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January 2020

Naturalist Night: Disappearing Elk: Loving Our Wild Places to Death

January 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Third Street Center Community Hall, 520 S. 3rd St
Carbondale, CO 81623 United States
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Many residents of the Eagle and Roaring Fork valleys have noticed a substantial decline in the elk population in recent decades. Simultaneously, human development and activity in these area have skyrocketed. Paul Millhouser set out to find science-based proof of the connection suspected by experts and locals alike. The story turned out to be a little more complicated—and alarming—than expected.

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Naturalist Night: Maintaining CATCHments, Not waterSHEDS: the Effects of Wildfire

January 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Third Street Center Community Hall, 520 S. 3rd St
Carbondale, CO 81623 United States
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This presentation explores how changes in watershed condition immediately following a wildfire can result in increased erosion, flooding and debris flow potential. Pre-fire, forests absorb and CATCH precipitation. Changes in vegetation and soil properties following a wildfire can result in precipitation being SHED causing increased erosion, flood flows, and debris flow potential. Fortunately most forested ecosystems generally return to CATCHing precipitation within ten years after a fire.

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