Rocky Mountain Program

Rocky Mountain Program

The NFF has a long history of leading innovative, impactful work in Colorado. From our first Treasured Landscapes, Unforgettable Experiences effort addressing post-Hayman Fire recovery to more recent work to develop a model for collaborative stewardship across Colorado’s 14,000-foot-peaks, we’ve pushed the envelope, explored new partnerships, and worked to support our partners at the USDA Forest Service and in communities across the state. Current and ongoing focus areas include:

Large scale, cross-boundary forest health improvements to mitigate wildfire risk, protect watersheds, and enhance wildlife habitat through the Upper Arkansas Forest Fund in Chaffee and Lake Counties and several projects across the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests.

Collaborative fund model development, recreation infrastructure improvements, and trail stewardship in Gunnison County, Chaffee County, Eagle County, and in partnership with Vail Resorts and other ski area partners on the White River National Forest. The NFF partners with 10 ski areas across Colorado through innovative “ski conservation fund” programs.

Stakeholder engagement, collaboration, and storytelling to support community dialogue, project development, forest plan revision, and to resolve conflicts centered around National Forests and Grasslands.

Now, with a growing team of staff, we are expanding our partnerships from Colorado to priority areas throughout the Rocky Mountain Region. We are working to add value to the work of the U.S. Forest Service across eleven national forests and grasslands, including those in Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas.

The ecological and biological diversity on these lands is amazing: ranging from high peaks and alpine tundra, through coniferous and aspen forests, to pinyon-juniper and sagebrush, or expansive grasslands as low as 2,500 feet. We’re excited to be working in the Rocky Mountain Region!


Emily Olsen

Rocky Mountain Director

Joe Lavorini

Southwest Colorado Program Manager

Jamie Werner

White River National Forest Stewardship Coordinator

Maddie Rehn

Grand Mesa, Uncompaghre, and Gunnison National Forests Project Coordinator