SAFE provides students from diverse backgrounds an open forum on fire ecology through which research can be shared, networks formed, and funding and information resources can be accessed. The CSU chapter is a member of the National Student Association for Fire Ecology organization. SAFE-CSU Membership is free, all are welcome to attend. Membership in the Association for Fire Ecology is very moderately priced for students.

The CSU Chapter of the Student Association for Fire Ecology meets the last Wednesday of each month from 5 – 6 PM.  To get club updates, subscribe to our emails by choosing the SAFE-L list on the CSU ListServ.

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CSU FIRELAB Discussion Group

The CSU Fire Lab is an informal group open to anyone interested in fire (typically professors, students, USFS, USGS, CSFS, and other agency personnel).  Readings and discussion topics for the seminar will be sent over the FireLab listserve.  In addition to guest led seminars, discussion topics range from recent journal articles to practice presentations by members for upcoming conferences or job interviews.

To join, subscribe to the FIRELAB-L email list on the CSU ListServ.

You must be a member of the listserv in order to send messages to the list. Please remember the Listserv is a public forum.  Faculty, students and non-csu people all contribute and read postings.  Please keep it professional.

Meetings and Events


Meetings are generally held two Thursdays a month at 5:30 pm in Forestry 212. Each meeting typically features a guest speaker with expertise in a particular aspect of forestry along with opportunities to meet fellow forestry students and learn about upcoming events. Dinner is also served at each meeting.

Ellen Hodges Meeting

Ellen Hodges, district ranger for Canyon Lakes, and her daughter address the SAF-ASC during Spring 2008

The meetings for Fall 2014 are on the following dates:

September 4
September 18
October 2
October 16
October 30
November 13
December 4

Special Events

SAF Convention

Local Professional Chapter Meetings

SAF Field Days

Volunteer Opportunities

The Colorado State Forest Service’s (CSFS) unique structure as a part of Warner College of Natural Resources allows us to have a very strong partnership the the agency. Many volunteer opportunities are available for students across a broad range of forestry topics, ranging from invasive species removal to community outreach work, with many more in between.

Come to our meetings to find out more about upcoming events and/or sign up to the CSFS mailing list and get full details whenever they are available. Most weekends have some sort of volunteer activity available and CSFS is always looking for more people! For further information on CSFS volunteer events and opportunities, contact either Nancy Dadisman ( for general inquiries and getting on the mailing list or Jamie Dahl ( for nursery-related volunteer opportunities.

SAFE News and Events

Forest Fire

SAFE Spring Seminar Open for Registration
Cross-listed: Register for NR 592 or ECOL 592
Tuesdays 3 – 4 PM, BHSCI 103Open to undergraduate and graduate students

This course will cover current topics in the field of fire ecology, and will provide opportunities for students to interact with scientists and managers.

Among other topics, we will discuss the interactions of climate change and fire, interactions between bark beetles and fire, Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) treatments and effectiveness, challenges to modeling fire behavior, and wildland fire management.

This course will operate on a two-week cycle.   The first week, we will discuss peer-reviewed research articles. The following week will feature a presentation by a scientist and a chance to discuss his/her research as a group. Anyone with an interest in fire ecology is encouraged to sign up.

Seminar led by Dr. Chad Hoffman (FRS) and Dr. Monique Rocca (DESS, GDPE) and organized by the Student Association for Fire Ecology at CSU.

November 2011 Meeting Minutes

Spring break fire training with the Nature Conservancy

The main expenses will be food and transportation (if we camp instead of staying in hotels). We will probably be able to use gear from the Nature Conservancy and people without red cards will be able to get training. We discussed ways to fund the trip, including grants from the college. If you have any fundraising ideas, let us know. Please email if you are interested.

The SAFE 1-credit spring seminar

The spring seminar is open for registration as NR 592 – CRN 13144. It will also be cross-listed as a GDPE seminar (ECOL 592) shortly. The seminar is from 3 – 4 PM Tuesdays each week. We will discuss fire behavior modeling, Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) treatments and effectiveness, interactions among bark beetles and fire, climate change and fire, and management of fires.


