At the Grand Junction District office, we are dedicated to providing quality assistance to landowners in Delta, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties by helping them achieve their resource management goals.

Grand Junction District near Glenwood Springs
Grand Junction District near Glenwood Springs

The Grand Junction District’s forest management programs provide a variety of services to Colorado landowners. We are dedicated to providing quality assistance to landowners in Delta, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties by helping them achieve their resource management goals.

Our goal is to help landowners enhance, protect and manage their forest property for optimum health now and for future generations.

Services include assistance with the following programs:

  • 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 also will enhance and protect wildlife habitat, soil and water quality, and ecological diversity.

Please contact the Grand Junction District office if you have any questions about managing your forest property.

Piñon-Juniper Management

A healthy stand of piñon pine in Western Colorado
A healthy stand of piñon pine in Western Colorado.

Piñon-juniper woodlands account for more than 5 million acres or approximately 21 percent of the state’s forested lands. Piñon-juniper woodlands are widespread in the lower elevations ranging from 4,900 to 8,000 feet in Western Colorado and exist in limited distribution in south-central Colorado and on the Eastern Plains.

The most common species within piñon-juniper woodlands are Colorado piñon pine (Pinus edulis) and Utah (Juniperus osteosperma) and one-seed (Juniperus monosperma) juniper, although Rocky Mountain juniper (Juniperus scopulorum) may codominate or replace one-seed juniper at high elevations.

Although not a traditional timber species, piñon-juniper forests have long been important to local communities for such products as fuelwood, fence posts, pine nuts, forage for livestock and watershed protection. Piñon-juniper forests also provide habitat for many of Colorado’s rarest plants including the gray vireo, one of the state’s rare birds.

For more information, visit the CSFS Piñon-Juniper page or the US Forest Service Piñon-Juniper website.

Pests that attack piñon and juniper trees can be found on our Common Western Colorado pests page.

Gambel Oak Management

Gamble oak is a native shrub in Western Colorado
Gamble oak is a native shrub in Western Colorado.

Gambel Oak (Quercus gambelii) is a native shrub, also known as shrub oak. These oak shrublands account for 10 percent of the forested lands in Colorado and are found throughout most of western Colorado. Their appearance can range from dense thickets with little understory to open groves of tree like oak stems with a rich understory of shrubs, grasses and wildflowers.

Fire usually plays an important role in maintaining oak shrublands; it promotes regeneration, controls the invasion of trees and increases the density and cover of Gambel oak and serviceberry. Wildlife species associated with oak shrublands include sharp-tailed grouse, blue grouse, Merriam’s turkey, Abert’s squirrel, mule deer, elk and black bear.

For more information, read Gambel Oak Management (1.3 MB PDF) or Gambel Oak Management in Western Colorado (17 KB PDF).

Contractors list

The Grand Junction District retains a list of local contractors who have asked to be on this list. We do not endorse any contractor and provide the listing only as a service to homeowners. Homeowners are advised to compare services and prices to find the contractor best suited for their particular needs.

We are aware of contractors working in the following areas:

  • Consulting Forester
  • General Tree Cutting
  • Logging/Salvage
  • Sawmill/Wood Processing
  • Wood Product Purchasing
  • Defensible Space Thinning
  • Chipping/Slash Removal
  • Wildfire Mitigation Plans
  • Pile Burning
  • Post-Wildfire Rehabilitation
  • Mountain Pine Beetle Diagnosis
  • Insect Spraying

For additional information, please download the most current Grand Junction District Contractors List (April 2016) or contact our district at (970) 248-7325. If you are a local contractor and would like to be included on this list, please fill out this Forestry Contractor Information Update Form – 2015 (20 KB PDF).

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 page or contact the Grand Junction 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 page or contact the Grand Junction District.

Environmental Quality Incentive Program

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 office contact information, please visit our Partners & Cooperators page or the Natural Resources Conservation Service website.

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