Fire Protection

Defensible Space Educational Event


We had a good turnout for the Defensible Space Home Review on Saturday, March 12th. Joining CSFS Forester Adam Moore, Anna Dvorak, Tyra Barnes, Bunny Cochrane, Andrew Valdez, Tony Oswald, Janet Burt and Jack Zeman toured three properties and discussed the principles of creating Defensible Space. Those attending were reminded of the Grant Monies available to homeowners for creating ads pace around their homes.

We have a 3-part Defensible Space Home Review planned for next Saturday, March 12th. The whole tour will take 5 hours - please plan on attending all three home reviews as each site will provide additional information that will be useful to all properties.

Gather: 8:45am, coffee + tea Presentation starting time: 9 a.m. Meet at Tyra Barnes home - 33 Moki Court

Presentations: 9am - 2pm (.5 - 1 hour ea)

House 1: Tyra Barnes (Ponderosa, juniper, cottonwood, Doug fir) House 2: Andrew Valdez (Ponderosa, cottonwood, juniper) House 3: Bunny Cochrane (Pondy, Dougs, juniper, piñon and cottonwoods)


If there is time we can ask Adam to look at a few trees on individual properties and to mark trees for cutting and pruning. If you want follow-up time with Adam, to mark specific trees for trimming or removal on your own property, it will be offered at a reduced rate of $30-$55 per property, depending on time spent, and can be arranged to happen after the tour. This is a reduced rate for attending the group event - the normal charge is $100-125.


5 hour tour: free Follow-up (if requested): $30-55

Congratulations on achieving Firewise Communities/USA(R) recognition status!


Congratulations on achieving Firewise Communities/USA® recognition status! We are thrilled to welcome Zapata to the growing number of communities working to take action to reduce their wildfire risk.

Now that you are an official Firewise Community/USA, the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) need your help to map your community boundary. The boundary information can be used to:

help communities improve communication and safety among residents;
develop a map to share with residents of Firewise Communities;
inform and better prepare local fire departments to assist when

wildfires do occur in the community; assist in planning future wildfire mitigation projects; and provide information that often is requested on grant applications.

Adam Moore created the attached map of the Zapata Firewise Community. Please let me know if this map of the Zapata Firewise Community boundary is okay with you.

We are also pleased to provide you with some resources to help you continue working on wildfire mitigation in your community. These resources include:

Protecting Your Home From Wildfire: Creating Wildfire Defensible

Zones - Actions landowners can take to make their properties more defensible from the threat of wildfire. FireWise Construction: Site Design & Building Materials - Information on appropriate materials and fire-resistant building designs to address home ignition risk. Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network - A tool available to help exchange information about fire-adapted communities, enhance networking and dialogue, and increase the sharing of learning and innovations related to community wildfire resilience. Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) - A written and agreed upon document that identities how a community will reduce its wildfire risk. CWPPs address wildfire response capability, protection of homes and other structures, and identify areas where fuels reduction is needed to reduce wildfire threats to communities and critical infrastructure. Colorado Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal (CO-WRAP) - A web-mapping tool that provides access to statewide wildfire risk assessment information in Colorado. Natural Resources Grants and Assistance Database - A comprehensive list of natural resource grants and assistance programs that promote the health and welfare of Colorado’s natural resources. This includes grant opportunities and programs for Colorado residents to implement fuels mitigation and education efforts with the goal of reducing their wildfire risk. The database is free to use. Colorado State Forest Service Website – The CSFS website is a great resource for information about Colorado’s forests. You can also find your local district forester’s contact information at

On behalf of the Colorado State Forest Service, I want to congratulate you and your community on your work to achieve the National Firewise Community/USA designation by taking actions to reduce your community’s wildfire risk and improve safety. If you need any more information or assistance, please feel free to contact me.


Courtney Peterson Colorado State Forest Service Wildfire Mitigation Education Coordinator

Mature Aspen Tree Management


The ZHA Board of Directors working with the Colorado State Forest Service, is considering a forest management plan to harvest mature aspen in Greenbelts G and AA. The Board has consulted with the local Colorado State Forest Service Forester and he has advised us that this strategy is a sound aspen management practice. The local forester’s opinion is this…

“One option for managing the aspen above California Circle is to harvest the trees. Harvesting the trees would be a sound forest management strategy. I am basing this off of the following-

The aspen trees are very densely spaced and competing for sunlight and nutrients. There is not much good regeneration of aspen. The aspen is mostly one age class – old. Harvesting the aspen will promote aspen regeneration and provide age class diversity to aspen stands at Zapata. The aspen is old and about as large as I usually see aspen in the SLV. There are some dead aspen. They (the live trees) could grow for another 50 years nice and healthy or just another 10. I think it would make sense to leave some larger dead, ones with signs of wildlife. Leaving large slightly imperfect/crooked trees is not a problem with aspen since they are clones. The key thing is making sure they are not in locations that would be easily damaged or in the way.

As a land manager I prefer to manage proactively rather than reactively. A harvest of the aspen would proactively encourage aspen regeneration.” – Adam Moore, Alamosa District Forester, Colorado State Forest Service

See the Aspen Silviculture Decision Matrix, other fact sheets about aspen at the end of this article for more information about aspen forest management strategies. Three video discussions about aspen can be found online at…

We have an opportunity to harvest these aspen for use by a local log cabin manufacturer. Using these trees for a commercial purpose would justify and cover the cost of having a logger come onto the subdivision to harvest and deliver the aspen logs to the manufacturer. We have the option to sell logs that are not commercially acceptable for construction as firewood. A second option would be to stock pile these logs in an area accessible to landowners to cut fire wood for their own use.

You can contact ZHA Board Chairman Jack Zeman with any questions or concerns. Jack Zeman, Chairman, Zapata Homeowners Association, 337 Cedar Ridge Road, Mosca, Colorado 81146,, 719-496-7923.