The Colorado Wood Utilization and Marketing Program and the Colorado Office of the Bureau of Land Management have formed a multi-year partnership to identify forest products and marketing opportunities for piñon-juniper utilization in Colorado.
Project Resources & Partners
Research scientists and staff of the Colorado Wood Utilization and Marketing Program (CoWood) are working with the Colorado Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to assist natural resource managers, contractors and businesses in identifying ways to enhance the ecological and economic opportunities affiliated with piñon-juniper utilization and management on Colorado BLM lands.
Many of Colorado’s forests have received significant attention regarding hazardous fuels, forest health and wood utilization opportunities; however, comparatively less attention has been paid to investigating the potential economic value of wood products from Colorado’s piñon-juniper forests.
As is the case with other forest types in Colorado, experts are concerned about the health of piñon-juniper forests, which face increasing threats from wildfire, competition among other forest types and rangeland, public access and recreation. Active forest management in piñon-juniper systems will contribute to the health and resiliency of these forest communities and enhance effective wood utilization.