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Increasingly, forest management is being accomplished through community consensus and collaboration. These collaboratives offer strategic forest products businesses the opportunity to both participate and profit.

Ways Collaboratives Can Affect Your Business

  • Determine management treatments and priorities
  • Affect the nature and quality of biomass being removed and available for product utilization
  • Secure funding and grants
  • Explore new biomass markets
  • Industry policy and advocacy
  • Establish relationships with private and public land managers
  • Increase business marketing and outreach strategies

An Atlas for Collaboration in Colorado

The Center for Collaborative Conservation (CCC) at Colorado State University has published the Atlas of Collaborative Conservation in Colorado (Huayhuaca, Ch’aska and Robin Reid).

Among the nearly 200 collaboratives, almost 20 represent a forest health or forest management emphasis. Most of these collaboratives recognize the contributions and necessity for viable industry and actively seek participation and support from members of the forest products industry.

Click on the map above to view the high-quality version. The circled numbers on the map correspond to the Map #s cited in the table below.

Forestry Collaboratives in Colorado

Map #Initiative NameLocation
12-3-2 Cohesive Strategy PartnershipPagosa Springs
2Arkansas River Watershed CollaborativeSalida
3Coalition for the Upper South PlatteLake George
4Culebra Range Community CoalitionWeston
5Dolores Watershed and Resilient Forest CollaborativeDolores/Cortez
6El Paso County Regional Resiliency CollaborativeColorado Springs
7Front Range Fuels Treatment PartnershipFront Range
8Front Range RoundtableLongmont
9High Country Forest CollaborativeSilverthorne
10Pikes Peak Wildfire Prevention PartnersLarkspur
11Rio Grande Watershed Emergency Action Coordination TeamLake City
12San Juan Headwaters Forest Health PartnershipPagosa Springs
13San Juan-Chama Watershed PartnershipPagosa Springs
14Saws and SlawsNederland
15Summit County Forest Health Task ForceSilverthorne
16Western Colorado Landscape CollaborativeMontrose
17Upper South Platte PartnershipDenver Foothills
18West Region Wildfire CouncilMontrose
19Wildfire Adapted Partnership (formerly Firewise of SW Colorado)Durango Forestry Collaboratives in Colorado

Community Tools & Perspectives of Forest Industry & the Collaborative Process

Community Biomass Handbook IV & Biomass Facility Economic Modeling

Enterprise Development for Integrated Wood Products Manufacturing
This Community Biomass Handbook serves as a guide for creating sustainable business enterprises using small diameter logs and biomass.

Community Biomass Handbook

The handbook provides useful information when considering biomass utilization and guides users through a collaborative four stage project development by 1) creating mutual understanding, 2) Integrated approach to biomass utilization, 3) biomass enterprise economic model, and 4) mobilizing to create action.

John Day Forest Collective – Video Diary

This video diary provides a look into an Oregon community’s opportunities and challenges in establishing a collaborative process, with commentary and perspective from the participants.

John Day Video Diary

John Day’s local sawmill faced imminent closure and yet it played a significant role in developing (and ultimately profited from) a collaborative process.

Perspectives on Collaboration

Contact Information

Tim Reader – CSFS Utilization & Marketing Forester
(970) 247- 5250

Learn More About the Colorado Wood Utilization & Marketing Program