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Nederland Saws & Slaws is Now Nederland Defensible Space

At a May 16th meeting of the Nederland Saws & Slaws core group, members reaffirmed an earlier decision to split from Saws and Slaws for the 2017 season. The organization will now be known as Nederland Defensible Space (or neD-Space for short). Why the change? There are a number of reasons that we are stepping away from our sister organization in Coal Creek Canyon:

  • Since its inception in 2012, the Nederland group has technically been a sub-committee of the Nederland Parks, Recreation & Open Space Advisory Board (PROSAB). As a Town-sponsored group, we have enjoyed robust liability insurance protection under the Town’s policy at no extra cost to the Town, and we therefore have had no need to charge the owners of event site properties for our work to pay for expensive insurance protection. Coal Creek Canyon Saws & Slaws incorporated as Saws & Slaws, Inc. in January. Had we opted to be a part of the Saws & Slaws, Inc. organization, we would have lost our relationship with the Town and been forced to begin charging property owners for mitigation work. The Town is willing to continue its sponsorship, and we are most comfortable continuing with a model that has worked well for us.
  • Nederland Saws & Slaws had a wake-up call last autumn, when a volunteer was injured by a falling tree. While we have always taken safety seriously, this unfortunate mishap that involved a well-trained sawyer has prompted us to double down on safety protocols and make other changes in the way we conduct our mitigation events. The core group felt strongly that we needed to be in charge of setting and enforcing these standards ourselves, not a corporate board of directors that might not share our convictions.
  • The Nederland core group volunteers don’t feel that they have time to participate in Saws & Slaws, Inc. governance. By keeping our focus locally, we ensure that local Nederland-area needs stay front and center.

Nederland Defensible Space will continue to collaborate and cooperate with Saws & Slaws, as we’ve developed strong relationships with our Coal Creek Canyon counterparts over the years, and we share a commitment towards preparedness for and adaptation to wildfire. We are leaving open the possibility of affiliating with that organization sometime in the future.

Additional Changes in Store for 2017

Event participants will notice a number of changes in the way we conduct mitigation events this season:
Safety, Safety, Safety—our top three priorities. There will be a designated Safety Officer at each event who will draw up a formal safety plan and will be responsible for enforcing it. The Safety Officer must have attained certification as a National Wildland Coordination Group(NWCG) Faller 1 or 2.

Sawyers—We’ll have two categories of sawyers this season. Qualified Sawyers must have completed an NWCG S-212 Power saw class, and be currently qualified as a Faller 3 or higher. Trainee Sawyers must have taken a qualifying power saw class, and attend an annual refresher class. All sawyers must have appropriate PPE to participate. All Trainee Sawyers will be paired with Qualified Sawyers; the former will observe for the initial 2 hours of cutting and then cut with supervision and coaching for the final 2 hours. The number of Trainee Sawyers will necessarily be limited, so those desiring to cut should sign up early.

Event Hosts—All participating properties must be enrolled in Boulder County’s Wildfire Partners program and have had their home assessment completed prior to the event. Nederland Defensible Space will be working closely with Wildfire Partners, and all neD-Space event volunteers will be eligible for a free Wildfire Partners risk assessment!

Event Scope of Work—Care will be taken not to take on too much cutting during an event. neD-Space also hopes to begin giving adequate attention to other defensible space matters besides tree removal, such as removing flammable material from around exterior walls and decks. Not up to the rigorous exercise that swamping involves? We can find other ways for you to help that are equally important.

Education—We mentioned above the fantastic opportunity for Trainee Sawyers to receive one-on-one instruction with S-212 Qualified Sawyers, but we would like each event to be an educational experience for all participants. To this end, we will seek to have a Wildfire Partners representative present at each event to describe the property risk assessment and explain how the work performed lowers the wildfire risk for the host properties.

2017 Kickoff Event May 27th in St. Antons

It’s become a tradition to hold our first mitigation event of the season in partnership with the St. Antons HOA. This year’s event is on May 27th; the goal of this event is to help homeowners in St. Antons HOA with wildfire mitigation around their homes.  All volunteers are requested to meet at the intersection of Cougar Run and Conifer (136 Cougar Run in Google Maps) at 7:45am to sign in, complete a liability waver, and go through a quick safety briefing.  Our event will run until 12 noon and then we will gather for a potluck BBQ.  This is a fantastic opportunity to get some work done that benefits the entire community and then enjoy a well-earned meal together.

