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Weminuche Audubon Society meets Jan. 19

Please join members of the Weminuche Audubon Society for a meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the North Conference Room of the Pagosa Springs Community Center. Scott Wagner, Fuels Forester, USDA Forest Service, will discuss “The Proposed Biofuels Project in Pagosa and the Forest Management Implications for the Pagosa/Columbine Districts.”

The current proposal for a biofuels facility in Pagosa Springs will thin local forests that are at high risk of severe wildfire or bark beetle. The material removed in the thinning will be chipped on site and transported to a bio-electric co-gen facility that will convert the chips to a flammable gas. The gas will be converted to 3 to 5 MW of electricity for Archuleta County. This presentation focuses on the mechanical systems that will be used to conduct the forest thinning and the resulting management implications for forest ecosystems in the Pagosa Springs area.

Weminuche Audubon Society meetings occur on the third Wednesday of each month. They are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 883-3066 or 731-5759. Our e-mail address is To learn more about our organization and our upcoming activities, visit our website,