For Immediate Release
Monday, April 08, 2013

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Colorado State University School of Global Environmental Sustainability Explores Whether Last Year's Fire Season Could Return

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SoGES will host a forum on the upcoming fire season.

FORT COLLINS - The Colorado State University School of Global Environmental Sustainability will host a forum titled “Welcome to the Future: Is the 2012 Fire Season Indicative of What Lies Ahead?” Wednesday, April 10, as part of its 2013 “Managing the Planet” speaker’s series.

CSU scientists will discuss Colorado’s 2012 fire season, its drivers, and whether this can be expected for the future. Panelists will speak about the current landscape, forest conditions and land use in addition to the implications for management, water resources, wildlife and development. This event, which is free and open to the public, will be 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Avogadro’s Number, 605 S. Mason St., in Fort Collins.

Speakers include:

  • Barry Noon, Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
  • Mark Fiege, History
  • Sarah Reed, Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
  • Jason Sibold, Anthropology

The event will be moderated by Gene Kelly, chair of the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and SoGES associate director for Research and Development. For more information on the speaker’s series, visit

About the School of Global Environmental Sustainability
A first for the state, the School of Global Environmental Sustainability encompasses all sustainability (society, economics and environment) education and research at Colorado State University. The school positions CSU to address the multiple challenges to global sustainability through broad-based research, curricular programs and outreach initiatives. The school’s emphases include food security, environmental institutions and governance, sustainable communities, land and water resources, biodiversity, conservation and management, climate change and energy. This approach capitalizes on the university's historic strength in environmental research and education and builds upon the education and research that already exists within all eight colleges on campus from the Warner College of Natural Resources to the College of Business. For more information on SoGES, go to