About Us


Forests, rangelands, and aquatic ecosystems support human societies, the environment, and the wealth of life on Earth. The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship consists of foresters, range scientists, hydrologists, and social scientists that study natural environmental processes and how they interact with human systems.

FRS offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide variety of disciplines within forestry, natural resources management, rangeland ecology, watershed science, and geographic information systems.

The department capitalizes on its proximity to the Rocky Mountains, Colorado High Plains, and inter-montane basins to give students unique educational opportunities in outdoor laboratories as well as in traditional classrooms and laboratory setting.

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Photo of Professor Rocky Coleman instructing students outdoors at the CSU Mountain Campus

Department Mission

Our professional programs in forest, rangeland and natural resources stewardship, through collaboration with other programs in our college and university, produce graduates who are prepared to meet the challenges facing future land managers. Our research, extension and outreach programs generate and communicate knowledge to students, managers, policy makers, peers, and the public and establish us as a preeminent authority in forest, rangeland, and natural resources stewardship.

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Forestry Program Mission

The forestry program in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University, through collaboration with other programs in our college and university, generates and communicates knowledge of broad areas of forest science and stewardship to students, managers, policy makers, peers, and the public. We strive to be a preeminent authority in forest science and stewardship through a well-rounded, interdisciplinary faculty encompassing broad expertise in biophysical, management, and social sciences. We manage programs, facilities, and technologies for applied, hands-on learning and problem-solving reaching broad audiences, from matriculated and continuing education students, researchers, forest stewardship professionals, and the general public.
Aspen leaves at the Colorado State University Mountain Campus