Forests and Feathered Friends Right Outside Your Colorado Home
Colorado State Forest Service
by Kristy Burnett
2w ago
Forests and Feathered Friends Right Outside Your Colorado Home A Beginner's Guide to Birding Whether you live in the mountains or the foothills or even the plains, you’ve likely heard the chirps of countless backyard birds from your Colorado home. Birds of all shapes and sizes flutter from branch to branch in the trees right outside your windows.   There are more than 520 bird species in Colorado, and many of these live and interact with urban forests. Trees in urban forests provide homes, meals and perches for birds. In return, birds often pollinate flowers and remove pests f ..read more
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Arborist Appreciation Day: Meet Kamie Long
Colorado State Forest Service
by Kristy Burnett
3w ago
Kamie Long answers questions at an outreach booth for the Colorado State Forest Service. Photo: Kamie Long, CSFS The Urban & Community Forestry team at the Colorado State Forest Service works around the state to increase tree equity and create healthy, resilient forests and communities in Colorado. Kamie Long, the CSFS urban & community forestry program specialist in Western Colorado, works closely with communities to help meet their needs and increase tree coverage in their area. Kamie recently hit a career milestone: She’s anInternational Society of Arboriculture Certified Arb ..read more
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Piñon Ips Bark Beetle Treatment Tips
Colorado State Forest Service
by Field Peterson
1M ago
Piñon Ips Bark Beetle Treatment Tips The piñon Ips beetle (Ips confusus) is a native Colorado insect with a notable ability to take advantage of environmental changes and spread rapidly, posing a serious threat to piñon pine trees. Learn how to identify these beetles in your piñon trees. Seasonal beetle activity As temperatures warm across the state, it’s critical to keep an eye for beetle activity and stressed trees that may be vulnerable to attack. This beetle population thrives in warm and dry spells that stress trees. Stressed trees become more susceptible to infestation as ..read more
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Sangre de Cristo Range Still Recovering From 2022 Blowdown
Colorado State Forest Service
by Kristy Burnett
1M ago
A powerful wind event in winter 2022 knocked over mostly spruce and fir across miles of the Sangre de Cristo Range. Photo: Jared Fleming, CSFS In winter 2022, the Sangre de Cristo Range near Cuchara, Colo., in southern Huerfano County and northern Las Animas County, experienced a powerful wind event, toppling patches of hundreds of acres of mostly spruce and fir forest across miles of mountainous terrain. Unfortunately, this blowdown event caused parts of the San Carlos Ranger District to close to the public due to safety considerations. The event significantly affected multiple important an ..read more
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Wildfire Awareness Month Reminds Coloradans to Prepare for Wildfire
Colorado State Forest Service
by Kristy Burnett
2M ago
Nearly half of Coloradans live in areas susceptible to wildfire. Homeowners and residents can take steps to reduce their risk of wildfire by visiting LiveWildfireReady.org. Photo: Field Peterson, CSFS FORT COLLINS – Colorado observes Wildfire Awareness Month each May to encourage residents to better prepare their homes, property and communities for wildfire. With nearly half of all Coloradans living in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) and being susceptible to wildfire, it’s important for people to take action to reduce their wildfire risk and create more fire-adapted communities. Ongoing d ..read more
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Castle Rock Fifth Grader Wins 2024 Colorado Arbor Day Poster Contest
Colorado State Forest Service
by Kristy Burnett
2M ago
Oliver Georgides, a fifth grader from Renaissance Expeditionary Magnet School in Castle Rock, Colo., won the 2024 Colorado Arbor Day Poster Contest. Credit: Oliver Georgides DENVER, Colo. – A panel of judges from the Colorado Tree Coalition (CTC) selected Oliver Georgides, a fifth grader from Renaissance Expeditionary Magnet School in Castle Rock, as the winner of the 2024 Colorado Arbor Day Poster Contest. Georgides’ poster celebrates this year’s contest theme of “Trees for Wildlife Habitat.”  The winning poster and other submissions are on display at the Denver Botanic Gardens from ..read more
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Forestry Students Calculate Economic Benefit of Campus Trees to Celebrate Arbor Day
Colorado State Forest Service
by Kristy Burnett
3M ago
Eliza Bohinski, a student in the Warner College of Natural Resources, measures the diameter of a tree near the Glenn Morris Field House on Colorado State University campus on March 19, 2024. These measurements help determine the economic value of the ecosystem services provided by the tree. Credit: Field Peterson, CSFS Colorado celebrates Arbor Day, the tree planters holiday, on the third Friday of April every year. This year, Colorado Arbor Day is Friday, April 19, and CSU – a “Tree Campus” certified by the Arbor Day Foundation – will celebrate by planting trees, as it does every year. Arbo ..read more
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CSFS Staff Recognized for Outstanding Work
Colorado State Forest Service
by Kristy Burnett
3M ago
The Colorado-Wyoming Society of American Foresters held its annual meeting in Loveland, Colo., March 21-22, 2024. This event featured technical sessions covering a variety of important forestry topics, from monitoring to communication and from tree seedlings to wildlife. The national 2024 SAF meeting will take place in Loveland in September. At the banquet, Colorado State Forester Matt McCombs presented the keynote address. Among other award winners, three members of the CSFS were recognized for their professional achievements and their commitment to advance forestry in Colorado.  &nbs ..read more
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Christina Burri Selected As Deputy State Forester
Colorado State Forest Service
by Kristy Burnett
3M ago
Christina Burri starts as Deputy State Forester on May 6, 2024. Photo: Andrew Catellier FORT COLLINS, Colo. – After a national search, the Colorado State Forest Service is pleased to announce Christina Burri as the Deputy State Forester starting May 6, 2024. “Christina’s passion for conserving Colorado’s forests and watersheds is infectious, and her capacity for big ideas and delivering equally big outcomes is exactly what Colorado’s forests need right now,” Colorado State Forester Matt McCombs said. “I’m thrilled to have her depth of knowledge, experience and energy informing this critical ..read more
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Women Bring Skills, Passion to the CSFS
Colorado State Forest Service
by Kristy Burnett
3M ago
The U.S. recognizes March as Women’s History Month. The movement to celebrate women’s achievements began in 1981, and thanks to annual presidential proclamations, March has been Women’s History Month since 1994. This is a time set aside to lift up the many contributions of women in various fields throughout American history. Forestry remains a male-dominated field. According to data from the 2020 US Census, women make up just 15.3% of forest and conservation workers. But the CSFS employs talented, knowledgeable and passionate women across Colorado. They work hard to protect the trees an ..read more
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