FOLBR's Climate Resiliency Initiative is Underway
Photo by: Richard Strauss
Friends of the Lower Blue River has hired the eco-consulting firm Geosyntec to assist us in our Safe Soils/Climate Resiliency Initiative. Beginning right after the first of the year, Geosyntec will start gathering extensive data, targeting four private ranches in the valley, Pass Creek, Blue Tree, Otter Creek and Blue Valley.
The initial scope will involve identifying the key ecological characteristics of each of these private properties. Later in the first quarter of the year, research scientists will collect samples from these diverse properties. The goal is to assess the health of the soil throughout the forested lands, riparian zones and open pastures.
Once this initial research is completed, we will share the findings with each of the four landowners, other private and public stakeholders in the Valley and of course all our members. The ultimate goal is to do everything we can to promote the health of the valley and position it to aid in improving the affects of climate change. Stay tuned!
We want to express our thanks to all our ranchers for their support and participation.
This is only the beginning. We view this initiative as a long term effort that could span years, if not decades. We are working to find long-term sustainable funding sources to help in this effort. We welcome any and all input to achieve this goal.