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2013 report on the health of Colorado's forests: caring for Colorado's forests: today's challenges, tomorrow's opportunities




Duda, Joseph A., author
Barry, Pete, author
Lockwood, Ryan, author
Mason, Lisa, author
Schaubert, Katherine Timm, author
Ciesla, William M., author
Colorado State Forest Service, publisher

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The theme of the 2013 report is Caring for Colorado's Forests: Today's Challenges, Tomorrow's Opportunities. How best to care for this vital resource has been a major topic of discussion. This year's report focuses on the values our forests provide and includes several examples of the successful collaborative forest management programs that were created to address the impacts of mountain pine beetle, threats associated with wildfire, and protection of critical watersheds and other values at risk. Hopefully theseexamples will lead to the identification of other potential solutions to the challenges our forests are facing. One thing is clear: forest stewardship is best achieved through the collective efforts of private landowners, public land managers, non-governmentalconservation organizations, elected officials and other interested stakeholders. The mission of the Colorado State Forest Service is to "achieve stewardship of Colorado's diverse forest environments for the benefit of present and future generations." At no time in Colorado's history has the CSFS mission been so relevant - and working with stakeholders to identify and implement innovative programs will help us further our mission.


The reports describes "an annual investigation of critical forest health issues, including the identification of priority areas across the state where current forest conditions demand timely action." They are intended to "expand Coloradans' knowledge of and interest in our state's forest resources."
Reports produced by the Colorado State Forest Service in conjunction with Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry.
Includes bibliographical references.
January 2014.
Includes the 2013 Colorado forest insect and disease update supplement.

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forests and forestry
forest health
forest management


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