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.

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.

Urban Wood Utilization

Urban tree utilization keeps this useful wood resource from entering our city landfills.

DIA Hotel & Transit Center

CSFS is proud to partner with Denver, Patrick Marold, and Rocky Mountain Timber Products, on a sculptural timber installation at DIA.

Black Forest Utilization

cowood black forest project

The Black Forest Post-Fire Utilization and Community Recovery project assist residents in the economical removal and utilization of their burnt timber.

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

Aerial Survey: Bark Beetle Outbreaks Expanding in Colorado

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Bark beetle outbreaks have continued to expand in parts of Colorado, based on a 2018 aerial forest health survey conducted by the Colorado State Forest Service and U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region. Every year the agencies work together to aerially monitor forest health conditions on millions of forested acres across the state.

CSFS Montrose Field Office Provides Christmas Trees to Veterans, Families in Need

MONTROSE — Earlier this month, staff from the CSFS Montrose Field Office were able to get into the holiday spirit – while getting their hands (and perhaps their hearts) sappy – cutting piñon pine trees that would otherwise be considered a wildfire hazard.

State Capitol Holiday Tree Honors Fallen Soldiers, Their Families

DENVER – This year’s State Capitol holiday tree, themed the “Gold Star Tree of Honor,” again pays tribute to the more than 350 Colorado military service members lost in the global war on terror since Sept. 11, 2001, as well as their families.

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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