Chuck Horning is Active in Sierra Nevada Fire Prevention Efforts

July 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

Since 1970, Chuck Horning has held the position of Chairman of Newport Federal, a holding company for his various interests in pharmaceutical, hotel, resort, ranching, and commercial real estate properties among others. Chuck Horning devotes time and resources to diverse interests that include fire prevention and wildlife habitat creation in the foothills and canyons surrounding the town of Paradise, California.

Fire prevention in the Sierra Nevada region has become a more prominent issue over the past century for several reasons. Before European settlement, the ecology and wildlife habitat of the area benefited from frequent low intensity surface fires that consumed mostly short undergrowth, small saplings and fallen dead trees while leaving the older, taller and healthier canopy tress intact and unharmed. This created a spacious forest floor that was easy for animals and people to navigate while eliminating fuel buildup that could result in larger, more intense and very damaging crown fires.

Over the past century, not only have surface fires decreased by more than 90 percent in frequency, but highly destructive crown fires have increased in the Northwest U.S. by 250 percent. This is largely due to disproportionate accumulation of fuels within 10 feet of ground level in recent decades. Additionally, current levels of drought and ever-increasing human population growth in the Sierra Nevada have compounded both the likelihood and destructiveness of canopy fires. Chuck Horning and other concerned landowners in the area are among those responsible for doing what they can to reduce accumulated fuel levels and for undertaking other measures designed to reduce the probability of severe and devastating wildfires in the region.

What Is Land Restoration and Reclamation?

July 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

Chuck Horning, chairman and executive officer of Newport Federal, has more than 40 years of experience in finance and real estate development. In addition to founding Newport Federal in 1970, Chuck Horning is a California rancher, whose land is currently in the midst of the process of reclamation and restoration.

Restoration and reclamation promotes the growth of food and livestock in areas that are, or have become, unfit for farming; it helps maintain healthy ecosystems. This process involves improving soil, vegetation, and water to an undisturbed state by removing industrial soil and filtering contaminates that are harmful to humans or the ecosystem and by using innovative techniques to reduce erosion and maintain ecosystem quality.

The restoration and reclamation process is often designed as a for-profit enterprise, but also extends its scope beyond profit. Humans depend on the land to provide necessary resources and, in the past, have been unaware of their effect on the planet. While the two elements are different, with reclamation hinging on cultivating land once unfit for growth and restoration involving maintaining fertile ground, both are essential in promoting environmental health.

Aspects of Stream Restoration

July 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

With roots in California, Chuck Horning spent many years as the chairman of Newport Federal Financial in Newport Beach. After focusing on financing hotels and health care enterprises, Chuck Horning now devotes his time to managing and refurbishing his ranch properties. One focus of this effort is the restoration of streams, putting into place sound ecological practices. Several factors must be considered:

Effects of water: Water levels and the intensity of storms vary considerably. Find out how these variables affect sedimentation and erosion. How can flooding interfere with the proposed measures?

Slope stability: Rapid or severe flooding may cause instability in steep slopes. Determine the chances of slumping or sliding on stream banks, and design embankments accordingly.

Soils: Without foliage to hold and cover stream banks, the immediate alluvial area is at risk of repeated flooding. Eutrophication can occur when too many nutrients inhabit the soil and endanger plant and animal life.

Diversity of species: Each stream supports a unique ecosystem. How does the variety of animal and plant species influence the restoration project, and vice versa?

Impact of humans: How do human visitors to the restored ecosystem affect it? Has the public been informed about its impact on rehabilitation?

Telluride Ski & Golf Resort

February 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

By: Chuck Horning

Founded in 1972, Telluride Ski & Golf Resort stands as one of the premier wintertime destinations for skiers and snowboarders, families and friends. Located in the town of Telluride, Colorado, Telluride Ski & Golf Resort offers guests opportunities for sport, leisure, and culture.

The environment at Telluride fosters the best possible conditions for skiing, as the area receives 300 inches of snow annually, not to mention sunny days the majority of the year. The world-class resort features upwards of 2,000 acres of terrain to ski and snowboard and a variety of runs. Seeking to provide an enjoyable experience for all visitors, Telluride Ski & Golf Resort offers beginner runs on nearly a quarter of the mountain. Intermediate runs comprise 36 percent of the mountain, and expert runs 41 percent. Telluride Ski & Golf Resort boasts 18 conveniently situated lifts that are capable of accommodating more than 22,300 guests per hour. Among guests’ favorite trails are The Plunge, See Forever, Galloping Goose, and Gold Hill Chutes. Since purchasing the resort in 2003, current owner Chuck Horning has instituted a number of exciting changes. He has expanded the vacation spot to include the Black Iron Bowl, Palmyra Peak, and Revelation Bowl.

