In partnership with Colorado State University’s Center for Collaborative Conservation (CCC), the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) is engaging biomass utilization businesses and communities in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico to participate and profit in cross-border forest collaboration.

2-3-2 Community Biomass Enterprise Development

The Two States – Three rivers – Two Mountain Ranges (2-3-2) Community Biomass Enterprise Development Team supports collaborative outreach and assistance to the woody biomass using businesses and communities within southern Colorado and northern New Mexico.

The team deploys tools developed by the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon Department of Forestry for forest collaboratives to increase outreach and assistance to the biomass-using business community.

The CSFS received funding from the CCC to support woody biomass collaborative outreach and assistance with businesses and communities within the 2-3-2 Cohesive Strategic Forest Partnership boundary.

Proposal TeamAffiliation(s)
Tim ReaderCSFS
Randy JohnsonSmall Business Development/CSFS
Bill Trimarco2-3-2/Firewise of Southwestern Colorado
Laura McCarthyNature Conservancy (New Mexico)
Ellen RobertsFormer Colorado State Senator/CSFS
Aaron KimpleMountain Studies Institute/ 2-3-2 Partnership
Andra ThadenUndergraduate Student (required)
Melissa SimmonsCSFS

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The 2-3-2 community business development team will evaluate how:

  • Businesses can participate and contribute in the collaborative process
  • Businesses and communities may profit and build capacity
  • Economies-of-scale can be identified in the biomass community

The goal is to increase cross-border forest collaboration between southern Colorado and northern New Mexico biomass businesses.

Tools for Collaboration

Biomass Facility Economic Modeling

USDA Community Biomass HandbookThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Biomass Handbook Volume 4: Enterprise Development for Integrated Wood Products Manufacturing serves as a user-friendly guide for creating sustainable business enterprises.

The handbook provides a recipe for communities to establish new biomass business enterprises or support their existing business community through a collaborative process.

John Day Forest Collective – Video Diary

Forest restoration in John Day, OregonThis 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’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

The Oregon Department of Forestry promotes biomass