Colorado Forest Health Council

Overview

The Colorado Forest Health Council is a volunteer stakeholder body whose role is to provide a collaborative forum to advise the Governor, through the Executive Director of the Department of Natural Resources, and the Colorado General Assembly, on issues, opportunities, and threats to Colorado’s forests.

 

Primary Duties

The Council, previously housed at the Colorado State Forest Service, was reestablished during the Colorado 2021 Legislative Session with 26 members representing all corners of Colorado. The Council's updated mission includes improving forest health in Colorado through integrated, science-based approaches, with a focus on cross-jurisdictional collaboration among federal, state, and local governments, as well as private and nonprofit partners to reduce wildfire risk, restore ecological resilience, safeguard communities and water supplies, mitigate and adapt to climate change, support local economies, and protect recreation areas.

 

Forest Health Council

Meeting Minutes

November 16, 2021 Meeting Agenda

 

Previous Meetings

 

 

Notices/Calendar

Next Meeting 

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

3 PM - 5 PM MST

Agenda

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Ex-Officio members or their designees:

The Executive Director of the Department of Natural Resources, who will Chair the Council; Colorado State Forester, Colorado State Forest Service; Director, Division of Fire Prevention and Control; Regional Forester or Deputy Regional Forester for US Forest Service, Region 2; Forestry Program Lead, US Bureau of Land Management; State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service.

 

Members of the Colorado General Assembly: 

Lisa Cutter, Member of the Colorado House of Representatives from the 25th District

Don Coram, Member of the Colorado Senate from the 6th District

 

Governor-appointed members:

Scott Jones, Vice President, Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition, of Livermore, Colorado, to serve as an individual employed by or associated with  an organization that advocates for motorized recreation;

Aaron Kimple, Program Director, Mountain States Institute, of Durango, Colorado, to serve as an individual employed or associated with a forest collaborative organization; 

Paige Lewis, Deputy State Director and Director of Conservation Programs for The Nature Conservancy in Colorado, of Boulder, Colorado, to serve as an individual employed by or associated with a conservation organization; 

Mark Morgan, Owner, Morgan Timber Products, of Wellington, Colorado, to serve as an individual employed by or associated with the timber industry;  

Ben Tisdel, Ouray County Commissioner, of Ouray, Colorado, to serve as a county commissioner west of the continental divide; 

Jody Shadduck-McNally, Larimer County Commissioner, of Loveland, Colorado, to serve as a county commissioner east of the continental divide; 

Samantha Albert, Deputy Director, Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, of Denver, Colorado, to serve as an employee of the Colorado Office of Economic Development with a leadership role and expertise in outdoor recreation; 

Christy Belton, Rancher, of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, to serve as an individual who owns a ranch and has grazing rights on public lands; 

Ethan Bucholz, Academic Liaison and Experiential Learning Specialist, Colorado State Forest Service, of Fort Collins, Colorado, to serve as a forest scientist or an individual who is  employed in a forest research position and has climate science experience;

Christina Burri, Watershed Scientist, Denver Water, of Drake, Colorado, to serve as an individual who is employed by a water supplier, including a municipal drinking water supplier and an irrigation water supplier, east of the continental divide; 

Hillary Cooper, San Miguel County Commissioner, of Telluride, Colorado, to serve as a county commissioner west of the continental divide; 

Patricia Dorsey, Director of Conservation Operations, Mountain West, National Wild Turkey Federation, of Bayfield, Colorado, to serve as an individual employed by or associated  with a wildlife organization; 

Abe Laydon, Douglas County Commissioner, of Lone Tree, Colorado, to serve as a county commissioner east of the continental divide; 

Amy Moyer, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Colorado River District, of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, to serve as an individual employed by a water supplier, including a municipal drinking water supplier and an irrigation water supplier, west of the continental divide; 

Julie Stencel, Assistant General Counsel, Xcel Energy, Denver, Colorado, to serve as an individual employed by a public utility that owns or operates transmission facilities; 

Carole Walker, Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, of Denver, Colorado, to serve as an individual employed by or associated with the insurance industry; 

Selwyn Whiteskunk, Vice Chair, Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Council, of Towaoc, Colorado, to serve as an enrolled member of a tribe that has a reservation in Colorado; 

Brett Wolk, Assistant Director, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, of Fort Collins, Colorado, to serve as an individual employed by a research institution and who has forest policy expertise. 

General Council Info:

Angela Boag, Assistant Director for Climate, Forest Health and Energy, angela.boag@state.co.us

Media Inquiries & CORA requests:

Chris Arend, Communications Director, chris.arend@state.co.us, 303-264-8615