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Building Resilience in Colorado Front Range Forests for the Future

Pages Posted on: February 22, 2018
  Science You Can Use (in 5 minutes) January 2018                                                                                                                                                                                      The recently published "Principles and Practices for the Restoration of Ponderosa Pine and Dry Mixed-Conifer Forests of the Colorado Front Range" (RMRS-GTR-373) provides a synthesis of information specific to Colorado’s Front Range, while outlining a framework to guide forest management and treatment design criteria that can be used by land managers far and wide. This Science You Can Use (in 5 minutes) highlights the main themes of this approach to place-based restoration.

Back to the Future: Building resilience in Colorado Front Range forests using research findings and a new guide for restoration of ponderosa and dry-mixed conifer landscapes

Pages Posted on: February 15, 2018
In 1860, a typical ponderosa pine forest along the Colorado Front Range was open enough to ride a horse through, weaving between spread out clumps of trees. Today, these forests are crowded with smaller trees, which makes them vulnerable to severe wildfires, insect epidemics and disease. This synthesis highlights ways to increase the health and resilience of current forests, while also strengthening forests against future disturbances. While restoration treatments are not expected to re-create the diversity of structure in the 1860s, the hope is that by pushing the stand structure of these forests -towards conditions more typical of the past, they will be more resilient for the future.

Front Range Restoration Images (GTR-373)

Media Gallery Posted on: January 31, 2018
These images accompany the publication Principles and practices for the restoration of ponderosa pine and dry mixed-conifer forests of the Colorado Front Range, otherwise known as GTR-373.