Gold Hill – CO, a small mountain community rich in history with a strong sense of place, is at risk of wildfire. No one knows this more than the residents who live there. As a result of a drier mountain climate and recent wildfires (e.g. Lefthand in 2020, Fourmile in 2010) all posing significant risk to Gold Hill and watershed health, residents are invested in bold steps to better prepare the town for future wildfires. The Gold Hill Fire Department, Gold Hill Town Meeting, a team of graduate students from CU’s Masters of the Environment (MENV) Program, and The Boulder Watershed Collective, along with a myriad of other partners, aim to better understand how to increase Gold Hill’s future resiliency to wildfire – asking “how do we adapt to living with wildfire?”. As part of this holistic approach, BWC initiated a 100-acre forest restoration project on private land adjacent to Gold Hill.
During this conversation, we will explore more recent and local understanding and research around forest and fire ecology, restoration and climate change, and share some first insights from the long-term bird monitoring we’ve initiated to understand changes to populations, diversity and resiliency before, during and after forest treatment. We’ll explore the idea that sustainable solutions require a deeper understanding of both (1) ecosystem changes and forest health, and (2) community perspectives, values and innovative strategies. We’ll share initial insights from the community perspectives we heard around wildfire adaptation during interviews, surveys, and a community visioning event and how this community centered approach is helping inform real initiatives that are responsive and co-created by community stakeholders.
Link to Website: https://www.boulderwatershedcollective.com/gold-hill-project
Link to The Community Visioning Event’s StoryMap: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/a75b7bd06f214422a4fa88683a50da51
How to Get There
Presentation will be held at the Wild Bear EcoArts Lounge located directly next door to the nature center at 20 Lakeview Dr, Nederland, CO in the Caribou Village Shopping Center.
Sunday, Feb 20th, 1-2:30 PM
How to register
Please use our booking form below!
Once a Wild Bear, Always a Wild Bear. For 25 years, Wild Bear has helped children and adults forge lifelong connections to nature through creative exploration of the outdoors. Specializing in mountain ecology, Wild Bear welcomes visitors to its hands-on nature center and provides year-round educational programs for people of all ages.