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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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What Is Fire Mitigation?

What Is Fire Mitigation? Published Wildfire mitigation is the ground treatment of forest properties to reduce fire fuels. Mitigation reduces fire fuels on the ground that can increase heat and threaten your home during a fire. Fire mitigation steps are steps you can take to reduce the risk of wildfire damage to your property. Steps For Homeowners Remove dead…

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