Future Forests Roundtable

Our forests today face threats from many directions, ranging from climate change to ever expanding human development. The U.S. Forest Service must address a seemingly endless list of needs with decidedly finite resources. Because of this challenge, ACES in collaboration with the USFS created The Future Forests Roundtable. Together, we’ve invited over thirty local environmental non-profit organizations for a series of roundtables held at the Aspen Institute. The idea was that by reaching out to local valley leaders, the USFS would gain a heightened understanding of our community's values, which in turn would help to inform and guide Forest Service priorities. The primary goal of the Roundtable is to help the Forest Service set Roaring Fork Valley priorities, both for the present and many years into the future. The secondary goal is to bring local environmental non-profit organizations together for collaboration, innovation, and support with their various projects.

Topics discussed at the Roundtable include watershed quality, wildfire threats, loss of open space, atmospheric carbon reduction strategies such as biomass and biochar, bark beetle and other insect infestation in forests, trail erosion and alignment issues, invasive species, recreation enhancements and other general forest restoration issues.

The Future Forest Roundtable meets on a quarterly basis and is always open to new members. If your organization is interested in joining the Future Forest Roundtable, please contact us.

Future Forest Roundtable Organizations:

10th Mountain Huts

Aspen/Pitkin Open Space Boards


Aspen Community Foundation

Aspen Fire Department

Aspen Global Change Institute

Aspen Historical Society

Aspen Ski Co

Aspen Valley Land Trust

Biochar Solutions LLC

Carroll Drive Properties

City of Aspen

City of Aspen Parks & Open Space

CO State University

Colorado Trout Unlimited


Flux Farm

Heartland Environmental Services

HighLife Unlimited

Independence Pass Foundation

Pitkin County BOCC

Pitkin County Open Space & Trails

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Roaring Fork Conservancy

Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers

Rocky Mountain Institute

Sopris Foundation

The Forest Conservancy

The US Forest Service

Wilderness Workshop