The Colorado Wood Utilization and Marketing Program (CoWood) strives to improve the quality of life for Colorado’s forest products producers, consumers, and forest users by being Colorado’s leading innovator for forest products information, service, education and outreach.

News & Updates

July 2021

Timber harvesters and haulers are eligible for financial assistance under the new USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers (PATHH) program.

The deadline for applications is Oct. 15. Contact Tim Reader at tim.reader@colostate or (970) 759-2443 for more information.

April 2021

Add your email to be notified when the final multimedia presentation of The Promise of Mass Timber is available.

March 2021

The Southwest Ecological Restoration Institute (SWERI) Wood Utilization Team Wood Innovations seminar is now available under Webinar Video and Presentation Links.

February 2021

Visit the Rocky Mountain Restoration Initiative’s Workforce Capacity Subcommittee page to learn about forest industry workforce training opportunities being explored by the CSFS in partnership with our colleagues and stakeholders.

Projects & Community Efforts

Wood to Energy Program

cowood wood to energy program

Wood derived from Colorado and used for energy contributes to our state’s healthy forests, strong rural communities, and clean energy economy.

Colorado Forest Products™

The Colorado Forest Products™ program enhances the marketing of wood products harvested from Colorado’s forestland.

Forest Business Loan Fund

cowood forest business loan fund

Colorado’s Forest Business Loan Fund provides lending to forest businesses who are improving Colorado’s forests.

CoWood Mission

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Colorado’s forest products producers, consumers and forest users by being Colorado’s leading innovator on forest products information, service, education and outreach.

What is CoWood?

The Colorado Wood Utilization and Marketing Program (CoWood) is in the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) Forest Planning & Implementation Division. Our staff includes forest products and forest management professionals, educators and researchers in the CSFS and the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University.

CoWood staff are well positioned, recognized and experienced in working with a diverse collection of local, state, private and public natural resource stakeholders in Colorado and throughout the western region. Our program delivery includes:

Applied Research

  • Forest Harvest and Hazardous Fuels Reduction Economics/Utilization
  • Wood Product Processing and Wood Product Markets
  • Energy Applications and Policy Analysis

Technical and Business Assistance

  • Forest Products Harvesting and Manufacturing
  • Business, Financial and Market Planning

Education and Outreach

  • Colorado’s Forest Products Economy
  • Colorado Forest Products™
  • Continuing Education for Industry Professionals
  • Seminars, Workshops and Conferences

CoWood Contact Information

Tim Reader
Program Specialist of Utilization & Marketing
Durango Field Office, Colorado State Forest Service
(970) 247-5250
tim.reader@colostate.edu

Dr. Kurt Mackes
Assistant Professor
Colorado State University
(970) 491-4066
kmackes@warnercnr.colostate.edu

You can also connect with us by liking our Colorado State Forest Service Facebook page.