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Saguache Today – May 9

Saguache dancers Cinco de Mayo

A dancing fiesta could be found on 4th Street in downtown Saguache during last Saturday’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration. MORE PHOTOS by Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

Wildfire Preparedness Workshop in Crestone Saturday

The Colorado State Forest Service will be working with Crestone Charter School to offer a wildfire defensible space workshop on site Saturday, May 12. Defensible space refers to the natural and landscaped area around a structure that has been modified to reduce wildfire hazards. It provides a more safe location for firefighters to work within to protect a structure.

CCS is located in the wildland-urban interface, which is the area where structures intermingle with or are close enough to wildland vegetation that a wildfire could spread and ignite the structures. The school, dear to both students and the community, is located within an area considered at risk of high-intensity wildfire should an ignition occur.Wildfire awareness Crestone.jpg

“CCS has done a great job protecting their site by improving emergency vehicle access, and through good building design and regular maintenance,” said Adam Moore, forester with the Colorado State Forest Service Alamosa Field Office. “However, more work still needs to be done to keep the site protected from a wildfire.”

Moore says that due to the fact that students may be present during a potential wildfire, the size of the defensible space around the school will need to be bigger than what is considered adequate for a home.

The event on May 12 will be a hands-on training that includes an education component, where residents will learn about the basics about defensible space. In the morning, attendees will walk around the school to talk about how the building design and its immediate landscaping might affect its odds of burning during a wildfire. Attendees will then progress outward from the school to discuss which trees might need to be thinned or pruned. In the afternoon, participants will help the school actually start to create defensible space and demonstrate how much work can get done with simple hand tools.

“This is a great opportunity to learn about wildfires and help protect the local school,” said Marie-Louise Baker, CCS director.  

The event is open to the public and will start at 10 a.m.and finish by 3 p.m. Baker has arranged for lunch to be provided. To RSVP or for more information, email: mlbaker @crestonecharter.com or call (719) 256 4907


Sagauche News – March 19

Tree Pruning Workshop Planned for April

Those who live in Saguache Today fully understand how important those big beautiful trees are that line the local streets and sidewalks. They provide shade from the sun and shelter from the storm. So if you’re looking to improve your understanding of how to care for these incredible living monuments, there’s good news!Trees_Easment_Saguache Today

The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) will be offering a tree pruning workshop on Thursday April 5 in Center. The primary focus of the workshop will be the pruning of young trees from the ground without the use of a ladder. By using basic tools such as pruning shears and small pruning saws, participants will gain hands-on experience in basic tree pruning techniques and structural pruning. There is a $20 fee for the workshop and space is limited, so make your plans and reservations today!

“It is better practice to remove branches while they are smaller”, says Adam Moore, Forester at the CSFS Alamosa Field Office. According to data released by the CSFS, it is much easier for a tree to heal over a 1- to 2-inch diameter wound versus a 5- to 6-inch diameter wound, the latter caused by removing a larger branch later on in a tree’s life. It also is much more cost-effective to remove smaller branches than it is to remove larger ones.

Trees add value to a property by accentuating a home’s architecture, enhancing aesthetics, providing summer shade and offering protection from winter winds. Trees benefits can be improved through pruning young trees to provide clearance over sidewalks and streets will help to minimize the amount of large-diameter limbs removed in the future.

Vince Urbina, community forester with the CSFS Urban and Community Forestry Program, will be the instructor for the workshop. The following pruning topics will be covered:

  • Developing and maintaining one dominant vertical stem.
  • Branch spacing.
  • Where to prune.
  • How much to prune?

 “Vince brings a wealth of knowledge from the nursery, fruit tree and community forestry industries,” says Moore.

The workshop will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on April 5 in the Kiwanis Building at S. Broadway St and E. 5th Street. The morning session will be classroom-based, with an afternoon field session. The cost of the workshop is $20, which includes lunch. Space is limited to 20 participants so be sure to register early. Call 719-587-0915 for reservations.          

The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) provides professional forestry assistance, wildfire mitigation expertise and outreach and education to help landowners and communities achieve their forest management goals. The CSFS is a service and outreach agency of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and provides staffing for the Division of Forestry within the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. For more information, visit csfs.colostate.edu