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Monday, May 1, 2017
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What's in your Woods?


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Community Preparedness Day -
A Bolton's Tree Farm Event

contributed by Judy Bolton, Durango Tree Farmer


  • Wildfire Mitigation ‘101’

  • Saturday, May 6, 2017 9am - 4pm

  • Judy’s Tree Farm, 771 Aspen Dr, Aspen Trail

  • (13.5 miles NE of Durango off of CR 240)

    Carpooling is highly encouraged! Please wear long pants and closed
    toed shoes. Bring work gloves, eye & ear protection, a hat, and a water
    bottle. A light lunch will be provided (donations accepted).

For details (schedule, waivers, check in location)
contact Judy at 970-247-0893.
RSVP Requested: judystreefarm@gmail.com



Premiere episode of "America's Forests with Chuck Leavell", (Rolling Stones keyboardist, conservationist, Tree Farmer) 

contributed by
Tom Troxel
Intermountain Forest Association


Following are:

1-a link to the premier episode of “America’s Forests with Chuck Leavell” -- https://vimeo.com/211429966 , produced by Bruce Ward and Choose Outdoors.  This episode was filmed in Oregon and discusses Cross Laminated Timber, tall buildings, forest restoration, and more.  Bruce is working on a series of 12 additional videos.  The Colorado video is next in the queue and Bruce hopes to complete that episode by the end of 2017.

 2-a link to an article about Chuck Leavell and this series of videos -- http://treesource.org/goods-and-services/chuck-leavell-forestry-americas-forests/

 3-a link to an Evergreen magazine interview with Bruce Ward about his work with so many people connected to forests, including recreationists, forest products companies, the Forest Service, and urban Americans -- https://www.evergreenmagazine.com/bruce-ward-the-wisdom-of-recreation/  .

 Enjoy the video and the articles.   Kudos to Bruce for his great work. 



Senate launches Working Forest Caucus

contributed by
Mike Hughes
Colorado State forest Service
Fort Collins District


U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-ID) and Angus King (I-ME), joined by a bipartisan group of senators, launched the new Senate Working Forests Caucus. The Caucus, which has 11 inaugural members, will serve as a forum for policies that promote and preserve America’s working forests.



The Colorado State Forest:
Managing for a Healthier Forest


The Colorado State Forest Service works with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and other entities to manage Colorado State Forest, keeping it beautiful and healthy for generations to come.

Watch the Video


Forest service nursery gets an upgrade

Contributed by
Dan Wand
Colorado State Forest Service
Durango District


It was the bane of their existence: a 50-year-old conveyor belt at the Colorado State Forest Service Nursery, used to transport hundreds of thousands of seedlings throughout 18,000 square feet of greenhouses. Crucial to the nursery’s day-to-day operations, the conveyor – like any mechanical equipment showing its age – kept breaking. And breaking.


Call to Action

from Nick Smith, healthy Forests, Healthy Communities
and Steve Goodroad, Larimer county Tree Farmer


The Forest Service needs to hear from the local community and concerned stakeholders throughout Colorado that forest treatments such as those proposed in the Sulphur TSI project are not only necessary, but also extremely critical to protecting our valuable resources.  Many times, the Forest Service only hears from those who DON'T support the project, making them the squeaky wheel that gets the oil.   

Don't let those who oppose the project be in the only voice in the room.  Learn more about the Project.  And if you agree this is a critical effort to improve overall forest health and vigor, improve vegetation conditions suitable for Canada lynx and reduce hazardous fuels, please send an urgent message to the Forest Service before the formal 30-day comment period expires on May 5th, 2017.





Climate Change Talk concerning trees

Contributed by Sharon Bloyer, Tree Farmer


I'm attaching the general presentation I made to the Front Range Forum group on climate change and global warming.  We had a discussion that lasted over an hour so I believe it was something of a success.  The articles we discussed were "How do trees change the climate? filed under RealClimate blog and an Op-Ed in the NYTimes "To Save the Planet, Don't Plant Trees?"


"To Save the Planet, Don't Plant Trees?" by Nadine Unger, Yale

"How do trees change the climate?" by Abby Swann, U of Washington

To Save the Planet, Don't Plant Trees??? by Sharon Bloyer, Colorado Tree Farmer



and just for fun

Spiders theoretically could eat every human
on Earth in one year

By Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post


Spiders are quite literally all around us. A recent entomological survey of North Carolina homes turned up spiders in 100 percent of them, including 68 percent of bathrooms and more than three-quarters of bedrooms. There’s a good chance at least one spider is staring at you right now, sizing you up from a darkened corner of the room, eight eyes glistening in the shadows.



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