Trust Planning Guide

Drawing on research and management experience in Australia, Canada, and the United States, Trust: A Planning Guide for Wildfire Agencies and Practitioners is a great resource for wildfire managers and communities.  This document was a collaboration between Oregon State University, U.S. Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, University of Alberta, and Charles Sturt University.

Fire Adapted Communities Conference

Fire Adapted Communities brings folks working on wildfire mitigation from all over the country together to learn from one another.  “It’s a program that brings together people involved in forest fire, forest health and green restoration programs,” said Carol Ekarius, executive director of CUSP.  “Between Hayman and Waldo and Black Forest, we’ve seen the impact on communities that fire has.”

The annual conference this week is taking place here in Colorado, hosted by the Coalition for the Upper South Platte.   Field trips are showcasing some of the work in the Pikes Peak region before and after wildfire.

Check out KRDO’s story ‘Fire-prone communities nationwide take advice from Woodland Park’ about the conference. 

Check out the Colorado Springs Gazette’s article ‘Tour shows efforts at restoration, prevention, mitigation in the Springs area’

UN urges action to protect forests’ genetic diversity

The United Nations is calling for action to improve management of the world’s forest genetic resources.  Our forest resources are “essential refuges for biodiversity” and provide us with a tremendous number of products and services, including food supplies.  Sustainable management is essential for ensuring these products and services continue to be available.

Learn more in the BBC’s article ‘UN urges action to protect forests’ genetic diversity’

Report: Global Plan of Action for the Conservation, Sustainable Use, and Development of Forest Genetic Resources by the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture 

Report: The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources by the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food Agriculture

Wildfire Restoration Resources

The resources below are excellent references for organizing and implementing wildfire restoration events:

NRCS Fact Sheets:
2012 Contour Wattles Fact Sheet
2012 Erosion Control Mats Fact Sheet
2012 Grade Stabilizers (Cross Vane) Fact Sheet
2012 Hand raking Fact Sheet
2012 Log erosion barrier Fact Sheet
2012 Rock Check Dams Fact Sheet
2012 Seeding Fact Sheet
2012 Straw Bale Check Dam Fact Sheet
Willow Planting
Technical Notes on Seeding

Colorado State Forest Service “Vegetative Recovery after Wildfire” 

Colorado Seed Laboratory Test Request Worksheet

Job Hazard Analysis  

Example Liability Release 

Example Volunteer Sign Up Form


Sign up for the Fire Ecology Institute for Educators

Sign up today for Project Learning Tree’s Fire Ecology Institute for Educators!  This hands-on workshop runs from June 16-20 and is a great opportunity to learn more about wildfire and forest ecology, and how you can engage your students in learning about these important topics.  The workshop will be held in Florissant, CO at The Nature Place, an ideal location for exploring the forest and the impacts of recent wildfires.  The materials and strategies to be presented are appropriate for 3rd-12th grades in formal and non-formal settings, and can easily be integrated into interdisciplinary curriculum.  The cost of $250 for the workshop includes lodging, meals, materials, instruction, and field trips for the week.  Colorado residents may receive a $100 stipend upon completion of the course, and the workshop is eligible for continuing education credits.

The Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) is excited to help sponsor this event in our watershed this year.  Please support this program and gain skills that you can bring back to your classroom!

Find more information at
You can also contact Shawna Crocker, PLT Coordinator, at or 303-278-8822 for more information.



Understanding forest history is important for mitigation efforts

Changes in land use and well intended, but misguided, forest suppression policies drastically altered our forests. Understanding what forests looked like before these changes is important for making forest management decisions as we work to proactively restore forest health and reduce the risks of catastrophic fire.

Read the Colorado Springs Gazette’s article – Mitigation by Forest Service, other entities looks to reduce fuels that lead to mass wildfires – to further explore this issue.

Local Responses to Wildfire Risks Are Limited

In a study by Headwaters Economics, it was found western communities are doing relatively little to meaningfully respond to wildfire risk.  Understanding challenges in high-risk communities is critical for figuring out how policies and proactive measures can reduce risks.

Lessons highlighted include:

  • Lack of local resources is a significant obstacle
  • Lack of local political will may be as significant as lack of resources
  • A high level of cooperation among government bodies is important
  • Education is essential to overcome denial and complacency
  • How wildfire risk is presented is critical to gaining support
  • It is impossible to be continually “Firewise” or fire safe
  • WUI development restricts forest management options
  • Fuel treatments are critical, but implementing them in the WUI is not enough

Learn more about these lessons and potential policy implications by reading the entire brief by Headwaters Economics.