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    Community Risk Reduction

    by Jody Dickson In October, I was able to participate in a “Train the Trainer” workshop hosted by the Pike Peak Wildfire Prevention Partners.  While the theme was how to teach about wildfire mitigation, we mostly talked about effective ways to teach about community risk reduction.  I was hoping to get some insight about what motivates people to prioritize and do mitigation work on their property.  Of course, there are no easy answers.  Just like with financial investing, we each have a different level of risk we are willing to tolerate in our lives.  Also, we all have an optimism bias where we overestimate that good things will happen and…

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    November Saws & Slaws News

    by Heather Hanson It’s November and we had our warning storm. Over here, by the K-8, we got seven and a half inches. Pinecliffe saw nine and a half, and Nederland met with nine point five. Now is the time to get the things you want away from the elements, inside. November is also the time to get your volunteer fire department application in. This year the deadline is November 26th. Volunteer firefighters are the backbone of our safety and wellbeing in the canyon. Coal Creek Canyon history is full of brave citizenry fighting to keep the canyon prepared for fires. In 1957, “Freelance” fireman, Andrew Nawyn, built a 300…

  • Fire Mitigation Events

    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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    October Saws & Slaws News

    by Linda Martin / Heather Hanson Although it is pushing eighty degrees today in the canyon; the colors of the turning leaves, and wild turkeys running around, let us know it is definitely Fall! As we dream of snowflakes, we are still very much under threat of wildfires. The heat, falling dead leaves, and blustery conditions are a sobering wildfire recipe for our canyon, and our state. One of the most useful things you can do to protect your home, and your neighbor’s, is to practice defensible space. Defensible space can suggest alternate paths for a fire to follow away from your house. Any action is worthwhile for the health…

  • Saws & Slaws in the Hilltop ‘Hood!!

    Come join us on Saturday, June 9th as we continue to make Hilltop Rd. safer from fire danger. These neighbors have worked hard for years and it is paying off! We will be meeting at 31600 Hilltop Rd. for our Safety meetings as well as our potluck meal. We are following a different model this year: Sawyers should plan to arrive at 7:45 to drop off potluck items and have their safety meeting. We will give them an hour headstart so there is enough slash to keep the Swampers busy. Sawyers will be done before 11:00. Swampers will arrive by 8:45 to drop items and have a safety meeting. We will clear and chip…

  • 2018 Chainsaw Skills & Safety Class

    This quality, hands-on training will give you the skills you need to effectively and safely use a chainsaw for forest health and property maintenance. Training will be presented in three parts: – Chainsaw Maintenance – cutting safely requires a well running saw. – Chainsaw Safety & Personal Protective Equipment – including things to watch out for while cutting. – Tree Felling & Cutting Skills – classroom review followed by field exercises. Presented by: Eric Philips, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist, Rocky Mountain Resource Protection and Eric Folwell, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist, Rocky Mountain Resource Protection NWCG ENGB and Forestry Consultant to Boulder County The two-day class will run on Saturday, May 19 from…

  • Firewood Meeting (RESCHEDULED)

    Agenda to include: Firewood order process Firewood supply process Order forms Sales Tax Volunteers Those coming to the meeting at Eliza & Paul’s house are welcome to bring items for the Taco Bar. Please email sawsandslaws@gmail.com or contact Eliza through the Saws & Slaws FaceBook page.

  • April Operations Team Meeting

    This meeting will consist of: Planning for the April 21st event Status reports from Operations Team Leads: Education, Comms, Tools, Volunteers If you would like to join us, please email sawsandslaws@gmail.com for location and to ensure that we have enough chairs and food.  

  • Operations Meeting

    Saws & Slaws Operations Meetings are open to the public. This meeting is the second meeting in 2018. The agenda will be around preparation for the 2018 season, updates & direction from the Board meeting, operation lead reporting. If you would like to attend, please email us at sawsandslaws@gmail.com and we will send you the location of the meeting. This will also help to ensure that we have enough food, chairs, and room for all who want to attend.