It’s not often a specific tree makes it into a governor’s speech. So, we’ll go out on a limb and say what happened last week at the capitol was an honor 2,500 years in the making. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is known for delivering state addresses laced with trivia and pop culture references and, during his fifth State of the State address, he made a shout out to the oldest member of one of Colorado’s more unique tree species — the gnarly bristlecone pine.
It is crucial for Colorado to protect its forested watersheds from the ever-present threat of wildfire to ensure residents and communities have water for drinking, agriculture and other uses. The Colorado Legislature recognizes this need and passed House Bill 22-1379 during the 2022 legislative session to fund projects that reduce wildfire fuels around high-priority watersheds and water infrastructure.
The Salida Field Office has tripled the amount of work getting done in support of Chaffee County’s 2020 Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
In 2022 the Colorado Legislature passed House Bill 22-1323 that dedicated $5 million to fund improvements to the nursery. During the tour, Nursery Manager Scott Godwin showed the lawmakers and partners around the nursery grounds. He described the progress made with the funding, next steps and future opportunities for success and expansion.
The State Land Board honored the CSFS and supervisory forester John Twitchell, a previous manager of the Colorado State Forest, with its 2022 Outstanding Partner Award. Twitchell accepted the award on behalf of the CSFS during a ceremony in Denver on Dec. 15.
After a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus, the tradition of providing a Colorado Capitol Holiday tree is back. Happy Holidays, everyone!
In October, the inaugural Women’s Forest Congress in Minneapolis, Minn., brought together more than 400 female and non-binary conference participants. Seven women represented the Colorado State Forest Service, and they came back renewed and reinvigorated.
The National Book Foundation first declared October as National Book Month in 2003, so last October we asked CSFS staff to share some of their favorite books about trees, forests and ecology. Then we put together this tree-mendous reading list for you.
Foresters, CSU students and heavy machinery operators make the trek up to Borden Memorial Forest each year to load up slash and haul it to the CSU campus for the annual Homecoming Bonfire.
October is an ideal time for landowners to check pine trees, specifically lodgepole, ponderosa and limber, on their property for the presence of mountain pine beetle (MPB).