Outreach & Education

The Colorado State Forest Service develops scientifically sound messages and materials for use by CSFS personnel, partners and Colorado citizens.

Outreach & Education

Promoting public understanding of the role and value of Colorado's forests and other natural resources is vital to the mission of the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS).

The CSFS is a service and outreach agency, and our accomplishments are the direct result of our educational approach. We develop scientifically sound messages and materials for use by CSFS personnel, partners and Colorado citizens. Our messages and materials are driven by our strategic priorities and are delivered to diverse audiences using a variety of delivery systems, including our State Office in Fort Collins and our 19 district and field offices located throughout the state.

Our Educational Approach:

  • increases awareness and understanding of key forestry issues and the roles Colorado citizens can play in addressing those issues;
  • helps Coloradans recognize the diverse environmental benefits forest ecosystems provide;
  • motivates homeowners, landowners and communities to take positive action that will help them achieve their stewardship objectives; and
  • provides scientifically sound information to decision-makers so that they may respond appropriately to forestry issues.

Through education and technical assistance, the CSFS focuses on helping landowners and communities accomplish sound forestry practices on their land to achieve their stewardship objectives. We also offer a multitude of resources to Colorado landowners to help them manage their forested lands and urban trees, and to ensure that they have the knowledge they need to prepare for future wildfires.

Our information, education and outreach programs and activities are available to all Coloradans, as well as those who visit our beautiful state.

Overall, the CSFS strives to provide foresters and other natural resources professionals, Colorado educators, students, homeowners, partners and interested citizens with educational resources and information that will help improve and maintain the health of Colorado's iconic forests.

Knowledge Transfer

Since 2004, the CSFS has worked closely with social science and forestry researchers to translate findings into understandable information that is applicable to forest practitioners, landowners and other publics. These inform credible, scientifically based messages and approaches for delivery to diverse audiences.

Audiences

We develop our messages and materials for a wide range of audiences, including partner agencies, collaborative groups, homeowners and landowners, decision-makers, teachers and youth. We develop diverse materials, prepare for a wide variety of venues and events and respond to requests for presentations.

Partners & Cooperators

Our partners and cooperators are invaluable in helping the CSFS achieve its mission of stewardship of Colorado's diverse forest environments. By building and maintaining these important relationships, the CSFS is able to disseminate information to a larger audience.

By working collaboratively with other land management agencies, we can foster public support for forest management and promote greater awareness of the benefits of forest stewardship.

Together with other natural resource organizations, the Colorado State Forest Service strives to provide comprehensive support for the care of our natural environment. This exchange of technical assistance and information among cooperating agencies and organizations ensures our commitment to a common goal – future forests providing benefits to future generations.

Outreach & Education Programs

Formal & Informal Education

The CSFS provides formal and informal education opportunities for all ages, from Pre-kindergarten students to adults. Project Learning Tree – the flagship program of the CSFS – is a formal education program that reaches younger audiences via workshops for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 educators. CSFS foresters, staff and volunteers deliver informal education workshops, events and programs, and conduct school and scout visits. All programs are catered to meet the needs of diverse audiences. To schedule an educational program in your area, please contact your local district office at least one month in advance.

Wildfire Mitigation & Education

The Colorado State Forest Service serves as a resource for landowners, homeowners and communities to ensure that they have the knowledge they need to prepare for future wildfires. A variety of programs are available through the CSFS and other natural resource agencies to assist you in managing wildfire risk on your property.

Colorado's "Are You FireWise?" and "Are You Plains FireWise?" programs help educate landowners and communities about the importance of taking steps to reduce wildfire risk that can have catastrophic effects on lives and property. Reducing fuels around homes and improving access are examples of topics these programs cover.

The CSFS also supports the development and implementation of Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs). CWPPs as described in the 2003 Healthy Forest Restoration Act, brings together diverse local interests to discuss their mutual concerns for public safety, community sustainability and protection of natural resources. It offers a positive, solution-oriented environment in which to address such challenges as local firefighting capability, the need for defensible space around homes and subdivisions, and where and how to prioritize land management on both federal and non-federal land.

CSFS foresters are available to provide educational workshops, events, programs, and school or scout visits. Educational programs are catered to meet the specific needs and interests of the audience. To help accommodate all requests, the CSFS requests one month advance notice. To request an education program in your area, please contact your local district office.

The CSFS also has materials on wildfire that are available for check out by community members and educators. For more information, please contact Lisa Mason at lisa.mason@colostate.edu.

Technical Forestry Assistance & Education

The Colorado State Forest Service is committed to helping homeowners and landowners promote healthy and sustainable forest conditions through technical forestry assistance, education and outreach. A variety of programs exist through the CSFS and other natural resource agencies to assist you in managing your property.

CSFS foresters also are available to provide educational workshops, events, programs, and school or scout visits. Educational programs are catered to meet the specific needs and interests of the audience. To help accommodate all requests, the CSFS asks for one month advance notice. To request an education program in your area, please contact your local district office.

The CSFS also has educational materials on forest health and management that are available for check out by community members and educators. For more information, please contact Lisa Mason at lisa.mason@colostate.edu.