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Blair Rynearson Takes Helm as Colorado State Forest Manager

GOULD, Colo. – The Colorado State Forest Service recently hired a new manager for the Colorado State Forest, a state trust property in the mountains of northcentral Colorado. Blair Rynearson took the helm as manager of the State Forest in July. He has served as a forester there since 2018. Based out of the CSFS State Forest Field Office…

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New Agreement to Help Ensure Clean Water in Northern Colorado

BERTHOUD, Colo. – Northern Water and the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) have renewed their ongoing partnership with the signing of a multi-year agreement to fund proactive forest health initiatives. The historic and uncharacteristic wildfires of recent years have clearly reinforced the need for such critical projects. Northern Water will provide $500,000 to the CSFS over the next five…

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Tree Farmer of the Year Finds Outlets for Beetle-Killed Wood

Logs of lodgepole pine are stacked near the entrance to Flying Moose Ranch in Larimer County. Later in the day, John Reading will load them on a trailer and haul them to a company in Ault, which will make them into carved objects such as bears. Near his cabin, Reading and a customer are loading boards of fresh-milled ponderosa…

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Gov. Polis Announces 2021 Grant Awards for Wildfire Mitigation, Forest Health

Last year, historic wildfires were an unfortunate reminder to Coloradans that many forested areas here remain unhealthy and fire-prone. Currently, several wildfires are actively burning in Colorado, creating public health, safety, economic and other issues, while the impacts of the 2020 wildfires, including deadly and disruptive mudslides, are wreaking havoc in the state. Residents of Falls Creek Ranch in…

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Planting Seeds for Future Foresters

The Colorado State Forest Service was busy planting seeds this month… the kind that germinate into ideas and grow critical thinking skills — maybe even career paths — long into the future. Our staff headed to Divide in mid-July to meet up with 10 high-school students from around Colorado at Camp Rocky. The annual week-long camp, presented by the Colorado…

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Partners Launch Project to Remove Diseased, Dead Trees in Summit County

Photo courtesy of Summit County Open Space and Trails SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. – This week, the Colorado State Forest Service, Summit County Open Space and Trails, and the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps began the first phase of a hazardous fuels reduction and forest health treatment at Settler’s Creek Open Space in east Keystone. Work will last for three weeks…

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Green Menace Has Spread to Erie

On July 8, the Town of Erie announced the first detection of emerald ash borer (EAB) within town limits. A resident found an adult EAB on private property within the Historic Old Town area of Erie. A forester with the Town of Erie collected and provided the EAB specimen to entomologists with the Colorado State Forest Service and Colorado…

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Emerald Ash Borer on the Move Along Front Range

With a new spring season in bloom in Colorado, trees are emerging from their winter dormancy period to bring life, color and vibrancy to our communities. Trees, however, are not the only living things completing their overwintering period this spring. Under the bark of ash trees along the northern Front Range, the larvae of emerald ash borer (EAB) are…

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California’s Wildfire Season Is Off to an Early Start

Fire weather is coming early to California this year. For the first time since 2014, parts of Northern California are seeing a May “red flag” fire warning due to dry and windy conditions. “It's crazy, May and a red-flag warning,” Craig Clements, San Jose State University Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center director, told The Mercury News. The warning coverage area extends from Redding…

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Fire Mitigation Information for Insurance Professionals and Homeowners

Bill regularly travels throughout Colorado, California, Arizona, New Mexico and many other areas sharing fire mitigation information and The Mitagator fire mitigation tool with professionals and homeowners. To schedule a demonstration and fire mitigation talk for your homeowner's group, community fire safety councils, or professional organization, feel free to contact us. If you need a sponsor or swag for…

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