Forest Ag Program
Landowners in Colorado are eligible to sell their timber through the Forest Ag Program, which offers similar tax valuation as that of traditional agricultural lands. Forest landowners voluntarily participate in the Forest Ag Program and must fulfill certain requirements for initial eligibility.
During the late 1980s, the Larimer County tree farmers coordinated their efforts with the Colorado State Forest Service to initiate a program that would promote forest stewardship and help reduce forest fragmentation, while allowing eligible forest lands a similar tax valuation as that of traditional agricultural lands. Tree farmers, as members of the American Tree Farm System, manage their forests for wood products, water, wildlife and recreation. Instead of grazing cattle, producing hay or other agricultural products, Forest Ag participants would be required to produce tangible wood products.
In 1990, the Colorado legislature enacted the Forest Agriculture Classification Program, which the Colorado State Forest Service administers. The Forest Ag Program promotes forest health and stewardship, wood products utilization, sustainable forest management and reduced fragmentation of forested lands.
Benefits of the Forest Ag Program include the generation of forest products, more resilient forests better able to withstand insect and disease activity, a reduced threat of catastrophic wildfire and the prevention of forest fragmentation.