Here is what you need to bring:

Sawyers: Full PPE, chainsaw, fuel mix, bar oil, and accessories

Swampers (people dragging slash): long sleeve shirt, pants, gloves, sturdy shoes, safety glasses, ear protection

Everyone: A potluck side dish or dessert to share (Burgers, Brauts, and nonalcoholic beverages will be provided)

SAWYERS:
We will have a sawyer’s meeting at 7:15am to go over the scope of the day’s cutting.
RSVP (and questions) please to mailto:nedforesthealth@ned-space.com

2017 neD-Space Event Hosts Needed

If you are a Nederland-area resident who has signed up with Wildfire Partners, consider banding with your neighbors to host a Nederland Defensible Space mitigation event this season. There is no better way to get to know your neighbors and get some free defensible space mitigation work done! Event hosts are needed from the Big Springs and Sunnyside neighborhoods. Contact nedforesthealth@ned-space.com for more information.

Annual Firewise Town Cleanup June 3rd

The Town of Nederland and Boulder County are again co-sponsoring this annual event. The cleanup site is once again at the cluster of County facilities on Ridge Road (forestry sort yard, waste transfer station and transportation yard). The Firewise Town Cleanup event is a great time to clear the combustible materials that have accumulated in your home ignition zone, and haul them off before wildfire season gets underway. The event starts at 8:00 am (note that the sort yard opens at 9:00) and lasts until the dumpsters are full (expected to be mid-morning). For fees, materials accepted and other cleanup event information, please visit nederlandco.org/firewise.

Tonight! 2nd Public Hearing at the Planning Commission for consideration of Short Term Rental Regulation starting at 7PM

The Planning Commission will hold another Public Hearing on April 26 starting at 7pm regarding establishment of Short Term Rental regulation and enforcement. Public comment will be accepted during the meeting and all interested citizens are encouraged to attend. The Commission will also further discussion on Accessory Dwelling Units/Tiny Homes.

The Commission will consider the proposed Short Term Rental Licensing Program and Enforcement for rentals under 30-days or less. The Commission has discussed the establishment of these regulations at meetings in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Broad and specific discussions about affordable housing to include short term rentals occurred at the following meetings and events with more information found in the packet for associated meetings found at this link: https://nederlandco.org/planning-commission-meeting-agendas…/ or in the minutes within the following month’s meeting for specifics of those discussions, found at this link: https://nederlandco.org/planning-commission-meeting-minutes/

Housing Discussions:
January 25, 2017 *(specific to short term rental)
December 14, 2016 ** (specific to long term and multifamily unit streamline)
October 17, 2016 * (specific to short term rental)
September 28, 2016 (follow up about housing goals implementation)
August 24, 2016 (Joint Board of Trustees-Planning Commission Work Session specific to 6 housing policy goals)
July 27, 2016 (Housing goals policy implementation)
June 8, 2016 (Planning Commission Work Session to discuss 6 policies specific to creation of affordable housing)
January 27, 2016 *(Planning Commission 2016 Work Plan goal + specific discussion on short term rental)
December 16, 2015 (specific to definition of affordable housing)
December 3, 2015 (Community Forum about affordable housing)
September 23, 2015 *(specific to short term rental)
April 22, 2015 ** (specific to long term rental)

Forest Fire Ecology event on April 23 at 12:00 – 1:30pm and Coal Creek hosted Chainsaw Safety and Skills 2-day Training on May 6 and 7th

Saws & Slaws Forest & Fire Ecology Education Series

Part 2: Wildfire in the WUI*

Sunday, April 23rd from 12:00 – 1:30 pm (Brown Bag)

Nederland Community Center
Saws & Slaws is excited to host a three part educational series about forest health and fire ecology in the Front Range.  This series will help participants better understand the condition of our forests, how that affects wildfires, and the various treatments we apply to address the needs of both forest health and fire preparedness.

In Part 2, we will learn about fire ecology, including:

  • Different types of wildfires
  • Wildfire’s role in forest health
  • How wildfires behave within specific forest conditions
  • The effects of different forest treatments on wildfire behavior

We’ll be ending our 2017 series in May when we’ll build on what we learned in Part One Two by going on a field trip to apply what we learned and see what all of this looks like in the real world!
Presented by:
Ashley Garrison, Certified Forester, Forestry / Fire-Resource Technician, Boulder County Parks & Open Space
Kelsey Lesniak, Forester, Colorado State Forest Service – Boulder & Gilpin Counties

Bring your lunch while we learn about the ecology of forest and fire in the Front Range.

Flier:

  Forest Fire Ecology event 4.23.2017 (220.8 KiB, 301 hits)

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Chainsaw Safety and Skills Training – 2 day class

Saturday, May 6th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Coal Creek Canyon Fire Station #2, 32895 Highway 72

Sunday, May 7th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Field work

Day 1 required to participate in Day 2

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

Participants, please bring:

– your lunch and plenty of water

– your own gear, chain saw, helmet, gloves, ear and eye protection, chaps.  Wear long sleeves, pants, and boots.

