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. Tree Farmer Alert

Sunday, May 13, 2012
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Colorado Tree Farmers are a network of land- owners that share forestry resources.

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Who is wearing that Tree Farm Cap?


It’s U.S. Senator Mark Udall, one of the most outspoken advocates for forest health and sustainability in Congress.

Last Saturday, Senator Udall joined a tree planting event organized by Colorado Tree Farmers to get our next generation of private forest landowners started planting our next forest in one of the many areas of Colorado ravaged by wildfire and the mountain pine beetle.

Senator Udall, Colorado State Representatives Randy Fischer and John Kefalas, and Larimer County Commissioner Steve Johnson joined local Tree Farmers, and professional foresters to assist over 100 young people and their parents planting seedlings.


Colorado Tree Farmers organize events like this as part of their mission to promote forest health and sustainability. We encourage private forest landowners (and their children and grandchildren) to take an active role in managing their woods. Tree Farmers provide reliable, practical information and guidance through local groups near you.

If you and your family are interested in improving your forest’s health, enhancing its sustainability, or in starting a new forest, we can help. Stop by a local group meeting, network with neighbors who also care about their forests, and meet the experts who can help you get started.

To find out more or check when the next meeting in your area is happening
write: stumpmaker@gmail.com or
call:  (970) 482-6912


Gambel Oak Defoliator

S. Sky Stephens
Forest Entomologist
Colorado State Forest Service

Bill Ciesla, Meg Halford and I made a trip to the Franktown and Castle Rock area to follow up on a report from a landowner regarding the reappearance of a defoliator on gamble oak. We had a series of reports last year and a field trip in early June did not allow us to determine the specific insect responsible, although we had our suspicions. This week we were able to observe and collect several specimens and are attempting to rear some out. From the attached report you will see that in addition to the defoliation there are several other impacts on gambel oak in the area.

Read the report


Got a question about your woods?

You can find the answers to many of your questions on our website, www.treefarmer.com, but that's a big place. If you get lost, write us and we'll help you find the answers.

We're your neighbors just down .the road, behind the green and white Tree Farm signs and we care about what's happening in our forests.

Send your questions to stumpmaker@gmail.com

Join Us if you would like to go on our tours, question our experts, or share information on forest ecology and forest management with our members


Landowners who attend one of our tours in 2012 will receive the Colorado Tree Farmer's forest management manual, "Saving Your Forest". Currently certified Tree Farmers can get a manual by bringing a neighbor or friend to one of our tours.