Matt McCombs

State Forester and Director

Colorado State Forest Service

Fields of Expertise

Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Natural Disasters: Flood, Fire, and Drought

Areas of Interest

Land management, Strategic planning


Matthew McCombs is the Colorado State Forester and Director of the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS), which provides technical forestry assistance, wildfire mitigation expertise, and outreach and education in support of Colorado’s 24 million acres of forests. Prior to joining the CSFS, McCombs served as the U.S. Forest Service District Ranger for the 1.3-million-acre Gunnison Ranger District, part of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests. McCombs is a veteran whose career has spanned natural resources and other government work, including stints as the USFS District Ranger for the Appalachian Ranger District, an aide to Sens. Ken Salazar and Jon Tester, and a member of the Colorado Army National Guard and Montana Air National Guard, where he achieved the rank of captain before leaving the service in 2012.