High-Elevation Forest Mortality Continues as Spruce Surpasses Lodgepole
(Aspen Business Journal 02/20/13)
As the mountain pine beetle epidemic tapers off after killing much of Colorado's lodgepole forests, it has been surpassed by another epidemic in the upper-elevation forests.
Late Winter is Best Time to Prune Trees
(La Junta Tribune Democrat 02/14/13)
Late winter, from mid-February until early March, is the best time to prune most urban trees. Trees are still dormant at this time of year and, unlike in early winter, wound closure will be rapid if pruning occurs just prior to the time new growth emerges.
Beetles Multiply in Southwest Colorado
(Durango Herald 02/07/13)
An outbreak of spruce beetles exploded across the forests of Southwest Colorado last year, according to the results of an aerial survey released Wednesday.
New Survey Offers Good, Bad News for Colorado Forests
(Colorado Springs KRDO News 02/07/13)
The U.S. Forest Service and Colorado State Forest Service released the results of their annual aerial forest health survey in Colorado, offering good and bad news for trees.
Now is the Time to Address Home & Community Wildfire Mitigation
(Pagosa Springs Journal 01/25/13)
With the ongoing drought, low snowpack, recent brush fires and Red Flag Warnings in effect along the Front Range today, the Colorado State Forest Service reminds landowners to prepare their homes now for possible wildfire.
Is Cold Wave Beetle's Death Knell?
(Durango Herald 01/23/13)
The widespread cold in Southwest Colorado in recent weeks has been penetrating enough to shrivel people, but probably hasn't fazed the spruce bark beetle, foresters say.
Funding Available for Forest Restoration Projects Through Colorado State Forest Service
(Wellington North Forty News 01/17/13)
Colorado landowners and communities that want to protect forested areas from severe wildfire and other forest health concerns may be eligible for grant funding from the Colorado State Forest Service.
O' Christmas Tree, Where to Recycle Thee?
(Loveland Reporter Herald 01/03/13)
The tree was chopped down from its place in the forest, hauled home, reinvented with lights and ornaments in a corner of the living room and tasked with sheltering gifts at Christmas. Now it is January and time for the tree to find another use.
Hallman & Piehl: Defensible Space for your Home is Key
(Summit Daily 12/19/12)
Our forests have changed and will change dramatically following the recent mountain pine beetle epidemic. The Summit County Wildfire Council, U.S. Forest Service, Colorado Forest Service, homeowners associations, private landowners and nonprofits have completed projects that now make many of our homes and public infrastructure less vulnerable to potential wildfires.
New Board to Protect Tree Stock
(Trinidad Times 12/11/12)
Travelers along the highways and byways of America can often see mature trees with stubby limbs. This can be the result of tree topping, a practice denounced by arborists and tree lovers as a cause of unnecessary stress on trees that often contributes to their premature death.
Redstone Canyon Mitigators Receive Larimer County Environmental Stewardship Award
(Wellington North Forty News 12/04/12)
The Board of Larimer County Commissioners recently announced the 2012 Larimer County Environmental Stewardship Awards.
Pingree Park Fire Ultimately Results in Tree Distribution to Needy
(Loveland Reporter Herald 12/03/12)
After the Hourglass fire blazed through Pingree Park in 1994, the stands of lodgepole pine regenerated naturally, but were too thick for a healthy forest. Those that needed removal found new life in homes throughout Northern Colorado through the nonprofit Gift of a Green Christmas, spreading Christmas cheer.
Colorado State Forest Service Offers Tips to Prepare Trees for Winter
(Sterling Journal-Advocate 11/05/12)
Even though urban trees on Colorado's Front Range, Eastern Plains and Western Slope are now going dormant, they require care before and during the winter to remain in top health.
Capitol Christmas Tree En Route to Spruce Up Washington Holiday
(NBC National News 11/04/12)
The 73-foot Engelmann spruce that will serve as the official U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree was cut down Friday in Colorado's White River National Forest, NBCWashington.com reported Saturday.
Majestic Park is Fire Wise
(Pikes Peak Courier View 11/01/12)
Movers and shakers when it comes to inspiring a movement in the Majestic Park subdivision, Bonnie Sumner, along with Curt and Susan Grina, transformed a daunting task into a neighborhood fuel-mitigation project.
Colorado State Forest Service Recommends Tree Inspections
(Salida Mountain Mail 10/17/12)
With most insect populations going dormant for the colder months, fall is a great time to have a forester inspect trees for mountain pine beetles and other bark beetles, the Colorado State Forest Service advised recently.
Grand County Sawmills Find Regional Markets for Beetle-Kill Timber
(Granby Ski-HI Daily News 10/12/12)
The smell of fresh-cut pine, the steady sound of heavy machinery and the sight of semi-trailers dropping off regular truckloads of logs are clear indicators that Grand County sawmills are alive and kicking.
Colorado Giving $1.3 Million for Wildfire Recovery
(Denver Post 10/12/12)
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is providing $1.3 million for recovery in the Lower North Fork Fire burn area. Hickenlooper says the funding announced Friday can be used to pay for such things as removing burned trees in the burn area and helping residents.
A Tree Falls in the Forest
(Montrose Daily Press 10/11/12)
All summer long, Montrose resident Chris Pahl has been making the commute to this Western Slope landmark for his business, Woodchuck's Tree Service & Fuelwood.
Tree Pruning Workshop Deadline Oct. 12
(Chaffee County Times (10/11/12)
A tree pruning workshop will be held Oct. 20 from 8 a.m.-noon at the American Legion Hall Annex, 306 E. Arkansas St. in Buena Vista.
County Earns Conservation Award for Work at Devil's Backbone
(Loveland Reporter Herald 10/03/12)
Devil's Backbone Open Space west of Loveland has earned a "Blue Grama Award" for the Larimer County Natural Resources Department, according to a release issued Wednesday by the county. Local agencies involved in the restoration include the Colorado State Forest Service …
Sunlit Sprouts Emerging from Colorado Burn Areas
(Denver Post 09/05/12)
From Colorado's scorched forest floors, aspen trees sprout, replacing blackened firs.
Up and Autumn: Fall Color Here Early
(Grand Junction Daily Sentinel 09/04/12)
Autumn is coming. The calendar says so, but so do the mornings around 6 a.m., when the sun's not far below the horizon and the temperature's not far below 60. Still: Brrr… A jacket wouldn't be a bad idea.
Colorado State Forest Service Seeks Donations for Post-Wildfire Tree Planting
(Wellington North Forty News 08/28/12)
In the aftermath of destructive wildfires, reforesting burned land is a priority in order to help protect water supplies, restore wildlife habitat and reduce flooding and erosion.
Money & the Law: Tax Law Encourages Fire-Mitigation Efforts
(Colorado Springs Gazette 08/26/12)
In 2008, the Colorado Legislature took a step in this direction intended to encourage wildfire mitigation efforts. Specifically, House Bill 08-1110 created a tax deduction for property owners who spend money to establish and maintain defensible space, build fuel breaks, thin woody vegetation or otherwise act to reduce the risk of damage to a structure resulting from a wildfire.
All I Need to Know About Wildfires … Helicopter, Fire Sites, Hands-on Experience Helps Teachers
(Rifle Citizen Telegram 07/19/12)
The rotors didn't spin and the shiny, red helicopter just sat on the runway at the Garfield County Regional Airport on Tuesday. But it was the center of attention nonetheless for 30 educators from Colorado and New Mexico, who crowded around to learn all they could about how the A Star helicopter, based at the Rifle Interagency Fire Center, is used to help battle wildfires.
Tree Planting Helps Walsh Recover from 2011 Wildfire
(La Junta Tribune-Democrat 05/29/12)
The Baca County town of Walsh, in conjunction with the Colorado Tree Coalition and Colorado State Forest Service, recently planted more than 150 trees after receiving a $1,500 grant to help reforest the community following a devastating 2011 wildfire.
Volunteers Gather to Remember the Crystal Fire
(Loveland Reporter-Herald 05/12/12)
The fear, grief and anger of a year ago was replaced Saturday by hope, laughter and regrowth on land charred by the Crystal Fire in 2011.
Planting a Tree as an Aid to Tree-Deprivation
(Sky-Hi Daily News 05/06/12)
Nature writer Barry Lopez once wrote that, in despair, we should step onto wounded ground and plant a tree. After attending the first meeting of a group forming a tree growers association I feel the need to plant trees.
Beetle Invasion Looms
(Durango Herald 04/26/12)
Spruce beetles live and feed underneath the bark of the tree in the phloem layer, vascular tissue that transmits nutrients, said Kent Grant, district forester in Durango for the Colorado State Forest Service.
Forest Health Presentation Scheduled
(Pagosa Springs Sun 04/26/12)
Sky Stephens, Forest Entomologist with the Colorado State Forest Service, will make a free presentation on "Beetles and Their Impact on Forest Health."
Arbor Day Celebration Planned in Cedaredge
(Delta County 04/25/12)
The Cedaredge Tree Board will hold its annual observance of Arbor Day on the east side of the Cedaredge Public Library on Wednesday, May 2, at 10 a.m.
Tree Farmers' Group Forming in Grand County
(Grand County Ski-Hi Daily News 04/19/12)
More than 30 people attended Saturday's meeting in Granby to discuss starting a tree farmers' organization in Grand County.
