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Re: “Stratton Open Space fire mitigation delayed after residents object to extreme treatment

Mitigation through selective thinning is an important tool in managing our public lands. The problem I see is that these public agencies that handle the process sometimes cut too deep. Rather than giving the forest a nice selective "trim," and perhaps thinking they might not get a chance (or the dollars) to thin again for another 25-50 years, they sometimes end up giving the forest more of a "buzz cut."

What I see in the slideshow pics looks fairly good. However, I cannot imagine what they were thinking in planning to thin such a lush riparian spring area (in that last 8 acres or so). Thinning across the landscape should not be universal. North slopes, for example, are expected to be more naturally lush. And while montane pine forests often saw natural underbrush clearing ground fires and are better candidates for manual selective thinning today, the subalpine spruce / fir forest instead experiences "stand replacing" fire events every 200-400 years, and thinning in the subalpine should be limited. Unfortunately sometimes this ends up not being the case.

In this case, kudos to the city for pulling back on thinning the Stratton Springs border. That appears to be the right call. There is balance to be found. We can both care for and protect the beauty of our public lands.

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Posted by Zen on 05/24/2017 at 3:08 AM

Re: “Coal rolling ban passes legislature

Apparently these douchebags and their small penises will have to find another way to alert society to their sad irrelevancy.

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Posted by Zen on 05/03/2017 at 1:56 AM

Re: “Reader: Who cares how much taxes Trump paid!

The majority of Americans care. That's who cares.

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Posted by Zen on 04/28/2017 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Bark beetle in local forests impacts hundreds of millions of trees

I am so thankful to have seen the great forests while they were still healthy. And I am so sad to now witness their loss.

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Posted by Zen on 02/17/2017 at 1:36 AM

Re: “Fire breaks out near Rampart Reservoir

A lot of people camp off that spur road. Wouldn't be surprised if it was an abandoned campfire. :(

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Posted by Zen on 10/18/2016 at 1:05 AM

Re: “Changes at Pikes Peak Community Foundation hang charities out to dry

PPCF is sadly a shell of its former self, and it's the community that will pay the price.

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Posted by Zen on 10/18/2016 at 12:59 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Gazette editorial writer has marital link to Trump campaign

For years the Gazette refused to publish a name on their editorials. Finally after years of complaints from readers demanding author accountability, they changed policy and finally revealed author names. Apparently they couldn't handle the heat. Once Anschutz bought the paper, that decision was reversed once again. I have zero respect for the Gazette. Acord, Rappold, Philipps, Noreen, Vogrin, Zubeck ... anything good at the Gazette left long ago, and these days the Gazette has been reduced to little more than an Anschutz companies corporate newsletter. The people of the Pikes Peak region certainly deserve better.

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Posted by Zen on 08/10/2016 at 10:08 PM

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