The Colorado State Forest Service is leading the development of an ASCC project site targeting high-elevation spruce-fir forests in northern Colorado. The Colorado State Forest is a 72,000-acre cooperatively managed State Trust property west of Fort Collins, near Cameron Pass. The State Forest is part of the Headwaters of the North Platte River, and provides additional water to the Cache La Poudre River via the Michigan Ditch Interbasin Transfer. Maintaining healthy forests in these high-elevation spruce-fir forests is critical in protecting these watersheds.
Learn more about the Colorado State Forest here.
Site Leads & Partners:
Blair Rynearson, Zach Wehr, Carolina Manriquez, and John Twitchell from the Colorado State Forest Service are the site managers helping lead the Colorado State Forest ASCC Project. Mike Battaglia (Rocky Mountain Research Station) and Ethan Bucholz (Colorado State Forest Service) are scientists helping lead the research efforts for the site. Key collaborators include Marin Chambers (Colorado Forest Restoration Institute) and Lance Asherin (USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, RMRS), and others from RMRS and the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department at Colorado State University.