Since 1860, human activities such as urban development, fire suppression, timber harvest, and grazing have changed the forests along the Front Range. Uniform forests now stand in areas that were historically complex mosaics of forest densities. As a result, nearly one million acres of dense, uniform forests are now vulnerable to large and severe wildfires.
In 2009, Congress passed the Title IV of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act and established the CFLR Program. The 1.5 million-acre project landscape covers parts of the Arapaho and Roosevelt, and Pike and San Isabel National Forests (see map below). The Front Range Roundtable has identified 800,000 acres of land that are high-priority for restoration treatments.
Under this program, approximately 32,000 acres of National Forest System lands will be treated, much of which is located within the wildland–urban interface. The landscape-scale effects of this work will be complimented by existing and future treatments on adjacent federal and non-federal lands.