Monday, May 26, 2014

Climate Change and the Forests of the West (Keeling Lecture)

The Keeling Lecture
Climate Change and the Forests of the West   
UCTV - Perspectives on Ocean Science

Uploaded on Jun 10, 2010
Dr. Steve Running, a Regents Professor in the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana, discusses the paradox of why forests in the West are growing faster while simultaneously suffering from higher die-off rates. 

Running was the IPCC lead author on a 2007 WG1 report analyzing North America's contribution to atmospheric carbon dioxide and its impacts on the global climate. 
Series: "Perspectives on Ocean Science" [6/2010] [Science] [Show ID: 18197]

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introduction to the "Keeling Curve" and CO2 observations…
and how that ties into understanding global growth patterns

11:40  Image of our thin atmosphere against the Earth's horizon

28:30  Great satellite view of ten years worth of the whole Earth's seasons unfurling.
32:20  two week longer growing season in Northern US
33:50  April snow pack (snow water equivalent) 1950 - 2000
34:30  Tim Barnett, et al. 2008 paper, Western States spring snowpack 1950 - 2006
(Montana March temps are up 7°F )
38:00  Wild fire - Westerling, et al. 2006 - fire season 78 days longer - increased fires above 6500ft
43:00  Bark Beetles and warming winters
45:30  Montana absolute low temps have warmed 15°F in past 15 years!
48:40  Raffa, et al. - bark beetle study
49:00  Van Mantgem, et al 2009 - Background mortality rates Western forests
51:00  Stability of natural carbon sinks?
… Carbon Monitoring
53:30  Planetary Boundaries

55:00   A thank you to David Keeling.

Blast from the past: The Village at Wolf Creek, It’s A Scandal

I stumbled acrose this today and reread it and feel OK about what I was trying to get across.  Parts of it are dated so I won't drag it up to the top of the pile, but I will link to it.  And yes, the original swap did turn out to be plenty up and up... still McComb's changing his intentions and sneaking in that Village monstrosity, none of that was right - and soured the entire deal. 
And this thing should have been settled long ago in favor of Alberta Park being left alone to continue functioning as the invaluable productive biological national resource that it is. 
Leave it as it is!  A productive habitat, wetlands, fens, storage and filter to source waters of the international Rio Grande River.  
Why not McCombs enterprises?

March 21, 2012

The Village at Wolf Creek, It’s A Scandal

Monday, May 12, 2014

Colorado Fracking Site Flooding September 2013, etc.

This is slightly off topic, except for sane land use/appreciation/protection aspect and it's another Colorado issue.   
I'm embarrassed it took me so long to notice the video.

Colorado Fracking Site Flooding September 2013 HD

Monday, March 31, 2014

Village at Wolf Creek EIS release update 3/31/2014

After the Durango Herald's article and considering March has come and gone, I contacted Mike Blakeman, Public Affairs Specialist for the Rio Grande National Forest to ask him about the Village At Wolf Creek Landswap Environmental Impact Statement and received the following reply.

Hi Peter,  
When it comes to the VWC land exchange EIS, everything takes longer than you expect.  As you know, many people have been expecting the RGNF to release the VWC FEIS and ROD for a while now. After a thorough review of the EIS, Dan (Dan Dallas - Rio Grande National Forest Supervisor) has determined that additional analysis is needed before he can make an informed decision. 
In particular, Dan asked the team to expand their review associated with developments that are accessed next to ski areas on public lands. We don’t currently have a timeline, but we hope to have the work completed by early summer. 
As a reminder,  Dan stated early on when the EIS was first initiated that the process would take as long as is needed in order to complete a thorough analysis on which he could base his decision. NEPA requires Dan to take a “hard look” at all aspects of the environmental and social issues associated with the proposed project. 
He asked for a more in-depth look and further analysis upon review of the draft EIS documentation prior to making a final decision.  
Hope that helps.  

Mike Blakeman 
Public Affairs Specialist 
Indeed it does.  
Thank you for the information Mr. Blakeman.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Durango Herald: Village at Wolf Creek, Delayed But Not Derailed - 2/15/2014

OK, here we go.

Durango Herald headline February 15, 2014:
"Delayed but not derailed" 
Even as beetles ravage forest, the scale of Red McCombs’ plans to build a mountaintop village hinge on land swap 

By Joe Hanel Herald staff writer | 2/15/2014

"A turning point in the three-decade battle over Wolf Creek Pass is expected next month, when the U.S. Forest Service will declare its preference on a land exchange with a Texas developer who wants to build a resort village.
"B.J. “Red” McCombs has been trying since 1986 to build the Village at Wolf Creek at the base of Wolf Creek Ski Area. His latest proposal – now five years in the making – is to swap his private land in a large meadow below the ski area for Forest Service land abutting U.S. Highway 160. 
"Rio Grande National Forest Supervisor Dan Dallas expects to make a decision on the land swap in early to mid-March. 
"Much has changed on Wolf Creek Pass since McCombs offered the land trade in 2009.  "

Friday, January 24, 2014

Village at Wolf Creek Environmental Impact Study Issues

All remains quiet regarding the upcoming release of the VWC-DEIS.

While we continue waiting on the long over due Village at Wolf Creek Landswap Environmental Impact Statement to be released - I figure it's a good time to share this index to a series of comments I submitted to the VWC-DEIS team.  It will be interesting to see how they deal with the various important outstanding issues that have been raised by many people.

Feel free to copy and share any of the posts here at 
NO - Village at Wolf Creek 
Where third party references are used, please be sure to include an acknowledgement of those third parties including their links.  

    •    VWC-DEIS 3.7.6 Fens

Link to the Rio Grande National Forest official information page

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Changing Climate impending impacts on water availability

Here at NO-VillageAtWolfCreek the post with the most visits, by far, is from September 26th 2012 titled:  The Impact of Climate Change on Ski Resort Operations and Development: Opportunities and Threat.  Obviously, many people understand climate change is an increasingly important issue that needs to be taken into account.

Since I'm an advocate, I know that anything I say about global warming and its impact on the near future will be brushed off by boosters of this speculative venture.  That's why I like pointing to evidence based studies by genuinely knowledgeable people.

Here I want to share a recent assessment that focuses on Colorado's water resources. It's a sobering look at the near future and the challenges that we will be facing.  My point being, the time to squander precious natural resources on a developer's crap shot has passed.

The new dream is that someone in a position of authority will stick their neck out and declare the intact biologically productive wetland, and fens of the entire Alberta Park area an irreplaceable resource worth the protecting.

In any event, I encourage you to take the time to view the entire report, it's only 18 pages long and well written, and there's a lot to learn about.

The Rocky Mountain Climate Organization

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