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Nature & Wildlife
2019 December/January
Pg 11- The Sunshine Express
* December 12 - Full Moon, occurs 05:14
UTC, known by early Native American tribes as
the Full Cold Moon because this is the time of
year when the cold winter air settles in and the
nights become long and dark, also known as
the Full Long Nights Moon and the Moon Before
* December 13, 14 - Geminids Meteor
Shower, the king of meteor showers, produces
up to 120 multicolored meteors/hr, runs annu-
ally December 7-17, peaks night of the 13th
& morning of the 14th, a nearly full moon will
block out many of the meteors this year but
Geminids are so bright and numerous that it
could still be a good show, Meteors radiate from
the constellation Gemini but can appear any-
where in the sky.
* December 22 - December Solstice, occurs
04:19 UTC, This is the first day of winter (win-
ter solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere and
the first day of summer (summer solstice) in
the Southern Hemisphere.
* December 21, 22 - Ursids Meteor Shower,
minor meteor shower produces about 5-10 me-
teors/hr, runs annually December 17-25, peaks
night of the 21st & morning of the 22nd, wan-
ing crescent moon should not interfere much
and skies should be dark enough for a good
show, Meteors radiate from the constellation
Ursa Minor but can appear anywhere in the sky.
* January 3, 4 - Quadrantids Meteor
Shower, above average shower with up to 40
meteors/hr, runs annually January 1-5, peaks
night of the 3rd & morning of the 4th, first
quarter moon sets shortly after midnight leav-
ing fairly dark skies for what could be a good
show, Meteors radiate from the constellation
Bootes but can appear anywhere in the sky.
* January 10 - Full Moon, occurs 19:23 UTC,
known by early Native American tribes as the
Full Wolf Moon because this was the time of
year when hungry wolf packs howled outside
their camps, also known as the Old Moon and
the Moon After Yule.
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New App Helps Design Buildings
That Use Biomass for Heat
FORT COLLINS, CO, November 25, 2019: With
the coming of the winter heating season, the Col-
orado State Forest Service is debuting a new tool
to help builders make new buildings more climate
conscious and less dependent on non-renewable
sources of energy.
The Biomass Ready tool helps builders, architects,
engineers, planners and others in the building
trade to design new buildings that can incorpo-
rate biomass as a heating source.
Biomass is woody plant material, derived from
the trunks and branches of trees. Firewood, for
example, is a commonly known form of biomass
that provides fuel for heating. Like firewood,
wood chips can be used as fuel for wood-burning
systems that heat buildings.
¡°Woody biomass is a clean and renewable alter-
native for heating today¡¯s new buildings,¡± said
Tim Reader, wood products program specialist
with the CSFS, ¡°Unfortunately, many builders are
not aware of the simple design considerations
that make it easy and inexpensive to incorporate
a biomass heating system as part of their new
building construction.¡±
To address this dilemma, the CSFS worked with
the USDA Forest Service¡¯s Wood Innovations
Program and the Wood Education and Resource
Center to develop the Biomass Ready app. This
online tool walks builders through five steps to
ensure new buildings can incorporate a biomass
heating system.
Even if a biomass heating system is not a viable
option for a builder today, this tool ensures that
the new building would be able to incorporate one
in the future.
Transitioning to biomass
¡°Applying some simple and low-cost design ele-
ments in a building¡¯s design today can make it
easier to transition to a biomass heating system
in the future,¡± Reader said, ¡°so the building is
biomass ready.¡±
He added that biomass is a good option for build-
ings in the public sector, such as schools, correc-
tional facilities or community centers.
Several cities and towns in
Colorado, such as Boulder, Fort
Collins and Fairplay, have public
buildings with biomass heating
Reader noted communities that
have active wildfire mitigation
programs are good candidates
to design buildings that use bio-
mass as their primary heating
By removing trees to reduce
wildfire fuels on the land, these
communities produce the wood,
or biomass, needed for wood-
burning systems.
To view the Biomass Ready app
For more information on bio-
mass as a fuel for heating
buildings contact Reader at:
Planned agenda items for the meeting include
a discussion about illegal dumping on public
lands, updates on the Uncompahgre Field Office
Resource Management Plan and a proposed fee
adjustment at the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor
Center and Museum.
The Southwest Colorado RAC meets multiple
times a year in southwestern Colorado. It is one
of several citizen advisory councils to BLM Colora-
do. Its 15 members are appointed by the Secre-
tary of the Interior and represent a broad range
of public land interests, including environmental,
local government, recreation, energy, livestock
grazing and commercial activity.
The Southwest RAC advises the BLM Colorado
Southwest District, which includes the Grand
Junction, Uncompahgre and Tres Rios field offices.
For more information about the Southwest RAC
please contact: Eric Coulter at 970.244.3061
Building For Biomass
BLM Resource Advisory Council
to meet in Montrose
MONTROSE, CO: The Bureau of Land Manage-
ment¡¯s Southwest Resource Advisory Council
(RAC) will meet Thursday, December 12 in
Montrose at the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office,
2505 S Townsend Avenue, Montrose.
¡°The Southwest RAC is made up of local com-
munity members with diverse backgrounds
and interests,¡± said Southwest District Manager
Stephanie Connolly, ¡°This diversity provides
valuable perspectives for decision-making and
recommendations regarding the management of
public lands within the Bureau of Land Manage-
ment¡¯s Southwest District.¡±
The meeting will take place from 8a to 3p and
is open to the public, with a public comment
period scheduled for 11a. Individuals who want
to make a statement during the public comment
period are encouraged to also submit a written
copy of their statement at the meeting for the
administrative record.
An Opportunity To Be Heard
¡°The first requirement in taking
a step in the right direction is to
take a step in some direction.¡±