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Biannual Newsletter        Volume  01-2019                      January, 2019


The SBEADMR Adaptive Management Group (AMG) publishes two newsletters annually to keep stakeholders informed and engaged in the SBEADMR project and the work of the SBEADMR AMG. This newsletter focuses on the proposed agenda for the annual 2019 winter meeting of the AMG members and the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forest’s annual SBEADMR meeting for Forest Service staff, AMG members and other interested stakeholders.   

NOTE:  Despite the current uncertainty of whether the government will reopen in the near future enabling Forest Service employees to return to work, it is hoped that the two SBEADMR meetings outlined below will occur as scheduled. If the shutdown is still in effect on 1/25/19, that day will trigger a decision on whether to reschedule both the January AMG meeting and the February Annual SBEADMR Stakeholder meeting.

SBEADMR is the acronym for the GMUG’s Spruce Beetle Epidemic Aspen Decline Management Response (SBEADMR) program. In July, 2016, the GMUG signed a Record of Decision (ROD) authorizing implementation of commercial and non-commercial treatments on up to 120,000 acres over 8-10 year period. Vegetative types targeted for treatment are spruce-fir, mixed conifer and aspen.  The ROD also authorized the use of adaptive management to plan treatments, implement those treatments, check to ensure objectives are achieved and make changes in action when undesirable outcomes occur or objectives are not met. The Adaptive Management Group (AMG), a citizen-based collaborative group comprised of individuals representing diverse interests, was formed by the Public Lands Partnership (PLP) in 2017 to assist the GMUG in applying the adaptive management approach in accordance Appendix E (Public Engagement in Adaptive Management Implementation) of the ROD. SBEADMR is now entering its third year of implementation. 

AMG Winter Meeting – Thursday, February 7, 2019 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon – Pioneer Room, Friendship Hall,  Montrose County Fairgrounds, 1001 N 2nd Street, Montrose, Colorado

The AMG meets each year after the summer treatment season and prior to the GMUG’s Annual Stakeholder Meeting in February for the following purposes:

  • To be briefed by Forest Service staff on the implementation of the SBEADMR program,
  • To review and update, if appropriate, the AMG monitoring matrix developed by the AMG to track the research, monitoring questions and adaptive management projects over a multi-year period,
  • To provide input/feedback for the format and agenda for the Annual Stakeholder Meeting in February, and
  • To provide input/feedback to the Forest staff and Science Team on how the adaptive management process is working from the AMG’s perspective

A draft agenda for the AMG meeting is being finalized for distribution once it is determined whether the meeting is on schedule or needs to be rescheduled due to the government shutdown. It will be distributed via email to AMG regular and alternate members and will be posted on the PLP SBEADMR website. In the meantime, if there is any word from the Forest Service about the need to cancel or reschedule the 1/31/2019 AMG meeting due to the shutdown this will be sent out immediately to all AMG members and posted on the PLP SBEADMR website. 

GMUG Annual SBEADMR Stakeholder Meeting – Tuesday April 16, 2019 – Montrose County

Event Center, 1036 N 7th Street, Montrose, Colorado

Morning Session (proposed):  8:30 AM to 12:00 Noon – Detailed Presentations & Round Table Discussions with Science Team, GMUG staff/specialists and interested stakeholders about research and monitoring efforts related to SBEADMR projects

Afternoon Session (proposed): 1:30 PM to 4:30 PMMain Stakeholder Meeting – Update on SBEADMR Implementation, Summary Presentations from the Science Team, Out-Year (2019-2021) Proposed Program of Work for Each Timber Zone and Proposed 2019 Summer Field Trip(s)

Based on stakeholder feedback from last year’s annual meeting the format and structure proposed for this year’s Annual Stakeholders’ Meeting has been changed to better address the various levels of information desired by the different stakeholders, i.e. community stakeholders, GMUG staff/specialists. The morning session is designed to provide more detailed and technical presentations from the Science Team for those individuals interested in that level of detail. It will also provide ample time for GMUG staff/specialists and interested stakeholders to have more in depth discussions with the Science Team and Forest Leadership Team about the research and monitoring efforts related to SBEADMR projects. 

In addition to the annual update on the SBEADMR program in general, the afternoon session is designed to focus on the key points of the monitoring and findings related to SBEADMR but will not be as detailed nor technical as the morning presentations. Another significant “adaptation” to the afternoon session is interactive “poster stations” to present the out-years (2019-2021) proposed program of work for each timber zone. This change in format will allow stakeholders to move among the different “poster stations” and have one-on-one conversations, as well as group discussions, with GMUG staff/specialists and members of the Science Team at each station. 

The agenda for the Annual Stakeholder Meeting will be finalized following the AMG meeting and will be distributed to AMG members and SBEADMR stakeholders and posted on the PLP SBEADMR website.

For more information on the above meetings or the SBEADMR program contact Chris Miller, PLP Coordinator at www.infopubliclandspartnership.org.

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