About the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute




Our Mission

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Who We Are

The Colorado Forest Restoration Institute is a research-based organization at Colorado State University. We advance scientific knowledge that guides management efforts aiming to restore and enhance the resilience of forest ecosystems in Colorado, the Southern Rocky Mountains, and the Intermountain West.

What We Do

We work with public and private partners to develop, compile, synthesize, and apply science-based knowledge to restore valuable forest ecosystem services and improve forest resilience.

Why We Matter

We derive research through collaborative learning and build networks across landscapes and boundaries. Our expertise offers locally-relevant, science-based information to federal agencies, private organizations, and other community groups that are actively restoring forested lands.

Read about all of our projects here.

Our History


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Colorado Forest Restoration Institute (CFRI) chartered and housed in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship in 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.


Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program funded for Front Range and Uncompahgre Plateau. CFRI joins the partnership and engages with broader forestry stakeholder groups.


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


Tony Cheng


(970) 491-1900

CFRI Director Tony Cheng
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Brett Wolk

Assistant Director

(970) 491-8055

Research Associates

Field Crews

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