Happy Colorado Arbor Day!

Arbor Day in Colorado is celebrated on the third Friday in April. What is Arbor Day? Colorado State Forest Service director Mike Lester explains and also shares trivia about one of his favorite trees.

Plant Trees to Celebrate Arbor Day in Colorado

oak leaves and blue sky

Spring is an ideal time to plant trees in Colorado, when new trees have the best chance of getting established. It is also the time of year Coloradans celebrate Arbor Day and recognize the importance of trees in their communities. With Colorado Arbor Day this Friday, April 16 and National Arbor Day on Friday, April 30, the Colorado State Forest Service is encouraging residents and communities to plant and celebrate trees.

Funding Available for Projects Addressing Forest Health, Wildfire Risk

forest in Colorado mountains

The Colorado State Forest Service announced today that it is accepting proposals for FRWRM grants from Colorado HOAs, community groups, local governments, fire protection districts, utilities and nonprofit organizations seeking funding to improve forest health, conduct forest restoration and reduce wildfire risk on non-federal land in the state. In March, Governor Polis signed a bill (SB21-054) to transfer $6 million from the General Fund to the FRWRM grant program to address wildfire risk in Colorado. Approximately $6 million in total funding is available, and grant awards are available up to $1 million during this FRWRM grant cycle.

Eric Howell with Colorado Springs Utilities Awarded Partner of the Year

The Colorado State Forest Service has recognized Eric Howell with its Partner of the Year award for 2020. Howell is the Forest Program Manager for Colorado Springs Utilities and the Deputy Administrator for the Colorado Springs Utilities Catamount Wildland Fire Team.

Late Winter or Early Spring the Best Time to Prune Trees

Female forester pruning a tree

With spring around the corner, the Colorado State Forest Service is reminding residents that late winter or early spring is the best time to prune most trees. Trees are still dormant at this time of year and, unlike in early winter, wound closure will happen sooner if pruning occurs just prior to the time new growth emerges.

Report Focuses on What State Needs to Do After Historic Wildfires

2020 Report on the Health of Colorado's Forests

The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) published its annual forest health report today, highlighting the current conditions of forests across Colorado and how the agency is improving the health of the state’s forests in the wake of historic wildfires.

Aerial Survey: Though Declining, Spruce Beetle Remains Most Damaging Forest Pest

spruce beetle damage at Wolf Creek Pass

Forest managers are working together to address continued outbreaks of insects and disease in Colorado’s forests, including the spruce beetle, which remains the most damaging forest pest in the state for the ninth consecutive year, based on a 2020 aerial detection survey led by the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, and Colorado State Forest Service.

Prep Trees in Fall for the Winter Ahead

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Trees in urban and community settings throughout Colorado are going dormant, and they require care before and during the winter to remain in top health. Homeowners can take measures now and through spring to help their trees through the oncoming harsh conditions, says Vince Urbina, community forestry program manager for the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS).