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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.


  Forest Fire Ecology event 4.23.2017 (220.8 KiB, 297 hits)


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 or contact Jody Dickson at 303-588-6639 or 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.)


  Coal Creek hosted Sawyers Class 5.6 - 5.7.2017 (189.4 KiB, 474 hits)


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