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    Saws & Slaws January News

    Happy New Year!! 2021 flew right by, but we are very excited for the new year of 2022. For this year, with the end of our paid resource in Nathaniel, we are looking for some new organizational help. If you are interested in supporting our efforts through volunteering outside of events, please let us know. (Of course, you can volunteer at the events, too!!) Just like at our events, we have a job for everyone: operational (e.g. organizing events), education, marketing, communications, fundraising, community organizing, partner management and more. It doesn’t matter if you have a lot of time or a little, every little bit helps our small and scrappy…

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    Saws & Slaws December News

    What a year!!I cannot believe that it is December already! This year went by so fast, and while we are still not back to normal, 2021 was a good year for Saws & Slaws. We had a handful of our normal-style events. While we haven’t been able to enjoy our traditional potluck meals, we’ve still been able to get a lot of work done toward making our community safer and more resilient through a wildfire event. By the numbers, here is an image that details some of our key data points from this season. I want to emphasize, particularly in this time of gratitude, that we would not be able…

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    Saws & Slaws November News

    Thank you, Nate!! As they say, all good things must come to an end. For a year, we’ve been blessed by having a part-time paid resource supporting and developing our activity in Nathaniel (Nate) Goeckner. This position was partially funded by a grant, but our time is up, so we are needing to say goodbye (for now) to Nathaniel. We are very grateful for his support, attention, and effort over the past year. Having a paid position helped us long-standing volunteers in keeping our work going. Fortunately, he is moving into a full time position at the Boulder Watershed Collective, so he won’t be far away. We might still see…

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    Saws & Slaws October News

    Saws and Slaws has been busy in August and September with legacy events. Much tree thinning and slash removal was accomplished at both events. At the August event, we worked in the Copperdale neighborhood on two neighboring properties. The properties had been marked by Boulder’s Wildfire Partners which makes it easy for us to target the trees we need to remove for effective mitigation. At the September event, we completed our last mitigation event for the summer 2021 season, and it went great! We were able to mitigate around 1.5 acres and remove roughly 80 cubic yards of slash at a property in the Lyttle Dowdle neighborhood. Thanks to all…

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    Saws and Slaws June News

    June Saws & Slaws News by Heather Hanson / Linda Martin  June? already? The weather is great for getting down to business with the defensible space around your home. Defensible space can suggest alternate paths for a fire to follow away from your house. Any action is worthwhile for the health of your space. Many studies observe that homes with effective defensible space are more likely to survive a wildfire. 60 feet of defensible space combined with a non-flammable roof, your chances can be as great as 86%. *(Surviving Wildfire, Linda Masterson) Homes surrounded by pine and conifer ideally require 100 feet. This is known as zone 2. In zone 1…

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    Saws and Slaws March News

    As we approach March 2021, it might seem like several years have gone by since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. At the same time, it has been an arduous and lengthy struggle to combat the virus and protect our most vulnerable communities. We have shown incredible resiliency in the face of the worst worldwide health crises in over a century. Webster Merriam dictionary defines resiliency as: “the ability to recover from or adjust easily to adversity or change.” Small mountain communities across Colorado and the West have used this resiliency, whether they knew it or not, to adapt to pandemic life and how it has changed our daily livelihood…

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    February Saws & Slaws News

    Get Ready Now, So You Know What To Do Later With an unprecedented wildfire season behind us, many of us might be reflecting on how to better prepare ourselves for the next one. One simple thing we can do to eliminate stress and confusion is to compile an Evacuation Checklist before an emergency event. Mobilization is key when every minute counts. When you already have steps in place, you don’t have to think about what to do, you can just check your boxes. Prior to any threat of an evacuation, you’ll want to gather and assemble, an emergency essentials grab and go kit. This kit should contain essentials like first…

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    Saws & Slaws’ 10th Anniversary!!!

    We wish you a happy new year and gratefully welcome 2021! As the saying goes, time flies when you are having fun. If you need proof of that… Saws & Slaws is celebrating its 10th anniversary! Just like any child, we’ve grown a lot in our 10 years. We started with a group of community organizers coming together at first around wildfire and forest health education. The various stakeholder organizations (CCCIA, TEG, Fire Department, etc) found ourselves stumbling over each other planning education events without knowing the other organizations were planning some, too! Once that educational series was done, we wanted to put some of our learnings to work! I…

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    2020 Totals for Wildfire

    What a year for fire danger in the Urban Wildland Interface! In Colorado we had ten wildfire incidents of note. 2020 saw three record breaking fires in Colorado with over 620,000 acres (1000 square miles) burned overall. Starting on the last day of July, the dry, arid summer ushered in 2020’s wildfire season. In order of size, the incidents are as follows: 8/23 Thorpe Fire 159 acres 10/18 Lefthand Canyon Fire 460 acres 10/19 Ice Fire 596 acres 10/17 Calwood Fire 10106 acres 8/14 Williams Fork Fire 14833 acres 10/06 Middle Fork Fire 20517 acres 8/10 Grizzly Creek Fire 32631 acres 7/31 Pine Gulch Fire 139007 acres 10/14 East Troublesome…

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    Saws and Slaws Welcomes Nathaniel Goeckner!

    Hello! My name is Nathaniel Goeckner. I will be working with Saws and Slaws and I am very excited to meet the community members of Coal Creek Canyon. Until I get to meet all of you, I wanted to give you some information about myself so you can get to know me! I will be finishing my master’s degree at the University of Colorado Boulder this December. I specialized in Sustainable Planning and Public Land Policy while at CU. I am originally from Wisconsin and grew up in a small town outside of Milwaukee. Growing up I loved hiking and playing in the hardwood forests that surrounded my home. This…