Who We Are
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.
What We Do
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 conditions assessments, management goals and objectives, monitoring plans, and adaptive management processes.
Why We Matter
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.
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