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

The Council of Western State Foresters is requesting proposals to complete a Wood Wool Cement and Wood Fiber Insulation Feasibility Analysis. Responses are due in to the Council by 4 p.m. MDT June 30, 2022.
The CSFS is seeking applicants for it wildfire risk mitigation loan program. Loans are available for equipment and other working capital needs. Existing businesses or startups are eligible. Contact Tim Reader for additional details – Tim.reader@colostate.edu, (970) 759-2443.
Wood products manufactured from trees infested or killed by mountain pine beetle or spruce beetle are now eligible for a state sales tax exemption. For complete information, check out guidance from the Colorado Department of Revenue (130 KB PDF).

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™

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

Wildfire Risk Mitigation Loan Fund

Wildfire Risk Mitigation Loan Fund Colorado’s Wildfire Risk Mitigation 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

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

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