The Front Range Roundtable convened in 2004 in response to the worst fire season in Colorado’s recorded history in 2002. A precedent-setting consortium of 30 organizations including representatives from environmental organizations, academic and scientific communities, local governments, and federal and state agencies, the Roundtable developed a long-term vision for Front Range forest lands. The purpose of the vision is to engage communities and foster support for the implementation of forest management goals that help protect communities and restore forest health. Initially, the Roundtable was comprised of four working groups – community engagement, ecology, economics, and policy. The groups developed information and data to foster discussion and support for the adoption and implementation of a Front Range vision focused on community protection and forest health.
The Roundtable published Living with Fire: Protecting Communities and Restoring Forests Health on May 18, 2006. The report details the Roundtable’s findings and recommends 10 initiatives for the successful implementation of a Front Range vision to protect communities and restore forest health in Colorado’s Front Range. After the release of Living with Fire, the Roundtable began working with 10 Front Range Counties — Boulder, Clear Creek, Douglas, El Paso, Gilpin, Grand, Jefferson, Larimer, Park, Teller — to connect the Roundtable’s forest health and wildfire risk reduction efforts with work being done at the county level, and to assess county needs for support.
The Roundtable is now comprised of three permanent teams – the Executive Team, the Community Protection Team, and the Landscape Restoration Team. If you are interested in joining any of these teams, please contact us.