What is the Taylor Park Project?
In April 2018, the Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG) launched the Taylor Park Vegetation Management Project. The primary purpose of the project is to increase the forest’s ability to respond to stressors, from climate change and drought to insect attack and disease, while promoting public safety through fuel reduction in the Wildland-Urban Interface. The treatments are also intended to provide wood products to the regional economy.
Through using a collaborative process for the Taylor Park Vegetation Management Project, the GMUG hopes to promote open dialogue and thorough public involvement that aims to gather the right information from the right people at the right time.
The GMUGs’ adoption of a collaborative process for forest management was initially driven by the spruce beetle epidemic and the sudden decline of aspen, both of which are occurring at a large scale. Due to the scale and complexity of the problem, the GMUG launched a collaborative effort – the Spruce Beetle Epidemic and Aspen Decline Management Response project (SBEADMR) – with the public to assist in planning and adaptively working to improve forest conditions together. The Taylor Park Vegetation Management Project will complement that project with an adaptive management approach.
Detailed information about the Taylor Park Vegetation Management Project and the Taylor Park EA is available at the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forest website.
How is the Center for Public Lands involved?
In October 2018, the GMUG entered into an agreement with Western Colorado University’s Center for Public Lands for the development and facilitation of a collaborative adaptive management group (AMG) and science team to compliment the agency’s Taylor Park Vegetation Management Project.
Through involvement in this project, the Center for Public Lands is working to promote open dialogue and deliberation between different perspectives, gather information and identify issues, and contribute to long-term monitoring of forests in the Upper Taylor River and Spring Creek drainage’s of the Taylor River Watershed throughout this project.
The research and monitoring component of this agreement provides scientific information to support the Forest Service and AMG in assessing forest management in the Taylor Park area. This collaborative adaptive management strategy promotes a strong working relationship between forest service managers, researchers, and stakeholders.