The Woodland Park District is committed to helping homeowners and landowners promote healthy and sustainable forest conditions.
Woodland Park District – Forest Management & Stewardship
The CSFS provides technical forestry assistance to landowners through the Forest Stewardship Program. Most often, the forester and landowner meet on the property to discuss forest conditions and management options.
Forest Agriculture Program
In 1990, the Colorado legislature enacted House Bill 1229, allowing certain forest lands similar tax valuation as that of traditional agricultural lands.
To be eligible for the Forest Ag Program, properties must meet several criteria:
- The landowner must perform forest management activities to produce tangible wood products for the primary purpose of obtaining a monetary profit. Tangible wood products include transplants, Christmas trees and boughs, sawlogs, posts, poles and firewood.
- The landowner must have at least 40 forested acres.
- The landowner must submit a Colorado State Forest Service-approved forest management plan that is prepared by a professional forester or natural resources professional.
- Landowners must annually submit (1) a request for inspection, (2) an inspection fee, (3) an accomplishment report, and (4) an annual work plan for the following year, and have the enrolled property inspected by a CSFS forester.
Learn more about this program in the Forest Ag Brochure (250 KB PDF).
For more information on the Forest Ag Program in the Woodland Park District or to enroll in the program, please contact Ashley Garrison in the Woodland Park District office at (719) 687-2921 or Ashley.Garrison@colostate.edu.
School Trust Land Forest Management
By agreement with the Board of Land Commissioners, the CSFS manages the forests on School Trust Lands or school sections. Profits from the forest management go to the K-12 trust fund.
Other CSFS Forest Management Programs & Resources
- For information, visit the CSFS Forest Management web page.
- Publications for Homeowners & Landowners
The Woodland Park District provides assistance to urban communities wishing to enhance their urban forests. We administer tree planting grants and the Tree City USA Program.
Arbor Day Foundation
Founded in 1972, the centennial of the first Arbor Day observance in the 19th century, the Arbor Day Foundation has become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters and valued partners.
Tree City USA
Tree City USA® is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. It provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities.
Tree Cities in the CSFS Woodland Park District:
- Woodland Park
- Palmer Lake
- Colorado Springs
- Air Force Academy
- Fort Carson
- Peterson Air Force Base
- Schriever Air Force Base
Learn more about CSFS Urban & Community Forestry.