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Inside this Issue

Message from the Manager

Taking a 360 Degree Look at the Forest Ag Program

What's Happening to the Spruce?

Landowners in the Spotlight 

Marketing Tip!

Things to Watch for
Contact Your Local District Forester
Forest Ag Resources

Marketing Tip!

Once your sale area if prepared and the wood volume has been estimated, get ready to share the information with interested buyers. Advertising may be necessary if you have not yet selected a buyer. Determine if you want to sell your wood products by (1) negotiating the price with the buyer, (2) selecting the buyer through a silent bid, or (3) identifying the buyer through an oral auction. Forest Products: From Marking to Market can help you decide how you may want to sell your wood products.

Things to Watch for:
October 1 deadline

  • Submit your Request For Inspection
  • Submit Annual Work Plan for the next tax year
  • Submit your 2016 Accomplishment Record
  • Submit your annual inspection fee
How old is your management plan? Plans need to be reviewed for updates every 10 years.

If you have any changes to your Annual Work Plan be sure to submit your written request to change plans to your local CSFS District Office.

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

Message from The Manager 

What I love most about this time of the year is that the days start to warm up a little earlier so you can get a jump start on your day spending time outside. Whether you are sipping your morning cup of coffee as you look across your forest touched by the morning light or walking through your property to design your next treatment area, now is a great time to take in a breadth of the beauty that lays before you. As you contemplate your next steps to enhance your forest’s health, take a moment to revisit your forest stewardship management plan to reassess your objectives to make sure your actions and priorities are aligned. While you may feel alone in the forest, remember your local CSFS District Office is only a phone call away. We will gladly walk with you, discuss your options, and help re-set priorities as needed. As your forest grows our partnership can grow as well.

Taking a 360 Degree Look at the Forest Ag Program

This year we are conducting a program review of Forest Ag to get a pulse on what’s going on across the state and how we are doing. Through this review we will identify successes, as well as opportunities to improve the program. We will consider the variety of recommendations to resolve critical issues, set priorities, and outline an implementation schedule.

We are requesting feedback from the CSFS Districts who administer the Forest Ag Program locally, forestry consultants who help connect you to this program, and county assessors who have the ultimate decision of landowner enrollment.

We also need to hear from you as important contributors to this 360 degree view of the program. Please take a moment to respond to this survey:

Please complete the survey by July 29. For any specific questions pertaining to this program review please contact Naomi Marcus at or 303-469-3520, or your local CSFS District Office.

We graciously appreciate your commitment to forest stewardship. Thank you.

What's Happening to the Spruce?

Over the past two decades, Colorado pines were affected by high levels of mountain pine beetles (MPB). Now spruce beetles, a related bark beetle to MPB, are infesting Colorado’s high-elevation Engelmann spruce. During the last four years, the spruce beetle has been the most destructive forest pest in Colorado with their range expanding to 185,000 new acres statewide. Active thinning projects in spruce forests have been implemented to improve the vigor and overall health of the stands. This type of management will establish favorable conditions for a new forest by providing slash and coarse wood for mulch, shade, and protection. The remaining dead timber can be salvaged since spruce is highly marketable for construction lumber due to its high strength-to-weight ratio. The window for salvage is typically 5-7 years for lumber and several decades for house-logs. For more information regarding spruce beetle and other forest pests, visit the CSFS Insect & Disease webpage and 2015 Colorado Forest Health Report. Also review our Spruce Beetle Quick Guide, posters, and maps of spruce beetle progression.

Helpful links with more inforamtion on spruce beetle:
CSFS Spruce Forest Type
CSFS Forest Type Map
CSFS Common Forest I & D
CSFS Spruce Beetle Page
CSFS Spruce beetle Quick Guide
USFS Forest I & D Spruce Beetle Leaflet
USFS Spruce Beetle Quick Guide
Images of Spruce Beetle
Bugwood Website (All Images)

Landowners in the Spotlight 

Forest Renovation:
Leadville Landowners Working to Renew their Property
Written by: Kathryn Hardgrave, Colorado State Forest Service

Bruce McCalister has a passion for restoring the rundown. And that passion is now making a difference in a section of forest that was literally falling apart due to poor health. Read more...

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This publication was produced by the CSFS in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service. CSFS programs are available to all without discrimination. No endorsement of products or services is intended, nor is criticism implied of products not mentioned.

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