Healthy Forest Initiative

Colorado forests have changed a lot in the last 150 years. The human influence on the land has resulted in forests with higher tree densities and uniformity in species, size, and structure. As a result, the diversity of plants and animals in forest ecosystems has sharply declined.

Our restoration treatment practices mimic the presence of fire by restoring our forests to a condition that is more representative of how they were structured prior to western influence. Our forested land will have a higher degree of resilience to wildfire, pests and diseases, and severe weather events.

 

When creating a Forest Conservation Plan, we consider all of these ecosystem services to ensure we’re providing an all-inclusive and ecology-based conservation plan.

In our forested ecosystems, fire is a crucial disturbance mechanism to maintain proper health in the ecosystem. Prior to aggressive fire suppression measures brought by western civilization, Colorado forests saw regular fire events. The absence of regular fires has severely disrupted the ecosystem's resilience to other disturbances such as pests, disease, and also fires. When the trees do not reflect historical conditions, these disturbances can destroy an entire forest.

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Restoration of ponderosa forest in Northern Larimer County

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Restoration of ponderosa forest in Northern Larimer County