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The health of Colorado's forests: threats to Colorado's current and future forest resources: 2009 report: special issue




Ciesla, William M., author
Colorado State Forest Service, publisher

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The 2009 Report on the Health of Colorado's Forests: Threats to Current and Future Forest Resources provides an overview of insect and disease conditions in all of the state's forests. It also includes sections on urban forests, piñon-juniper woodlands, aspen forests and urban forests. In addition, this report introduces the Statewide Forest Resource Assessment, a new initiative mandated by an amendment to the Federal Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act. Interactions between forests, wildfire, insects, diseases and humans also are reviewed, as is the role forests play in protecting Colorado's watersheds. This report is the ninth in a series developed by the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) on the condition of Colorado's forests. Much of the information contained in this report is derived from the annual forest health aerial survey, a cooperative project between the CSFS and the Rocky Mountain Region of the USDA Forest Service (USFS) that covers all land ownerships. In addition, the 17 CSFS district offices conduct forest insect and disease assessments and provide technical assistance to private forest landowners. These activities supplement the information in this report.


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 2010.

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forests and forestry
forest health
forest management
forest resources


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