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 Forest Management Division. Our staff includes forest products and forest management professionals, educators and researchers in the Colorado State Forest Service 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


Current Research Projects

Ash Tree Biomass Inventory and Utilization

A new project directed to anticipate and respond to potential mortality from the emerald ash borer.  This projects seeks to estimate biomass volume of potential mortality and develop guidelines on utilization

Black Forest Burned Timber Utilization and Community Recovery

Adding a wood utilization to traditional recovery efforts for communities impacted by wildfire.  Removing the burned timber can be costly and this project seeks to demonstrate utilization potential of the burned timber


Originally developed by the USDA Forest Products Lab, in the 1970’s as a means to manufacture wide width lumber or wood panels from smaller diameter wood.  CSFS is working with Golden West Pine Mills in Ault, Colorado to investigate the feasibility and market potential for producing wider with lumber from small diameter beetle killed wood

Southwest Colorado Biomass Supply and Industry Survey

Working with Firewise of Southwest Colorado, local hazardous fuels contractors, and the San Juan National Forest, to assess availability of woody biomass supply from hazardous fuels reduction projects and forest health treatments on private and public lands.