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.
Colorado Wood Utilization & Marketing Program
News & Updates
The U.S. Forest Service has issued its Requests for Proposals for the 2021 Wood Innovations Program. There are two tracks you may apply toward:
- Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovations, proposals due Feb. 3, 2021
- Wood Innovations, due Jan. 20, 2021
The Council of Western State Foresters (CWSF) completed a new 2020 publication, Forest Utilization Network: Success Stories 2020, featuring utilization success stories from across the West, highlighting the efforts of state forestry agencies to build new markets for timber and non-timber forest products.
Denver 9News aired a news story, Colorado encouraging growth in forest product industry for wildfire mitigation, featuring two CSFS employees, Susan Matthews and Tim Reader, as well as the Aspen Wood Products sawmill in southwest Colorado. The broadcaster noted that revitalizing an industry that’s been declining for decades could be a key to mitigating some of the state’s fires.
Projects & Community Efforts
Colorado Forest Products™
The Colorado Forest Products™ program enhances the marketing of wood products harvested from Colorado’s forestland.
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:
- 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
Program Specialist of Utilization & Marketing
Durango Field Office, Colorado State Forest Service
Dr. Kurt Mackes
Colorado State University
You can also connect with us by liking our Colorado State Forest Service Facebook page.