woman wraps tape measure around an evergreen tree.
A Colorado State Forest Service forester measures a tree growing at Ridgway State Park, 15 miles from Ouray.

Colorado became the 38th state on August 1, 1876, and each year we celebrate all of the outstanding things that make Colorado special: mountains, plains, wildlife, rivers, camping, hunting, hockey…the list goes on and on. But Colorado wouldn’t be the same without our forests and trees. Aspens’ vibrant colors in the fall, mountainsides covered with evergreens, urban oases of trees and towering cottonwoods along our rivers and streams all contribute to the beauty and wonder of this state.

And the Colorado State Forest Service works year round, statewide to care for Colorado’s trees. We work with partners in towns and cities, federal land managers, private landowners and Colorado Parks & Wildlife on state park lands. Throughout August, we’ll add examples of our work in state parks across the state.

Ridgway State Park

In June, staff in the Montrose Field Office finalized the Forest Management Plan for this 3,201-acre park. Piñon-juniper woodlands surround the large reservoir there. The plan prescribes many actions at the park:

  • Thinning trees for fire mitigation
  • Thinning for insect and disease control
  • Addressing power line right of ways
  • Creating openings for wildlife
  • Maintaining past treatments

Next time you camp, fish, swim, picnic or simply enjoy the views, take a minute to stop and appreciate the trees and forested areas.