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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.

 

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Meeting Minutes

Previous Meetings

January 26, 2024 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet Forthcoming

January 26, 2024 Legislative Committee Recording Forthcoming 

 

January 12, 2024 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet Forthcoming

January 12, 2024 Legislative Committee Recording Forthcoming 

 

January 8, 2024 Committee on Leveraging Resources Meeting Packet Forthcoming

January 8, 2024 Committee on Leveraging Resources Meeting Recording Forthcoming

 

December 15, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet Forthcoming

December 15, 2023 Legislative Committee Recording Forthcoming 

 

December 11, 2023 Committee on Leveraging Resources Meeting Packet Forthcoming

December 11, 2023 Committee on Leveraging Resources Meeting Recording Forthcoming

 

December 1, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet

December 1, 2023 Legislative Committee Recording Forthcoming 

 

November 17, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet

November 17, 2023 Legislative Committee Recording

 

November 13, 2023 Committee on Leveraging Resources Meeting Packet Forthcoming

November 13, 2023 Committee on Leveraging Resources Meeting Recording

 

October 25, 2023 Forest Health Council Meeting Packet

October 25, 2023 Forest Health Council Meeting Recording

 

October 20, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet

October 20, 2023 Legislative Committee Recording

 

October 9, 2023 Committee on Leveraging Resources Packet

October 9, 2023 Committee on Leveraging Resources Recording

 

October 6, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet

October 6, 2023 Legislative Committee Recording

 

September 15, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet

September 15, 2023 Legislative Committee Recording

 

September 11, 2023 Committee on Leveraging Resources Meeting Packet

September 11, 2023 Committee on Leveraging Resources Recording

 

September 1, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet

September 1, 2023 Legislative Committee Recording

 

August 28, 2023 Forest Health Council Meeting Packet

August 28, 2023 Forest Health Council Meeting Recording

 

July 28, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet

July 28, 2023 Legislative Committee Recording

 

July 27, 2023 Council Meeting Packet 

July 27, 2023 Council Meeting Recording 
 

July 20, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet 

July 20, 2023 Legislative Committee Recording
 

July 14, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet

July 14, 2023 Legislative Committee Recording
 

July 10, 2023 Committee on Leveraging Resources Meeting Packet

July 10, 2023 Committee on Leveraging Resources Recording Forthcoming
 

July 7, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet

July 7, 2023 Legislative Committee Recording
 

June 30, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet

June 30, 2023 Legislative Committee Recording
 

June 23, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet

June 23, 2023 Legislative Committee Recording

 

