Fuels Management

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Thinning project near Red Feather Lakes

Fuels management is an important part of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland (ARP). With the help of the National Fire Plan and other initiatives, such as the Front Range Fuels Treatment Partnership, support of fuels management has increased since 2000.

Fuels management is done in an effort to reduce the risk of wildfires, improve ecosystems and improve public safety. In 2004, the ARP treated 10,703 acres across the forests and grassland. In 2006, the forest treated 16,600 acres. Implementation of projects can include both mechanical treatment of fuels and/or prescribed fire.

The National Environmental Policy Act guides decisions made by the U.S. Forest Service in fuels management and includes public involvement.