Wildfire Costs Mount for Routt County
(Steamboat Today 04/14/12)
An early wildfire season amid extremely dry conditions has local officials drawing comparisons to Routt County's last big fire season of 2002.
Spring Storm Surprises; Two Feet of White Stuff Turns Trinidad Travel Treacherous
(Trinidad Times-Independent 04/06/12)
A powerful spring storm dumped more than two feet of heavy wet snow on the Trinidad area late Monday afternoon through Tuesday., but earlier on Tuesday travel through the area was extremely treacherous with strong winds and cold temperatures making a bad situation worse.
Air Tankers Positioned for Front Range Fires
(Colorado Springs KKTV CBS 11 03/21/12)
With fire danger increasing, a large air tanker is now in place to assist with fighting wildfires in eastern Colorado and along the Front Range.
Growing Their Own: Salida Couple Uses Permaculture to Raise Food
(Pagosa Springs Journal 03/20/12)
Do beavers make great teachers? According to high-altitude gardening guru Sandy Cruz, they certainly do. Not because they show others how to fell trees or build dams, but because they demonstrate a fundamental behavioral trait.
Colorado State University Designated Tree Campus USA
(Fort Collins Coloradoan 03/05/12)
Colorado State University has been honored by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota Motor North America Inc. for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and the community about urban tree care.
Forest Health Survey 2011: Pine Beetle Infestation Slows
(Glenwood Springs Post Independent 02/23/12)
No surprises here: A recent Colorado aerial and disease forest survey showed the mountain pine beetle continues to be the most significant forest health concern.
Forestry for Private Landowners: Webinars Free to Public
(Telluride Norwood Post 02/22/12)
The Colorado State University Extension is offering a number of free forestry webinars in the coming weeks, which can be viewed from any computer with high-speed Internet access.
Are Our Forests at Risk? Spruce Beetle Outbreak is Growing in Weminuche
(Durango Herald 02/22/12)
Colorado's 3 million-acre pine beetle infestation is slowing down, but a second, less-visible outbreak in southern Colorado's high-altitude forests is beginning to worry foresters.
Colorado Encourages Beetle-Killed Timber Use
(United Kingdom Timber Industry Magazine Feb. 2012)
The Colorado State Forest Service is offiering loans to help businesses that harvest, remove, use or market timber from beetle-killed stands and other forested areas in north-west Colorado.
Colorado: Loans to Help Build Forest Product Industry
(Summit County Citizens Voice 02/14/12)
Even as the pine beetle outbreak slows down in Colorado, state and regional officials are redoubling their efforts to find some use for the vast tracts of dead trees left behind and to jump-start businesses that could help build a sustainable forest product industry in the years to come.
Loan Program Available to Forest-Product Businesses
(Denver Post 02/07/12)
The Colorado State Forest Service and the Upper Arkansas Area Development Corp. today said that lending capital will be made available to businesses that harvest and remove beetle-killed trees, which represent a fire hazard.
Mountain Pine Beetles Slow Their March Through Park County
(Park County The Flume 02/03/12)
There were only 2,200 new acres of forest destroyed by the insect in 2011, which is a 90 percent decline from the 22,000 new acres impacted in 2010.
Forest Health Survey 2011: Pine Beetle Infestation Slows: Colorado's Acreage Affected by Mountain Pine Beetle Totals 3.3 Million
(Summit Daily 01/31/12)
No surprises here: A recent Colorado aerial and disease forest survey showed the mountain pine beetle continues to be the most significant forest health concern.
The Biggest of its Kind: Durango's Black Locust Tree Named a State Champion
(Durango Herald 01/21/12)
Durango, already home to the state's largest known specimen of three tree species, has learned it harbors the biggest black locust in Colorado.
Mistletoe: Holiday Decoration or Parasite to Colorado Pines?
(Sterling Journal Advocate 12/22/11)
In Colorado, the term mistletoe can invoke images of either stolen kisses at Christmastime or parasitic infestations that mar pine trees. So which is it? "The truth is, mistletoe is responsible for both," said Sky Stephens, forest entomologist for the Colorado State Forest Service.
Spruce Bark Beetle Infestation Growing on Grand Mesa
(Grand Junction Channel 5 KREX 12/14/11)
Forest Service officials say the Spruce Bark Beetle is causing extensive damage to trees in Western Colorado and is getting dangerously close to the Grand Valley.
Larimer County Announces Recipients of Environmental Stewardship
(Loveland Reporter Herald 12/12/11)
The Board of Larimer County Commissioners announced Monday five people or groups as winners of the 2011 Larimer County Environmental Stewardship Awards for exceptional effort and concern for stewardship of the environment of Larimer County.
County Weighs Collaboration for Firefighting
(Trinidad Times 12/09/11)
Deadly wildfires often cross county lines and multiple fire protection districts band together to bring them under control. At Tuesday's meeting of the Las Animas County Board of Commissioners, an official of the Colorado State Forestry Service presented information about Wildlife Mutual Aid Agreements.
Broken Branches May Alter Tree Care This Winter
(Windsor Now 11/22/11)
The broken branches caused by recent wind and snow storms should change the way you prepare your trees for winter this year, the Colorado State Forest Service said in a news release issued Monday.
Winter Care Critical for Younger Trees
(Pagosa Springs SUN 11/17/11)
Autumn arrived in fits and starts this year, leaving many trees still stubbornly clinging to their leaves even now in mid-November. Yet, with winter almost here, younger trees and shrubs on the Western Slope can still greatly benefit from a regimen of care to remain healthy during the coming months.
Clean-up Begins: Aftermath of Storm May Linger for Months
(Fort Collins Coloradoan 10/27/11)
While Tuesday night's snowstorm lasted less than a day, its aftereffects could linger for months across Fort Collins and Loveland.
Midvalley Habitat Work is Just the Beginning
(Aspen Times 10/24/11)
A plan to improve wildlife habitat on 45,600 acres of the White River National Forest began last week with the whine of chainsaws in the hills outside of Basalt and big machinery in the Avalanche Creek Valley, south of Carbondale.
Only You, the Homeowner, can Defend Against Forest Fires
(Denver Post 10/20/11)
The most devastating wildfire in Colorado history in terms of homes lost grew out of dry, windy conditions in the Fourmile Canyon area west of Boulder last year, according to a draft report released last week.
Prescribed Burns Planned for Eleven Mile Reservoir
(Colorado Springs KOAA News 10/11/11)
The state forest service is planning to conduct prescribed burns starting as early as next week along the north shore of Eleven Mile Reservoir in Park County.
Beetle-Killed Wood Being Used in Home Construction
(Denver Post 09/28/11)
Perry Cadman couldn't drive through the Colorado mountains anymore without dismay over the toll the mountain pine beetle has taken.
Beetle-Killed Trees Can be Dangerous
(Loveland Reporter-Herald 09/21/11)
People heading into the mountains this fall should be aware that huge swaths of lodgepole pines in beetle-kill areas could fall at any time, Colorado State Forest Service foresters caution.
Colorado to Receive Grant for Beetle Aftermath
(Fort Collins Coloradoan/Loveland Connection 09/08/11)
South Dakota just received its share of federal money to help private landowners deal with the aftermath of the bark beetle infestation, and Colorado homeowners may be next.
Colorado Elevates Fire Danger Due to Dry Conditions
(Fort Collins Coloradoan 09/02/11)
DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper and State Forester Jeff Jahnke today urged the public to take extra precautions to prevent wildfires over the upcoming Labor Day weekend.
Drought, Wildfire Threaten the Ecological Balance
(Durango Herald 08/20/11)
When the Missionary Ridge Fire in 2002 burned more than 70,000 acres, 57 homes and came within a mile of the city's water intake on the Florida River, it was a wake-up call to local officials what a threat wildfire poses to area rivers.
Pine Trees on Colorado's Front Range Resisting Pine Beetle Invasion
(Denver Post 08/17/11)
The mountain pine beetle has spread to Colorado's Front Range cities, but forestry experts and city arborists do not expect losses on the scale seen in Rocky Mountain forests.
CSU Announces Significant Improvements to Hughes Stadium Grounds
(Fort Collins CSU 08/10/11)
Colorado State University Wednesday unveiled the first significant upgrades to the grounds surrounding Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium in the facility's 43-year history.
Doing the Drop
(Durango Herald 08/04/11)
Fire management officers, forestry technicians and others learned the basics of coordinating aerial fire retardant drops with pilots like Randy Bolen, who demonstrates a drop in his single-engine air tanker, or SEAT south of Durango-La Plata County Airport.
Chaceys to Receive Tree Farmer of the Year Award
(Pagosa Springs SUN 08/04/11)
The Colorado State Forest Service will recognize an Archuleta County couple on Aug. 6 with the 2011 Colorado Tree Farmer of the Year Award.
Ron and Windsor Chacey to Receive Tree Farmer of the Year Award
(Pagosa Springs Journal 07/28/11)
The Colorado State Forest Service will recognize an Archuleta County couple on Aug. 6 with the 2011 Colorado Tree Farmer of the Year Award.
