several people plant seedlings while standing at a potting table.

On Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, Governor Jared Polis visited the Colorado State Forest Service Seedling Nursery on the Foothills Campus of Colorado State University. State Forester and Director of the CSFS Matt McCombs and the 2 full-time nursery staff members, Orion Aon and Danika Lesniak, gave Gov. Polis a tour of the nursery facilities, shadehouses and greenhouses.

Joined by Interim Colorado State University President Rick Miranda and Warner College of Natural Resources Dean Alonso Aguirre, Gov. Polis also met some of the many student employees who keep the nursery’s production going after significant staffing challenges resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Nursery plays an important role in growing sapling trees to reforest parts of Colorado after they’ve been ravaged by wildfires and floods. To assist the Nursery in completing this crucial work, the Colorado Legislature set aside $5 million to fund necessary staffing and infrastructure updates at the nursery.

Read the entire story in Colorado State University’s Source.