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

December 2019

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting proposals to its Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program for agricultural producers to enter into value-added related activities in the processing and marketing of agricultural products. Wood counts as an agricultural product. Applicants must be an agricultural producer or producer group (business).

For more information visit the USDA’s Value Added Producer Grants webpage or email PJ Howe or Tim Reader.

October 2019

The 2020 USFS Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity is accepting proposals to expand wood products and wood energy markets. Applications are due Jan. 15, 2020. For further information visit the USFS 2020 Wood Innovations Program Request for Proposals web page and/or email Tim Reader.

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

Scott Woods
Associate Director of Forest Planning & Implementation
Colorado State Forest Service
(303) 404-9057
scott.woods@colostate.edu

Joe Duda
Deputy State Forester
Colorado State Forest Service
(970) 491-7546
joseph.duda@colostate.edu

 

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