MITIGATION SPECIALISTS

What Is Our Long Term Goal?

Our team is dedicated to educating homeowners on the risk of wildfires and the benefits of mitigation. Our staff works hard to make your home as safe as possible and your community more resistant to wildfires. We are determined to become the model wildfire mitigation program for counties across the state.

Knowledgeable mitigation specialists, with various wildfire backgrounds, are here to support you throughout the mitigation process. Phone Advisors are always available to answer any questions you have regarding mitigation and are more than happy to assist you with any problems that arise.

"360 degrees around our property is burnt to a crisp, and we still stand with lots of green up to 50 feet and it’s all thanks to our hard work and our specialist’s great attention to detail. So I just wanted you to know that this is a model up here and I’m so grateful to Wildfire Partners."

-David Ruskay, Certified Homeowner and Cold Springs Fire Survivor

Our Team

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Jim Webster

Program Coordinator

Jim Webster is the Wildfire Partners Program Coordinator. He works for Boulder County’s Land Use Department. Jim developed this nationally recognized public-private partnership in collaboration with many colleagues and over 35 partner organizations. Jim has designed and implemented innovative, natural resource-based  initiatives for more than 30 years in the U.S. and Africa. He received his Master’s in Environmental Management from Duke University.

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Abby Silver

Mitigation Specialist

Abby Silver is a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist.  She has been working for Boulder County’s Wildfire Partners program since its inception in 2014, helping hundreds of Boulder County homeowners to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities to their land and structures.  She enjoys collaborating with homeowners to find creative solutions designed to enhance both the fire safety and aesthetics of their property while working within the parameters of current science and best practices.  She is a long-time Boulder County resident, mountain homeowner, and Sunshine FPD volunteer.

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Ben Yellin

Mitigation Specialist

Ben Yellin is a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist in Boulder County’s Land Use Department. Before joining Boulder County, Ben was an Associate Planner at Wildfire Planning International and a Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) team member. He also operated as a wildland firefighter for seven years on Hotshot, Helitack, and engine crews for the US Forest Service and National Park Service. Ben earned a Bachelor of Natural Resource Tourism degree from Colorado State University and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree at the University of Colorado, Denver.

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Kyle McCatty

Mitigation Specialist

Kyle McCatty is a wildfire mitigation specialist for Boulder County. He helps run both the County’s nationally award winning voluntary home wildfire mitigation program—Wildfire Partners—and the County’s building code wildfire mitigation requirements. Before that Kyle worked for the Colorado State Forest Service in Fort Collins and Golden for six years with a brief stint with Arizona State Forestry helping state and private landowners with forest restoration and wildfire mitigation.

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Matt Tobler

Mitigation Specialist

Matt Tobler is a Society of American Foresters Certified Forester with 19 years of experience working in the Colorado Front Range.  He has been with the Wildfire Partners program for three years and has provided Home Ignition Zone and Defensible Space layouts on more than 350 properties in Boulder County.  He has provided wildfire mitigation and forest restoration services for numerous reservoir watersheds and residential subdivisions with real estate values in excess of 13 billion dollars.  In collaboration with other county mitigation specialists, Matt completed structure assessments and defensible space layouts for all County owned historical properties.  He has assisted with National Environmental Policy Act compliance for regional forest management activities and conducted original research regarding landscape ecology, fuel loading and historical structures of ponderosa pine forests with mixed and variable fire regimes within Colorado.  A careful listener, Matt integrates homeowner desires with fire science and forest conditions to develop a customized mitigation plan for each property.  Matt is also a Certified Ecologist with the Ecological Society of America and a Natural Resource Technical Service Provider.

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Brett Haberstick

Mitigation Specialist

Brett Haberstick is a Wildfire Mitigation Consultant with the Wildfire Partners program for the past four years. He has been a volunteer firefighter for 9 years first with the Sunshine Fire Protection District, where he also served as Fire Marshal and Fire Chief, and currently with Boulder Rural Fire Department where he is a Wildfire Specialist. Brett has participated in writing two Community Wildfire Protection Plans that includes Boulder County’s CWPP, serves on the Boulder County Fire Code Review Council, and is rostered with a Rocky Mountain Type 2 Incident Management Team that travels around the US to fight wildfires which included the 2016 Cold Springs Fire outside Nederland, Colorado. Brett earned his Ph.D in Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder.