PSPOA and Community News
Property Owners' Association and Community News
The weather and the holidays have placed several projects on hold, they are: finish the TUBS picnic parking area, fencing, and signage; reseed the area around the Kiowa bridge; and placing the safety equipment at the TUBS, Crescent Lake, and Reservoir areas. Watch for more information about this last project. We are working with the Fire District, Water District, Paul Forman and Eagle Scout Ian Walker to accomplish this before Spring runoff. We will be looking for volunteers to assist with this project. Please come to our monthly meetings on the 3rd Wednesday. We welcome your input.
How to be a Good Neighbor in Pinewood Springs
By Diane Emerson
I once heard a saying that I love, "If you are lucky enough to live in the mountains….you are lucky enough." Well said. Here are some suggestions to make the quality of our lives even better.
The night sky here is amazing. Please don’t ruin your neighbors’ experience with bright outdoor spotlights. Light pollution contributes to poor star gazing, Jacuzzi sessions, and even your neighbors’ indoor activities, like sleeping and movie viewing. Take a moment to check where your lights actually shine; is it perhaps in your neighbor’s yard, windows, or spa area? Look into motion-detector lights and aim the lights toward the ground, not out to your neighbor’s property. Your pets are your pride and joy, but please keep them on your property. No one enjoys being met at their door, lot, or garage by someone else’s snarling or barking dog. They belong with you, on a leash and under your control at all times. When your dog barks, it can be life altering for your neighbors. Some folks work and sleep at odd hours, and no one enjoys an incessantly barking, howling, or whining dog. Please be considerate. Many of us are very physically active. Please keep your dog leashed when hiking our trails and roadways. Chasing vehicles and motorcycles may lead to your pet’s death, so please don’t allow them to run into the roadway and cause a dangerous situation. This goes for our walkers, runners, and cyclists; no one wants to confront a threatening dog. Also, when meeting other, leashed, pets on the trail, though your pet may be gregarious, the other animal may not be and will try to protect its handler, making for a less than serene situation. Don’t leave your trash cans out; we have wild animals that love to investigate. Get to know your neighbors. We live in a relatively remote area, and you never know when you may need some kind of assistance, so don’t wait until our next forest fire or other event. Do it now. Power tools and lawnmowers should be used at appropriate times, preferably after your next door neighbor’s first cup of coffee. Please be considerate. Get involved with your PSPOA, by joining you will have a voice in the community, be a part of local events, and support the common areas.
Ever wonder how old the trees are in Pinewood? The wind blew down the big ponderosa that stood guard at the Seneca Bridge. Several neighbors in the bridge area came together and cleaned up the mess. Donn Fairbank took the time to count the tree rings. The tree was 114 years old. Please come to our monthly meetings on the 3rd Wednesday. We welcome your input. To be included on the next meeting agenda, call Gabi at 823-5345 or email email@example.com. For more information, please see our website www.pwswd.com
Annual Dues Payment
Membership Drive for new year-June 1, 2016 until May 31, 2017
Please drop a check for $25.00 (for the year), include your contact info with email addresses, in the water drop slot at the Firehouse or send it to PSPOA, 61 Kiowa Rd, Lyons, CO 80540.
Benefits of being a paid member by July 1st include: Membership in the Amerigas and Polar Gas Propane co-op, use of Tubs and Crescent Lake, and the emailed monthly community newsletter. Your paid membership has funded special projects like the Crescent Lake restoration, 4th of July Pot Luck, Pig Roast, Bulletin-Board upgrade, the Pinewood Sign, Little Library, insurance and improvements on the Tubs, picnic tables and benches, mailing and emailing of public announcements.
Young wildlife do not need your help; Leave them alone!
DURANGO, Colo. -- This is the time of year when wild animals give birth to their young and Colorado Parks and Wildlife provides this reminder: do not approach, touch or handle young animals. “We know that people are trying to be helpful, but the young animals are best cared for by their own parents,” said Renzo DelPiccolo, area wildlife manager in Montrose for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “The best thing people can do is to leave young wildlife alone.”
During spring and early summer, people often see young animals that appear to be alone in the forest, in backyards, on or near trails or along the sides of roads. “The animals have not been abandoned. Young animals are often left alone to allow the mother to feed, to help them avoid predators and to learn how to live in the wild,” DelPiccolo explained.
Deer provide a good example of how wildlife adapt behaviors to help them survive. Young fawns have no scent and are born with speckled coats that provide a natural camouflage. These two factors help them avoid being found by predators. When the mother doe senses a predator might be close by it moves away. Many other animals use similar survival techniques.
