Fire is a necessary part of any healthy forest ecosystem; without it, forest become overgrown and its vegetation becomes less diverse. Colorado’s Front Range has experienced more high-severity fires than in previous years, partially because of the lack of regular, low-severity fire within the ecosystem. Prescribed fire can be a useful tool to reap the ecological benefits of fire, while also possibly decreasing the cost of fighting wildfires.
The Front Range Roundtable is focused on increasing discussion around the use of prescribed fire in Colorado. The Roundtable regularly coordinates with other organizations and agencies such as the Colorado Department of Fire Prevention and Control and the Prescribed Fire Council, as well as local fire protection districts. The body of research informing these discussions can be found by searching “prescribed fire” under documents.