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    August Saws and Slaws News

    Out In The YardSummer is in full swing. The noxious weed thistles are getting ready to put on their vibrant hot pink appeal and send their seed. Don’t buy it, try to eliminate these suckers before they bloom. Noxious Weeds take over ecosystems to their detriment. Curious what lurks around you? Boulder County has a guide here: https://www.bouldercounty.org/property-and-land/land-use/noxious-weeds/identification-of-noxious-weeds/Wear gloves! These plants are bad news to your epidermis. Leave it outside and wash right after handling. Safety Tip of the Month: Know and Respect Your Limits! If you don’t feel comfortable felling a particular tree for *any* reason, then simply don’t do it! There is no shame in keeping yourself and…

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    July Saws and Slaws News

    The Flowers Are Out! So beautiful. Seems a shame to clear them out for the sake of your home’s defensible space right? But defensible space is crucial to your home’s survival during a wildfire. I know it tugs at your heart strings, but it’s worth it. Start your fire breaks in your 30 foot radius and work outward to 100 feet. Maybe bring the fresh cuts inside for a vase, press them, or make some ink or dye to enjoy them longer. Wondering about your fire risk? Boulder County is doing free assessments from the road. To schedule a home evaluation contact them at wildfire-help@bouldercolorado.gov   Safety Tip of the Month:…

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    June Saws and Slaws News

    June Saws & Slaws News by Heather Hanson / Jody DicksonWildfire Preparedness Workshop UpdateOn April 27th several of our good citizens gathered at the CCCIA Hall for the Wildfire Preparedness Workshop to learn about best practices in preparing for a wildfire event. Since wildfire is not a if, but when prevision, attendance empowers us to prepare for, minimize negative impacts, and survive beyond the event. Several agencies presented strategies and information including Garret Ball, CCCFD, Aaron Betcher, Jeffco Sheriff, Nate Whittington, Gilpin Office of Emergency Management, Kyle McCatty, Wildfire Partners, Boulder County, Daniel Allen, Colorado State Forest Service, and Norma Jones and Larry Sterling, Gilpin County Animal Rescue Team. The…

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    April Saws & Slaws News

    by Heather Hanson /  Jody Dickson Here in the Wildland Urban Interface, if you survived daylight Savings time, you know it’s a good time to change batteries and replace fire extinguishers. Relocate those buckets, hoses and ladders. Spring is springing. It’s time to get together your hand tools. Maybe get a Pulaski? What’s a Pulaski? A pulaski is a hand tool used by firefighters to create a fire line. Part axe and part adze this solid manual tool is handy for breaking up compacted soil around your house. Do you have a pulaski? Post it to our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SawsAndSlaws/) and join us this weekend, at a discount, for the…

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    March Saws & Slaws News

    by Heather Hanson /  Jody Dickson Did you know the prolonged prevention of wildfires, since the Big Burn in 1910 of Wallace, Idaho, exacerbated the threat of hotter burning, more impactful, deadly megafires?  As explained by photo journalist and wildfire researcher Michael Kodas, prevention has resulted in dangerously over fueled forests. With forty times the flammable vegetation forests had before the suppression of fires became a fifty year norm, forest conditions have been created that foster the megafires we see more prevalent, and threatening, every year. Different types of forests naturally experience vastly different incidents of fire. While a lodge pole pine forest will naturally have a 2-300 year event.…

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    February Saws & Slaws News

    by Heather Hanson /  Jody Dickson When is a good time to inventory your home’s contents? Not after a disaster. No-one really wants to think about what they could lose. The prospect of such an undertaking can sound tedious, and likely it can feel overwhelming. Ultimately though, you will get your maximum payout, in minimal time, from your insurance company. If you document your property before an event, you will spend less time gathering information when time is scarce. 250 hours. That’s how long Linda Masterson indicates, in her book “Surviving Wildfire”, she pent compiling a claim after a wildfire took her home in 2011.  That’s a large chunk of…

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    January Saws & Slaws News

    by Jody Dickson / Heather Hanson Facing January, here in 2019, Saws and Slaws is reflecting on the year that has past, and planning the year ahead. We are extremely grateful to ALL of our volunteers and to the community for their support. In 2018, our volunteers worked a total of 642 hours in the 642!! There’s no feeling in the world like sharing great exercise, great food, great fun, and great neighbors. There are no other communities like ours!  In 2019, we had 57 different volunteers, averaged 20 volunteers at our main events, and averaged 10 volunteers over all of our events, including the firewood project work. Volunteers make…

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    2019 Season Applications Now Open!

    Saws and Slaws is now taking applications for neighborhood events for 2019. Now is the time to talk to your neighbors about getting on the schedule for next Spring and Summer. Get out, connect with those in your proximity, and vow to get your properties safer and healthier. Got questions? Call Us! (303) 642-0273. SawsAndSlaws_Application_2019 Curbside Chipping Event Update On September 8th, the good residents of Twin Spruce, all the way up to Dowdle, were given a chance to drag their slash to their own curb and watch it quickly processed in our enormous chipper. The many volunteers of the 501(c)3 organization Saws & Slaws came together once again for a…

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    Saws and Slaws Progress for 2015

    Saws and Slaws By Linda Martin, enthusiastic Sawyer Mountain Messenger, Sept 2015 Happy September! The team at Saws and Slaws has continued to be productive again this season helping neighbors with their forest health and fire mitigation and we will keep working on it as long as the weather allows. Last month we did Round 2 in the Hilltop neighborhood and the neighbors there are very pleased with the sheer amounts of fuel removed from their collective forest. A big thanks to Dave Pence who has been a part of the S&S family for many years but as a homeowner in the neighborhood, took extra initiative to make sure his…