Front Range Roundtable

The Front Range Roundtable was formed to "serve as a focal point for diverse stakeholder input into efforts to reduce wildland fire risks and improve forest health through sustained fuels treatment along the Colorado Front Range."
Ecological Restoration of the Lower Montane Ecosystem
Merrill R. Kaufmann (leader), Mike Babler (co
leader), Mike Battaglia, Peter Brown, Jonathan Bruno, Howard Drossman, Jonas Feinstein, Laurie Huckaby, Paige Lewis, Jose Negron, Claudia Regan, Andy Schlosberg, Jim Thinnes, and Jeff Underhill. Mixed Conifer Management Guidelines in the Southern Front Range, Colorado –A Brief Case Study of the Status of Our Knowledge of Ecology and Fire Science. Spring 2012 (pdf 175k)


Tania Schoennagel, Rosemary L. Sherriff, Thomas T. Veblen. Fire history and tree recruitment in the Colorado Front Range upper montane zone: implications for forest restoration. Ecological Applications, 21(6), 2011, pp. 2210-2222, Ecological Society of America ( pdf 689k)

Rutherford V. Platt, Tania Schoennagel, Thomas T. Veblen, Rosemary L. Sherriff. Modeling wildfire potential in residential parcels: A case study of the north-central Colorado Front Range.  Published Online: 8 May 2011, Landscape and Urban Planning 102 (2011) 117-126 ( pdf 965k)


Paula J. Fornwalt, Merrill R. Kaufmann, Laurie S. Huckaby, Thomas J. Stohlgren. Effects of past logging and grazing on understory plant communities in a montane Colorado forest. Published online: 4 October 2008, Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008. Plant Ecol (2009) 203:99–109. DOI 10.1007/s11258-008-9513-z (pdf 337 k) 

Platt, R.V., T. Schoennagel. 2009. An object-oriented approach to assessing changes in tree cover in the Colorado Front Range 1938-1999. Forest Ecology and Management. 258: 1342–1349. (pdf 882 k)


M.E. Hunter, W.D. Shepperd, L.B. Lentile, J.E. Lundquist, M.G. Andreu, J.L. Butler, and F.W. Smith. 2007. A Comprehensive Guide to Fuels Treatment Practices for Ponderosa Pine in the Black Hills, Colorado Front Range, and Southwest. USDA Forest Service RMRS-GTR-198. 2007 (pdf 3,522 k)


Kaufmann, Merrill R., Thomas T. Veblen, and William H. Romme. 2006. Historical fire regimes in ponderosa pine forests of the Colorado Front Range, and recommendations for ecological restoration and fuels management. Front Range Fuels Treatment Partnership Roundtable, findings of the Ecology Workgroup. (pdf 2,142 k)

Richard T. Reynolds, Russell T. Graham, and Douglas A. Boyce, Jr. 2006. An Ecosystem-Based Conservation Strategy for the Northern Goshawk. Studies in Avian Biology No. 31:299–311.


Thomas T. Veblen, Joseph A. Donnegan. 2005. Historical Range of Variability for Forest Vegetation of the National Forests of the Colorado Front Range. USDA Forest Service Agreement No. 1102-0001-99-033 with The University of Colorado, Boulder. (pdf 3,482 k)  

Thomas T. Veblen, Joseph A. Donnegan. 2005.  USDA Forest Service Agreement No. 1102-0001-99-033 with The University of Colorado, Boulder. (pdf 3,482 k)

LANDFIRE Biophysical Setting Model; Biophysical Setting: 2810540; Southern Rocky Mountain Ponderosa Pine, Woodland. Based on the Rapid Assessment model R3PPDF, by Merrill Kaufmann (, Rosemary Sherriff (, Bill Baker (, Jose Negron and Brian Kent. Reviewed in workshop by Vic Ecklund ( 7/25/2005. 

Laurie Stroh Huckaby, Merrill R. Kaufmann, Paula J. Fornwalt, Jason M. Stoker, and Chuck Dennis. Identification and Ecology of Old Ponderosa Pine Trees in the Colorado Front Range. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-110 September 2003.

Kaufmann, M. R., L. S. Huckaby, P. J. Fornwalt, J. M. Stoker and W. H. Romme. 2003. Using tree recruitment patterns and fire history to guide restoration of an unlogged ponderosa pine/Douglas-fir landscape in the southern Rocky Mountains after a century of fire suppression. Forestry (UK) 76: 231-241. 


Allen, Craig D., Melissa Savage, Donald A. Falk, Kieran F. Suckling, Thomas W. Swetnam, Todd Schulke, Peter B Stacey, Penelope Morgan, Martos Hoffman, and Jon T. Klingel. Ecological Restoration of Southwestern Ponderosa Pine Ecosystems: A Broad Perspective. Ecological Applications, 12(5), 2002, pp. 1418–1433, 2002 by the Ecological Society of America.


Laurie S. Huckaby, Merrill R. Kaufmann, Jason M. Stoker, Paula J. Fornwalt. 2001. Landscape Patterns of Montane Forest Age Structure Relative to Fire History at Cheesman Lake in the Colorado Front Range. USDA Forest Service Proceedings RMRS-P-22 (pdf 611 k)

Merrill R. Kaufmann, Paula J. Fornwalt, Laurie S. Huckaby, Jason M. Stoker. 2001. Cheesman Lake—A Historical Ponderosa Pine Landscape Guiding Restoration in the South Platte Watershed of the Colorado Front Range. USDA Forest Service Proceedings RMRS-P-22 (pdf 589 k)


Kaufmann, M. R.; Huckaby, L. S.; Gleason, P.   2000.  Ponderosa pine in the Colorado Front Range: long historical fire and tree recruitment intervals and a case for landscape heterogeneity.   In: Neuenschwander, Leon F.; Ryan, Kevin C., tech. eds. Proceedings from the Joint Fire Science Conference and Workshop: crossing the millennium: integrating spatial technologies and ecological principles for a new age in fire management; the Grove Hotel, Boise, Idaho, June 15-17, 1999. Moscow, Idaho: University of Idaho, 2000: 153-160. (pdf 370 k)


Peter M. Brown, Merrill R. Kaufmann and Wayne D. Shepperd. Long-term, landscape patterns of past fire events in a montane ponderosa pine forest of central Colorado. Landscape Ecology 14: 513–532, 1999. Kluwer Academic Publishers. (pdf 413 k)


Pike and San Isabel NF Forest Plan Direction (unpublished, synthesized from PSI 1984 Plan by Sara Mayben, March, 2011). 

U.S. Forest Service Pike-San Isabel (PSI) 1984 Forest Plan  

    Record of Decision (864 KB pdf)

    Chapter I (Introduction), Chapter II (Management Situation), Chapter III-1 thru III-64 (Management Direction)  (7.3 MB pdf)

    Chapter III-65 thru end (Management Direction), Chapter IV (Monitoring and Evaluation), Chapter V (Index) (4.8 MB pdf)

    Appendices (7.1 MB pdf)

    Map- Errata to Forest Plan Maps (43 KB pdf)

    Map- North Half- Pike & San Isabel NF (3.89 Mb pdf)

    Map- South Half- Pike & San Isabel NF (3.85 MB pdf)

    Map- Cimarron & Comanche NG (2.87 MB pdf)

    Amendments to the Forest Plan  (520 KB pdf)



Peet, RK. Forest vegetation of the Colorado Front Range. Vegetatio 45, 3-75, 1981. (375 KB pdf)


James K. Brown. Handbook for inventorying downed woody material. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report INT-016m 1974. Intermountain Forest & Range Experiment Station. Ogden, Utah 84401


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