Elk and moose calves are also left alone by their mothers. If you see one, move away quickly. Do not move closer or attempt to get the animal to move.
Young birds often fall out of their nests or are pushed out of nests by parents to encourage them to fly. “If a young bird is on the ground it will quickly learn to fly. So let nature take its course,” DelPiccolo said.
If you see a bird on a hiking trail and you think it might be stepped on accidentally or easily found by a dog, you can pick it up and move it a short distance to cover. People also need to keep their pets under control. In the woods, dogs acting on their natural instincts can find animals and attack them. The stress of being attacked often is fatal for young animals.
In neighborhoods and backyards cats are adept at finding eggs and young birds. Cats are pets; but they’re also predators. Cat owners should place a small bell on the cat's collar and the sound will alert small animals. “Many studies show that cats are damaging the songbird population. Please, don’t let your cat roam free,” DelPiccolo said.
Food should never be given to wildlife. There is plenty of natural food available for wild animals. Providing food causes animals to bunch up in small areas and that makes them vulnerable to diseases and predators. If they're provided food they also become habituated to humans and will stay in residential areas instead of natural lands.
People also need to understand that not all newborn animals will survive. “In the case of all wildlife, we have to understand that mortality is part of the natural cycle,” DelPiccolo said.
If you see a young animal, admire its beauty from a distance, and then move on quietly. CPW also encourages parents to explain to their children not to disturb wildlife.
If you have any questions, call the nearest Colorado Parks and Wildlife office.
For more information about Colorado Parks and Wildlife, see:cpw.state.co.us.
Please contact John Bologna at firstname.lastname@example.org or any member of the Fire Board with any questions.
Road Board News
The December Road Board meeting included Larimer County Commissioner Tom Donnelly and County Public Works Director Todd Blomstrom. They listened to our summary of the issues we have been having with the county. The response they offered was very positive. They explained the state law restrictions regarding bidding procedures and the need for us to limit liability for both our own board members and for the county. The creation of a corporation is the best solution for these issues and the Road Board is working to create an appropriate non-profit entity. Our county guests assured us that they wanted to work with us and will strive to do all they can to make the process work, including support from the county attorney. They and we anticipate that the solution will be resolved and result in no noticeable change to the nature of the work and quality of our roads. The Road board meets monthly on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the firehouse. The best way to contact members of the road board is by email at RoadBoard@Pinewoods.us
Pinewood Springs Community Church News
Happy New Year! May you all be richly blessed in 2017. It was wonderful seeing so many neighbors for our Christmas Eve service. Adult Bible study is from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., and we are continuing our study of Who Is Jesus? All are welcome to join us. Worship starts at 10:00 a.m. with coffee and conversation afterwards in Fellowship Hall. We look forward to seeing you!
REFLECTIVE HOUSE-NUMBER SIGNS ARE AVAILABLE
The PSPOA is working with the Fire District to get everyone’s home marked with reflective aluminum house-number signs. In the event of an emergency, it is extremely important for rescue personnel to be able to find your home quickly. For further information or questions, contact Gabi at: 823-5345 or e-mail her at: email@example.com. PSPOA members pay $8.00 per sign, and non-members $12.00. Sign prices are purposely kept low as this is not a fund-raising project, but is meant to help valley residents properly display their house numbers in order to assist emergency personnel. If you are ready to order, please download this ORDER FORM and drop the envelope through the water-payment slot at the Firehouse.
BE BEAR AWARE!
In addition to the bears, there are raccoons and a coyote that are cruising the valley so continue to keep your trash safe from looting and don't put it out the night before pick-up unless you want to clean up! Also DO NOT leave any food in your car unless you want your car destroyed because the bears will rip anything apart to get to food!
And remember, bears can smell an enticing odor from five miles away!
From Gary Clements and the Division of Wildlife:
DENVER – Colorado's bears have begun emerging from hibernation across the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlife, charged with perpetuating the wildlife resources of the state, reminds outdoor recreationists, city dwellers and rural homeowners to be responsible and take steps to minimize contact with bears, for the health and safety of both humans and bears.
“About 60 percent of our collared bears have already emerged from their dens, which is pretty normal for this time of year," said Heather Johnson, a CPW mammal researcher, who studies bears in Colorado. "Most of the bears that are still denned are the sows with newborn cubs. They should emerge within the next few weeks.”
The black bear, Colorado’s only bear species, lives primarily west of I-25. They prefer forested or tall, scrubland habitat but may move through open landscapes as they disperse and enter adulthood.
Bears are omnivores and primarily eat vegetation such as grasses, forbs, berries, acorns, and seeds. They also eat insects or scavenge on carcasses, but can occasionally prey on newborn calves and fawns, beaver, marmots, deer, elk and even domestic livestock or agricultural products.