Better Equipped to Fight Fires
(Delta County Independent 07/27/11)
The Hotchkiss Fire District is the owner of a prototype fire truck. The structure protection engine will allow firefighters enough water and foam to protect five structures.
Colorado Sawmills Struggle to Stay Open
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(Colorado Public Radio 07/21/11)
Some of Colorado's largest sawmills are on the brink of collapse and hundreds of jobs hang in the balance. Mill operators say they are stymied by bad weather and unaffordable contracts. Sawmills are a critical piece of forest management, especially with millions of beetle-killed trees that need to be cleared.
Federal Grant Helps Residents with Mitigation
(Salida Mountain Mail 07/19/11)
Fire mitigation is a bit easier for some Chaffee County residents this season with help from a federal grant administered by the Colorado State Forest Service.
Two Fires Brought Under Control
(Trinidad Times Independent 07/12/11)
Two wildfires broke out last week, but were described as under control Monday. Still, multiple fire crews are working on the fires as Las Animas County continues in state of disaster because of the dangerous fire potential in the area.
Mountain Pine Beetle Activity on the Decline
(Summit Daily 07/10/11)
The bad news is that many of our trees are dead and dying, as seen in those distinctive red and gray stands of lodgepole pines throughout Summit County and beyond. The good news is that the culprit – a beetle the size of a pencil eraser – finally is eating itself out of house and home.
Sick Tree Day Set for July 30
(Delta County Independent 07/06/11)
The Cedaredge Sick Tree Day is scheduled for Saturday, July 30. Persons living in the town of Cedaredge and surrounding Surface Creek area who have questions concerning the health of the trees on their property can sign up for a visit from the experts.
Guest Commentary: Wildfire Safety Begins at Home
(Denver Post 07/06/11)
This year's early wildfires in Colorado serve as a reminder that every Coloradan who lives in an area at risk from wildfire can take personal steps to protect their home.
Colorado Wildfire Numbers Up So Far This Year
(Pueblo Chieftain 07/01/11)
Large Colorado wildfires have scorched thousands of acres of land in the past few months.
Colorado State Forest Service - New Location Opened in La Junta
(La Junta Tribune Democrat 07/01/11)
The Colorado State Forest Service La Junta District recently celebrated the opening of their new office location at Otero Junior College, hosting an open house and tree-planting dedication.
Homeowners Learn How to Defend Against Wildfires
(Westcliffe Wet Mountain Tribune 06/30/11)
Creating and maintaining an effective defensible space around the home is one of the most important steps a homeowner can take to be prepared should a wildfire erupt.
State Acts to Protect Infrastructure from Pine Beetles
(Northern Colorado Business Report 06/30/11)
Colorado Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass, lives smack in the middle of the state's high mountain region, an area known for its spectacular beauty. But over the last several years, much of Colorado's high alpine zone and Western Slope has been devastated by the steady advance of the mountain pine bark beetle.
Maxwell Fire in Lefthand Canyon Almost Fully Contained
(Longmont Times-Call 06/29/11)
Firefighters are close to reaching 100 percent containment on the Maxwell Fire despite fears the weather might foil their efforts.
Quick Response Quells Saddle Notch Fire
(Fort Collins Coloradoan 06/26/11)
A quick response from area firefighters and an aerial attack helped contain a fire in the 2200 block of Saddle Notch Road northwest of Pinewood Reservoir today to less than an acre.
Government Program Offers Pine Logs
(Boulder County Business Report 06/23/11)
Business people, ranchers, farmers and even homeowners wanting to take a stab at natural pine landscaping can contact a government-aided wood supplier for inexpensive logs in the Front Range.
Cost to Battle Duckett Fire Estimated at $5.2 Million
(Westcliffe Wet Mountain Tribune 06/23/11)
The cost to fight a wildfire can be staggering, and thus quickly drain local, regional and state funds. U.S. Forest Service officials say the cost to fight the Duckett Fire here is estimated at $5.2 million. To help offset the cost of wildfires in Colorado, several years ago the state legislature set up the Emergency Fire Fund administered by the Colorado Forest Service.
Wild Colorado: Forestry in the Field Series Brings Forests to Life
(Summit Daily News 06/10/11)
Meant for all ages, FDRD-CSU Extension partnership educates public on National Forests. Take a look around you next time you're on the trail. You might find things you've not seen before.
Bill Extends Funds for Wildfire Prevention
(Grand Junction KJCT NEWS 8 ABC 06/08/11)
Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed a bill extending funding for the wildfire preparedness fund.Rep. Roger Wilson, a Democrat from Glenwood Springs, said Wednesday the bill will help ensure firefighters have the tools and resources to protect the people and property.
Forest Expert Says Signs of Pine Beetle Infestation Moving to Lower Elevations in Colorado
(Columbus, Indiana The Republic 06/06/11)
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A Colorado State Forest Service forest entomologist says Front Range residents don't have to drive as far anymore to find patches of trees killed by mountain pine beetles.
Signs of Pine Beetles Moving to Lower Elevations
(Colorado Springs Gazette 06/06/11)
A Colorado State Forest Service forest entomologist says Front Range residents don't have to drive as far anymore to find patches of trees killed by mountain pine beetles.
Dead Wood, Reborn: Beetle Kill's New Life
(Denver Post 06/04/11)
When Tracey Hartley moved to Colorado in 2007, she was saddened by the thousands of dead standing trees in forested areas near her Golden home — the familiar sign of the destruction caused by the mountain pine beetle.
(Pueblo Chieftain 06/04/11)
Financial loans are available for businesses in the Upper Arkansas area that harvest, remove, use or market timber from beetle-killed stands and other forested areas.
Pine Beetle Epidemic Likely to Affect Water Flow in Routt County
(Steamboat Today 05/27/11)
The pine beetle epidemic may have peaked in Northwest Colorado in 2008, but some of the long-term impacts are only now starting to surface.
Summit County: It's National Walk in the Woods Day!
(Summit County Citizens Voice 05/21/11)
As part of the International Year of Forests celebration, May 21, has been declared National Walk in the Woods Day, so snow, or no snow, get out and enjoy a forest near you.
Keep Fire at Bay
(Durango Herald 05/18/11)
As the region moves into the most dangerous time of the year for wildfire, authorities are urging residents to take all possible measures to protect themselves.
Town Tree Board Barking up a Good Idea
(Estes Park Trail-Gazette 05/12/11)
Those pesky beetles. Bark beetles continue to infest local pine and spruce trees, so this year the Town of Estes Park`s tree board is focusing its annual tree symposium on the ongoing epidemic.
Cedaredge Celebrates Arbor Day in Big Way
(Delta County Independent 05/11/11)
Seventy-plus fifth grade students from the Hunsicker Elementary School in Cedaredge gathered at the north end of the Cedaredge Cemetery on Wednesday morning, May 4, to help the Cedaredge Tree Board plant four Russian hawthorn trees in observance of Arbor Day.
Colorado Wildfire Fighting Bill Approved
(Denver Huffington Post 05/11/11)
In preparation for another summer where record heat and dry weather are expected, the Colorado House passed a bill earlier in the week to be sure that the state firefighters have the funding they need to fight local wildfires.
Area Firefighters Receive Wildland Fire Certification
(La Junta Tribune-Democrat 05/04/11)
The Colorado State Forest Service La Junta District and U.S. Forest Service recently provided basic wildland firefighter training to 15 southeast Colorado firefighters.
Public Tries to Come to Terms with Change to State Roadless Rules
(Fort Collins Coloradoan 04/27/11)
The public has less than three months to comment on a complex regulation governing roadless areas in Colorado, but those passionate about such areas in Northern Colorado say they are still trying to figure out the implications of the proposed rule.
Arbor Day Celebration Planned in Cedaredge
(Delta County Independent 04/27/11)
The Cedaredge Tree Board will hold its annual observance of Arbor Day at the north end of the Cedaredge Cemetery on Wednesday, May 4, at 10 a.m. The observance of Arbor Day does much to impress the value and economic importance of trees upon our citizens.
Arbor Day at Watrous Park
(Brush News-Tribune 04/20/11)
Despite the wind gusts on Monday, third grade students at Beaver Valley Elementary School observed Arbor Day by planting several trees in Watrous Park, located southwest of the school.
Despite Fresh Snow, Fire Danger Still High
(Fort Collins Coloradoan 04/15/11)
Northern Colorado's drought is expected to persist, but Thursday's moisture might help moderate the fire danger throughout the region, foresters said Thursday.
(also appeared in Pueblo Chieftain)
Feds Covering Most of Fourmile Blaze Costs
(Denver Post 04/15/11)
The federal government is kicking in more than $1 million – about 75 percent – of the Fourmile Canyon firefighting costs. The Colorado State Forest Service will receive a $1,153,681 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency to help cover the cost of the fire that burned for more than a week in September.
Colorado Fires Could be Bigger, More Dangerous
(Loveland Reporter Herald 04/15/11)
Colorado wildfires may get bigger and more dangerous because of dry conditions and dying trees, Colorado’s state forester warned Thursday.
(also appeared in Greeley Tribune and Aspen Times, Channel 4 and Channel 7 News in Denver)
Official: Colorado Facing a Dangerous Wildfire Season
(Denver KDVR Fox 31 04/14/11)
Colorado's state forester is warning that wildfires may get bigger and more dangerous because of dry conditions. State Forester Jeff Jahnke said Thursday that high winds and dry forests are making it more difficult to send in firefighters to fight blazes on the ground. He says they may have to rely more on equipment.
