2021 Report on the Health of Colorado’s Forests

Protecting Our Future After a Historic Wildfire Year

2021 Colorado Forest Health ReportOngoing drought in Colorado is affecting the state’s forests, leaving trees susceptible to outbreaks of deadly bark beetles and increasing the risk of wildfires.

These conditions, combined with more people living in areas where wildlands intermingle with neighborhoods, are creating enormous challenges for Colorado’s forests and communities.

The 2021 Report on the Health of Colorado’s Forests looks at the trends driving these issues and what the Colorado State Forest Service, partners and all of us must do to protect our forests and prepare for inevitable wildfires.

Colorado’s forests face enormous challenges, spurred by a drier, warmer climate and more people living in areas at risk of wildfire. These challenges warrant bold action to protect our forests and help communities adapt to a new normal for wildfire.
Matt McCombs
State Forester

Key Forest Takeaways from the 2021 Forest Health Report

Each year, forest health reports provide information to the Colorado General Assembly and the general public about the health and condition of forests across Colorado, as well as the progress the Colorado State Forest Service is making in addressing critical forest health issues in our state.