Space is limited.  Sign up & pay online at sawsandslaws.org or contact Jody Dickson at 303-588-6639 or sawsandslaws@gmail.com if you would like to participate in this training.

Cost is $90 per person (Work off the classroom fee with labor in our regular Saws & Slaws events!  Ask Jody for more details.)

Flier:

  Coal Creek hosted Sawyers Class 5.6 - 5.7.2017 (189.4 KiB, 481 hits)

2nd Public Hearing at the Planning Commission for consideration of Short Term Rental Regulation on April 26, 2017 starting at 7PM

The Planning Commission will hold another Public Hearing on April 26 starting at 7pm regarding establishment of Short Term Rental regulation and enforcement. Public comment will be accepted during the meeting and all interested citizens are encouraged to attend. 

The Commission will consider the proposed Short Term Rental Licensing Program and Enforcement for rentals under 30-days or less. The Commission has discussed the establishment of these regulations at meetings in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Broad and specific discussions about affordable housing to include short term rentals occurred at the following meetings and events with more information found in the packet for associated meetings found at this link: https://nederlandco.org/planning-commission-meeting-agendaspackets/ or in the minutes within the following month’s meeting for specifics of those discussions, found at this link: https://nederlandco.org/planning-commission-meeting-minutes/

  • January 25, 2017 *(specific to short term rental)
  • December 14, 2016 ** (specific to long term and multifamily unit streamline)
  • October 17, 2016 * (specific to short term rental)
  • September 28, 2016 (follow up about housing goals implementation)
  • August 24, 2016 (Joint Board of Trustees-Planning Commission Work Session specific to 6 housing policy goals)
  • July 27, 2016 (Housing goals policy implementation)
  • June 8, 2016 (Planning Commission Work Session to discuss 6 policies specific to creation of affordable housing)
  • January 27, 2016 *(Planning Commission 2016 Work Plan goal + specific discussion on short term rental)
  • December 16, 2015 (specific to definition of affordable housing)
  • December 3, 2015 (Community Forum about affordable housing)
  • September 23, 2015 *(specific to short term rental)
  • April 22, 2015 ** (specific to long term rental)

Public Hearing at the Planning Commission for consideration of Short Term Rental Regulation on April 26, 2017 starting at 7PM

The Planning Commission will hold another Public Hearing on April 26 starting at 7pm regarding establishment of Short Term Rental regulation and enforcement. Public comment will be accepted during the meeting and all interested citizens are encouraged to attend. 

The Commission will consider the proposed Short Term Rental Licensing Program and Enforcement for rentals under 30-days or less. The Commission has discussed the establishment of these regulations at meetings in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Broad and specific discussions about affordable housing to include short term rentals occurred at the following meetings and events with more information found in the packet for associated meetings found at this link: https://nederlandco.org/planning-commission-meeting-agendaspackets/ or in the minutes within the following month’s meeting for specifics of those discussions, found at this link: https://nederlandco.org/planning-commission-meeting-minutes/

  • January 25, 2017 *(specific to short term rental)
  • December 14, 2016 ** (specific to long term and multifamily unit streamline)
  • October 17, 2016 * (specific to short term rental)
  • September 28, 2016 (follow up about housing goals implementation)
  • August 24, 2016 (Joint Board of Trustees-Planning Commission Work Session specific to 6 housing policy goals)
  • July 27, 2016 (Housing goals policy implementation)
  • June 8, 2016 (Planning Commission Work Session to discuss 6 policies specific to creation of affordable housing)
  • January 27, 2016 *(Planning Commission 2016 Work Plan goal + specific discussion on short term rental)
  • December 16, 2015 (specific to definition of affordable housing)
  • December 3, 2015 (Community Forum about affordable housing)
  • September 23, 2015 *(specific to short term rental)
  • April 22, 2015 ** (specific to long term rental)

Planning Commission meeting on March 22, only Boulder County Housing Authority (BCHA) application has been temporarily postponed

FYI: Planning Commission meeting on March 22 features an application for Special Review Use (SRU) to relocate Ned Feed and Pet from 115 E 2nd to 120 E 2nd Street (the old Dr. Fixit location).

The communication about the meeting being cancelled put out by the IMA was solely regarding the Boulder County Housing Authority (BCHA) application which has been temporarily postponed until a later date.

I apologize for any confusion the IMA communication may have caused. Meetings are open to the Public and all interested parties are encouraged to attend.

Thank you.

Boulder County enacts fire ban – warm winter temperatures and low moisture have increased the fire danger

Boulder County, Colo. – This morning, just after 10:30 a.m., Sheriff Joe Pelle enacted a fire ban for western Boulder County due to warm winter temperatures and low moisture, which has resulted in an increased fire danger. The fire ban is effective immediately.