Officials: Crystal Fire West of Fort Collins to be 100% Contained by Friday
(Fort Collins Coloradoan 04/06/11)
Gov. John Hickenlooper talks at the National Guard Armory in Fort Collins Wednesday April 6, 2011, where he came for an update on the Crystal Fire.
Wind Fans Lightner Creek Fire
(Durango Herald 04/06/11)
A wildfire threatened several homes Tuesday afternoon a couple of miles up Lightner Creek Canyon, northwest of Durango.
Official: Sawmills Needed to Fight Bark Beetles
(Washington Examiner 03/30/11)
A viable timber industry is needed to help the U.S. Forest Service deal in an economical way with bark beetle infestations that have been ravaging forests in the Rocky Mountain West, an official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
Montrose County Needs Your Input On Fire Plan: The County Wants Residents to Take a Look
(Grand Junction KJCT 8 News 03/29/11)
Montrose County needs your help in the upcoming weeks to protect the area from fires. The county is putting together a plan they want homeowners to read.
Weather Eases Fire Danger; S. Colo. Highest at Risk
(Pueblo Chieftain 03/29/11)
Much needed moisture and cooler temperatures on Monday eased the risk of fire in much of Colorado. The National Weather Service said Southern Colorado — a stretch south of Pueblo and the lower elevations of the Sangre de Cristos and Wet Mountains — remains at greatest risk for a wildfire outbreak.
Gov. Hickenlooper Issues Emergency Fire Declaration
(The State Column 03/28/11)
“We are making all resources available to fight this fire near Golden,” Hickenlooper said. “The very dry and gusty conditions are complicating firefighting efforts to control the blaze. These additional resources will help to reduce the loss of life and property.”
Latest Tree Survey Shows Spruce Beetle on Rise
(Durango Herald 03/28/11)
The spruce beetle remains a serious threat in Southwest Colorado, according to results from the recently released 2010 forest health annual aerial survey.
Golden Wildfire 77 Percent Contained
(Denver 7 News 03/24/11)
Fire crews gained 77 percent containment of the Indian Gulch Fire near Golden by Thursday night.
Gov. Authorizes $1.5 Million for Indian Gulch Fire Near Golden
(Denver 9 News 03/24/11)
Gov. John Hickenlooper has authorized $1.5 million in state aid to help firefighting costs in the Indian Gulch Fire burning near Golden.
Firefighters Contain 7-Acre Wildfire West of Longmont: Boulder County Issues Fire Ban
(Denver Post 03/23/11)
Firefighters have fully contained a 7-acre wildfire that broke out this morning east of U.S. 36 and south of Nelson Road near Longmont, leading Boulder County officials to impose a fire ban on the entire county.
Fire Ban in Effect in Teller County
(Pikes Peak Courier View 03/21/11)
Cigarettes, dry conditions and high winds are a lethal mix in Teller County this month. The county, which is currently under a “No Burn” restriction as issued by the Sheriff’s Department, has seen its share of activity in the last few days.
Forest Service Begins Annual Tree Planting Season
(Fort Collins Coloradoan 03/19/11)
At the Colorado State Forest Service, spring is the season to plant living snow and wind breaks.
Trees Available to Serve Many Purposes
(Trinidad Times Independent 03/18/11)
More than 45 species of trees and shrubs are offered at cost for windbreak, shelterbelts, erosion control, reforestation and living snow fence by the Colorado State Forest Service.
SW Conservation Corp Thin Forests in Fire Season
(Farmington, NM KOB Eyewitness News 4 03/16/11)
Adam Tew was in class Wednesday. “These last three days will be actual field time– trigger time– out practicing,” said Tew. His classroom is currently Dalla Mountain Park.
Timber-Use Loans Ready Loans
(Pueblo Chieftain 03/16/11)
Upper Arkansas area businesses that harvest, use or market beetle-killed pine timber can qualify for financial lending assistance due to new state funding.
Community Agriculture Alliance: A Way to Block Wintry Bluster
(Steamboat Today 03/11/11)
Routt County residents who want an inexpensive, long-term solution to prevent blowing snow from blocking driveways and access roads might consider snow fences grown from seedling trees.
Montrose County Develops Wildfire Protection Plan
(Grand Junction Channel 8 KJCT 03/08/11)
Wildfire season is almost upon us, and Montrose County is gearing up for the worst. Much of the area is considered to be at high risk for a blaze, so the state is requiring the county to come up with an emergency plan.
Vegetation Management for Wildfire Protection
(Public Works Magazine 03/07/11)
Lightning strikes spark 95% of wildfires, so vegetation management can’t prevent wildfires. But it sure can lessen the impact.
Plan Details Delta County's Wildfire Risk
(Delta County Independent 03/02/11)
Living on the edge of a wild, natural landscape can be a soul-stirring experience. But in terms of potential risks to life and property from a wildland fire event, it can be a life on the edge of danger.
State Offers Landowners Money to Save Forests
(Northern Colorado Business Report 02/22/11)
The Colorado State Forest Service is offering to buy permanent conservation easements on private land to prevent environmentally important forests from being converted to non-forest uses.
Researcher: Forests will Bounce Back from Beetles
(Denver Post 02/22/11)
Western forests are already showing signs of a comeback amid a bark beetle epidemic that has killed millions of lodgepole pines in Colorado and Wyoming, a researcher says. Greg Aplet, senior forest scientist at The Wilderness Society, told a weekend conference in Aspen that forests that have been attacked by bark beetles will eventually bounce back with more diversity in the ages and species of trees.
Forum to Focus on Healthy Forests
(Fort Collins Coloradoan 02/18/11)
Larimer County foresters and lawmakers will host a Feb. 26 public forum about healthy forests. The forum, scheduled for 10:15 a.m. at the Poudre River Public Library's Old Town branch, 201 Peterson St., will include five Fort Collins-based foresters who will talk about the impacts of the bark beetle epidemic, watershed management and how land owners can keep their trees healthy.
Beetles Toppling 100,000 Trees a Day
(Durango Herald 02/16/11)
Colorado can expect bigger, hotter wildfires that burn longer as trees killed by pine beetles tip over, foresters said Wednesday.
Pine Beetles Done, But Other Bad Bugs Still Chow on Colorado Trees
(Denver Post 02/16/11)
Colorado's forests are still under attack from insects and disease, even though the dreaded mountain pine beetle epidemic has largely run its course in north-central Colorado, the Colorado State Forest Service said today.
Urban Tree Care Workshop in Greeley Next Week
(Sterling Journal-Advocate 02/09/11)
Several leading northern Colorado forestry organizations are hosting the area`s premier tree care workshop on Friday, Feb. 18, at the Island Grove Regional Park Events Center in Greeley.
County Hit Hard by Beetle Kill
(Fort Collins Coloradoan 02/07/11)
Larimer County for the second year in a row took the brunt of Colorado's mountain pine beetle infestation in 2010, with hundreds of thousands of acres of pine trees dying in the county's high country and foothills, according to a new U.S. Forest Service and Colorado State Forest Service aerial forest health survey.
Students Get Hands-On Look at Agriculture at Second Annual Expo
(Longmont Times-Call 02/04/11)
Nearly 500 fourth-graders from Mead, Spangler, Blue Mountain, Centennial, Prairie Ridge and Central elementary schools and Alexander Dawson School visited the Boulder County Fairgrounds for Thursday’s expo, now in its second year.
Pine Beetles Weather Cold Snap
(Denver 7 News 02/03/11)
It hasn't been cold enough long enough to make a dent in the pine beetle epidemic, according to an expert on the subject. Sky Stephens, an entomologist with the Colorado State Forest Service, said while the mercury dipped, it didn't get frigid enough.
Benefits from Perry Park's Resolution Continue to Multiply
(Tri-Lakes Tribune 01/28/11)
Resolutions are popular at the beginning of a year, but a resolution can be made any time and can benefit more than one person. In 2000, property owners in Perry Park Ranch, a subdivision west of Larkspur, resolved to improve community protection.
4 Million Acres of Rocky Mountain Region Infested with Beetles
(Washington DC Landletter E&E Publishing 01/27/11)
The mountain pine beetle epidemic has claimed nearly one-fifth of forests and grasslands in the Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Region since the outbreak began in 1996, according to the agency's most recent forest health survey.
Northern Front Range Forests Among Prime Beetle-Kill Areas in 2010
(Denver Post 01/22/11)
Government foresters said Friday that an aerial survey shows beetles ravaged 550,000 more acres in Colorado and southern Wyoming this past year, moving from lodgepole pines into ponderosa and other kinds of trees.
Southwest Colorado Community Earns National Recognition for Wildfire Preparedness
(Pagosa Springs Journal 01/18/11)
Because of its efforts to reduce the vulnerability of homes and landscapes to wildfire, Deer Valley Estates has earned Firewise Communities/USA® recognition from the National Firewise Communities Program.
Red Feather Lakes Elementary Garners Prestigious Program
(LaPorte North Forty News 01/07/11)
Red Feather Lakes Elementary has become the first school in Colorado to win certification for teaching the prestigious Project Learning Tree.
