Restoration

Resilience

Partnerships

Photo: Peter M. Brown, Rocky Mountain Tree-Ring Research

Our Mission

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.

Read all of our Annual Reports here.

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.

Read about all of our projects here

Our History

2005

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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.

2008

Citizen science collaborative forest reconstruction work as part of the Uncompahgre Plateau Public Lands Partnership created CFRI model of actionable knowledge.

2010

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.

2013

Colorado Department of Natural Resources Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program begins and CFRI engages with non-federal land managers around the state.

Meet Our Sister Organizations:

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Our Staff

Directors

CFRI Director Tony Cheng

Tony Cheng

Director

Brett Wolk

Brett Wolk

Assistant Director

Research Associates

Student Employees

Ryleigh Gelles

Tori Hunter

Drew Larson

Ben Markle

James Valente

Field Crews

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Each summer we hire nearly 20 undergraduate students from Colorado State University to work on our forest monitoring field crews across Colorado.

crew members measuring logs