Mechanical Forest Restoration
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Gold Hill Forest Restoration Project

Total Project Area: 150 acres

The Town of Gold Hill is an old mining town and is significantly at risk for wildfire. The Fourmile Fire (2010) burned up to the southern boundary of the town and destroyed homes in an adjacent subdivision. The Lefthand and Calwood fires (2020) again highlighted the vulnerability of the town to wildfire. This project is a community driven approach to forest management on private lands. The project is intended to serve as a demonstration project to encourage future work on other private lands and to enhance previous work completed by the US Forest Service and others. The goal is to create an integrated network of treatments that builds toward landscape scale restoration to improve forest resiliency and reduce severe wildfire risk.

Partners:

Numerous partners have come together to support this project. Those partners include the Town of Gold Hill and Gold Hill Fire Protection District, Four Mile Fire Protection District, the Natural Resource Conservation Services, Colorado State Forest Service and the Boulder Valley and Longmont Conservation District.

The Boulder Valley & Longmont Conservation District (BVLCD) will provide oversight for the implementation of the project. The BVLCD is one of 76 conservation districts in Colorado, is a local unit of state government that works collaboratively with private landowners, residential communities, and local, state, and federal government to conserve the natural resources of Boulder and Weld counties on Colorado’s Front Range. BVLCD provides technical assistance and project management services in the areas of forest management, noxious weed management, and agriculture.

Project Goals:

  • Reduce fire risk and hazard and facilitate prescribed burning
  • Restore or maintain natural plant communities
  • Improve and sustain forest health and productivity
  • Reduce damage from pests and moisture stress
  • Increase or maintain carbon storage
  • Improve wildlife and pollinator habitat
  • Increase community awareness and support for forest management
  • Improve the safety of firefighters and their ability to effectively protect values at risk