State Makes Funds Available for Forest Restoration on Private Land
(The Watch 01/06/11)
Montrose – The Colorado State Forest Service is encouraging landowners to apply for forest restoration grant funds. It's not only the federal land managers, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management getting involved in forest management.
Grant Funding Available for Landowners
(Telluride Daily Planet/Norwood Post 12/29/10)
Under the Forest Restoration Pilot Program, Colorado landowners have time to apply for forest restoration grant funds through the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) until Jan. 26.
Colorado Fire Chiefs Still Battling Aftermath of Fourmile Blaze
Nearly four months after the Fourmile Fire tore through the foothills west of Boulder, firefighters still feel the burn.
Ag Label Lands Hick a Lower Tax
(Denver Post 12/17/10)
Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper is among those benefiting from Colorado laws that allow people to pay low agricultural tax rates on land not used for traditional farming — a law that has come under fire from critics who say it is too generous.
Winter Work Advised in Beetle Battle
(Estes Park Trail-Gazette 12/05/10)
Now is the best time to protect your neighborhood trees by removing pines that were infested by mountain pine beetles this past summer and fall, according to Town of Estes Park Public Works Director Scott Zurn.
Boulder County Seeks Input on Wildfire Protection Plan
(Boulder Daily Camera 12/02/10)
Boulder County is seeking public input on the creation of a countywide wildfire protection plan, which will assess the existing fire danger and outline ways to mitigate those risks.
Tips for Safe Holiday Tree Care
(Summit Daily 11/27/10)
Millions of Americans harvest hand-picked holiday trees from snowy forests or woodlots each December, while many more purchase pre-cut evergreens from retailers.
Seedling Tree Workshop Set for Nov. 30
(Summit Daily 11/23/10)
Summit County Extension and the Colorado State Forest invite local landowners to a free seedling tree workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 30 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the County Commons in Frisco.
Colorado State Forest Service Seedling Program
(The Fence Post 11/22/10)
The Colorado State Forest Service has more than 40 varieties of low-cost seedling trees and shrubs that will be available for pickup or delivery in the spring.
Project Eases Wildfire Risk in Basalt Neighborhood
(Aspen Times 11/22/10)
A rural neighborhood in the sun-drenched lower slopes of Basalt Mountain has the potential to be a poster child for wildfire mitigation in the Roaring Fork Valley, according to state and local officials.
Seedling Trees for Sale
(Pueblo Chieftain 11/16/10)
Colorado residents who own at least 2 acres of land and are interested in conservation goals are eligible to purchase low-cost seedling trees from the state forest service.
Rising Costs of Fourmile Fire, Others Raise Question of Who Should Pay
(Boulder Daily Camera 11/06/10)
In the hours after the Fourmile Fire began to burn on Labor Day, Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle was not out on the front lines, coordinating the firefighters or planning the attack strategy. He was doing something that would ultimately prove to be as important, maybe more so: preparing to send a fax.
Keeping it Clean
(Durango Herald 11/05/10)
A tree-thinning project in the Turkey Springs area northwest of here is proving to be a model for the management of overgrown public timberland, a pair of Pagosa Ranger District foresters said this week.
Colorado Considers Closing Parks to Save Cash
(Fort Collins Coloradoan 11/05/10)
Closing up to four state parks, opening others up to oil and gas development, and allowing corporate sponsorship of the parks are among the great lengths Colorado State Parks officials may go to find new ways of saving and raising money for a park system expected to receive no state funding next year.
Mile High Youth Corps Winds Up Work at Colorado State Parks
(Outdoor Wire 11/05/10)
The spotter shouted "Falling!" as the sawyer hit the wedge one last time and a dead Douglas fir fell to the ground. The tree cutting was part of a Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC) project to remove hazardous trees from Staunton State Park.
So Far, Jeffco Pine Beetle Damage Limited
(Denver YourHub.com 11/03/10)
Local pine beetle infestations have been limited, but that's no guarantee of the future. The massive beetle-kill of lodgepole pines in Summit and Grand counties stands as evidence of the threat.
How Pine Bark Beetles Created an Elaborate and Deadly Mess
(New York Times 10/28/10)
DILLON, Colo. — Cal Wettstein presides over a sea of dead and dying trees the size of Connecticut. Across his domain, hillsides blanketed with lodgepole pines are in the final throes — their needles are turning red, or their trunks are tipping precariously to one side. Others are already rotting on the forest floor.
Forest Service Focuses Resources on Beetle Kill
(LaPorte North Forty News 10/27/10)
Anyone hiking or camping in the mountains of Larimer County knows that the mountain pine beetle is taking a huge toll on the forests.
John Twitchell: Cooperation Key in Fighting Wildland Fires
(Steamboat Today 10/22/10)
Colorado recently has experienced a series of significant late-season fires. These include the Four Mile Canyon Fire, the Reservoir Road Fire and most recently, the Church Park fire.
In Colorado, Freedom to Burn — 'It Ain't Our Fire'
(New York Times 10/26/10)
FOURMILE CANYON, Colo. — On a hot afternoon in late September, Allen Owen looked into the distance, hoping for rain. He crawled along unmarked dirt roads in his white Dodge Ram four-wheel drive truck, passing handwritten signs saying, "Thank you firefighters!" and "Be hopeful!" surveying the mounds of charred metal and debris that had been homes just three weeks earlier.
Additional Money Funds Wildfire Mitigation in 4 Counties
(Denver Post 10/21/10)
Eight professional wood-cutting contractors and four government crews are clearing trees and other vegetation in an extensive wildfire mitigation effort in four counties funded by $1.7 million from the Colorado State Forest Service.
Recovery from September Wildfires Underway in Boulder
Listen to the interview with Allen Owen, CSFS Boulder District Forester
(KUNC 91.5 NPR Community Radio for Northern Colorado 10/20/10)
More public meetings are scheduled this week in Boulder to discuss proposed regulatory changes for property owners wanting to rebuild their homes after September's devastating Fourmile Canyon fire.
Agencies Cooperate to Improve Land Stewardship
(Northern Colorado Business Report 10/15/10)
Four of Colorado's leading natural resources organizations have entered into a first-ever official interagency Memorandum of Understanding to improve resource stewardship in Colorado.
Yellowing Pine Needles Normal in Autumn
(5 News First 10/15/10)
We're used to seeing golden aspen leaves in autumn, but yellow or brown needles on pine trees is unnerving. Thoughts of pine beetle deforestation come to mind.
Gunnison County Forests Dealing with Many Foes
(Crested Butte News 10/06/10)
Last week the News reported on the mountain pine beetle and its presence in local forests. This week, we look at other threats to the forest, with the help of Sam Pankratz, forester for the Colorado State Forest Service.
Reservoir Road Fire Victims Express Frustrations
(Loveland Connection.com 10/05/10)
Residents gathered at the Bison Visitor Center Monday night for a meeting of the Pinewood Fire District and to present their continued concerns about mitigation and how to recover after the fire that started Sept. 12.
State Offers Firewood, Aims to Curtail Wild Fires
(Broomfield Enterprise 09/29/10)
The Colorado State Forest Service has instituted a program that will allow residents to collect firewood at low prices while helping clean up forests and remove fuels for potentially devastating wildfires.
Mountain Pine Beetle Infestation Discovered up Slate River Valley
(Crested Butte News 09/29/10)
If you've passed through Frisco, Dillon and other Front Range forests rendered red by Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB), you understand why a red flag went up recently when some local lodgepole pine up Slate River Rd. showed signs of pine beetle infestation.
Wildfire Fleet Always Ready, Part Two (see Part One below)
(Pagosa Springs Daily Post 09/29/10)
Together, the CSFS and USFS absorb nearly all costs of the engine fleet program to ensure that fire departments around the state have the necessary equipment to fight fires.
Wildfire Fleet Always Ready, Part One
(Pagosa Springs Daily Post 09/28/10)
More than 40 Colorado State Forest Service personnel were directly involved in fighting the recent Fourmile Canyon and Reservoir Road fires on the northern Front Range.
Perins Peak Wildlife Area Gets a Trim
(Durango Herald 09/28/10)
Fourteen hundred acres in the Perins Peak Wildlife Area choked by scrub oak are being thinned to make the area less vulnerable to wildfire and more able to sustain wildlife.
Prescribed Burn Planned South of La Jara Reservoir
(Alamosa News - Valley Courier 09/24/10)
With the goal of improving forest health, the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) is planning to perform a prescribed burn south of La Jara Reservoir in the next couple of weeks.
Community Agriculture Alliance: Be a Steward and Protect your Land
(Steamboat Today 09/24/10)
Whether getting ready to adjourn to warmer weather or chopping firewood for the long winter ahead, how could you not enjoy the past few weeks in Routt County and nature’s magnificent display of fall colors in our valley?
(The Fence Post 09/23/10)
When gathering firewood this fall, Coloradans can do their part to clean up dead trees left by the mountain pine beetle epidemic. The Colorado State Forest in north-central Colorado is selling self-serve permits for beetle-kill firewood at $10 per cord.
