The GMUG launched the Taylor Park Vegetation Management Project in April 2018. The agency identified the primary purpose of the project is to increase the forest’s ability to respond to multiple stressors impacting the forest including climate change, drought, insect attack and disease while promoting public safety through fuel reduction in the Wildland Urban Interface. The secondary purpose of these treatments is to provide wood projects to the regional economy.
The GMUG is utilizing a collaborative process for the Taylor Park EA 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. To begin implementing actions on the ground, the Forest Service first needed a plan.
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 - with the public to assist in planning and adaptively working to improve forest conditions together.
The Taylor Park AMG will complement that project with an adaptive management approach.