Forest Health & Fire Mitigation
Our forests are a valuable resource for Mountain Village. The Town's Planning & Forestry Department is responsible for reviewing all proposed development within town limits to ensure compliance with all fire mitigation and forest health requirements.
Property owners should be aware of the following three perspectives when it comes to fire mitigation on their property:
- New construction development is required to have a wildfire mitigation plan as outlined by the Community Development Code. (This activity is not eligible for Defensive Space Incentive Program funding.)
- Mountain Village encourages property owners to voluntarily implement the CDC wildfire mitigation standards (zone 1, 2 and 3 standards - pages 183 & 184 of the CDC). Implementation of these standards may help property owners to reduce their insurance costs.
- For existing properties, please visit our defensible space incentive webpage to learn about financial incentives for creating defensible space around your home.
- To view the latest standards for defensive space wildfire mitigation, please click here.
2023 Forest Health Initiatives
Although a bit smelly, the MCH packets are a non-toxic way to prevent tree deaths. These packets are like hanging a no vacancy sign on the trees, which tells the beetles that the tree is already occupied and to move on. This confused the beetles and caused them to fly around, thereby exhausting their energy and causing them to become subject to predation or to expire. In this way, the trees are protected and there is virtually no downside to putting out the MCH packets.
San Miguel County 2019 Forest Assessment
Dr. Jason Sibold has been monitoring and pondering the forest ecology of the Upper San Miguel River Watershed for a decade. Watch Dr. Sibold's 35-minute 2019 update presentation to learn more about the forests and climate of our upper watershed.