After the Fires
(Boulder Daily Camera 09/21/10)
Whatever you do, stay out of the burned zone. That's the message experienced foresters, researchers, and firefighters have for residents returning to their homes after the Four Mile Canyon and Reservoir Road fires. The blazes that left hundreds homeless leave another hazard in their wake: falling trees.
Fourmile Area Likely Never to be the Same
(Denver CBS 4 News 09/21/10)
Pan the camera left and right and what you see is a landscape with the color setting turned off. It's black and grey. Green is gone.
Fire Mitigation West of Boulder Under Review
(Denver Post 09/19/10)
Fire management officials and homeowners living in the heavily wooded, steep mountainsides, draws and canyons west of Boulder had planned for years for the fire that swept through the area on Labor Day.
Fourmile Fire Rehabilitation Efforts get Started, Could Stretch on for Years
(Boulder Daily Camera 09/18/10)
The scars of the Black Tiger Fire are still visible – more than 20 years later – on the flanks of Sugarloaf Mountain.
Master Gardener Q&A: Moving Firewood from State to State a Bad Idea
(Fort Collins Coloradoan 09/18/10)
Question: I have the opportunity to get some firewood from my family who lives in the Midwest. Is it safe to bring to Colorado?
Pueblo Interagency Helps Local Firefighters Battle Blazes in Area
(Cañon City Daily Record 09/17/10)
On Sept. 10, firefighters fought a late-summer blaze at Eco-Park. Battling the fire were crews from the BLM and U.S. Forest Service, as well as Fremont County Sheriff’s Wildland Firefighters, Colorado State Forest Service and the Cañon City Fire Protection District.
Sen. Mark Udall Calls for Review of Fourmile Canyon Fire
(Denver Post 09/17/10)
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall has asked for a state and federal review of the Fourmile Canyon fire to determine whether the nation's aerial tanker fleet should be beefed up and examine other issues related to the blaze.
Fire Bans Now in Effect in Colo., but the Process Took Time
(Denver Post 09/15/10)
Cities and counties along the Front Range issued fire bans and restrictions Tuesday, citing a prolonged period of dry weather and the fact that many of the state's firefighting resources are focused on blazes west of Boulder and Loveland.
Boulder Fire Brings '02 Flashbacks
(Durango Herald 09/14/10)
In the wake of the Four Mile Canyon Fire in Boulder last week that destroyed more than 160 houses, experts in La Plata County say the area has improved its defenses against such peril, but it's not out of the woods yet.
Colo. Springs Utility Plans Fire to Thin Forest
(Colorado Springs Gazette 09/13/10)
The Colorado Springs municipal utility plans to start a forest fire to prevent a destructive wildfire like the ones burning near Boulder and Loveland
Where Mountain Living Meets Unhealthy Forests
(Denver Post 09/09/10)
Colorado is no stranger to catastrophic wildfires. The names of previous conflagrations are seared into our memories: Hayman, Coal Seam, Buffalo Creek, Sugar Loaf.
Agency Plans Attack on Bark Beetles
(Durango Herald 09/09/10)
The U.S. Forest Service plans to cut about 14,000 acres of trees near communities and in more than 350 recreation sites as it deals with damage from an insect epidemic that has killed millions of acres of pines in Colorado and Wyoming.
Blaze Near Boulder Ravages 3,500 Acres, Firefighters’ Homes
(Denver Post 09/07/10)
Wildfire fanned by heavy wind charred more than 3,500 acres and an untold number of structures in the foothills west of Boulder on Monday, including the homes of four firefighters.
Pine Beetles Flying, Infesting New Trees Through September
(Estes Park Trail-Gazette 09/04/10)
Adult mountain pine beetles (MPB) are currently flying and attacking new host trees in the Estes Valley, reported the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS). The infestation of new trees will likely continue through September.
Easement Preserves 2,800 Acres of YMCA of the Rockies
(Sky-Hi Daily News 08/19/10)
With gently sloping Sheep Mountain as a backdrop, policy makers and conservation advocates gathered at scenic Columbine Point at the YMCA of the Rockies on Wednesday, Aug. 18, to celebrate the culmination of a four-year journey to set aside 2,800 acres of land in preserve.
Hinsdale County Prepares for Beetle Invasion
(Pagosa Springs Daily Post 08/18/10)
A community in southwest Colorado’s Hinsdale County — a sparsely populated mountain county just north of Archuleta County — has taken vigorous steps to prepare for the potential invasion of the spruce beetle into surrounding forests.
Southwest Conservation Corps Helps Lone Mesa State Park
(The Outdoor Wire 08/16/10)
DOLORES, Colo. - A Sustainable Forestry Team (SFT) has been hard at work cutting roadside vegetation in Lone Mesa State Park to give firefighters greater access to the park in the event of a wildfire.
Snow Mountain Ranch Land Now Protected
(Fort Collins Coloradoan 08/16/10)
Almost 3,000 acres of the Snow Mountain Ranch south of Rocky Mountain National Park has been protected as a conservation easement in order to preserve the scenery there.
(Denver Magazine August 2010)
Colorado’s Sustainable Forests Trade Association is working to create an economy around beetle-kill pine.
Local Forestry Effort Celebrated Today
(Pagosa Springs Daily Post 07/29/10)
The Colorado State Forest Service will recognize a Pagosa Springs land trust today, Thursday, July 29 as the 2009 Colorado Outstanding Forest Steward of the Year for exceptional multiple-resource management of its 550-acre ranch.
Routt County Prepares for Wildfires: Commissioners Accept Wildfire Protection Plan Draft Monday
(Steamboat Today 07/27/10)
If a wildfire of the magnitude of the Hinman or Big Fish fires of 2002 ever strikes Routt County again, firefighters will have more information at hand to help guide decisions about how to employ their assets in accordance with community goals.
Forest Service Helps Protect Properties with Grants
(Denver 9 News 07/18/10)
This summer, the Colorado State Forest Service wants to offer residents money to help protect property from wildfires.The Forest Service is currently accepting application for 2011 Wildland-Urban Interface Grants.
Rep. Salazar Impressed by Logging in Steamboat
(Steamboat Today 07/13/10)
U.S. Rep. John Salazar had several questions Monday as he pointed toward recent logging operations that removed beetle-killed trees from the Burgess Creek area.
Landowners to Work Together to Zap Pesky Bark Bugs
(Fort Collins Coloradoan 07/12/10)
Encouraging and educating a “critical mass” of landowners to beat back the bark beetle is what the Larimer County Beetle Busters are all about. At least that’s how chief Beetle Buster Wes Rutt sees things.
Is the Twig Beetle the Next Colorado Nemesis?
(Aspen Times 07/07/10)
As if Colorado's forests didn't already have enough enemies. In the wake of the mountain pine beetle epidemic, another tree-killing beetle is on the rise. The twig beetle, Pityogenes knechteli, is attacking smaller trees the pine beetle has overlooked.
Sprite Brigade Steps Up as Slurry Bombers Retire
(Denver Post 07/02/10)
As Western wild fires burn bigger and more intensely, the most effective group of tools in the firefighting arsenal is headed for retirement.
ARRA Grant Fulfills Firefighter’s Dream
(Tri Lakes Tribune 07/02/10)
Moises Barrera, a 10-year veteran of the Larkspur Fire Department, dreamed of having a fuel mitigation crew for nearly as long as he’s been with the department.
Pine Beetle Infestation Decimating Colorado Forests
(Rocky Mountain Collegian 07/01/10)
A leisurely nature walk can yield a big disappointment for tree lovers this summer. Lodgepole and ponderosa pines are going red and withering away as a result of a raging mountain pine beetle infestation.
Otero County Commissioners Support Tamarisk Removal Project
(La Junta Tribune-Democrat 06/26/10)
Shelly Simmons and Mike Harvey of the Colorado State Forest Service visited the Monday meeting of the Otero County Commissioners to add details for the letter of support supplied by the commissioners for the Timpas Creek Riparian Restoration Project to Pam King, Colorado State Conservation Board.
Firefighters Urge Communities to Help Prevent Fires
(Denver Fox 31 News 06/23/10)
As Colorado heads into the height of fire season, at least 150 community wildfire protection programs are in place across the state, designed to involve communities in working to protect themselves.
Woods Safe from Fires, for Now
(Fort Collins Coloradoan 06/25/10)
“We're still in a reasonably safe spring condition,” said Clair Brown of the Colorado State Forest Service. But, he added, a few days of dry wind could make the region vulnerable to large wildfires.
Black Walnut Trees Infested by Fungus
(Pueblo Chieftain 06/19/10)
Tiny bark beetles are causing big problems for black walnut trees, prompting foresters to try to slow the spread of a fatal disease.
ReTree Event Shaping Up in Steamboat
(Steamboat Today 06/14/10)
Ideas are turning into realities for a June 26 effort to plant 14,000 trees across Routt County.
County Launches Community Wildfire Protection Plan Process
(Denver YourHub.com 06/10/10)
Leaders from Douglas County fire protection, wildfire mitigation and emergency management professions are preparing for the launch of a process that will produce The Douglas County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) by mid-year 2011.
Deer Mesa Landowners Receive $42 Thousand
(Norwood Post 06/09/10)
The Beaver Fire started off the Norwood fire season early and intensely, and area resident Ricky Klement and several of his neighbors on Deer Mesa are glad for a recent Colorado State Forest Service grant that will help them pay for a fuel mitigation project to make their neighborhood easier to defend from wildfire.
