Welcome to the Partnerships Website

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This site is a gateway for anyone who wants to understand create, manage, or grow partnerships with the Rocky Mountain Region. We work with partners who help improve and maintain recreation areas, improve watersheds, care for wilderness areas, and achieve sustainable stewardship of our forests and grasslands. Partnerships involve teaming between the Forest Service and civic organizations, other government agencies, non-profits, foundations and even individuals.

This website is a regional supplement to the national Partnership Resource Center website operated by the Forest Service and the National Forest Foundation. That site, including its Partnership Guide book, is the main resource for partnering with the Forest Service. This site links to it extensively. Here, we provide information specific to partnering with our regional office, forests, and grasslands. That focus includes showcasing past successes and our appreciation for partners. (See the map and list of our forests and grasslands.)

Partner Highlight--National Forest Foundation

logo for National Forest FoundationChartered by Congress, the National Forest Foundation  (NFF) was created in 1993 with a simple mission: bring people together to restore and enhance our National Forests and Grasslands. As the nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, we work with the agency and thousands of Americans each year to promote the health and public enjoyment of our 193-million-acre National Forest System. We believe that communities should play a leading role in determining the future of our National Forests and Grasslands, so we focus our efforts on connecting these communities, and the people who comprise them, to the tools, knowledge, and funding to become active and devoted stewards of this incredible public estate.

woman skiingThe NFF’s Stewardship Funds provide a chance for guests to support the places they play. These unique programs collect voluntary donations from guests and invest those funds back into the National Forest where the lodge or ski resort operates.

The National Forest Foundation’s Ski Conservation Fund gives ski areas and lodges an easy way for guests to be stewards of the lands they enjoy. Ski-related businesses collect small, voluntary donations from their guests to support conservation and restoration work on local National Forests. Together with businesses and forest visitors, we meet local conservation challenges—whether improving wildlife habitat, securing riverbanks, planting native seeds, or fixing trails. every dollar contributed by guests is matched by the NFF with $0.50, which increases the impact of this signature program.

The National Forest Foundation’s Forest Stewardship Fund gives non-ski-related lodges an easy way for guests to be stewards of the lands they enjoy. Lodges collect small, voluntary donations from their guests to support conservation and restoration projects on local National Forests. The NFF pools these contributions and invests the funds with local conservation organizations to accomplish restoration work on the National Forest near each participating lodge

Quarterly Partnership Update - July 9, 2015

Nature Explore Outdoor Classrooms: Warren Village Phase 2 and Hope Center

In April, the Region celebrated the completion of two new Nature Explore Outdoor Classrooms, bringing nature and outdoor education to underserved communities in the heart of Denver. These were both developed in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Education.  

8th Annual National Get Outdoors Day, Denver’s City Park

On June 13th, the Region hosted with approximately 60 partners the 8th Annual National Get Outdoors Day celebration in Denver’s City Park. An estimated 5,000 families and kids attended this year’s event.  Partners included:  The Coleman Company, Vail Resorts, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the National Park Service, Colorado Department of Education, US Department of Health and Human Services and numerous others from the Get Outdoors Colorado collaborative. The primary goal of this collaborative is to connect kids and their families to nature and healthy active outdoor lifestyles. For more information on this annual event visit: National Get Outdoors Day –   www.nationalgetoudoorsday.org  

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group of kids sticking their heads out of a tentNight Out with Nature, #getintents 

On June 19th in partnership with Get Outdoors Colorado, the Greenway Foundation, Albertsons and The Coleman Company the USDA FS Rocky Mountain Region hosted a “Night Out with Nature” at Johnson Habitat Park.   Just 5 miles from downtown Denver, the students set up tents on their own, made tin foil dinners, learned (and recreated) the Kiowa traditions of music and dance, and ate s'mores to their hearts content! The event concluded with each student taking home a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, chair, pillow, and flashlight thanks to The Coleman Company. The Sun Valley Youth center also received twelve tents and twenty lanterns for the families to check out when they want to go camping. 62.4% of the Sun Valley neighborhood is below the poverty line and the average household income is $23,000 (half of Denver's average income). For many of these students, this is the only camping trip they had ever experienced due to the financial restrictions associated with camping.

To learn more about programs of the Greenway Foundation, please visit www.thegreeenwayfoundation.org

Western Utilities HPP, Xcel Energy

In April, the Region executed an updated agreement with Xcel Energy to accelerate hazardous fuel treatments to help reduce risks to transmission structures on National Forest system lands.  Xcel is contributing $360,000 in 2015 with an agency match of $630,000 to implement projects on over 1,000 acres near and adjacent to 100 priority structures.  To date, treatments near 15 priority structures and on 226 acres have been fully completed through this partnership.

Western Watershed Enhancement HPP, Colorado-Big Thompson and Fryingpan-Arkansas Partnerships

The Region continues to work closely with the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), water utilities, the Colorado State Forest Service and other partners to accelerate hazardous fuel treatments near BOR facilities in the Colorado-Big Thompson and Fryingpan-Arkansas watersheds.  BOR has committed an additional $280,000 in 2015 to support treatments on over 800 acres in the Big Thompson watershed.  To date, 252 acres have been completed through these partnerships.

Check out other great outdoor classrooms at www.natureexplore.org

Need more information on partnerships?

  • For both a basic introduction to partnerships, and thorough information on how they work, look in the section Partnerships Primer. You will also find links to other partnership-related websites.
  • To see instructions on setting a partnership up, go to the section Partnerships Checklist.