Mile High Youth Corps is Hiring


Mile High Youth Corps is hiring for their Land Conservation Program.  This is a great opportunity for youth ages 18-24 interested in getting hands-on experience doing environmental conservation work.  Find more information about Mile High Youth Corps at and apply for jobs here.

Saw Camping & Day Corpsmember – Colorado Springs
Rampart Camping Trail Corpsmember – Colorado Springs
Rampart Saw Camping Corpsmember – Colorado Springs
Pueblo Day and Camping Corpsmember – Pueblo
Day and Camping Trail Corpsmember – Colorado Springs
Crew Mentor – Colorado Springs
Saw Camping & Day Corpsmember – Canon City
Saw Crew Leader – Colorado Springs
Saw Day Crew Corpsmember – Colorado Springs
Senior Crew Supervisor
Trail Crew Leader – Colorado Springs 




Natural Resources Grants Database

The Colorado State Forest Service has launched a searchable database for funding opportunities related to natural resources.  The database is geared toward helping community groups, educators, fire departments, businesses, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, individuals, landowners, researchers, and others interested in promoting the health of Colorado’s natural resources find funding and assistance opportunities for their projects and programs.  Funding opportunities for programs in agroforestry, wildfire mitigation, watershed protection, forest health, education, and more are included in the database.  The database includes more than 50 active grants and assistance programs, and more will be added as they become available.  The database is free and does not require a login.

Check out this great resource at

$2500 Wildfire Mitigation Income Tax Deduction

Colorado landowners with property located in a wildland-urban interface area may qualify to receive a tax subtraction for the costs of wildfire mitigation work.  As authorized by §39-22-104(4)(n)(ll)), C.R.S., for income tax years 2009 through 2024 individuals, estates and trusts may subtract from federal taxable income certain costs incurred in performing wildfire mitigation measures. For qualifications and limitations under the Wildfire Mitigation Measures Subtraction, please see FYI: Wildfire Mitigation Measures Subtraction from the Colorado Department of Revenue Taxpayer Service Division.


Wilderness Area Funding

The National Forest Foundation’s (NFF) 2014 Wilderness Stewardship Challenge program is making grants of up to $50,000 available to nonprofits to implement on-the-ground conservation projects that directly benefit National Forest Wilderness Areas.  Proposals require a 1:1 nonfederal cash match and are due January 22, 2014.  Find more information at

The Human-Side of Restoration

The U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, and the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at Colorado State University are launching the Human-Side of Restoration Webinar Series.  The series will start on December 10, 2013 and will run through October 2014.

The series includes six webinars exploring:

  • Political-social landscapes
  • Collaboration
  • Values and perceptions
  • Different ways of knowing
  • The restoration economy

Learn more & watch the webinars 

What is a fire adapted community?

A Fire Adapted Community takes responsibility for its wildfire risk. Actions address resident safety, homes, neighborhoods, businesses and infrastructure, forests, parks, open spaces, and other community assets. The more actions a community takes, the more fire adapted it becomes.


How does a community become fire adapted?
Becoming a fire adapted community is a process and includes the following characteristics:

  • It is in or near a fire adapted ecosystem.
  • It has adequate local fire suppression capacity to meet most community protection needs.
  • Its structures and landscaping are designe
  • d, constructed, retrofitted and maintained in a manner that is ignition resistant.
  • It has local codes [building, planning, zoning, and fire prevention codes] that require ignition-resistant home design and building materials.
  • Fuels on land near and inside the community are treated and maintained for safety.
  • It has and uses a community wildfire protection plan.
  • It has built other safety features such as buffers between fuels and the community; safe designated evacuation routes; and safe zones in the community when evacuation is not advisable.


Teller-Park Conservation District Annual Meeting Discussing Forests and Fire



Featuring Guest Speakers:

Tom Troxel, Executive Director, Intermountain Forest Association

Dan Casey, Casey Lumber, Woodland Park

Matt Matwijec,  Colorado State Forest Service

Tom and Dan will discuss the history of forest management in Colorado, factors contributing to bark beetle epidemics and fires, the importance of desired conditions in forest planning & the role of forest product companies in achieving forest management objectives for the national forests and private landowners.


Matt will discuss fire behavior and creating defensible space for large and small landowners.

VIEW THE FLYER HERE – TPCD Annual Meeting 2012 flyer