RamRide evenings are full until next semester. We should get some dates together for volunteering this spring.  Thanks to everyone who joined AFE. We should receive $20 back from AFE for each of our registerd members, or $120. Thanks to our treasurer, Larry Huseman, for submitting the paperwork.

AFE International Fire Congress, December 3-7, 2012 in Portland, Oregon

Volunteers are needed for the December 2012 AFE International Fire Congress in Portland, Oregon. Registration fees are waived for volunteers. If you plan on attending, this is a good way to reduce your conference costs.

September 8th, 2011: Field Trip to the Four Mile Fire

SAFE’s first activity of the year was a successful field trip to the Four Mile Fire near Boulder on Thursday, September 8th.  This was a unique opportunity to get out and see a burn area and discuss fire ecology and post-fire rehabilitation with local land managers in our area. The field trip was sponsored by the Colorado and Wyoming Society of American Foresters. Hosts included members of the NRCS who have been working on the fire rehabilitation, and many local scientists and land managers.

  • Subject – Post Fire Rehabilitation Efforts
  • Where – Four Mile Fire near Boulder
  • When – Thursday, September 8, 2011
  • Meet – Contact Kristen Pelz to carpool down from CSU.
  • Host – Boyd Byelich, NRCS District Conservationist for Boulder County
  • CEU – We are requesting 4 hours of CEU credit from SAF, pending approval

Fall 2010 Seminar

SAFE organized and taught a one-credit weekly seminar titled Current Topics in Wildland Fire Ecology and Management during the Fall 2010 semester.  The seminar was co-hosted by the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology and FRWS. Participants included a wide range of students and professionals with an interest in fire ecology.

Students taking the class for credit read assigned papers and participates in class discussions/facilitation.  This course was student-led and topics ranged from basic fire ecology to fire management to climate change and carbon storage.

Topics covered included:

  • Global Climate Change: Implications for fire & carbon management
  • Smoke Emissions /Air Quality Concerns / Smoke Modeling
  • Recent changes in fire management policy : Historical context and future directions
  • Overview of Decision Support Systems (strengths and weaknesses)
  • Restoring Ecosystem Processes in fragmented landscapes
  • Beetles/Drought mortality – Implications for fire behavior and management

Several guest speakers joined the class, including:

  • Boyd Lebeda from the Co State Forest Service
  • Mike Ryan from the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins, Co.
  • Lisa Elenz from the Wildland Fire Management RD&A

Past Events and Talks

Some of the past seminars and talks have included:

  • Seminar: The ’88 fires: Yellowstone and Beyond
  • Pine Beetles, Fire, and the Future of Lodgepole Pine Forests in Colorado.
  • First Annual CSU Wildland Fire Week
  • Fire Regime Condition Class and what it means for fire, fuels, and land management
  • The Historical Role of Fire in Rocky Mountain Forests: Relevance for Future

The ’88 fires: Yellowstone and Beyond

SAFE organized an EY592 seminar for Fall 2008, on the topic of The ’88 Fires: Yellowstone and Beyond. Dr. Bill Romme graciously agreed to serve as the faculty member for the course. The course met once-a-week to read articles and discuss topics surrounding the Yellowstone fires of 1988, as well as watch video of presentations from the recent Yellowstone conference, which took place in Jackson, Wyoming on September 22-27, 2008.

Pine Beetles, Fire, and the Future of Lodgepole Pine Forests in Colorado

Panel Discussion Flyer

Panel discussion occurred on April 17th, 2007, featuring:

Moderator: Dr. Dan Binkley, Colorado State University

Dr. Jessica Clement, Colorado State University
Paul Mintier, USDA Forest Service, Sulphur Ranger District
Dr. Jose Negron, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
Dr. Bill Romme, Colorado State University
Dr. Bob Sturtevant, Colorado State Forest Service and Colorado State University

April 24 to 29, 2006. Events included:
A talk from and meetings with Dr. Jerry Franklin, University of Washington
A talk from and meetings with Dr. Tom Swetnam, University of Arizona
Movie Night: “Fire Wars”
Paul Gleason Memorial Hike, organized by the Student Firefighters Association

On May 3, 2007, SAFE was recognized at the SOAR awards by the CSU student organizations office with the Most Outstanding Educational Program for Wildland Fire Week 2006. This is a great honor and recognizes the hard work of everyone in SAFE, as well as the Student Firefighter Association, for organizing events during the week. Congratulations!!