June 12, 2023 Committee on Leveraging Resources Meeting Packet

June 12, 2023 Committee on Leveraging Resources Recording
 

June 2, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet

June 2, 2023 Legislative Committee Recording
 

May 26, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet

May 26, 2023 Legislative Committee Recording
 

May 19, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet

May 19, 2023 Legislative Committee Recording
 

May 11, 2023 Council Meeting Packet

May 11, 2023 Council Meeting Video
 

May 8, 2023 Committee on Leveraging Resources Meeting Packet

May 8, 2023 Committee on Leveraging Resources Recording
 

May 5, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet
 

April 21, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet

April 21, 2023 Legislative Committee Recording
 

April 10, 2023 Committee on Leveraging Resources Meeting Packet

April 10, 2023 Committee on Leveraging Resources Recording
 

April 7, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet

April 7, 2023 Legislative Committee Recording
 

March 24, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet

March 24, 2023 Legislative Committee Recording
 

March 13, 2023 Committee on Leveraging Resources Meeting Packet

March 13, 2023 Committee on Leveraging Resources Recording
 

March 10, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet

March 10, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Recording 
 

February 24, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet

February 24, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Recording
 

February 10, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet

February 10, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Recording
 

February 6, 2023 Committee on Leveraging Resources Meeting Packet

February 6, 2023 Committee on Leveraging Resources Meeting Video
 

February 1, 2023 Council Meeting Packet

February 1, 2023 Council Meeting Video 
 

January 27, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet 

January 27, 2023 Legislative Committee Video
 

January 13, 2023 Committee on Leveraging Resources Meeting Packet 

January 13, 2023 Committee on Leveraging Resources Video
 

January 13, 2023 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet
 

December 16, 2022 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet

December 16, 2022 Legislative Committee Meeting Video
 

December 2, 2022 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet

December 2, 2022 Legislative Committee Meeting Video 
 

November 7  2022 Committee on Leveraging Resources Meeting Packet

November 7,  2022 Committee on Leveraging Resources Video
 

November 4, 2022 Legislative Committee Meeting Packet

November 4, 2022 Legislative Committee Agenda Meeting Video
 

October 20, 2022 Council Meeting Packet

October 20, 2022 Council Meeting Video 
 

October 7, 2022 Legislative Committee Agenda and Summary

October 7, 2022 Legislative Committee Video
 

October 4, 2022 Committee on Leveraging Resources Agenda and Summary

October 4, 2022 Committee on Leveraging Resources Video
 

September 29, 2022 Council Meeting Agenda 

September 29, 2022 Council Meeting Summary

September 29, 2022 Council Meeting Video
 

September 23, 2022 Legislative Committee Agenda and Summary

September 23, 2022 Legislative Committee Video 
 

September 9, 2022 Legislative Committee Agenda and Summary 

September 9, 2022 Legislative Committee Video 
 

August 26, 2022 Legislative Committee Agenda and Summary

August 26, 2022 Legislative Committee Video
 

August 19, 2022 Legislative Committee Agenda and Summary

August 19, 2022 Legislative Committee Video
 

August 4, 2022 Council Meeting Agenda

August 4, 2022 Council Meeting Summary 

August 4, 2022 Council Meeting Video
 

August 1, 2022 Committee on Leveraging Resources Agenda and Summary 

August 1, 2022 Committee on Leveraging Resources Video 
 

July 29, 2022 Legislative Committee Agenda and Summary

July 29, 2022 Legislative Committee Video 
 

July 22, 2022 Legislative Committee Agenda and Summary

July 22, 2022 Legislative Committee Video
 

July 15, 2022 Legislative Committee Agenda and Summary 
 

July 6, 2022 Council Meeting Agenda

July 6, 2022 Council Meeting Packet and Summary

July 6, 2022 Council Meeting Video 
 

July 1, 2022 Legislative Committee Agenda and Summary 

July 1, 2022 Legislative Committee Video 
 

June 3, 2022 Legislative Committee Agenda and Summary

June 3, 2022 Legislative Committee Video 
 

May 20, 2022 Legislative Committee Agenda and Summary

May 20, 2022 Legislative Committee Video 
 

May 9, 2022 Committee on Leveraging Resources Agenda and Summary

May 9, 2022 Committee on Leveraging Resources Video
 

May 6, 2022 Legislative Committee Agenda and Summary

May 6, 2022 Legislative Committee Video
 

April 26, 2022 Council Meeting Agenda

April 26, 2022 Council Meeting Packet and Summary

April 26, 2022 Council Meeting Video
 

January 19, 2022 Council Meeting Agenda

January 19, 2022 Council Meeting Summary

January 19, 2022 Council Meeting Slides

January 19, 2022 Council Meeting Video 
 

November 16, 2021 Council Meeting Agenda

November 16, 2021 Council Meeting Summary

November 16, 2021 Council Meeting Slides

November 16, 2021 Council Meeting Video

 

Upcoming Meetings

 

Colorado Forest Health Council 

April 24, 2024

Agenda

Meeting link

Legislative Committee

May 3, 2024

8:30-9:30

Agenda forthcoming

Meeting link: meet.google.com/ycs-qoku-otg

Committee on Leveraging Resources

May 13, 2024

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Agenda

Meeting link

 

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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 Senate from the 20th District 
  • Mike Lynch, Member of the Colorado House of Representatives from the 65th 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; 
  • Katie  McGrath-Novak, Network Coordinator, Colorado Forest Collaboratives Network, of Longmont, 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;  
  • Clyde Church, La Plata County Commissioner, Durango, 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:

Courtney Young, Forest Health and Wildfire Mitigation Program Administrator, courtney.young@state.co.us, 720-762-6176

Alison Lerch, Forest Health and Wildfire Mitigation Program Manager, alison.lerch@state.co.us, 720-762-6169

Media Inquiries & CORA requests:

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