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Colorado: Meet Cody Neff

“We are extremely supportive of the CFLR program and believe that all fuels and forest health treatment projects should be approached as a partnership. By maintaining strong communication and collaboration among partners and local communities, we can be more effective and efficient in managing our forests and natural resources." Cody Neff

Cody Neff has always loved the West’s lifestyle, mountains, timber, hunting, wildlife and people. For the past seven years he, his wife Stephanie, and their three kids have lived in Crawford, Colorado.

“We love the small town way of life, family emphasis, and beauty and serenity of the area. Forests are a lifeline to our valley and lifestyle here, offering opportunity for jobs and industry, food, recreation, and so much more,” says Cody.

Out of a deep desire to manage forests and rangelands in a responsible and beneficial way, Cody and Stephanie started West Range Reclamation.

“We love this industry and our company because we believe we are making a difference. Our deep commitment, along with countless others, truly does support the health of our forests and our way of life. We believe that what we do will result in generational change and continuous contribution. We are proud to be a part of that.”

West Range was honored to be selected to serve as the contractor for the Front Range Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration project.

Colorado’s Front Range contains 1.5 million acres of ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forests in urgent need of restoration to protect communities and ecosystems from destructive mega-fires. The Front Range CFLR project is increasing fire security while also creating job opportunities, protecting drinking water supply, and sustaining critical habitat.

“The partnership between West Range and the Forest Service has pioneered for the nation a new approach to managing our national forests in a manner that increases the pace of forest reclamation and fuels reduction work while creating economic growth,” said Cody.

The continued stability of the ten-year project has also allowed West Range to provide well-paying, steady, year-round work for their employees.

“We are extremely supportive of the CFLR program and believe that all fuels and forest health treatment projects should be approached as a partnership. By maintaining strong communication and collaboration among partners and local communities, we can be more effective and efficient in managing our forests and natural resources,” offers Cody.

Looking forward, Cody adds: “Forest management, when done properly, will help conserve the western landscape attributes that are so greatly valued by all. Most importantly, sound management of these resources will help ensure that our forests can achieve their full potential and continue to provide for the rural communities and wildlife that depend on them.

“We are honored to be creating sustainable forestry solutions for our communities and providing opportunities for our children, and their children, to enjoy the same benefits the forests give us today.”

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