Forest Management Program Overview
The Forest Management Program is directed at reducing the risk of large wildfires and improving forest resilency to insect and disease epidemics. This is of the utmost importance due to the ever increasing wildland-urban interface, drought, fire suppression and mature forests with high fuel content.
Fuels reduction treatments are accomplished in a number of ways and varies by forest type. The main goal is to slow the spread of wildfire to protect people and structures. In some cases, fuels mitigation can improve the resistance of trees to disease and pests, protect watersheds or restore historic ecological conditions.
Current fuels mitigation projects include:
Program benefits include:
Individuals can help reduce fire risk by participating in fuels mitigation on their property. The effectiveness of the park projects increases, when neighbors participate in fuels mitigation. Information and assistance for private property owners is available through the Colorado State Forest Service at 970-491-6303.