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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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Forest Restoration Grant

Hello – attached is information on a Forest Restoration grant program possibility that landowners affected by the High Park and Woodland Heights fires might apply for.  Grant objectives that might apply to burned areas are:  protecting water supplies, replanting trees in deforested areas, and improving the use of or adding value to wood generated from cutting small diameter trees.

 Boyd Lebeda
Fort Collins District Forester
Colorado State Forest Service

Request for Proposal



Where Wood Works: 6th Annual Wood-to-Energy Biomass Utilization Short Course

The Colorado State Forest Service's annual short course on biomass-energy applications and technologies will be February 28th - March 1st, 2013 at the Salvation Army’s High Peak Camp in Estes Park, Colorado.  The focus will be on current technologies and applications where biomass has a competitive advantage over traditional energy sources, and on those technologies that are working today in Colorado.  Included will be sessions on chip, pellet, and cordwood facility heating, wood chip specifications and supply, air quality considerations, biomass-energy policy, as well as market perspectives from our wood pellet producers.  We will also offer participants a walk-through of the High Peak Camp facilities and discuss their district heating opportunities for the High Peak Camp facilities.

Registration Information will be available shortly.  Contact Kristina Hughes (khugs@rams.colostate.edu) to receive registration information and updated details or visit our CSFS Wood-to-Energy page at http://csfs.colostate.edu/cowood/wood-to-energy.html

 Tim Reader
Call, Click, or Visit

Utilization & Marketing Forester
Colorado State Forest Service
Durango, Colorado
Phone: 970.247.5250 | Cell: 970.759.2443 |Fax: 970.247.5252


Replanting After High Park?

Learn to safely and effectively plant post-fire seedling trees at a free training

This Colorado State Forest Service training workshop targets both impacted landowners and leaders of volunteer organizations that are planning to plant trees in the High Park Fire burn area. Training will include:

o   Proper techniques for handling, planting and caring for seedling trees

o   Suggestions for proper site preparation

o   Discussion of potential safety hazards and necessary personal protective equipment in the burn area

o   Hands-on planting demonstrations

o   A tour of the Colorado State Forest Service Nursery

Cost: FREE

Date: March 9, 2013 (extreme weather alternate date will be March 16)

Time: 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Location: We will meet at the Colorado State Forest Service Nursery, 3843 Laporte Ave., Fort Collins (take the first left inside the CSFS campus and head down the hill into the fenced nursery). We will then carpool into the burn area for planting demonstrations.


 Please RSVP by March 7 to Peggy Ely at 970-491-8660 or peggy.ely@colostate.edu


What is a Woodland Owner?

Question: Do you have a good link to a description of what a “woodlot owner” is? Jim


We mostly hear the term “woodlot owner” used in reference to the owner of a hardwood lot. On the other hand, the term “woodland owner” usually refers to a much more diverse group. The USFS conducts an annual survey of private forest landowners in the United States. They estimate that there are some 10,000,000 of us.

Probably the broadest definition of “woodland owner” would be a private owner of forested property. However, the survey mentioned above  indicates that “woodland owners” are so diverse when it comes to why they own and how they manage their forested property that it becomes almost impossible to include them all in a simple description. Read about the National Woodland Owners Survey at http://www.fia.fs.fed.us/nwos/faq/

Based on data from the National Woodland Owners Survey, Colorado Tree Farmers recently started a program to develop strategies that target specific subsets of woodland owners who have similar views and objectives.  We are identifying the most effective methods to communicate with each specific group and developing events to more effectively encourage them to begin actively managing their forests.

We invite you and any other forester who would like to work with us, to please email Colorado Tree Farmers.

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