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Inside this Issue

Message from the Manager

Forest Ag Review Update

What's Eating Your Needles?

Things to Watch for

Landowners in the Spotlight 

Marketing Tip!

Contact Your Local District Forester
Forest Ag Resources

Marketing Tip!

Future Opportunity!
While utilization is a part of any complete management plan, why is this piece such a critical part of the process? By marketing a product that generates revenue, that revenue can be used to off-set the costs of implementing your management plan. But, have you ever thought about what a tree can do? Wood is a completely renewable and carbon neutral material that can be developed into hundreds of thousands of different types of products. By doing your part to harvest your trees through active forest management and help that material get to market, you are not only helping keep your own backyard healthy, but the rest of the world too! Learn more about what a tree can do.
Are you looking for ways to utilize the trees you are harvesting from your property? Check out the Colorado Forest Products database for businesses near you who may be interested in taking the trees you harvest as a part of your management plans and turning them into products!
Be sure that local, state, and federal environmental regulations are addressed accordingly so you can implement your annual work plan effectively. Forest Ag is a state agriculture classification program, but it does not supersede such regulations including permitting requirements. Learn more about your local, state, and federal environmental regulations so that consideration of your property in Forest Ag remains in good standing.

Message from The Manager 

Spring is here! Some people take the first few months of the New Year to reflect and even create resolutions. Some resolutions stick and some do not. If nothing else, ask yourself what went well in 2016 and what would you like to do differently in 2017. Consider taking a moment to review your land management goals and objectives outlined in your forest management plan. Ask yourself if those goals and objectives still resonate with you. If you are uncertain, reach out to your local CSFS District Office or consulting forester to discuss what goals and objectives make sense to you. Forest Ag is a voluntary program and we want you to get the most out of the program whether that is the benefits to the forest, your family, or your community.

Forest Ag Program Review Update

First, a huge thanks to all of you who participated in the program review by completing the lengthy survey to capture your experience and perspective of participating in the Forest Ag Program. After facilitating four discussion sessions around the state with CSFS districts and analyzing the surveys from participating landowners, consultants, and county assessors, the program review team has learned a great deal about the status and complexities of the program. We found that there are common themes of areas to improve, most of which can be resolved with training and improving programmatic materials. I will also add that the surveys have been retained centrally for confidentiality purposes. Additionally, there will be no retaliation as a result of the comments provided. This program review is intended for the CSFS to understand how effective we are in administering the program and how we can improve. As we roll out enhanced program materials, resources, and continuing education opportunities, we welcome you to continue to provide constructive feedback so we can continually improve our service to you.

What's Eating Your Needles?

Above: Douglas-fir Tussock moth 
Defoliators eat leaves from deciduous tree and needles from evergreen trees. But, who is the culprit that is munching on the Douglas-fir across Colorado? Douglas-fir tussock moth and western spruce budworm.  These native insects are also impacting Engelmann spruce and true firs, including white fir.
Population levels of western spruce budworm vary from low (background levels) to epidemic in some locations in the southern half of Colorado. Douglas-fir tussock moth populations peaked in 2014-15 along the Front Range. In 2016, much of the population had collapsed. The goal is to prevent the populations from reaching epidemic level as they can completely defoliate the overstory and understory of trees, which could kill the tree or make them susceptible to bark beetle-caused mortality. Treatment options start with knowing which insect is affecting your tree. Is it one or both? The easiest way to distinguish between the two species is to look at the caterpillar for distinct characteristics (hairy or not hairy), observe where they are feeding, and to look to see if cocoons are present in the foliage and bark crevices.

Below: Douglas-Fir Tussock moth cocoon

If you suspect that you may have either of the two species make sure to contact your local CSFS District Office. The district foresters will be able to determine which pest you might have and recommend management options to address immediate concerns, as well as tips to promote a healthy forest.
Learn more about Douglas-fir tussock moth management options and western spruce budworm management options.  

Below: Western Spruce Budworm

Above: Western Spruce Budworm damage

Things to Watch for:

New Inspection Fee: In effect for 2017/18 inspection season

$100 + $1.50/forested acre,cap at $500
This adjustment is based on the feedback provided through the program review and grounded by CRS 39-1-102, which states that “the Colorado State Forest Service shall charge a fee for the inspection of each parcel of land in such amount for the reasonable costs incurred by the Colorado State Forest Service in conducting such inspections.” Additionally, this adjusted fee helps to reduce the fee gap between large and small properties, thus improving the parity of the inspection regardless of property size.


Due October 1

  • Submit your Request For Inspection
  • Submit your annual inspection fee
  • New forest management plan, if new to the program
  • Revised forest management plan, if you are sceduled for an update (check your annual work plan)

Due at the time of inspection

  • Annual Work Plan
  • Accomplishment Record
Landowner in the Spotlight 

Fey Family Forest

Up in the hills just outside of Nederland (Gilpin County) sits a quaint cabin within a 59 acre lodgepole pine forest with a riparian corridor that meanders through the property. Tom and GayAnne Fey embody the true essence of being stewards of a family forest. The property has been in GayAnne’s family for decades. Even the management of the forest has been a family affair with help from neighbors and local contractors. The property has little accessibility but Tom has made it work through ingenuity and hard work. Despite steep slopes, wood is removed and utilized.  Tom has found outlets in the community for those in need, neighbors, local sawmills, and local firewood contractors. He has adjusted his management over the years based on experience and input from resource professionals. The Feys have been enrolled in Colorado’s Forest Ag and the American Tree Farm System’s certified Tree Farmer program for over a decade. In 2016 they were recognized as the outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year. This accolade and their noxious weed management is among the many success the Feys have experienced from their proactive management efforts. Tom has a passion for conservation, stewardship and conservation education.  He views the property as a showcase for conservation and forest management.

How Do You Get Forestry Done?

Work with your CSFS forester to learn about local forestry contractors, consultants, and forest product outlets. Check out guidance to Choosing a Forestry Contractor and Consultant to learn about how to select a service provider

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