The RMRI involves all levels of land management agencies: local, state, and federal government, private citizens, corporations, non-governmental organizations, and many more diverse stakeholders.
What is The Rocky Mountain Restoration Initiative?
The Rocky Mountain Restoration Initiative is a new stakeholder-driven collaborative aimed at increasing the resilience of our forests, habitat, communities, recreation opportunities, and water resources across all lands in the Rocky Mountains. The initiative is taking the groundbreaking approach of tasking a diverse group of partners from Colorado to identify important landscapes, shared interests and potential strategies where a collective effort has the potential to make transformational changes in the health and resiliency of the ecosystem.
Co-convened by the National Wild Turkey Federation and the U.S. Forest Service, RMRI mobilizes over 40 partners across Colorado to deliver cross-boundary solutions to three priority landscapes that were selected through our stakeholder driven process. RMRI partners are united by our four shared values: Restore forests and habitat, protect communities, support recreation and tourism, and ensure clean and secure water.
Why is The Rocky Mountain Restoration Initiative needed?
We are approaching a critical junction between population growth and wildfires. Catastrophic wildfires are due to a variety of factors, including dense, unhealthy forests and drought coupled with increasingly warmer weather linked to climate change. Increasing population and development in the wildland-urban interface is simultaneously occurring at a time when wildfires are becoming larger and more difficult to control. What started as a forest health problem has now become a critical public health and safety problem.