Ponderosa pine fall needle drop

Fading, Off-Color Pine Needles Normal in Autumn

Colorado evergreens shed their older, interior needles as part of an annual growth cycle. Needles on the lower portions of the crown or closest to the trunk are most commonly shed, but trees stressed due to drought or root damage may shed more needles to keep the tree in balance with its root system.

Blair Rynearson Takes Helm as Colorado State Forest Manager

Based out of the CSFS State Forest Field Office in Gould, Blair Rynearson will steward about 58,000 acres of state trust forestland and a facility with buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.

CSFS Strategic Plan

CSFS Releases Updated Five-Year Strategic Plan

The Colorado State Forest Service’s strategic plan outlines the agency’s vision, mission and strategic goals.

Horsetooth Reservoir

New Agreement to Help Ensure Clean Water in Northern Colorado

Northern Water will provide $500,000 to the Colorado State Forest Service over the next five years to fund proactive efforts that reduce fuels for wildfires in critical watersheds.

2021 Tree Farmer of the Year John Reading

Tree Farmer of the Year Finds Outlets for Beetle-Killed Wood

John Reading harvests beetle-killed pine, then cuts and mills it on-site at his Tree Farm in the Cherokee Park area of Larimer County.