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The CFCN Presents: Branching Out

Upcoming Branching Out sessions!
  • May 16th; 1:30 – 3:00pm | Peer Support Session
  • June 25th; 1:30 – 3:00pm | Colorado Forest Resilience Planning Guide Focus Group

Keep scrolling for full descriptions & registration links.

Branching Out: Peer Support Session

Thursday, May 16th | 1:30 – 3:00pm

A primary goal of the Branching Out series is to facilitate relationship-building between collaboratives across Colorado, so they can share stories and learn from one another. We also envision Branching Out as a space for people to share current challenges they are facing and seek advice from folks who ‘get it’. In this presentation-free session, we invite you to bring both your challenges and your wisdom to the table; we’ll engage in several activities designed to facilitate shared learning and problem-solving.

Branching Out: Colorado Forest Resilience Planning Guide Focus Group

Tuesday, June 25th | 1:30 – 3:00pm

In 2023, the Colorado Forest Health Council passed a recommendation to create the Colorado Forest Resilience Planning Guide. Primarily geared toward local government and community-level, while being broadly understandable to a range of stakeholders interested in advancing pre-fire planning and building forest health resiliency, this document aims to guide Colorado communities through:

  • Identifying their own needs to promote resilient forests
  • Connecting with key organizations to collaboratively develop objectives and priorities around those needs
  • Narrowing which tools, activities, and technical and financial resources can be leveraged and combined them to accomplish their unique plans


In this focus group discussion, we’ll share information about the ongoing development of the Colorado Forest Resilience Planning Guide, collect feedback on the basic framework of the guide, and crowdsource “pro-tips” and common challenges faced when planning and coordinating forest management strategies to mitigate and recover from common disturbances at a county and/or landscape scale. The disturbances of interest are inclusive of wildfire, pests and pathogens, recreation, and more.

Please join us and spread the word! Tell your colleagues that now is the time to share ideas and resources for the Forest Resilience Planning Guide!

Branching Out Suggestion Box

We’re always looking for feedback & new ideas. If you have ideas for future Branching Out sessions, and/or would like to volunteer to be a speaker on a topic, please fill out this Google form.

Past Branching Out Sessions:

March 28, 2024 | Guide to Creating & Revising Collaborative Governance Documents
Katie McGrath Novak, Coordinator, Colorado Forest Collaboratives Network


February 22, 2024 | Coalition for the Upper South Platte Recreation Agreements and Amenities
John Geerdes, Executive Director, Coalition for the Upper South Platte


January 25, 2024 | The Colorado Forest Health Council & Forest Collaboratives in 2024

Recording not available.

December 21, 2023 | Branching Out End-of-Year Celebration!

Recording not available. Thanks to all who attended!

November 29, 2023 | Connecting Collaboratives with USFS State, Private, & Tribal Forestry: Who they are, what they do, & opportunities for collaboratives

Amie Anderton, Landscape Scale Restoration & IRA Landowner Assistance Program Program Manager
Matt Tuten, Cooperative Forestry Program Manager

Recording | Resources

October 19, 2023 | Forest Collaboratives and the New Colorado Forest Management Activity Tracker (Forest Tracker)

Nicholas Kotlinski, Colorado State Forest Service
Rebecca Dannels, Colorado State Forest Service
Brett Wolk, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute
Stephanie Mueller, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute

Recording | Resources

August 24, 2023 | Panning for Nuggets of Science Gold: Reframing Forestry and Wildfire Management Communication
Hannah Brown, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at Colorado State University
Brett Wolk, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at Colorado State University

Recording | Resources

July 27, 2023 | The US Forest Service and Forest Collaboratives in Colorado: How We Can Work Together
Monte Williams, Hally Strevey, Maya MacHamer, Chiara Forrester, Paul Orbuch, Ch’aska Huayhuaca-Frye

Recording | Resources

June 22, 2023 | COSWAP Overview & Feedback from Forest Collaboratives
Alison Lerch, Colorado Department of Natural Resources
Courtney Young, Colorado Department of Natural Resources

Recording | Resources

May 18, 2023 | Forest Health Council Updates & Feedback from Forest Collaboratives
Katie McGrath Novak, Colorado Forest Collaboratives Network Coordinator & Forest Health Council Collaboratives Representative

Recording | Resources

April 20, 2023 | Collaboratives as a platform for difficult community conversations, managing conflict, & developing a shared vision amongst partners
Danny Margoles, Coordinator, Dolores Watershed Resilient Forests Collaborative