The Colorado State Forest Service programmatic areas include forest management, outreach and education.
Colorado's forests are known for their diversity and beauty. They provide habitat for many species of wildlife, improve water quality, filter pollutants from water and air, enhance outdoor and recreational experiences, provide wood products and create jobs that support local economies.
Forests, like most natural resources, require proper management to be healthy and productive. Forest management is the practical application of biological, physical, quantitative, managerial, economic, and social and policy principles to the regeneration, management, utilization and conservation of forests to meet specific goals and objectives while maintaining the productivity of the forest.
Forest management includes management for aesthetics, fish and wildlife, recreation, urban values, water, wilderness, wood products and other forest resource values.
Communities also have forests. Trees appear along streets and greenways, and in backyards and parks. Urban forests enhance the quality of human life by purifying air, modifying temperature extremes, reducing noise pollution, improving aesthetic appeal and raising real estate values. These forest communities also need to be managed and nurtured to maintain these values.
With an assortment of tools and alternatives, we can proactively manage our forests, protect and enhance water quality and quantity, increase habitat diversity for wildlife and increase the growth rate of trees. In addition, properly managed forests can provide income, reduce wildfire risk, help protect trees against insects and diseases, and even increase property values. We now have the opportunity to take actions that will help shape our forests for the future.
Our 16 districts and three field offices located across Colorado help landowners, communities and other partners properly manage their forests for today and tomorrow. We also work closely with state and federal land management agencies to promote healthy and diverse forests for the long term.
The Colorado State Forest Service remains the state's primary resource for forestry information and assistance in Colorado.
Promoting public understanding of the role and value of Colorado's forests and other natural resources is vital to the mission of the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS). The CSFS is a non-regulatory agency, and our accomplishments are the direct result of our educational approach.
We develop scientifically sound messages and materials for use by personnel, partners and Colorado citizens. Our messages and materials are driven by our strategic priorities and are delivered to diverse audiences using a variety of delivery systems, including our State Office in Fort Collins and our 16 districts and three field offices located throughout the state.
Our educational approach:
- increases awareness and understanding of key forestry issues and the roles Colorado citizens can play in addressing those issues;
- helps Coloradans recognize the diverse environmental benefits forest ecosystems provide;
- motivates homeowners, landowners and communities to take positive action that will help them achieve their stewardship objectives; and
- provides scientifically sound information to decision-makers so that they may respond appropriately to forestry issues.
Through education and technical assistance, the CSFS focuses on helping landowners and communities accomplish sound forestry practices on their land to achieve their stewardship objectives. We also offer a multitude of resources to Colorado landowners to help them manage their forested lands and urban trees, and to ensure that they have the knowledge they need to prepare for future wildfires.
Our information, education and outreach programs and activities are available to all Coloradans, as well as those who visit our beautiful state.