Fort Collins, COUnited States
About Kristen Pelz
Kristen is a Ph.D. student in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology and the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, CSU, advised by Skip Smith. Collaborative Landscape Forest Restoration Projects (CLFRPs) expedite and improve land restoration projects by increasing understanding of ecological and social objectives and by reducing the amount of time and energy spent contesting/defending proposed management action. Federally-funded CLFRPs in Colorado are required to collectively monitor progress towards landscape-scale forest restoration goals. However, no methods have been developed to effectively evaluate these long-term projects. Kristen will work with the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute (CFRI), the Wilderness Society and the Colorado CLFRPs to develop robust methods for evaluating landscape restoration projects.