Catastrophic Wildfires Ignite New CSU Center for Managing ‘WUI’ Wildfire Risk
The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship is part of CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources and has a long history of education and research programs in wildland fire and collaborative management. The College has faculty expertise in wildland fire behavior and management, fuels management, fire policy, and fire economics and suppression. It also offers award-winning undergraduate and graduate degree programs in wildland fire and has a variety of research and extension initiatives dedicated to the issue.
Society of American Foresters 2013 National Convention and Awards
At the Convention, Robert G. Sturtevant, a Warner alumnus and forester with the Colorado State Forest Service, will be presented the John A. Beale Memorial Award. One out of only nine national awards presented by the SAF, the John A. Beale Memorial Award recognizes outstanding efforts by an SAF member in the promotion of forestry through voluntary service to the Society. The engraved award is presented annually and includes a cash honorarium of $500.
Sturtevant embodies the spirit of John Allen Beale. He has provided invaluable leadership for SAF, the Boys Scouts of America, numerous community programs, and, most recently, the US Peace Corps. Sturtevant was named SAF Fellow in 1999, and awarded the Colorado-Wyoming SAF’s Outstanding Mentor in 2010 and Citizenship Award in 2012. During his Peace Corps service in Ethiopia, Sturtevant actively solicited donations to improve the working conditions of forestry workers in Ethiopia. With donated funds he purchased much-needed equipment, which helped both the local economy and improved safety for the forestry workers in the region. After returning to the United States, he resumed his active support of the Colorado State University SAF Alpha Student Chapter as its adviser.
SAF CSU Alumni Reception
The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship will host an alumni reception at the Convention from 6:30-8:30p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Embassy Suites. There will also be a celebration honoring the founders of the CSU SAF Alpha Student Chapter.
Colorado Forest Restoration Institute Grows with New Grants and Employees
· $150,000 – Southwestern Region, USDA Forest Service – support of CFRI’s ongoing operations
· $157,590 – Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service – collaborative partnership to support the Front Range Forest Reconstruction Network and Science Application & Integration outreach activities
· $50,000 – Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest/Pawnee National Grasslands, USDA Forest Service – ecological and socio-economic monitoring of the Front Range Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration project
· $47,800 – Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forest, USDA Forest Service – ecological and socio-economic monitoring of the Uncompahgre Plateau Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration project
· $428,600 – Colorado Department of Natural Resources – effectiveness and implementation monitoring of the Colorado Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant program
CFRI welcomes two new employees:Ben Gannon is a research associate and project manager for the Front Range Forest Reconstruction Network project. Gannon received his M.S. in ecology at CSU studying with Dr. Patrick Martin in the Dept. of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture.
Brett Wolk is a research associate and project manager for the Colorado Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant monitoring effort. Wolk received his M.S. in forest sciences at CSU with Dr. Monique Rocca and has been working for Dr. Mark Paschke in the Restoration Ecology Lab.