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

September 2020

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.

August 2020

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

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.