Forest Stewardship Program
By managing your forest, you can protect water quality, increase habitat diversity for wildlife and increase the growth rate of your trees.
Approximately 7 million acres of private forestland exist in Colorado. Like all natural resources, forests require proper management to be healthy and productive.
In addition, properly managed forests can provide income, reduce the risk of wildland fire, help protect trees against insects and diseases, and even increase the value of your property.
Learn more in Colorado’s Forest Stewardship Program Brochure (458 KB PDF)
NASF Stewardship PrinciplesBecause forests are living and everchanging, stewardship is always a work in progress; the sooner begun, the more regularly tended, the better the results. The first step is to lay the groundwork with sound principles.
Contribute to the conservation and biological diversity of the forest and the surrounding landscape
Like all forests, yours includes both trees and other plant life such as shrubs, ground cover and even mosses and algae in your shady places or around your seeps and springs. Your forest is also a habitat for resident and migrating animals, including game and non-game, and even for the insects in your soil and water.
Your forest’s community of plants and animals (referred to as biodiversity) is part of a broader mix of communities across your surrounding landscape (or watershed), like a patch in a quilt.
National Association of State Foresters
NASF is a non-profit organization that represents the directors of forestry agencies from the fifty states, eight U.S. territories and associated states, and the District of Columbia.