It’s not often a specific tree makes it into a governor’s speech. So, we’ll go out on a limb and say what happened last week at the capitol was an honor 2,500 years in the making. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is known for delivering state addresses laced with trivia and pop culture references and, during his fifth State of the State address, he made a shout out to the oldest member of one of Colorado’s more unique tree species — the gnarly bristlecone pine.
It is crucial for Colorado to protect its forested watersheds from the ever-present threat of wildfire to ensure residents and communities have water for drinking, agriculture and other uses. The Colorado Legislature recognizes this need and passed House Bill 22-1379 during the 2022 legislative session to fund projects that reduce wildfire fuels around high-priority watersheds and water infrastructure.
The Salida Field Office has tripled the amount of work getting done in support of Chaffee County’s 2020 Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
In 2022 the Colorado Legislature passed House Bill 22-1323 that dedicated $5 million to fund improvements to the nursery. During the tour, Nursery Manager Scott Godwin showed the lawmakers and partners around the nursery grounds. He described the progress made with the funding, next steps and future opportunities for success and expansion.
The State Land Board honored the CSFS and supervisory forester John Twitchell, a previous manager of the Colorado State Forest, with its 2022 Outstanding Partner Award. Twitchell accepted the award on behalf of the CSFS during a ceremony in Denver on Dec. 15.
After a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus, the tradition of providing a Colorado Capitol Holiday tree is back. Happy Holidays, everyone!
Science & Data Bytes
Gaining a better understanding of the complexities of carbon can help inform management strategies, identify priority areas, and promote climate mitigation and adaptation.
The Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program of the USDA Forest Service, in collaboration with the Colorado State Forest Service, conducts and continuously updates an inventory across all forested lands in Colorado and Wyoming. Certified, highly trained foresters and research associates survey hundreds of permanent research plots annually, measuring 10 percent of the forested plots each year.
The forests in Colorado are subject to many different disturbances. Some of the most common disturbances are insect damage, disease damage and fire damage.