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Sunday, February 7, 2016
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What's in your Woods?


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Developed by Jennifer Cook
Colorado State University Extension http://www.ext.colostate.edu/

A healthy sustainable forest with minimal damage from insects and disease (such as mountain pine beetle or mistletoe) will include, but is not limited to, diverse wildlife populations, native understory plants, and conditions that reflect natural succession. The age, distribution, and number of trees per acre on your property will differ depending upon the forest type, slope, aspect, elevation, soil type, precipitation, temperature, tree species, and your land use objectives

You likely have a primary use planned for your forest which will guide your overall management activities. This worksheet will help you ensure that the vegetation and ecosystems on your forest land serve the land uses you have identified. It will also help minimize unintended consequences from improper management.

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Get ready for wildfire season now

by Mike Lester, Director of the Colorado State Forest Service, and Tom Fry, the Colorado-based director of Western Forest Conservation with the American Forest Foundation.

from the Denver Post

The middle of winter is usually not a time when Coloradans think about wildfires. And while they may realize that the snow we see atop the peaks now represents much of our future water supply, they may not realize how forests and fires impact this supply.

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Forestry Agencies Release 2015 Aerial Survey Results for Colorado

contributed by
Ryan Lockwood
Public and Media Relations Coordinator
Colorado State Forest Service

Attached is a news release announcing the results of the 2015 forest health aerial survey for Colorado.

Every year the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Rocky Mountain Region, work together to aerially monitor forest health conditions on millions of forested acres across the state. Aerial survey observations of tree-damaging insects and diseases native to Colorado’s forests are highlighted in the release.

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The Hidden Life of Trees

contributed by Kathy Westra
It's Friday: Here's Your Week in Trees

From The New York Times

After the publication in May of Mr. Wohlleben’s book, a surprise hit titled “The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate — Discoveries From a Secret World,” the German forest is back in the spotlight. Since it first topped best-seller lists last year, Mr. Wohlleben has been spending more time on the media trail and less on the forest variety, making the case for a popular reimagination of trees, which, he says, contemporary society tends to look at as “organic robots” designed to produce oxygen and wood.

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Save this Date

2016 CO/WY SAF Annual Meeting SAVE THE DATE!!!

Theme: “The New Normal: Adaptive Forest Management in a Changing World.”

Where: Western State Colorado University (WSCU) in beautiful Gunnison, Colorado

When: May 12-14, 2016

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Gunnison


            Federal per diem rates accepted

Registration Fees: Anticipated registration fees will be less than $90.00

Planned Activities: 
Thursday-Short Film Series Happy Hour at WSCU Theatre

Friday- Banquet and live music at the IBAR Ranch

Saturday- Local field trips



Sam Pankratz
Assistant District Forester
Colorado State Forest Service
Gunnison Field Office-Salida District



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