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Comprehensive fire management plan on the Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest

July, 2017

Forest Workshop
Fire management strategy workshop in Fort Collins, CO. Pictured above RMRS Research Forester Mike Battaglia with Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest Staff
RMRS scientists and staff have started an intensive project with the Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest, the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, and other cooperators, to develop a comprehensive plan for fire management for the Forest. Given the Forest’s proximity to Colorado Front Range communities and a highly intermingled land ownership pattern, prescribed burning and wildfire management are complex in this landscape.

This project will rely on the Cohesive Strategy framework and will bring in many cooperators. In June 2017, a graphically facilitated kick-off workshop was held with Station scientists and Forest staff. RMRS Social Scientist, Sarah McCaffrey, conducted interviews with forest personnel to identify major issues or concerns about increasing the use of fire as a management tool. These interviews helped inform the workshop structure.