestation continues, so does devastation of the state's forests. After the beetle infests an area, hazardous forest fuels accumulate on the forest floor, increasing the fire load. At present, eradicating, controlling, and preventing the epidemic is invasive and not cost effective. Subsequently, communities must plan to eradicate hazardous forest fuels to avoid severe forest fires and defend vital community assets and citizen's safety. This document will provide a Mountain Pine Beetle Public Awareness Manual to increase public consciousness regarding the beetle epidemic and a guidance document for a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) for Hot Sulphur Springs-Parshall Fire Protection District and Williams Fork Valley in Grand County, Colorado.

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