Educational Publications

Educational information about hazardous fuels treatment, fire mitigation and prevention, and forest health and restoration

Creating Wildfire-Defensible Zones (738 KB pdf) A guide for creating and maintaining wildfire-defensible zones for properties in the wildland-urban interface. Included are diagrams and charts to plan the reduction of fuels around your home.

Fire-Resistant Landscaping (86 KB pdf) You can have a landscape that is wildfire defensible as well as beautiful. This guide provides suggestions for landscaping and maintaining defensible space.

FireWise Plant Materials (225 KB pdf) Included is a list of wildfire-resistant plants, and information about water needs, sun/shade preference, approximate mature height, elevation preference, and approximate bloom month.

Forest Home Fire Safety (64 KB pdf) This fact sheet includes checklists for annual fire safety tasks and preparations for defending your home in the event of wildfire, as well as evacuation tips.

Forest Restoration Guidelines in Ponderosa Pine on the Front Range of Colorado (1.6 MB pdf) This paper was compiled from information obtained from the Colorado State Forest Service 2004 Forest Health Report, and the Forest Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University.

Fuels Reduction and Bark Beetles (90 KB pdf) Learn about the relationship between fuels reduction and bark beetles, and what you can do to minimize the risk to your trees. Written by entomologist David Leatherman.

Good Fire, Bad Fire (1 MB pdf) How to think about forest land managment and ecological processes. Written by Merrill Kaufmann, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station; Ayn Shlisky, The Nature Conservancy; and Peter Marchand, Catamount Center for Geography of the Southern Rockies, 2006.

Grass Seed Mixes Reduce Wildfire Hazard (52 KB pdf) Some grass species reduce the risk of wildfire damage. The tables in this guide will assist you in the selection of the best grass mixes for your property.

Soil Erosion Control After Wildfire (315 KB pdf) Landowners should take quick action to minimize erosion after a wildfire once it's safe to return to the property. Learn how with this guide.

Vegetative Recovery After Wildfire (221 KB pdf) Many plants will recover quickly, depending on the severity of the wildfire. Find out which trees, shrubs, grasses, and other plants are more likely to survive.