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."
Members and Values
Front Range Roundtable Participants

                     
                      Photo by Dave Steinke



Shared Values

Healthy landscapes  

Respect for human safety and well-being requires that we recognize community protection from fire as a first priority. This means that we consider not only how best to thin overgrown forests where they abut residential areas, but also the best means for ensuring that future residential development avoids high-risk areas.

Healthy landscapes

Because a crucial aspect of human well-being rests on the right to reside in and visit healthy ecosystems characterized by resilience, integrity and biodiversity, an equal and connected priority is the maintenance of healthy and sustainable landscapes. In this semi-arid locale, the importance of forests as watersheds serving our population centers confirms that issues of fire management affect every resident, tying the state of the forests to the well-being of urban and suburban communities located well outside of the forest environment. 

Collaborative strategies

The mixture of public and private land ownership along the Front Range demands collaborative strategies as a way of addressing and reducing the distrust and misunderstanding between and among citizens and governmental entities that has greatly complicated the implementation of comprehensive fire management. The FRFTP Roundtable’s goal is to foster a sense of shared risk, as well as shared responsibility, for developing productive, practical and sustainable solutions.

 Economic & policy factors

The Roundtable further recognizes that economic, social and ecological health are necessarily interdependent. Therefore the Roundtable has approached the problem of forest fire with a framework that reflects these three concerns: the ecology of the Front Range forests; economic challenges and opportunities for treatment of the forests; and policy and procedural realities at the federal, state and local levels.

 Community engagement

The Roundtable understands, too, that the effectiveness of its work depends on its ability to engage with and be informed by local communities and interest groups, and therefore we have accordingly adopted community engagement as the fourth element of our work.

The Front Range Roundtable has a process for resolving conflicts, as described in this issues resolution policy (pdf 252 k)
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