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416 & Missionary Ridge Tour: Ecological Resilience & Changing Landscapes

Tour the 416 and Missionary Ridge burn areas, plant trees, and view vegetation regeneration across burn severities and forest types with fire ecologists and foresters: Dr. Julie Korb (FLC), Gretchen Fitzgerald (SJNF) & Aaron Kimple (MSI). The tour will end with planting Engelmann spruce seedlings on Missionary Ridge. 

REGISTRATION FREE & REQUIRED. Capped at 20-25 participants.

Please bring lunch, water, sunscreen, layers for various conditions (ending at 10,000ft in fall), sturdy hiking shoes and a camera to capture fall colors. We will provide vehicles for transportation.

Tentative Schedule: 
The group will meet at the La Plata County Fairgrounds in the SE corner of the lot near the horse stables and review fire severity maps before starting the tour. Weather permitting, we will start the tour in the Hermosa Creek area. After looking at the 416 Fire, most of the day will be spent looking at natural and managed revegetation on the Missionary Ridge burn area in Ponderosa pine, spruce/fir and aspen forests. Topics of discussion will include fire ecology, mitigation, restoration, collaborative forestry practices, and human interactions with fire. 

For questions, contact Laurel Sebastian, or call our office at 970-387-5161

Earlier Event: September 13
What's Next: 416 Fire Open House
Later Event: September 15
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