Salida District

Caring for your Land

When a forest is healthy it is resilient to negative changes that occur; forest components include trees, shrubs, grasses, soil and wildlife. Is the forest you live in resilient to heavy rains, bark beetles or wildfire? A healthy forest protects water quality, wildlife and the beautiful view we tend to take for granted.

The word "forest" can also be used to refer to trees in an urban setting. Caring for the trees around homes and parks tends to be more intensive. A healthy urban forest also protects water quality, adds considerable aesthetic value and provides habitat for birds, mammals and insects.

The Salida District has educational materials addressing traditional forest care issues: Your Forest, Your Decision; Coached Planning for Landhelp; Landowning Colorado Style; How to Prune Trees and Landowner Guide to Thinning.

Our foresters are also available by appointment to visit your property. Recommendations are based on sound forest management and your objectives for your land.

If you are serious about improving the over-all health of your forest, we can write a management plan with information and recommendations specific to your property. The implementation schedule included in the plan is based on your objectives and the current forest condition.

The Salida District has a Vermeer chipper to turn trimmed branches and small trees into wood chips, which are good for paths or can be composted. The chipper is available for hire with two operators.

District personnel are also qualified to burn slash piles.

Each winter, the Salida District takes orders for Colorado-grown seedling trees and shrubs; landowners ordering these seedlings must own one or more acres. The seedlings arrive the second part of April or first part of May, depending on your property's location.

In the urban setting, tree care issues include proper planting and pruning techniques, watering tips and how to minimize abuses.

We are available to address tree care issues from our office or we can make site visits by appointment. The municipalities in Lake and Chaffee counties have personnel dedicated to the well-being of trees in parkways and parks associated with public works departments and/or tree boards.