On September 8, 2020, the Steamboat Springs area of Colorado experienced high winds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Approximately 277 acres of tree islands between open ski runs and lift lines within the Steamboat Ski Resort in Steamboat Springs received major windthrow damage as a result of this event. Steamboat Ski Resort immediately reached out to Markit! Forestry Management LLC (“Markit! Forestry”) since Markit! Forestry had worked with Steamboat Ski Resort on previous projects, as well as on similar forestry and emergency response projects throughout the southwestern United States.
The Steamboat Ski Resort Windthrow Vegetation Management Project, undertaken and completed by Markit! Forestry, was an effort to remove trees and other vegetation affected by the windthrow event that blocked or interfered with ski trails or were likely to present other hazards to ski resort patrons in the upcoming ski season. To mitigate these hazards, Markit! Forestry formed two hand crews working in tandem to complete the project quickly and efficiently. One hand crew cut limbs and the tops of trees — called lop and scatter — leaving them to be fed into a woodchipper by the second hand crew.
Markit! Forestry Management LLC ("Markit! Forestry") of Colorado Springs has acquired North Valley Resource Management LLC of Quincy, California. The transaction was completed on July 17. Financial terms were not disclosed. North Valley Resource Management will continue to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Markit! Forestry.
Since its founding, North Valley Resource Management has produced numerous Timber Harvest Plans, Non-Industrial Timber Management Plans and Cumulative Impact Assessments. For multiple forestry projects, North Valley Resource Management has been responsible for all aspects of timber sale preparation, mapping, growth and yield determination, logging administration, contract review and negotiation, and log procurement. North Valley Resource Management also prepared required Forest Management Plans for Plumas County and Lassen County timberlands under Timber Production Zoning. In just the last two years, North Valley Resource Management produced Timber Harvest Plans and Exemptions for over 3,500 acres and provided logging supervision and ensured regulatory compliance for all phases of timber operations for the Timber Harvest Plans.
Canyons South is a tract of land of over 2000 acres, located near the town of Castle Rock in Douglas County, Colorado. Canyons South was acquired by an affiliate of Hines Development ("Hines") to be developed into a planned community, with houses, parks and recreational facilities. Hines is a privately owned global real estate investment, development and management firm, founded in 1957. Hines has a presence in 205 cities in 24 countries and has over $130 billion of assets under management.
The Canyons South Wildfire Mitigation Project, undertaken and completed by Markit! Forestry Management LLC ("Markit! Forestry"), was an effort to mitigate wildfire risk to the future residents of the Canyons South development. The project will help prevent the propagation of wildfire in the forested areas of Canyons South and reset the vegetation on the property to a natural, fire-resistant condition. The fuel break work executed by Markit! Forestry reduced continuous fuel loads both horizontally and vertically between trees, shrubs, and herbaceous fuels. Ladder fuels of Ponderosa Pine trees were limbed up to ten feet. In addition to completing the forest management goals of the forestry treatment, Markit! Forestry focused on the visual aesthetics of the property to make it appealing to future homeowners.
Heil Valley Ranch - Lichen Fuels Reduction Project Completed by Markit! Forestry Management for Boulder County Parks and Open Space
Heil Valley Ranch in Boulder County, Colorado, contains over 6,200 acres, with trails for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Heil Valley Ranch is located about 40 miles northwest of Denver, and about 11 miles north of the City of Boulder. Markit! Forestry Management ("Markit! Forestry") recently completed a hazard fuel reduction project on the Heil Valley Ranch that was recommended by the Lefthand Canyon and Boulder County Community Wildfire Protection Plans as part of an effort to reduce the risk from wildfire and protect critical infrastructure.
The total project area for Markit! Forestry's work was approximately 160 acres. Due to the steep slopes, severe topography, and highly erodible soils on the project site, the project required the use of helicopter yarding via a whole-tree method. The project also required Markit! Forestry to process and transport the biomass resulting from the tree removal and thinning. The project started in January 2020, and had a timeline of 60 business days.
Wildland Fire Hazard Project Completed in Utah by Markit! Forestry with a Perfect Rating from the Bureau of Land Management
Markit! Forestry Management ("Markit! Forestry") has completed a significant wildland fire hazard reduction project on about 994 acres located in the Monument Ridge area of Uintah County, Utah. The project site is located approximately 80 miles south of Vernal, Utah. The wildland fire hazard reduction project was sponsored by the Green River District of the Bureau of Land Management in cooperation with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. In its afterproject review, Markit! Forestry was awarded a perfect score for its work by the Bureau of Land Management ("BLM").
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