Partnerships are vital to the success of active forest management. Colorado Parks and Wildlife partner with numerous agencies and organizations in order to effectively and efficiently implement and fund projects.
These projects are possible because of Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) funding for inventory, planning and providing matching funds for grant programs managed through the Colorado State Forest Service and other government and non-profit sources.
Individuals can help reduce wildfire risk by participating in fuels mitigation on their property. The effectiveness of the park projects increases when neighbors participate in fuels mitigation. Information and assistance for private property owners is available through the Colorado State Forest Service at 970-491-6303.
CPW maintains a unique cooperative partnership with CSFS in order to carry out activities such as forest planning, project development, and project implementation. This partnership has proved very successful and maintains a demonstrated track record of careful planning and efficient implementation. In 2005, the CSFS (in partnership with Colorado Division of Emergency Management) received a $2.5 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the first of its kind for proactive watershed protection, which has successfully funded over 3,500 acres of fuels mitigation projects at 7 State Parks including:
- Cheyenne Mountain State Park
- Eldorado Canyon State Park
- Golden Gate Canyon State Park
- Lory State Park
- Mueller State Park
- Roxborough State Park
- Staunton State Park
In 2010, CYCA received a nearly $650,000 sub-grant from the CSFS through funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to carry out high-priority forest restoration and fuels mitigation projects. Through this grant, CPW partnered with the Colorado Youth Corps Association to carry out projects at 8 State Parks including:
- Thinning trees along a popular park trail at Golden Gate Canyon to improve forest health and increase visitor safety.
- Thinning ponderosa/oak near a future building site at Cheyenne Mountain.
- Thinning oak and other shrubs adjacent to a fire access road at Lone Mesa to improve safety ingress/egress routes.
- Removing dead lodgepole pine at Sylvan Lake, Steamboat Lake, Pearl Lake, and State Forest to improve visitor safety.
- Creating defensible space around important park facilities at Mueller.
- Improving aspen stands at Staunton by removing encroaching conifers.