State, Private & Community Forests

close up of spruce needlesThe Rocky Mountain Region of the USDA Forest Service manages more than 40 million acres in five states (Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming.) 17 National Forests & 7 National Grasslands are home to a magnificent diversity of resources and cultures. Western and eastern forests meet here, and the mountains of Colorado and Wyoming serve as the headwaters of seven major river systems.

In recent years insects, disease, wildfires, floods, and urban development have changed the landscape. This created numerous opportunities to work with our neighbors, in partnership, to promote restoration and resiliency that benefit ecosystems and communities.

The State and Private Forestry and Tribal Relations (SPFTR) organization is the regional leader in providing technical and financial assistance to landowners and resource managers to help sustain the region’s forests and protect communities and the environment from wildland fires. Through cost-effective, non-regulatory partnerships Cooperative Forestry and conservation programs bring forest management assistance to a variety of landowners, including small woodlot, tribal, state, and federal.

We're here for you, give us a call:

Sylvia Bierman
Acting Director, State and Private Forestry and Tribal Relations, 303-275-5750

Vacant-Assistant Director for Forest Health Protection, 303-275-5061

Bob Cain
Regional Entomologist, 303-275-5463

Claire Harper
Water Partnerships & Forest Legacy Programs, Community Forest

Jeri Lyn Harris
Forest Health Monitoring Coordinator, 303-275-5155

Laura Wolf
Wood Utilization and Innovation, 303-275-5115

Sherry Fountain
Urban & Community Forestry & Forest Stewardship Program Manager

Susan Johnson
Tribal Relations Program Manager, 303-275-5760

Forest Health Protection – Field Offices

Lakewood Service Center
USDA Forest Service, 1617 Cole Blvd., Building 17, Lakewood, CO 80401
James (Jim) Kruse
Supervisory Entomologist and Service Center Leader, 303-236-9541

Brian Howell
Aerial Survey Program Manager, 303-236-8001

Gunnison Service Center 
USDA Forest Service, 216 N. Colorado St., Gunnison, CO 81230

Supervisory Pathologist and Service Center Leader, Vacant

Rapid City Service Center  
USDA Forest Service, 8221 S. Highway 16, Rapid City, SD 57702

Kurt Allen
Supervisory Entomologist and Service Center Leader, 605-716-2781 

Go to our Grant Forms web page to view and download available grant forms.

State Forestry Programs:




South Dakota