When a localized natural food failure occurs, black bears from the affected area become increasingly mobile and persistent in search of human food sources like trash, fruit trees, pet food, bird feeders, livestock and agricultural products.
As bears emerge from hibernation, CPW reminds the public to take precautions to reduce potential for negative interactions with bears.
“Bears that seek out human food resources are at a higher risk of mortality due to lethal removals by landowners or wildlife managers, vehicle collisions, electrocutions, and other factors. It’s best for both bears and people if the bears continue to forage on natural foods, and avoid human development," Johnson said.
Other tools, employed by CPW when human safety and bear mortality concerns arise, include altering bear hunting licenses, implementing aversive conditioning techniques, increasing education and outreach activities, relocating nuisance bears and reducing the accessibility of human foods to bears.
The statewide bear population is difficult to estimate because it is costly to observe this solitary and elusive species. All inventory efforts in Colorado involve extrapolating information about known bear densities in small geographic areas and applying them to larger areas. But more recently scientific sampling methods and advances in genetic analysis from the late 1990’s have enabled wildlife managers to use DNA from “hair snag” samples to estimate bear populations. As a result, the current, conservative, statewide estimate is 17,000 to 20,000 bears.
Bears have an extremely keen sense of smell and excellent memories. Once they have learned about a reliable source of food, they will often return. Once this occurs, it requires significant diligence on the part of people to keep these food-conditioned bears from coming back and creating conflicts.
Tips for outdoor recreationists:
- Make noise while walking or hiking to prevent surprising a bear. Clap, sing or talk loudly.
- Travel in a group if possible.
- Pay attention to the surroundings and watch for bear signs, such as tracks or claw or bite marks on trees.
- Review CPW’s recommendation in an brochure athttp://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Education/LivingWithWildlife/CampingHikingInBearCountry.pdf
Tips to prevent human/bear conflicts for homeowners include:
- Keep garbage in a well-secured enclosure and only put out garbage on the morning of pickup.
- Take down all bird feeders -- birds don't need to be fed during the summer. Bird feeders are a major source of bear/human conflicts.
- Don't leave pet food or stock feed outside--never provide food for any wildlife.
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In addition, please refrain from feeding any other wildlife such as foxes and deer as you will draw large predators like cougars that will stalk your house if they think they will get free food. Also, what you think is "cute" (such as bear cubs) may end up being your undoing. Besides, it's against the law to feed wildlife!
IDENTIFICATION AND NATURAL KNAPWEED
BEETLE BLOCK INFORMATION
Beetle Block packets will be available next May
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Nuisance Dog Issues
Many residents have contacted the PSPOA concerning wandering dogs and nuisance barking. This is an ongoing problem. If you have inconsiderate neighbors who allow their dogs to bark and wander illegally in your neighborhood, Larimer County Humane Society's Captain, Bill Porter, requests that in the event that any dogs-at-large bother you either with their howling, their physical presence on your property, if you see them chasing wildlife, or if you feel that the dogs' welfare may be at stake, please voice your concerns by calling the Larimer County Humane Society @ 970-226-3647 and report any incidents to the dispatch officers who are very familiar with the situation...It is illegal not to contain your dogs on your property and walk them without a leash unless they are under your strict voice command. Offenders can be fined and ultimately see jail time...Please click on this link to read the entire statute. For a truncated version of the statutes, please click here.
CALL 911 FIRST
The Pinewood Springs Fire Department would like to remind members of our community to CALL 911 FIRST in an emergency. Don't call your neighbor, even if she or he is a firefighter, nurse, or medic. Don't call your friend up the road and ask him or her to call 911. And don't call a friend or relative in a neighboring town and ask them to make the emergency call to dispatch. Even a short delay can make a difference in saving a life. When you call 911, the nearest available help is dispatched immediately. If you call a friend or relative in Longmont or Lyons or Estes Park and request that they make the emergency call to 911 for you, not only have you delayed the response by calling someone else first, but also the dispatcher will note the origin of the 911 call, and may dispatch units from that area (for example Lyons or Estes Park). This could result in a serious delay in response while an agency from another district searches in confusion for an address they can't find in their district! Meanwhile, the help that is urgently needed is unable to find you!
When you call 911, your call originates from the place where the help is needed, and dispatchers will send the help nearest to you immediately. So please remember: in an emergency, CALL 911 FIRST and get help coming fast and directly. Make any calls to friends, family, or neighbors after help is on the way, or even after help has arrived. This will ensure that you get the most rapid and direct response. It could save a life!
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