FRS Research Facilities

The Space to Find Your Place

As part of a large land grant university, the Forest and Rangeland Stewardship department has access to numerous research and education facilities around northern Colorado.

A Modern Legacy

old building
Photo courtesy of University Historic Photograph Collection

Forestry Building

The Forestry Building was built in 1937, with the additional wing completed in 1950.

  • Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department offices
  • Faculty and graduate student office space
  • Classrooms
  • Laboratories
  • Meeting rooms
  • Colorado Forest Restoration Institute
  • WESTFire Center

Michael Smith Natural Resources Building

Originally constructed in the 1970s, an additional 50,000 square foot wing was completed in 2018.

  • Warner College offices
  • Student Success Center
  • Warner College Career Center
  • Faculty and graduate student offices
  • Laboratories
  • Teaching Laboratories
  • Computer Lab
  • Classrooms
  • Small Meeting Rooms
  • Center for Collaborative Conservation

Department Laboratory Space


The Ecophysiology lab has plant growth chambers, microscopes, drying ovens, incubators, a laminar flow hood, as well as instruments for processing and analyzing plant and soil samples.

Forest Health and Ecology

The Forest Health and Ecology lab has capabilities for analytical chemistry and chemical ecology, microbial tissue culture, insect identification, basic tools for insect behavioral ecology and dendrochronology research.

Fire Modeling

Coming Soon!


woman in laboratory

The Restoration Ecology lab has instruments and space to measure photosynthesis and transpiration rates, plant water status, plant cell solute concentration, plant tissue anatomy, leaf area, and plant dry mass.


man in laboratory

Coming Soon!

Local Field Research Areas

CSU Plant Growth Facilities

man with pots of plants

The university provides high quality greenhouses, growth chamber facilities, and professional support for plant science and related research for all departments. Students can rent space in any of eight large greenhouse chambers. An integrative insect and disease management program promotes plant health and researcher safety.

Colorado State Forest Service

rows of tree seedlings

The Colorado State Forest Service is a service and outreach agency of Warner College of Natural Resources. It strives to achieve stewardship of Colorado’s diverse forest environments for the benefit of present and future generations. The organization has a large tree nursery at its Fort Collins location, and 19 field offices across Colorado.

Borden Memorial Forest

students in a forest

This 70-acre property, primarily comprised of ponderosa pine forest, was donated to CSU by the Borden family in 2009 and has served as the site for numerous class and research projects.

Maxwell Ranch

students in a field of grass

Maxwell Ranch is a working cattle ranch owned and operated by the Colorado State University Research Foundation. It encompasses nearly 12,000 acres of rangelands in Colorado and Wyoming, and has been used as a laboratory for teaching, research and demonstration since the 1970s.

Waverly Property

students in a field of grass

Coming Soon!