Saint Vrain Forest Health Project

The Roosevelt National Forest is collaborating with the St. Vrain Forest Health Partnership on a shared vision to achieve a healthy and resilient watershed that can sustain wildfire and other natural disturbances while protecting communities, keeping water supplies clean and reliable, and supporting diverse native plants and wildlife for current and future generations.

The St. Vrain Forest Health Project will integrate with diverse partners and community members to collaboratively plan and implement cross-jurisdictional, landscape-scale forest restoration in the St. Vrain Watershed that will prepare the landscape and community to receive wildland fire as a natural part of the ecosystem.

As we've observed in recent years in Colorado, wildfires can spread rapidly and burn large areas at uncharacteristically high severity. These events are becoming more frequent and affecting our mountain towns, cities along the Front Range, and other communities across Colorado. Increasing wildfire activity driven by climate change is threatening community safety, forest resilience, and water security.

The first public comment opportunity on this project occurred in June 2022 when Forest managers requested feedback on the initial proposed action. At that time, 35 individuals and organizations submitted comments, which an interdisciplinary team evaluated and used to make factual corrections and clarifications, frame the scope of the environmental affects analysis, modify the proposed actions, and consider additional action alternatives. Consideration of those comments and preliminary responses are posted below and can be found in Appendix E of the environmental assessment.

Starting on March 20, 2023, the Forest Service's Comment Analysis and Response Application (CARA) comment form (select "Comment/Object on Project" from the toolbar on the right-hand side of this screen) will be available for submitting comments. All comments must be received prior to 11:59 p.m. April 18, 2023, to be considered as part of the project record.

Location Summary

NFS lands south of Johnny Park Rd, east of Indian Peaks Wilderness, north of Gold Hill Road and west of the NF boundary; northeast including ridgelines around Pinewood Springs east of Highway 36.

Districts: Boulder Ranger District, Canyon Lakes Ranger District

Project Milestones

Scoping Start05/25/2022
Comment Period03/20/2023
Objection Period Start07/20/2023
Decision11/01/2023 (Estimated)
Implementation12/01/2023 (Estimated)

Project Documents

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