Winter Park Highlands Association
Honorary Associate Classification (Updated)
Participation in WPHA is open to property owners outside of the Highlands upon donation of an amount equal to annual WPHA dues for developed lots (regardless of whether the Honorary Associate's property is developed or undeveloped). Honorary Associates will not have voting rights or be entitled to sit on the board, and pursuant to a ruling from the Grand County Planner stemming from a complaint from a Highland's resident, Honorary Associates will not be able to participate in WPHA's trash and recycling program; but otherwise they will enjoy all other benefits of membership. See our Contact Us page for a printable hard copy application and our Dues and Donations page for an autofill application form that you can use with PayPal for payment of dues.
Prevention of Environmental Blight
By Resolution No. 2000-5-1, Grand County adopted Ordinance No. 6 For The Prevention of Environmental Blight. The full text of the ordinance is available at Ordinance No. 6. Check it out to see how it might affect you.
Another Insect Threat--The Pine Needle Scale
WINTER PARK —In the aftermath of the bark beetle epidemic, Grand County’s lodgepole pines are seeing an uptick in attacks from another pest.
The pine needle scale is a small insect that latches onto needles and feeds on sap. The bugs cause pines to appear faded or yellow. Like the mountain pine beetle, the pine needle scales are native to area forests. Foresters always see some amount of pine needle scale in the area. Populations are usually kept in check by natural predators and cold weather.
“We’ve been seeing (populations) grow for the last three years, but this year we saw a huge influx,” said Ryan McNertney, assistant district forester for the Colorado State Forest Service Granby District. “They’re showing up on a landscape scale as opposed to neighborhoods or a person’s lot.”
According to McNertney, the insects are hitting all sizes of lodgepole, mostly around Fraser and areas east of the YMCA of the Rockies.
“I don’t have a good answer for why. We’ve been trying to figure that out, but we don’t know,” McNertney said. “It could be drought stress or any number of factors.”
There’s no cost-effective way of treating trees, but early on or with small attacks, McNertney said trees with an afflicted branch or two can be pruned. A press release issued by the Colorado State Forest Service noted pine needle scale usually does not cause tree mortality, and large outbreaks of the bugs are rare in the state. A deep winter freeze could help drop populations locally.
“That’s normally how it’s kept in check,” McNertney said.
[SkyHi Daily News, September 6, 2013]
Refresher on Driving in the Mountains
Sometimes we all need a little reminder about the rules of the road. Colorado has adopted specific rules that relate to driving on narrow roads in the mountains, such as the roads in Winter Park Highlands. Specifically, on narrow hilly roads the uphill driver has the right of way--the downhill driver must yield to the uphill driver. Take note of the new sign recently installed by the Grand County Road and Bridge Department on CR 858.