The Southwest Forest Health and Wildfire Prevention Act of 2004 established institutes in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. CFRI is chartered and housed in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship in the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University.
The Colorado Forest Restoration Institute is a science-based outreach and engagement organization hosted by the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship and the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. CSU is a land-grant university with a mission to provide teaching, research, public service, and engagement that CFRI strives to uphold. We were established by Congress through the Southwest Forest Health and Wildfire Prevention Act of 2004 to serve as a bridge between researchers, managers, and stakeholders working to restore and enhance the resilience of forest ecosystems to wildfires in Colorado, the Southern Rocky Mountains, and the Intermountain West.
We lead collaborations between researchers, managers, and stakeholders to generate and apply locally relevant, actionable knowledge to inform forest management strategies. Our work informs forest condition assessments, management goals and objectives, monitoring plans, and adaptive management processes.
We help reduce uncertainties and conflicts between managers and stakeholders, streamline planning processes, and enhance the effectiveness of forest management strategies to restore and enhance the resilience of forest ecosystems to wildfires. We complement and supplement the capacities of forest land managers to draw upon and apply locally-relevant scientific information to enhance the credibility of forest management plans. We are trusted to be rigorous and objective in integrating currently-available scientific information into forest management decision-making.
Citizen science collaborative forest reconstruction work as part of the Uncompahgre Plateau Public Lands Partnership created CFRI model of actionable knowledge.
Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program funded for Front Range and Uncompahgre Plateau. CFRI joins the partnership and engages with broader forestry and federal stakeholder groups.
Building on the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy framework, CFRI began expanding in staff and engagement across fire adapted communities and fire response actionable strategies, as well as enhancing our strength of bridging the science and management of resilient forest landscapes. Integrating across all three legs of the Cohesive Strategy opened exciting new opportunities for CFRI and our partners.
All three SWERI began working on a national project from the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to increase the capacity for cross-boundary forest treatment and wildfire data management and application to help managers apply more effective hazardous fuels reduction, forest restoration, and wildfire management across US forests.