Fire Regime Condition Class: what it means for fire, fuels, and land management

February 23, 2005. A panel discussion featuring:
Dr. Greg Aplet, The Wilderness Society
Dave Shadis , US Forest Service Region 2
Dr. Ayn Shlisky, The Nature Conservancy
Dr. Skip Smith, Colorado State University

The Historical Role of Fire in Rocky Mountain Forests: Relevance for Future Management

February 5, 2003. A panel discussion featuring:
Dr. William Baker, University of Wyoming
Dr. Merrill Kaufmann, Rocky Mountain Research Station
Dr. William Romme, Colorado State University
Dr. Tomas Veblen, University of Colorado

Sponsored Lecture Archive

SAFE has sponsored a number of talks and lectures in the past.  Topics have ranged from management and fire effects to perspectives on careers in fire ecology.  To learn more about lecture topics and authors.

Exotic Fires Of The World Seminar Series, 2006 Through 2007.

To make meetings more exciting, we came up with a catchy theme for the talks and invited anyone who was local with pretty pictures and a fun story to tell about fire, usually located in far off places to warm us up during the winter months. Talks occurred at our regular bi-weekly meetings.

Jeff Jahnke, Colorado State Forester, Colorado State Forest Service.  Big fires and big budgets in Alaska.

Brett Wolk, CSU Grad Student in Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship. Tom Swetnam and Jerry Franklin are coming to visit US!  Get ready and look out!

Matt Schultz, CSU grad student, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. Lava fires in Hawaii.

Dr. Ayn Shlisky, The Nature Conservancy World Fire Program. World fire regimes and opportunities to work in fire with NGO’s.

Dr. Marc Abrams, Penn State University. Restoring Fire in Eastern Oak Forests.

Mary Huffman, CSU Grad Student in Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship. Fire and Farming communities coexisting in Mexico.

Pre 2005 Guest Speakers At SAFE Meetings:

Pam Kaval, Ph.D. Student, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, CSU
Public perspectives on wild and prescribed fire

Leigh Lentile, Ph.D. Student, Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship, CSU Fire effects and fire scar formation following the Jasper fire in the Black Hills, SD

Aaron Green, M.S. Student, Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship, CSU Fire history in northern Arizona

Paul Evangelista, M.S. Student, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, CSU
Fire effects on exotic plant invasions in Grand Staircase Escalante, Utah

Nicole Macrury, Ph.D. Candidate, Fishery and Wildlife Biology, CSU Wildfire effects on riparian arthropod communities

Joe Wagenbrenner, M.S. Candidate, Earth Resources, CSU Effectiveness of post-fire rehabilitation treatments

Dr. Peter Brown, Rocky Mountain Tree-Ring Research Perspectives on careers in fire ecology outside of government and academia

Francisco Senra, Ph.D. Student, Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship, CSU Use of prescribed fire and fuel treatments in Spain

Sarah Converse, Ph.D. Student, Fishery and Wildlife Biology, CSU Fire effects on small mammal population dynamics

Brett Dickson, Ph.D. Student, Fishery and Wildlife Biology, CSU Impacts of fire and fuel treatments on avian communities

Paul Gleason, Instructor, Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship, CSU
Chronology of events at the Cerro Grande fire in Los Alamos, NM

Dr. Natasha Kotliar, Research Wildlife Biologist, USGS Ecological Science Center, Fire effects on avian communities

Dr. Bill Romme, Professor, Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship, CSU Discussion with students on future of fire ecology in research and management

Margot Kaye, Ph.D. student, Department of Forest Science, CSU Fire and Native Americans in the southwest