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supervisor, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland, USDA Forest Service. “When we broadened the Front Range Fuels Treatment Partner- ship to include the Roundtable, we never could have imagined the energy, talent and results that would be brought to bear on this important issue.”

The initiatives developed by the Roundtable address issues such as providing increased funding for forest treatments, reducing forest treatment costs, engaging local leadership in project planning and implementa- tion, and setting clear priorities that ensure progress to- ward common forest restoration and community pro- tection goals.

The Roundtable found that approximately 1.5 million acres of forest may need to be treated, and much of that— 60 percent—is in private ownership. At an average cost of more than $400 per acre, treatment costs could ex- ceed $15 million annually over a 40-year period.

“While the challenge of treating 1.5 million acres is daunting, the combined goals of reducing fire risk and restoring Front Range forests are achievable. And that success depends on leadership and action by federal, state

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and local governments, as well as the involvement of Front Range communities and other stakeholders,” said Brian McPeek, deputy state director for The Nature Con- servancy of Colorado.

“The idea that 60 percent of the land in need of treat- ment is privately owned, which means it often is not contiguous, can make treatment expensive and difficult,” said Jeff Jahnke, Colorado State Forester. But the Roundtable has made some innovative recommenda- tions that may allow Front Range communities to achieve these treatment goals, especially if all the enti- ties identified in the report are able to invest the neces- sary time and energy. We are excited about the findings and recommendations and look forward to working with Roundtable members in the future to identify ways to put the report into action.”

The Roundtable’s report, Living with Fire: Protecting Communities and Restoring Forests, Findings and Recom- mendations of the Front Range Fuels Treatment Partnership Roundtable, is available on the Front Range Fuels Treat- ment Partnership website at <www.frftp.org>.

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