The fire ban includes the mountain areas of Boulder County. The mountain areas include any and all unincorporated areas of the county:

  • West of CO Highway 93 (CO-93), from its intersection with the southern boundary of Boulder County until, and including, its intersection with CO Highway 119 (CO-119);
  • West of Broadway Avenue in the City of Boulder, from its intersection with CO-119 until, and including, its intersection with US Highway 36 (US-36);
  • West of US-36, from its intersection with Broadway Avenue until its intersection with the northern boundary of Boulder County;
  • West of the western boundary of the Rabbit Mountain Open Space until, and including, US-36; and
  • All of the Rabbit Mountain Open Space property.

A map depicting the areas of Boulder County affected by the burn ban is included below.

The fire ban PROHIBITS:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using an open fire, campfire, or stove fire (including charcoal barbeques and grills);
  2. Fireworks sales, use, and possession, including permissible fireworks;
  3. Shooting or discharging firearms for recreational purposes, except for hunting with a valid and current hunting license;
  4. Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials;
  5. Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE-approved spark arrester properly installed and in effective working order. A chemical, pressurized fire-extinguisher must be kept with the operator, and at least one round-point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches must be readily available for use;
  6. Welding or operating an acetylene or other open-flame torch, except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter, and with a chemical, pressurized fire-extinguisher immediately available for use; and
  7. Using an explosive.

The fire ban ALLOWS:

  1. Building, maintain, attending or using a fire in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates, within developed recreation sites, and on private lands;
  2. The use of portable stoves; lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel; or a fully enclosed (sheepherder-type) stove with a 1/4″ spark arrester-type screen.

The fire ban does not affect open fires within incorporated cities and towns; however, citizens must comply with applicable ordinances and regulations in their respective cities and towns. The fire ban will be in effect until Sheriff Pelle finds that the hazardous conditions have subsided.

The following developed United States Forest Service (USFS) recreation sites are located within Boulder County and are exempted from the fire ban, in accordance with USFS policies and closures, when open and staffed: Kelly Dahl Campground, Rainbow Lakes Campground, Camp Dick Campground, Peacefully Valley Campground, Meeker Park Overflow Campground, Olive Ridge Campground, and the Brainard Lake Recreation Area, which includes the Pawnee Campground.

For current fire, shooting, and developed recreation site restrictions and seasonal closures for USFS properties, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/arp/alerts-notices.

State statutes authorize counties to impose a fire ban “to a degree and in a manner that the Board of County Commissioners deems necessary to reduce the danger of wildfires within those portions of the unincorporated areas of the county where the danger of forest or grass fires is found to be high based on competent evidence.” Due to the higher temperatures and lack of moisture, the current fire conditions in Boulder County have moved above historical averages. The fire ban was enacted in response to this change in potential wildfire threat.

Anyone found in violation of the fire ban may be convicted of a class two petty offense, and may be subject to a $500 fine, in addition to any possible civil penalties. Higher fines may be imposed for subsequent offenses.

Boulder County Housing Authority holds 1st of 2 Community Meetings on March 14 regarding the BCHA Housing Project in Nederland

BCHA purchased .85 acres of land across the street (to the north) of the RTD Park-n-Ride in downtown Nederland to build approximately 34 new permanently-affordable homes for Nederland-area residents and others within the 30-60% Area Median Income (AMI). BCHA will hold two meetings prior to the Final Planned Unit Development (PUD) review by the Planning Commission on March 22 at the Nederland Community Center to help ensure interested parties can attend to hear and inquire about their proposal.

The dates and times are as follows:

Tuesday, March 14th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Nederland Community Center Multi-Purpose Room

Monday, March 20th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Nederland Community Center Multi-Purpose Room

Tentative agenda for both evenings:

6:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Guests arrive, mingle, get refreshments, collect information

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Presentation by BCHA on proposal specifics, processes, and financing requirements, with opportunities for public input, Q&A session

8:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Wrap-up, additional items, next steps

BCHA will collect contact information from attendees at these events to stay in touch and provide updates as available.

Please help spread the word! BCHA would like to provide clear and accurate information to residents  who have questions about the proposal, and who BCHA hopes to serve, along with clarifying the processes and timelines for affordable housing development.

FYI: Vehicle Parking on Town sidewalks could merit $75 fine — Please use caution parking near newly constructed sidewalks near the event

“The Nederland Police Department wishes to remind this weekend’s visitors that it is a violation of Nederland Town Code (MTC) to park a motor vehicle on any of the Town’s sidewalks. This is in violation of MTC 1204 and may result in a $75.00 fine. Due to the new cutting edge street and sidewalk design along 2nd Street and East Street, the driving public will need to pay particular attention to these newly designed and constructed sidewalks. Please contact any Nederland Police Officer if you should have a question.”