2013 Report on the Health of Colorado's Forests
The 2013 Report on the Health of Colorado's Forests, released by the Colorado State Forest Service at the annual Joint Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Hearing at the State Capitol, details forest health concerns throughout the state and the opportunities available for landowners to mitigate their effects.
“Colorado land managers continue to face unprecedented challenges in their pursuit to foster healthy, thriving forests,” said Mike Lester, state forester and director of the Colorado State Forest Service.
Lester said that insect and disease outbreaks, devastating wildfires, and recent floods have brought to light the necessity of working together to actively manage Colorado forests and as a result, collaboration among public land managers and private landowners has never been stronger.
Each year, the Report on the Health of Colorado’s Forests provides information to the Colorado General Assembly and residents of Colorado about the health and condition of forests across the state. The report provides recent data, figures and maps detailing major insect and disease concerns in the state, including the expansion of spruce beetle activity and the detection of emerald ash borer – an invasive pest first discovered in Colorado in 2013, which poses serious risks to the state’s urban forests.
Maria Fernandez-Gimenez receives Mongolian Ministry's highest award
In addition to her international award, Fernandez-Gimenez also received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Society for Range Management Annual Meeting in Orlando on Feb. 12.
Fernandez-Gimenez is a professor in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship in CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources. She has conducted ongoing research on Mongolia’s social-ecological systems since the 1990s, and has made significant contributions to scientific knowledge of Mongolia’s rangeland systems and pastoralist communities.
This award was presented to Fernandez-Gimenez in recognition of her 20-plus years of cumulative actionable research and ongoing efforts to collaborate with Mongolian policy makers and communities to strengthen their capacity for sustainable stewardship. Much of Mongolia’s history, livelihoods, and culture revolve around nomadic herding, and Fernandez-Gimenez’s work has drawn international attention to critical issues facing the country such as climate change, pasture land tenure, and land-use policy.
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.