Sunday, February 18, 2001
Steamboat Springs U.S. Forest Service activist wins award
Denise Germann, public affairs officer for the Medicine Bow/Routt National Forest, recently won the 2000 Smokey Bear Award.
Her leadership in local fire prevention efforts, including her work with the Routt County Wildland Fire Council, earned her the award.
Germann has coordinated informational and educational programs with local, state and county fire protection agencies that tailor fire prevention messages to the needs of homeowners, businesses and visitors. She also ensured that fire messages were incorporated into all Forest Service programs.
Blowdown mapping finds place on 'Net
Students mapping the Routt Divide Blowdown at Buffalo Pass have put their work on the Internet.
In the fall, students from around the county took a trip to Buffalo Pass to look at portions of the 1997 Routt Divide Blowdown and learn about spruce beetles. They then completed a mapping project through the Yampa Valley Community Mapping Program and have now put it online at www.communitymap.org.
Each year, biology students will return to the site on Buffalo Pass and repeat the project. In time, the Forest Service and the schools will be able to track the beetle activity in two 80-acre stands of trees and determine if suppression efforts were successful.