OK here we go. You mentioned renting, so I would recommend these sites to help in the search:
The local paper here has gotten pretty pricey on ads so it seems that fewer are listing there, but it worth a look. http://www.gazette.com/index.php
Until you have some familiarity with the town these may not help, but the CSPD has weekly crime maps on their website. http://www.springsgov.com/Page.asp?NavID=348
The parts of town I mentioned above are more costly because they are the newer areas. Personally I have this thing about renting, although I know that it can make sense when you are new to an area. However, the housing market here right now is a buyers dream. If you have the inclination I would not overlook purchasing.
The Springs can be interesting to navigate. There are very few streets that go straight in any direction. Remember, mountains = west
but a GPS when you get here would help too. While the Springs is the second largest city in the state, it is not really that big. You can pretty much get anywhere in 15-20 minutes, a little more in rush hours, unless the weather is bad.
There are two public higher education systems here. UCCS http://www.uccs.edu/
and Pikes Peak Community College http://www.ppcc.edu/
I just took a quick look and PPCC would probably be your best bet for forestry, at least initially.
That's about all that comes to mind at the moment. When you get here, give a shout, I would be glad to show you around.