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.
The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) published its annual forest health report today, highlighting the current conditions of forests across Colorado and how the agency is improving the health of the state’s forests in the wake of historic wildfires.
Forest managers are working together to address continued outbreaks of insects and disease in Colorado’s forests, including the spruce beetle, which remains the most damaging forest pest in the state for the ninth consecutive year, based on a 2020 aerial detection survey led by the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, and Colorado State Forest Service.
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – Local, state and federal agencies have completed the first phase of their joint work to reduce wildfire fuels and improve forest health on the Wellington side of the Golden Horseshoe Trail System east of Breckenridge.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Trees in urban and community settings throughout Colorado are going dormant, and they require care before and during the winter to remain in top health. Homeowners can take measures now and through spring to help their trees through the oncoming harsh conditions, says Vince Urbina, community forestry program manager for the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS).
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Wildfires are both natural and inevitable – including in wildland-urban interface settings where millions of Coloradans live.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – This year’s record-breaking wildfire season in Colorado is a stark reminder of the need to invest in the health of our forests.
GRAND COUNTY, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) are partnering to reduce wildfire risk and improve forest health, wildlife habitat and public safety on the slopes of Sheep Mountain in Grand County.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Although thousands of evergreen trees in Colorado’s high country, foothills and communities are beginning to display dying yellow or brown needles, most are simply going through a natural shedding process – they are not being damaged by bark beetles or any specific tree insect or disease.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – This week, the cold front that brought high winds and wet, heavy snow to much of Colorado may have damaged trees. Coloradans who are dealing with broken tree limbs after the late-summer snowstorm may be considering actions to protect and repair them.