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Rob Addington

Director of Forest and Fire Program, Colorado

Boulder, Colorado

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Rob Addington Director of the Forest and Fire Program with The Nature Conservancy in Colorado. © Lauryn Wachs/TNC


Conservation, Forest restoration, Fire management, Landscape ecology



Rob Addington


Rob Addington is the Director of the Forest and Fire Program with The Nature Conservancy in Colorado.  He and his team are focused on increasing the pace and scale of forest restoration in Colorado to reduce hazardous fuels and promote landscape resilience to natural disturbances such as wildfire as well as climate change.  Much of this work is completed in partnership with agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, the Colorado State Forest Service, and other non-governmental organizations.  Rob has more than 15 years of professional experience working in frequent-fire ecological systems, from longleaf pine ecosystems of the southeastern U.S. to ponderosa pine systems of the western U.S.  He holds B.A. degrees in Biology and English from the University of Colorado and a M.S. degree in Plant Biology from the University of Georgia. 

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Addington, R.N., Tavernia, B.G., Caggiano, M.D., Thompson, M.P., Lawhon, J.D., and Sanderson, J.S. 2020. Identifying opportunities for the use of broadcast prescribed fire on Colorado’s Front Range. Forest Ecology and Management 458: Article 117655.

Gannon, B.M., Wei, Y., MacDonald, L.H., Kampf, S.K., Jones, K.W., Cannon, J.B., Wolk, B.H., Cheng, A.S., Addington, R.N., and Thompson, M.P. 2019. Prioritising fuels reduction for water supply protection. International Journal of Wildland Fire 28: 785-803.

Addington, R.N., Aplet, G.H., Battaglia, M.A., Briggs, J.S., Brown, P.M., Cheng, A.S., Dickinson, Y., Feinstein, J.A., Pelz, K.A., Regan, C.M., Thinnes, J., Truex, R., Fornwalt, P.J., Gannon, B., Julian, C.W., Underhill, J.L., Wolk, B. 2018. Principles and practices for the restoration of ponderosa pine and dry mixed-conifer forests of the Colorado Front Range. RMRS-GTR-373. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 121 p.

Cannon, J.B., Barrett, K.J., Gannon, B.M., Addington, R.N., Battaglia, M.A., Fornwalt, P.J., Aplet, G.H., Cheng, A.S., Underhill, J.L., Briggs, J.S., Brown, P.M. 2018. Collaborative restoration effects on forest structure in ponderosa pine-dominated forests of Colorado. Forest Ecology and Management 424: 191-204.

Jones, K.W., Cannon, J.B., Saavedra, F.A., Kampf, S.K., Addington, R.N., Cheng, A.S., MacDonald, L.H., Wilson, C., Wolk, B. 2017. Return on investment from fuel treatments to reduce severe wildfire and erosion in a watershed investment program in Colorado. Journal of Environmental Management 198: 66-77.

Addington, R.N., Hudson, S.J., Hiers, J.K., Hurteau, M.D., Hutcherson, T.F., Matusick, G., and Parker, J.M. 2015. Relationships among wildfire, prescribed fire, and drought in a fire-prone landscape in the south-eastern United States. International Journal of Wildland Fire 24: 778-783.