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. Tree Farmer Alert

Monday, September 12, 2011

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CSFS Forestry Fair

Don't forget the fair this weekend!

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First Colorado PLT School!

Colorado Project Learning Tree awarded the first "Colorado PLT School" bench to Red Feathers Lakes Elementary School.

The Colorado State Forest Service’s Project Learning Tree program, sponsored by the American Forest Foundation, has developed a state "PLT Schools" and "PLT Partners" initiative that will recognize the efforts of schools and organizations that use and promote PLT.

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CSFS Releases First Colorado Forest Road Field Handbook

The Colorado State Forest Service has released the first-ever Colorado Forest Road Field Handbook to provide private landowners and state land managers information on how to properly build and maintain forest roads.

The purpose of the free 142-page handbook (11.4 MB PDF) is to protect water quality, fish and wildlife habitat and forest ecosystems by helping to ensure that forest roads are constructed and maintained according to accepted best management practices.

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Forest Stewardship Tip of the Day: Bark Beetle Surveys Should Happen Soon!

Right now is a good time of year to start thinking about getting out in your woods to survey for the presence of newly infested mountain pine beetle trees.  The Fall (after about Sept. 15) is the best time to survey for newly infested trees because signs of beetle attack are the most obvious and infested material cut in the fall and early winter will have many months to dry out before beetles fly again in the summer of 2012. Another reason that fall beetle surveying is recommended is because it gives you the longest amount of time to figure out a game plan to deal with the infested trees.

Some landowners have found it useful to survey their entire property and flag all of the infested trees with ribbon or paint before they begin cutting trees. By having a total count of newly infested trees you will have a better understanding about how much work you will need to complete before beetles fly from your infested trees next summer.

Ryan Ludlow | Forestry Education & Outreach Coordinator Boulder County | Land Use Department P.O. Box 471, Boulder CO 80306 O: 720.564.2641 | F: 303.441.4856

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