Colorado’s forests face multiple threats, from the most destructive wildfires in Colorado’s history to unprecedented outbreaks of bark beetles.
Creating Resilient Forests
The Colorado State Forest Service works with many other agencies and private landowners to improve forest health and resiliency.
The Wildland-Urban Interface:
A Growing Challenge
Unhealthy forests have increasingly led to catastrophic wildfires that impact the safety and quality of life for people who live in Colorado.
The Wood Products Industry:
Essential to Forest Health
Colorado has experienced a decline in the number of wood products businesses. Reviving markets for local wood is vital for forest management.
The Colorado State Forest: Managing for a Healthier Forest
The Colorado State Forest Service works with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and other entities to manage Colorado State Forest, keeping it beautiful and healthy for generations to come.
Ash Trees & Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
Identify Ash Trees
With the invasive tree pest emerald ash borer (EAB) posing a serious threat to Colorado’s ash trees, the first thing homeowners should do is determine if they have these trees.
Does My Tree Have EAB?
This video helps homeowners determine if their ash trees are infested with emerald ash borer (EAB) or simply suffering from drought or other less-lethal insects.
How to Plant a Tree
This video demonstrates how to properly plant a tree, and includes information on tree and site selection, digging the ideal hole, and post-planting care.
Promoting Tree Campus USA
Tree planting at Avery Park in Fort Collins was a partnership event with the United Way of Larimer County ‘Make a Difference Day’ and ‘NeighborWoods’ month.
Communities Take Actions to Reduce Wildfire Risk
Preserve at Pine Meadows: Wildfire Mitigation
Learn about on-the-ground forest treatments implemented by the Preserve at Pine Meadows community in Pine, Colorado.
Windcliff Community Wildfire Mitigation
Learn about the work the Windcliff community in Estes Park has been doing to encourage community involvement in wildfire mitigation efforts.
Ouray’s Changing Forest
Learn about the unique and changing forest that surrounds Ouray, Colorado.
High-Elevation Seed Stock
Learn about the CSFS Gunnison Nursery that grows approximately 9,000 seedlings annually from high-elevation seed stock in the Gunnison Valley.
Seeding at the CSFS Nursery
CSFS crew seeding Rocky Mountain juniper. Seeds look white since they are covered in talcum powder to prevent them from sticking together during the process.
Lifting Bare Root Seedlings
This video demonstrates how we lift our bare root seedlings from the field each fall. It’s important to gather trees quickly after lifting to protect the roots from exposure to air.
Conservation perennials help stabilize soil after floods and fires, and attract many pollinators such as butterflies, bumble bees, hummingbirds and many others.
River Birch Stratification
River Birch work well as a stabilization species along river banks in riparian areas. They are also resistant to many pests and may work well as an alternative to ash.