Salida Field Office
The Salida Field Office of the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) is one of 17 field offices in Colorado, serving Lake and Chaffee counties. It is administered by the Alamosa Field Office.
Our mission is to achieve stewardship of Colorado’s diverse forest environments for the benefit of present and future generations.
Specific services provided by the Salida Field Office can be found under the category headings.
At the Salida Field Office, we fill a variety of professional and technical roles for private landowners and communities in both forest and urban settings. Trees are our specialty, from small to large, with needles or leaves. Our desire is to help people be good stewards of the land.
Damon Lange – Southwest Area Manager
JT Shaver – Lead Forester
Mercedes Siegle-Gaither – Forester
Josh Kuehn – Forester
Kellie Solis – Forester
Jeff McGinnis – Seasonal Forester
News & Resources
Harmful insects can be transported in firewood, particularly if the trees cut died very recently or were in the process of dying.
If firewood has no bark or the bark easily comes off by hand, tree-killing insects should be absent. Check green wood for unwanted occupants between the bark and wood.
- Low-Flammability Landscape Plants (500 KB PDF)
- Chaffee, Lake County Landowners Strive to Keep Forests ‘Ever Green’
- Western Spruce Budworm Presentation, April 2017 (1 MB PDF)
- Aspen (939 KB PDF)
- Douglas-fir (586 KB PDF)
- Gambel Oak and Serviceberry (865 KB PDF)
- Piñon Pine-Juniper (888 KB PDF)
- Ponderosa and Lodgepole Pine (896 KB PDF)
7980 West Highway 50
Salida, CO 81201-9571
(719) 539-2579, (719) 539-2570
San Isabel National Forest: Leadville, Salida ranger districts
Natural Resource Conservation Service Colorado Area 1
Arkansas Headwaters State Parks
Chaffee County Fire Protection District
Lake County Fire Department
Buena Vista Tree Board
Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA)
Salida Tree Board
Field Office Location
Forest Health Report Story Map
CSFS Forest Entomologist Dr. Dan West produced an Esri Story Map for the annual Forest Health Report, which offers users an interactive way to learn about local forest conditions.
Wildfire Risk Viewer
The Wildfire Risk Viewer is a web-mapping application that allows users to identify specific wildfire risk levels within a 1/2-mile radius of a home, or any other point of interest on the map.