Beetle-Kill Trees Pose Risk to People
(Denver ABC 7 News 06/07/10)
Lodgepole pines in beetle-kill areas are falling at an increasing rate, based on observations from state foresters in Grand County.
Training Helps Reduce Wildfire Fuel: Durango’s Dalla Mountain Park Gets Groomed
(Durango KRQE 13 News 05/24/10)
Dalla Mountain Park in Durango is being groomed to get rid of some of the excess fuel that helps feed wildfires.
Fire Danger No Higher Than Normal This Summer
(Grand Junction Daily Sentinel 05/20/10)
A relatively cold winter and wet spring means most of Colorado should have a normal fire-threat season, but the northwest corner of the state might have more problems, state officials said Thursday.
In Estes Park, You Can See the Forest for the Trees
(Estes Park Trail-Gazette 05/11/10)
Arbor Day celebration held at elementary school. Boyd Lebeda of the Colorado State Forest Service said the students had asked him insightful questions at the tree clinics he conducted throughout the school during the day.
Findleys Make the Cut
(Cortez Journal.com 05/11/10)
Dewayne and Mary Ann Findley, owners of Aspen Wall Wood in Dolores, were recently given the 2010 Logger of the Year Award presented by the Colorado State Tree Farm Committee.
State Forest Officials to Talk About Spruce Beetles in Vallecito
(Durango Herald 05/09/10)
Colorado State Forest Service experts have scheduled a meeting Tuesday in Vallecito to alert residents to a potential spruce beetle infestation and explain what they can do to protect their trees.
Collaboration on Beetle-Kill Timber Helps Forest
(Salida Mountain Mail 05/07/10)
A partnership between private landowners and federal land management agencies is creating a healthier forest and reducing wildfire risk west of Salida.
Wood Pellet Plant in Kremmling on the Ropes After Dwindling Demand
(Steamboat Today 05/02/10)
About 2,000 tons of wood pellets are bagged and stacked in Confluence Energy’s yard in Kremmling, but the only thing moving the material last week was the wind.
Local Students Celebrate Trees
(Durango Herald 05/01/10)
Hundreds of Durango schoolchildren celebrated Arbor Day on Friday with songs, skits and poems, all in homage to trees.
What Now? Debate over Beetle-Kill Pine Burns as Bugs Move to Front Range
(Boulder Weekly 04/29/10)
There is fresh debate about what to do with the millions of acres of pine trees in the West that have been destroyed by the mountain pine beetle. And it is a debate that is bleeding over into a battle about how to best protect Colorado's roadless areas.
CSU Honors University Community Members with Celebrate! Awards
(Rocky Mountain Collegian 04/28/10)
At the 14th annual Celebrate! Colorado State Awards, CSU pulled out its guns with the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ to honor university faculty and staff for the past year of excellence in education and research.
Experts Speak at Estes Park Tree Symposium
(Estes Park Trail-Gazette 04/27/10)
Pine Beetle Takes Spotlight May 8.This educational event is free to the public and will include lecture sessions, panels and booths focused on forest-related topics including pine beetles, wildfire, landscaping, tree identification, biology, natural history and more.
Celebrating Arbor Day
(La Junta Tribune-Democrat 04/26/10)
On Monday, April 19, the town of Swink celebrated Arbor Day with Mary Hobbs afternoon kindergarten class attending as the guests of honor. The town of Swink is beginning to build upon its master plans for their new city park by planting trees.
Stimulus Funds Helping Local Communities
(Pikes Peak Courier View 04/24/10)
The Coalition for the Upper South Platte is helping area communities reduce their wildfire risk with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Colorado's Arbor Day Poster Contest Winner Honored at State Capital and Dora Moore K-8 School
(Denver YourHub.com 04/24/10)
The Colorado winner of the 2010 National Arbor Day Foundation Poster Contest, a fifth-grade student at Denver's Dora Moore K-8 School, was honored at the State Capitol on April 19.
Trees Take Root at Arbor Day Observance
(Fort Morgan Times 04/23/10)
During a special Arbor Day celebration on April 16, a group of third-grade students from Beaver Valley Elementary School learned that nearly every tree in Brush was planted by someone long ago.
Arbor Day is a Necessary Tradition in Paonia
(Delta County Independent 04/21/10)
On the first Arbor Day in the United States over a million trees were planted. This past Sunday, Jason Jones and volunteers planted six in Paonia Town Park including a red bud tree, a frontier elm, a new horizon elm, a Kentucky coffee tree, a Texas red oak and a bur oak.
Dead Trees, Overhanging Branches Prove Hazardous to Community
(La Junta Tribune-Democrat 04/19/10)
Dead trees and overhanging branches are hazardous to community living and the La Junta Tree Board is asking for help.
Fort Morgan Forester Offers Tree Planting Tips
(Fort Morgan Times 04/12/10)
Climate is a deciding factor when determining the appropriate time to plant trees and shrubs. Soon after the ground can be worked and before buds break dormancy, newly planted trees will have time to root and become acclimatized to their environment.
Sen. Udall Visits Spring Creek Area in Steamboat
(Steamboat Today 04/03/10)
The Colorado Democrat said he was interested in the Spring Creek project as a chance to see $1 million in federal stimulus money distributed through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act put into action.
Forest Legacy Program Helps Private Forestland Owners
(Delta County Independent 03/31/10)
The Colorado State Forest Service currently is accepting Forest Legacy Program proposals from Colorado landowners. The program authorizes the U.S. Forest Service, through the CSFS, to purchase permanent conservation easements on private forestlands to prevent those lands from being converted to non-forest uses.
Councilors Seek Grant for Fuels Reduction
(Durango Herald 03/31/10)
Durango city councilors on Tuesday directed city staff to apply for a state grant that could cover the entire cost of a fuels-reduction project on land near Perins Peak, just east of Twin Buttes.The Colorado State Forest Service is awarding grants of up to $470 per acre for wildfire-fuels-reduction projects in Colorado.
SMC Community Wildfire Protection Plan in Action
(Telluride Daily Planet - Norwood Post 03/31/10)
Mueller didn’t need the new San Miguel County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (SMC CWPP) to tell him that his home is in one of the highest wildfire danger areas in San Miguel County. The Grammer fire last summer reiterated what he already knew, but the CWPP document helped him obtain funds for fire mitigation work on his property.
For Colorado Casketmaker, Green is the Way to Go
(Denver Post 03/27/10)
Colorado's beetle-killed timber is the fodder for a Longmont casketmaker whose handcrafted boxes are designed for a growing green burial market.
Storm-Damaged Trees Require TLC
(Loveland Reporter-Herald 03/26/10)
After many Front Range residents awoke Wednesday to find their trees had been damaged by the spring snowstorm, the Colorado State Forest Service has offered tips for homeowners on what to do about those trees.
It's Time to Think About Seedlings
(Durango Herald 03/25/10)
The Conservation Seedling Tree and Shrub Sales Program provides planting stock for conservation plantings, wildlife habitat improvement, living snow fence development, reforestation, erosion control and Christmas tree plantations. The majority of these plants are grown at the State Forest nursery on the Colorado State University Foothills Campus in Fort Collins.
Tree Planting Event Growing
(Steamboat Today 03/18/10)
Tristan Frolich, who won a $20,000 award last summer to plant 20,000 trees in Routt County, has set a June 26 date for a communitywide event, which he hopes will attract as many as 400 volunteers. Frolich used much of the $20,000 to buy 12,000 trees from a Colorado State Forest Service nursery in Fort Collins.
Beetle-Kill Lumber from Boulder County or Colorado Hard to Find
(Boulder Daily Camera 03/14/10)
Boulder County and the Colorado State Forest Service are working to promote and establish local markets to encourage consumers to buy local and realize that shipping wood in from out of state takes away some of the environmental benefits.
Prescribed Burns Planned at Golden Gate Canyon State Park
(Denver 7 News 03/08/10)
The Colorado State Forest Service and Colorado State Parks are continuing their efforts to create healthy forests and keep communities safe from the possibility of wildfire.
Logging Beetle-Killed Forests Challenged
(Denver Post 03/08/10)
Forest ecologists trying to prevent the expansion of roads on public lands say in a new report that removing beetle-killed trees is unnecessary, except near mountain communities.
Pine Beetles Only One Threat to Colorado's Forests
(KUNC 91.5 03/04/10)
Mountain pine beetles are a menace to Colorado's forests, but a new report says the state's forests face a number of other threats.
Forest Service to Get New Digs
(Pueblo Chieftain 03/06/10)
La Junta — The Colorado State Forest Service has outgrown its office space downtown and soon will move to a brand new facility on the campus of Otero Junior College. Officials from the Forest Service and OJC hosted a groundbreaking ceremony.
Enhance Forests, Protect Wildlife: Get Emergency Supplemental Grants
(Montrose Daily Press 03/05/10)
Local landowners are encouraged to apply for emergency supplemental grants from the Colorado State Forest Service to reduce the risk of damaging wildfire and enhance the health and productivity of Colorado’s private forest lands.
Forest Service Warns of Threats to Urban Trees
(Northern Colorado Business Report (03/03/10)
The 2009 Report on the Health of Colorado's Forests details threats to the state's trees other than the much talked-about mountain pine beetle, especially those posed to urban trees and almost half a million acres of spruce and fir.
Report: Climate, not Beetles, Main Cause of Forest Fires
(Grand Junction Daily Sentinel 03/03/10)
A new report by four forest ecologists says climate rather than beetles is the main cause of forest fire risk, and that risk is best addressed by creating defensible spaces around homes instead of logging in the backcountry.
Foresters Land Stimulus Funding
(Boulder County Business Report 02/19/10)
The Anchor Point Group LLC, a fire-management consultant firm named for the center at which fire suppression activities begin, received $1.7 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Arizona Researchers use Beetles' own Noises to Battle the Bugs
(Denver Post 02/15/10)
Scientists have used beetles' own chemicals to try to control them. Forest managers are watching to see whether acoustics offer another route, said Skye Stephens, an entomologist with the Colorado State Forest Service.
(This story also appeared in the Vail Daily, CBS 4 Denver, The Missoulian, Flagstaff Today)
Taking Action Against Pine Beetles
(Estes Park Trail Gazette 02/12/10)
Pine beetles are changing the look of forests in Estes Park and throughout the West. Although the forests will recover, many property owners will see trees around them die. By taking steps to minimize the beetles' impact, property owners will speed the recovery of the forest around them and reduce the danger of wildfire to their property. Now is the time to take action.
Woodland Park Subdivision a Step Ahead in Wildfire Plans
(Colorado Springs KRDO ABC 13 02/11/10)
A Woodland Park subdivision is a trailblazer when it comes to wildfire mitigation. Majestic Park recently put the finishing touches on the first fully- implemented Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).
Community Briefs - Coalition Wins $1.18 Million for Upper South Platte
(Pikes Peak Courier View 02/05/10)
The Coalition for the Upper South Platte, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the Upper South Platte Watershed, was awarded a $1.18 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant by the Colorado State Forest Service.
Temps not Cold Enough to Kill Beetles
(Herald Democrat 02/04/10)
Despite what seems a colder-than-average Colorado winter, temperatures have not been cold enough to kill the state's mountain pine beetles, according to foresters from the Colorado State Forest Service.
Winter Park Takes Next Step in Coping with Beetle Kill
(Sky-Hi Daily News 01/29/10)
The Colorado State Forest Service and U.S. Forest Service have awarded the Town of Winter Park a $160,000 grant to remove hazard trees located in the Union Pacific Railroad right of way that bisects the town.
Commissioners Congratulate Perry Park Metro District for $700,000 Fire Mitigation Project Grant
(Denver YourHub.com 12/18/09)
The Douglas County Commissioners offer congratulations to the Perry Park Metro District which recently received a two-year, $700,000 America Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant from the Colorado State Forest Service that will be used to continue the district's hazardous fuels reduction work and promote healthy vegetation within Perry Park Ranch.
Vallecito Couple Wins Forest Award
(Durango Herald 12/03/09)
A Vallecito couple have won their third award for promoting sound forest practices on their property.
Beetle-Kill Projects Boosted by Grants
(Boulder Weekly 12/02/09)
Depleted forests in seven Colorado State Parks will benefit from a $647,400 grant provided by the Colorado State Forest Service through funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The money will allow the Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) to deploy crews for beetle-kill forest restoration projects.
Logging Set for Areas Hit by Pine Beetle Infestation
(Steamboat Today 11/29/09)
The City of Steamboat Springs has received a $1 million grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Colorado State Forest Service for removal of trees that present a wildfire risk in the Steamboat area.
Stimulus Funds to Help Clear Beetle-Kill Trees from State Parks
(Denver KUSA NBC 9 11/26/09)
Seven Colorado state parks will use $647,400 in federal stimulus money to treat and remove trees affected by bark beetles. The parks are in Dolores, Eagle, El Paso, Gilpin, Jackson, Jefferson, Park and Routt counties.
CSU Biomass Boiler Cuts Greenhouse Gases
(Colorado Energy News 06/17/09)
Colorado State University has partnered with the Colorado State Forest Service to install a biomass boiler heating plant on the Foothills Campus in Fort Collins to reduce the university’s greenhouse gas emissions and cut energy costs.
Summer Camp Offers Outdoor Education to Colorado Youth
(Sky-Hi Daily News 06/09/09)
Camp Rocky is an outdoor educational opportunity for youth ages 14 through 19 who are looking for an outdoors adventure. Camp Rocky, sponsored by the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Colorado State Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service and other partners, will be held July 5 to 11 at the foot of Pikes Peak near the Crags Campground in Divide.
Colorado Governor Signs Bill to Protect Forests
(Aspen Times 06/03/09)
Frisco, Colo. - Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter has signed a bill designed to protect forest land, help local communities and stimulate economic activity. The Healthy Forests and Vibrant Communities Act, signed Wednesday, requires the state forest service to adopt standards for community wildfire protection plans and to help communities draw up their own plans.
Ritter: Parts of State Prone to Fire Danger
(Durango Herald 05/09/09)
Centennial - Northwest Colorado and the Continental Divide could face a higher risk of wildfires this season because of the pine beetle infestation, Gov. Bill Ritter said Friday.
Community Wildfire Protection Plan
(Salida Mountain Mail 05/09/09)
The plan incorporates recommendations from multi-agency fire and forestry officials and offers countywide mitigation and hazard information. "The beauty of our CCWP is it's an umbrella plan," Damon Lange, Colorado State Forest Service district forester said.
Fire Ecology Institute
(Pagosa Springs Journal 05/06/09)
Teachers and other interested individuals: gain knowledge, experience and materials to provide your students (or yourself) with relevant information about fire ecology, fire behavior, fire history, mitigation and opportunities for community service projects. Experts from the Colorado State Forest Service, US Forest Service, BLM, and National Park Service will share their experience and expertise with us on many interesting topics.
Aspen's Smuggler Faces Change from Beetle Infestation
(Aspen Times 05/01/09)
One of Aspen’s favorite backcountry playgrounds will change dramatically over the next decade because of an infestation of mountain pine beetles, according to forestry experts.
Late Snowfall Lessens Risk of Wildfires
(Steamboat Today 04/26/09)
March and April snowstorms have left the regional snowpack in good shape approaching wildfire season, but the gathering impact of the mountain pine beetle epidemic still has forest officials on the edge of their seats. The National Interagency Fire Center is reporting “normal significant fire potential” in the Rocky Mountain region for April through July.
Beetle Kill Factors into Plans
(Steamboat Today 04/24/09)
A focus on forest health and beetle-killed trees will play a big part in shaping future plans for new trails at local ski areas.
Sarah Hagenbuch: Forest Conditions Concerning
(Steamboat Today 04/24/09)
Several issues and influences contribute to the condition of Colorado’s forest resources. Those of primary concern are: trends in forest cover change, insect and disease cycles, expansion of the wildland-urban interface and watershed health.
Some Trees can be Saved
(Leadville Herald Democrat 04/17/09)
Dr. Ingrid Aguayo, entomologist with the Colorado State Forest Service, said at this altitude, July is the time the beetles leave their old trees and attack a new host. Between July and August, pitch tubes will appear on the trees that have been attacked.
Agencies Training to Improve Wildfire Safety
(Craig Daily Press 04/15/09)
Participating organizations include: Craig Fire/Rescue, Moffat County Sheriff, Craig Regional Communication Center, Bureau of Land Management/Interagency Dispatch, Colorado State Forest Service, Trapper Mining, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, Moffat County Commission.The Memorial Hospital EMS, Moffat County Office of Emergency Management and Moffat County Road.
Wildfire Plan Presented to Commissioners
(Salida Mountain Mail 04/14/09)
A copy of the 2009 Annual Wildfire Operating Plan for Chaffee County was presented for signature by Damon Lange, district forester, Colorado State Forest Service, Monday during the commissioner's work session.
Forest-Health Bill Passes out of House
(Leadville Herald Democrat 04/09/09)
A bill that extends and expands protections against devastating forest fires passed out of the house Tuesday with a 59-1 (5 excused) vote. The bill provides loans and grants for market-based forest treatment solutions.
News Articles Prior to 2009
New EPA Ozone Standards can Double Colorado's Violation Rate
(Aspen Times 03/13/08)
New EPA ozone standards can double Colorado's violation rate Get News Feeds Ivan Moreno.
(Colorado Springs Independent 03/13/08)
They don't have the visual impact of a swarm of angry locusts or a sky blackened by grasshoppers. They don't kill people or wildlife. They aren't particularly creepy by horror movie standards, and their work isn't even visible until a year or more after they finish. Mountain pine beetles, black bugs the size of a kitchen match head, do their work quietly, methodically, leaving a path of destruction.
The View from the House
(Colorado Springs Independent 03/13/08)
It's not a super-sexy issue that'll help his campaign for Wayne Allard's Senate seat, but U.S. Rep. Mark Udall, D-Eldorado Springs, has taken the plight of Colorado counties affected by the pine beetle epidemic to Washington, D.C. Udall has met with industry and community groups, and has pledged his support to Gov. Bill Ritter's Forest Health Advisory Council. He's introduced two related bills.
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