Research Program

RMFI conducts research monitoring the effectiveness of restoration and erosion control techniques we have implemented at our various project sites. RMFI has also completed research examining the effects of recreation with the alpine as associated with the climbing of the state’s 14,000-ft mountains. All of our research is geared toward gaining a better understanding of how our work is positively impacting the environment. As part of our commitment to further education within the restoration field, RMFI partners with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Colorado College to provide student research internships.

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Citizen Science

RMFI is launching a new restoration monitoring program! Volunteer citizen scientists will measure restoration efforts in a variety of project locations to facilitate our understanding of how the trails are changing over time and how our trail work influences that process.

Garden of the Gods Restoration Monitoring

A program to measure the effectiveness of vegetation restoration treatments in this heavily used urban park.

Pikes Peak Restoration Research

The research program on Pikes Peak is focused on assessing the effectiveness of erosion control structures and restoration techniques implemented to mitigate environmental damage to streams and wetlands adjacent to the Pikes Peak Highway that have been impacted by decades of uncontrolled stormwater runoff.

Waldo Willow Propagation

In 2016, RMFI began a new willow propagation project in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service - Pike San and Isabel National Forest (and with generous support from The Waldo Waldo, the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, and the Colorado Water Conservation Board) with the goal of facilitating resiliency in critical riparian areas within the Waldo Canyon burn scar. Due to the promising results and survivability rates of the 2016 plantings, this program is set to expand into 2017 and 2018.