About Fireweed Ecological Services

Lucy Bauer, founder

My interest in restoring privately-owned natural areas in Colorado’s mountains and foothills dates back to my family’s purchase of 43 acres of forested land in Bailey nearly three decades ago. My training as an ecologist gained new meaning as we grappled with insects and disease in conifers and aspen, planted hundreds of seedling trees and shrubs, dealt with the aftermath of the Snaking Gulch Fire, revegetated with native grasses, controlled noxious weeds, and created defensible space around the log cabin we had built.

Our log cabin in Bailey, CO

Fireweed Ecological Services LLC was born in 2020, a small consulting and management business with a focus on noxious weed control, forest health and wildfire preparedness. As a nimble and independent contractor in the realm of vegetation management and fire mitigation, I am passionate about helping other property owners in Colorado’s mountain and foothill communities live confidently and harmoniously within the wildland-urban interface.

Commercial Pesticide Applicator
Licensed & insured by Colorado Department of Agriculture since 2021
Colorado Weed Management Association
Board member/Training Committee member since 2021
Fire Adapted Bailey
Secretary of the Board since 2021
Rotary Wildfire Ready
Education & Outreach Committee member since 2021
American Tree Farm System
Certified Tree Farmer & Secretary of the Colorado Tree Farm Committee since 2017
National Association for Interpretation
Certified Interpretive Guide 2018-2022
Red Rocks Community College
Certification in Resource Interpretation & Park Ranger Technology 2018
Durham University
PhD in Ecology

Service Area

Fireweed’s service area spans the front range mountains and foothills communities in central Colorado including the counties of Jefferson, Park, Clear Creek, Douglas and beyond. Regions further afield are considered on a case-by-case basis.