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RMRI Celebrates Shared Stewardship in the Upper South Platte

By Hanna McKinney, National Wild Turkey Federation

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The RMRI leadership and partnership meeting held in the Upper South Platte landscape Sept. 26-27 brought together various partners from across the state. Discussions centered on the vital role prescribed fire plays in landscape management. Following the meeting, partners conducted a field tour to three sites where conservation work had occurred over the past year.

Touring the Upper South Platte landscape revealed the distinct challenges that RMRI partners work with every day. As part of the U.S. Forest Service's Colorado Front Range Landscape and one of 10 initial landscapes within the Wildfire Crisis Strategy, the Upper South Platte region plays a pivotal role in ongoing efforts.

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Milestones in the Upper South Platte Landscape

By Hanna McKinney, National Wild Turkey Federation

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On Sept. 27, RMRI partners took to the field to tour conservation project sites on the Upper South Platte Landscape and discuss accomplishments.


  • Alderfer/Three Sisters Park – Jefferson County Open Space, a partner of RMRI, led this initiative, which involves ongoing forest health treatments across approximately 240 acres of ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir forest within the park.

  • Sand Springs Prescribed Fire – The U.S. Forest Service South Platte Ranger District successfully carried out an unprecedented prescribed burn operation along the Colorado Trail within the Pike National Forest. The project encompassed a controlled burn spanning 250 acres.


  • Private Property – In regions such as the Pleasant Park Corridor in Colorado, completing treatments on private lands and establishing defensible space within these communities holds paramount importance. The challenging aspect in this area arises from limited evacuation routes, making it essential to proactively mitigate fire risks.
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SURVEY: Post-Event, RMRI Leadership Team- Partnership Meeting in the Upper South Platte

Our last in-person meeting was held Sept. 26-27, 2023, in the Upper South Platte landscape. If you participated, thank you! We hope you had as much fun attending as we did organizing it. We want to hear your feedback so we can keep improving our logistics and content. Please fill this quick survey and let us know your thoughts (your answers will be anonymous).

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The Rocky Mountain Restoration Initiative serves as the common entry point for restoration efforts in the Rockies. RMRI supports Partners across federal, state, Tribal and local jurisdictions to increase pace and scale of forest restoration. This is Shared Stewardship in action.