In addition to catering to skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, Telluride Ski & Golf Resort offers vacationers a chance to relax and soak up the compelling local culture. Guests may take advantage of one of Telluride Ski & Golf Resort’s many lodging options, which range from classic cabins to the more modern ski lodges. The town of Telluride also offers a number of spas to provide tourists with convenient, extensive relaxation. Services like massages, organic facials, Ayurvedic body treatments, and manicures are available at close-by locations with stunning views. Additionally, Telluride boasts more than 60 restaurants in a quaint setting; whether guests seek a hop-heavy, handcrafted beer or a five-course epicurean delight, Telluride has something to offer. For more information about upcoming deals, local attractions, and the resort’s many runs, visit tellurideskiresort.com.

Watershed Protection Practices at Telski

February 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

By Chuck Horning

Since acquiring the Telluride Ski & Golf Resort (Telski) in 2003, I have been committed to maintaining Telski’s high standards in watershed protection practices. Telski encompasses ancient ecosystems in both Prospect Basin and the San Juan Mountains, and the resort has placed the utmost importance on minimizing its ecological footprint since wetland restoration efforts on the golf course began in 1997. As an active rancher who works to rehabilitate the soil on my own California properties, I gladly support Telski’s continuing campaign to apply the best management practices in watershed protection, particularly in our golf course and ski area.

As a certified member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, Telski works to ensure that local water quality remains unaffected by the resort’s golf course. In addition to performing complete water quality testing on all streams to assess the impact of the course, Telski also conducts comparative analyses on nearby Bear and Turkey Creek for more accurate data. Moreover, Telski’s hydrologic assessment project, currently underway, will determine the impact of ski trail and road construction on riparian areas. By mapping the surface waterways and drainage network of the Telluride Ski Area, we can gain a more complete understanding of how to prioritize various sites for watershed adjustments. Telski’s accomplishments in watershed protection also extend to vegetation management.

In addition to maintaining comprehensive weed and bark beetle control programs, the latter in conjunction with the Forest Service, Telski analyzes vegetation cover on the mountain to develop best approaches, such as only using native seed mixes. Finally, Telski supports wetland restoration efforts and participates actively in the San Juans Fen Partnership. Scientific research can better protect and enhance our natural environments, and I believe that gathering credible data serves as the basis for establishing all best practices.

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Becoming a Rancher, Part 1

January 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

by Chuck Horning

With the rise of the technology field and other popular job markets, ranching has suffered a decline. Over the past decade, the occupation has attracted fewer young people than ever before, resulting in plenty of opportunities to make a living ranching.

If you are interested in becoming a rancher, there are several points you should know:

1. Be Ready to Work Hard

Ranching is not a nine-to-five job. You will not spend eight hours a day ranching before returning home in the early evening for leisure time. Ranchers have little vacation time, rarely take a day off, and sometimes do not retire unless they have successors ready to step in and tend the ranch. In short, ranching is hard, tireless labor, but the satisfaction of the work and the chance to make a positive impact on agriculture makes the lifestyle worthwhile for many people.

2. Pursue a Ranching-Oriented Education

Animal husbandry is the practice of breeding and raising livestock, and it will become one of your primary concerns as a rancher. Many two-year colleges offer courses that teach animal husbandry. Research and consider attending such colleges in order to learn about the practice before beginning your ranching career.

3. Study Business

Being a rancher means more than raising and tending animals. You must be a businessperson because your animals and ranch need to make a profit, just as any other business would. Study business alongside animal husbandry courses. Business practices can apply to any field and occupation, including ranching. If you know any ranchers or can contact ranchers through college guidance counselors, meet with them and listen to everything they have to tell you about the ranching business.

Pacific Union College

January 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Founded in 1881 in the small, charming town of Healdsburg, California, and originally named Healdsburg Academy (later Healdsburg College), Pacific Union College (PUC) moved to the nearby town of Angwin in Napa County in 1909. A private, liberal arts school and the second-oldest college in the Seventh-day Adventist system, PUC lies beautifully situated in the hills of the wine country about an hour north of San Francisco. Rooted in the fundamental value of humanities for undergraduates, Pacific Union College retains this focus, offering a number of undergraduate degrees in liberal arts and several professional graduate programs. The institution formalized this academic objective in 2006 with the faculty and Board deciding to remain a college rather than a university. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Top Tier School for many years, Pacific Union College provides an outstanding education in a small, student-focused environment. With a number of student clubs and organizations, the rural campus presents students with many opportunities to participate in cultural, athletic, and socially-conscious activities. The college supports the spiritual development of its students, requiring religious study and offering only vegetarian and vegan fare in its dining halls. Chuck Horning holds an undergraduate degree from Pacific Union College. His professional and personal endeavors honor the spiritual values and rigorous academic background he gained from his alma mater.

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