Our forest management programs provide a variety of services to Colorado landowners.

At the Boulder District office, we are dedicated to providing quality assistance to landowners in Boulder and Gilpin counties by helping them achieve their resource management goals. Our goal is to help you enhance, protect and manage your forest property for optimum health now and for future generations.

Services Include

  • Forest stewardship plans
  • Forest management plans
  • Thinning projects for forest health and restoration
  • Fuels reduction and modification to reduce wildfire hazards
  • Insect and disease surveys and detection
  • “Sick tree” calls — site visits for both large- and small-acreage properties
  • Conservation tree planting plans
  • Seedling tree planting and advice
  • Advice and assistance in coordinating forest contractors and consultants
  • Public education and dispersal of information
  • Seminars and workshops for communities, subdivisions, and Homeowner Associations

As a Colorado landowner you can enhance the value of your forestland by being dedicated and concerned about forest management issues and wildfire. Managing your land will not only increase the value and health of your resource, but will also enhance and protect wildlife habitat, soil and water quality, and ecological diversity. Please contact the Boulder District office if you are concerned about your forest property.

Programs for Landowners

Forest Ag

The Forest Agriculture Classification Program allows forested lands that meet specific specifications to have similar property tax valuation as that of traditional agricultural lands. The Forest Ag program is voluntary and landowners must meet annual requirements for eligibility. These include:

  1. The landowner must perform forest management activities to produce tangible wood products for the primary purpose of obtaining a monetary profit. Tangible wood products include transplants, Christmas trees and boughs, sawlogs, posts, poles and firewood.
  2. The landowner must have at least 40 forested acres.
  3. The landowner must submit a Colorado State Forest Service-approved forest management plan that is prepared by a professional forester or natural resources professional.
  4. Landowners must annually submit (1) a request for inspection, (2) an inspection fee, (3) an accomplishment report, and (4) an annual work plan for the following year. The enrolled property must be inspected annually by a CSFS forester.

More information can be found on the CSFS Forest Ag web page or contact the Boulder District.

Forest Stewardship

The Forest Stewardship Program encourages long-term stewardship of private forest lands and is designed to assist landowners with more actively managing their forest and related resources.

More information can be found on the CSFS Forest Stewardship web page or contact the Boulder District.

Tree Farm

A tree farm is a tract of privately owned land that is voluntarily dedicated by its owner to the growing of renewable resources, while protecting environmental benefits and increasing public understanding of sustainable forestry.

More information can be found on the CSFS Tree Farm web page or contact the Boulder District.

EQIP

The Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) provides a source of funding and technical assistance through the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to support forest management activities.

For NRCS contact information, please visit the Longmont NRCS field office.

Additional Resources

Major Forest Types

Contractor List

Slash Pile Burning Information

Community Forestry Sort Yards