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Monday, March 7, 2011

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ATFS Honors Colorado Tree Farmer

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Grant Training for Biomass Projects

Please see our announcement for upcoming training opportunity for grant writing for Woody Biomass Energy and Wood Products Utilization projects April 5-7 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.  In partnership with Colorado’s Governors Energy Office, our in depth session will help businesses, local governments, nonprofit organizations and communities, prepare, submit, and be awarded funds for woody biomass projects in today’s increasingly competitive funding environment.  Please Note space is limited so register early to confirm your attendance.

Tim Reader
Utilization & Marketing Forester
Colorado State Forest Service
Durango, Colorado



Dave Lentz made an important point about my "rip the bark" comments.  Dave wrote the following:   "I did see your response to the "Rip the Bark" article.  I was wondering about the last sentence, transporting infested wood to the urban areas.  Why would we consider increasing the pressure on the trees in the urban areas?  I do not think that the local governments would think that this is a good idea. Just wondering."

My intent was to consider the ramifications of transporting infested wood to non-infested (urban) areas.  It isn't possible to control mpb driven by winds but we can control firewood or product movement.  If the product is firewood then a year of drying before selling and transporting would generally eliminate the risk of moving mpb.  Some municipalities such as Fort Collins have an ordinance that does not permit moving infested wood into the city and is enforced to protect urban conifers.  My apology if I caused any confusion.

David J. Hattis, CF                          
Forester / Silviculturist
Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forests
Canyon Lakes Ranger District
Office 970.295.6747
Work email: dhattis@fs.fed.us





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