Rocky Mountain Program

Rocky Mountain Program

In the Rocky Mountain Region, NFF is restoring forest health and improving outdoor experiences. The NFF leads large-scale fuel reduction projects to mitigate wildfire risk, protect watersheds, and enhance wildlife habitat. We often focus on cross-boundary projects that can benefit all lands or on projects that help National Forests recover from wildfires. We’re working hand in hand with the U.S. Forest Service and state and local partners to accelerate forest health and watershed improvements through mechanical and low-tech, process-based approaches. In addition, we improve outdoor experiences by improving trails, campgrounds, trailheads, cabins, and other recreation sites. We often lead this work in concert with nonprofit partners and contractors around the state.

To support this work, we develop and manage innovative funding mechanisms and support collaborative fundraising efforts.

The NFF also serves as a neutral convenor and facilitator. Our team participates in – or facilitates – groups working to build consensus around forest, recreation, and conservation issues. We encourage and support collaborative processes and strive to improve the relationships between communities and the Forest Service.


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

Jen Fenwick

Central Colorado Project Sr. Associate

Matt Nykiel

Central Colorado Project Coordinator

Jeny Davis

Southern Rockies Program Associate