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Colorado Forest Restoration Institute grows with new grants and employees

November 6, 2013

The Colorado Forest Restoration Institute in the Department of Forest & Rangeland Stewardship has garnered nearly $824,000 in external grants and agreements between June and September.

The Colorado Forest Restoration Institute (CFRI) in the Department of Forest & Rangeland Stewardship in the Warner College of Natural Resources has garnered nearly $824,000 in external grants and agreements between June and September  to continue its mission of developing, compiling, and applying locally relevant scientific information to achieve forest restoration and wildfire hazard reduction goals in Colorado.

These grants include:
 

$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.

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 Patrick Martin in the Department 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 Monique Rocca and has been working for Mark Paschke in the Restoration Ecology Lab.

Gannon and Wolk join the team of Rob Addington, research associate; Yvette Dickinson, assistant professor; and Tony Cheng, director and professor. They will be working with the network of affiliates who have made CFRI a great success:

Faculty – Dan Binkley (Ecosystem Science & Sustainability), Paul Evangelista and Bill Romme (Natural Resource Ecology Lab), and Chad Hoffmanand Courtney Schultz (Forest & Rangeland Stewardship).

Graduate Students – Megan Matonis, Kathie Mattor, Casey Metz, Kevin Moriarty, Kristen Pelz, Carl Reeder, Torston Lund Snee, and Zach Wurtzebach.

Summer Staff – Josh Howie, Mark Klein, and Tyler Rowe.

Research Partners – Mike Battaglia and Jan Engert (Rocky Mountain Research Station), Peter Brown (Rocky Mountain Tree Ring Research), and Nick Young (Natural Resource Ecology Lab).

Visit the CFRI Website, Facebook, and Twitter for resources and updates.


Contact: Taylor Jaquez
E-mail: taylorjaquez@yahoo.com
Phone: 7195109958