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Sunday, October 7, 2018
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Tree Farm Meeting for
New Prospects

contributed by
Bruce Benninghoff, Consulting Forester


(The Colorado State Tree Farm Committee recently organized a meeting for new prospects in Grand County. State Committee member, Lucy Bauer, and consulting forester, Bruce Benninghoff, conducted a very informative tour and talk. Bruce has followed up with an email to our host, James Williams, noting a number of links to a publication that should be of interest to all of our readers.)


Here is the link to the "Field Guide to Diseases & Insects of the Rocky Mountain Region" produced by the US Forest Service, Rocky Mtn Region, where I spent 31 years before becoming a private consultant:


You can download the PDF version for free.  Large file, but it is searchable.

One of the features that makes this a very user friendly publication is the Host-Pest Index (page 312).

On the last place we visited (after leaving your place) Lucy spotted a planted blue spruce with dwarf mistletoe (DM).  I did not remember that the lodgepole DM (Arceuthobium americanum) could infect any spruce.  I checked the Field Guide and on page 6 they included a table of primary and secondary hosts for each species of DM.   Sure enough, americanum can, but rarely does, infect spruces.  I think it is rare enough that this should not change plans to underplant with blue spruce.

I apologize for using the scientific name of Peridermium rather than the common name Western Gall Rust.  You can read up on that on page 103.

You will also see this link to reports on specific pests


If you don't find what you need on the US Forest Service web site, try the state:


Sometimes the extension sheets are a little more detailed and may be updated more often as control recommendations change



Stockholm Plans 31 Wooden Skyscrapers

contributed by
Craig Rawlings
Forest Business Network


Stockholm’s Centre Party has selected local firm Anders Berensson Architects to design a neighbourhood in the city’s central dock area that will include 31 cross-laminated timber towers.

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Homemade Log Skidder

contributed by
Jon Bell



I’ve made a low-cost log skidder out of a 1986 Toyota 4Runner. Shown here bringing in whole trees for ‘processing’. The brush goes onto a pile at the right side of the picture (for later chipping), and 8 foot logs go directly onto the flatbed truck. The home-made log arch (painted Cat yellow of course) is mounted to the tailgate brackets and braced to the roll bar and has a Harbor Freight 5000# electric winch. I can bring in half a large tree, or 2-4 mediums, or a whole sling full of hand-thrown brush and small trees.

One secret that doesn’t show in the picture is that I am running the 12 volt electric winch on 18 volts! I’ve got three 6-volt golf cart batteries wired in series. This arrangement gives more line speed and more power and the winch actually runs cooler because when the voltage goes up the amperage goes down. I’ve been running these winches on 18 volts for a year now and have not burned anything up. 

The operation is difficult to capture with still photographs, butI’ll answer questions by e-mail. 

Jon Bell



Two of Colorado’s largest trees burn in 416 Fire

contributed by
Mike Hughes, Colorado Tree Farm Administrator


Two of the largest trees in the state of Colorado fell victim to the flames of the 416 Fire, a flyover of the burn scar revealed last week.

Since the outbreak of the 416 Fire in June, forest researchers have wondered whether the record-setting trees in the Hermosa Creek drainage survived, said Gretchen Fitzgerald, a forester for the U.S. Forest Service.

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Wildlife wired to survive the forest infernos

contributed by
Mike Burns, NWOA


Roughly 8,000 fires have burned nearly 1 million acres this summer, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.  Amid the personal devastation people have been asking if wildlife, birds and fish could survive the recent series of cataclysmic wildfires.  The answer, say biologists, is that wildlife is genetically wired to survive such disasters.

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Forestry things I would like to give away

contributed by
Janet Winchester Silbaugh
Tree Farmer


I have 
40 weed barrier fabric square and
maybe 75 orange protector cones for tree seedlings?

Since my land is now self-generating seedlings, I am not planting as many as I used to.

If anyone wants them, I’d be glad to pass them on.  I can deliver them to Albuquerque, Pagosa Springs, Denver, Boulder or anywhere in between.  If someone wants them, they can text me at 505-321-1581.  

I hate to throw them away when someone else might be able to use them.

Let me know, please.

Janet Winchester Silbaugh (I was at the last Tree Framer meeting outside Fort Collins last month)


Colorado Timber Industry Association

contributed by Molly Pitts, CTIA Director


CTIA is an organization of small, family-owned businesses committed to logging, manufacturing, and forestry service work in Colorado’s forests. We are exceptional partners to the public and private stewards of our valuable and beautiful forests.

We embrace Best Management Practices (BMPs) and sustainable forestry. To meet these values, we host annual continuing education classes on BMPs and participate in field audits to demonstrate our accountability to high quality, active management designed to promote long-term forest health.

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contributed by
Steve Goodroad, Tree Farmer


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