2020 Forest Action Plan

2020 Forest Action Plan

Rooted in science. Driven by collaboration. View our roadmap to improving forest health across Colorado.

Resources for Recovery After Wildfires

Reforestation Results in Durango

Long after the flames are out, land managers and landowners must deal with the impacts of wildfire on forests, people and ecosystems.

EAB: A Serious Threat to Community Trees

Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald ash borer (EAB) is a destructive, non-native insect that poses an emerging and serious threat to Colorado’s urban and community forests.

Help Restore Forests Impacted by Fire, Flood

Colorado Forest Restoration Fund

The Restoring Colorado’s Forests Fund provides tree seedlings for planting on lands severely impacted by wildfire or other disasters, targeting areas critical to water protection and wildlife habitat.


oak leaves and blue sky

Plant Trees to Celebrate Arbor Day in Colorado

pring is an ideal time to plant trees in Colorado, when new trees have the best chance of getting established. It is also the time of year Coloradans celebrate Arbor Day and recognize the importance of trees in their communities. With Colorado Arbor Day this Friday, April 16 and National Arbor Day on Friday, April 30, the Colorado State Forest Service is encouraging residents and communities to plant and celebrate trees.

forest in Colorado mountains

Funding Available for Projects Addressing Forest Health, Wildfire Risk

The Colorado State Forest Service announced today that it is accepting proposals for FRWRM grants from Colorado HOAs, community groups, local governments, fire protection districts, utilities and nonprofit organizations seeking funding to improve forest health, conduct forest restoration and reduce wildfire risk on non-federal land in the state. In March, Governor Polis signed a bill (SB21-054) to transfer $6 million from the General Fund to the FRWRM grant program to address wildfire risk in Colorado. Approximately $6 million in total funding is available, and grant awards are available up to $1 million during this FRWRM grant cycle.

Rose Banzhaf with Project Learning Tree Awarded Volunteer of the Year

The Colorado State Forest Service has recognized Rose Banzhaf with its Volunteer of the Year award for 2020. Banzhaf has been instrumental in supporting the Colorado State Forest Service’s work with the Colorado Project Learning Tree (PLT) program.

Eric Howell with Colorado Springs Utilities Awarded Partner of the Year

The Colorado State Forest Service has recognized Eric Howell with its Partner of the Year award for 2020. Howell is the Forest Program Manager for Colorado Springs Utilities and the Deputy Administrator for the Colorado Springs Utilities Catamount Wildland Fire Team.

Female forester pruning a tree

Late Winter or Early Spring the Best Time to Prune Trees

With spring around the corner, the Colorado State Forest Service is reminding residents that late winter or early spring is the best time to prune most trees. Trees are still dormant at this time of year and, unlike in early winter, wound closure will happen sooner if pruning occurs just prior to the time new growth emerges.

Do you love forests as much as we do?