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. Tree Farmer Alert

Sunday, December 7, 2014
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Year End Report:


Colorado State Committee made heirs to award winning Tree Farm!

Jim and Vicki Norton, past Tree Farmers of the Year, have altered their trust to make the Colorado State Tree Farm Committee heirs to their 48 acre Tree Farm in Jefferson County!

Jim and Vicki want to insure that their forest will be maintained as an actively managed Tree Farm when they are gone. They have decided that the Colorado State Tree Farm Committee can best make that happen.


"We want our forest management legacy to continue, rather than see development gobble up our private forest land. We encourage everyone to do what they can to keep their forest lands in active service, even after they've passed on." -Jim & Vicki Norton


Colorado Tree Farmer's

2014 Tree Farmer
of the Year

Ray and Emilie Herrmann

Ray and Emilie began attending Larimer County Tree Farm .Association meetings right after they bought their property in 2000. Soon after that Ray started getting involved in many landowner activities. They each dedicated 24 hours in classroom and field work to become Master Tree Farmers. In 2007, Ray became vice-chair of the Colorado State Tree Farm Committee and two years later, he accepted the chair position.

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Colorado Tree Farmer's

2014 Logger
of the Year

Dove Creek Enterprises Inc

.Dove Creek is always trying to learn and understand the forestry end of the projects and incorporates the standards and science behind the practices. This has helped them to speak knowledgably and confidently when working with landowners.

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The (true) cost of fighting wildfire

Conributed by
Bill Gherardi
Past President of CFA

For decades, wildfire damage was measured by acres burned, buildings devoured, and the estimated cost of putting the fire out. It was simple math, and the figures were scary enough that few bothered to take a deeper look at just how bad the problem really was. More recently, wildfire resource managers have tried to calculate the real cost of fire. But it’s an imposing task; some factors take years to fully realize, while others such as loss of life are incalculable.

“I don’t know if there’s such a thing as an accurate number,” admits Lisa Dale, who works for the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. “I do know we’re getting closer to that number.”

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2015-2020 ATFS Standards of Sustainability Review

Periodically, the American Tree Farm System® Standards of Sustainability undergo review through an open, transparent process to ensure appropriate incorporation of public input, emerging developments in the forest management arena and to promote continuous improvement of the ATFS program and stewardship on America's family woodlands. In 2014, ATFS revised the Standards of Sustainability.

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