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Forest Health Outreach Schedule of Events

Good Fire, Bad Fire – An Expert Panel Discusses Effective Uses of Fire and Planned Burn at Heil Valley Ranch

When: Wednesday, August 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Boulder County Parks and Open Space, 5201 St. Vrain Road, Longmont
Program Description: Boulder County Parks and Open Space invites you to attend an expert panel discussion on the use of prescribed fire. The panel will discuss the historical role fire played in our Front Range forests and how the use of prescribed fire can help return portions of our forest to a healthy state.

Parks and Open Space is planning a prescribed fire at Heil Valley Ranch this fall. We would like to share with neighbors and county residents the details of this plan. We will discuss the benefits of prescribed fire, the risks and the precautions we take to ensure a safe and ecologically effective burn. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for evening of forest ecology and fire.

Panel of Wildfire Specialists to include:

  • Peter M. Brown, Director, Rocky Mountain Tree-Ring Research
  • Michael Frary, Prescribed Fire Manager, State of Colorado, Division of Fire Prevention and Control
  • Jay Stalnacker, Fire Management Officer, Boulder County Sheriff’s Office
Contact: or 303-678-6206.

Boulder County offers forest management trainings and workshops throughout the year on a range of topics. Past trainings have focused on topics such as bark beetle management, wildfire mitigation, and ponderosa pine restoration. These trainings are a great opportunity for private forest landowners to learn more about being active stewards of their land. See Wildfire Mitigation Education and Outreach Portal for more information.

For more information about upcoming trainings, bark beetle management strategies and forest stewardship, contact Ryan Ludlow, Boulder County’s outreach forester, at 720-564-2641 or email:

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Mailing Address

Forest Health
Boulder County Land Use
PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306

Property Owner &
Private Land Issues

Ryan Ludlow
Outreach Forester
Land Use

County Managed
Open Space Lands

Chad Julian
Sr. Resource Specialist
Forestry & Fire
Parks and Open Space

Community Forestry Sort Yards

Wayne Harrington
Sort Yard Operator
Parks and Open Space