Happy Colorado Arbor Day!

Arbor Day in Colorado is celebrated on the third Friday in April. What is Arbor Day? Colorado State Forest Service director Mike Lester explains and also shares trivia about one of his favorite trees.

Plant Trees to Celebrate Arbor Day in Colorado

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Spring 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.

Funding Available for Projects Addressing Forest Health, Wildfire Risk

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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.

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.