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The BLM manages 3.5 to 4 million acres of forested lands in Colorado. More than 2.5 million acres are considered woodlands, dominated by piñon, juniper and oak. The remaining forested acres consist of traditional commercial tree species such as ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine and Douglas fir. Some of the wood products harvested include sawtimber, firewood, Christmas trees, post and poles, and biomass. Forested lands in Colorado tend to have low productivity rates, so the BLM's management focus for forested lands in Colorado is to restore forest health conditions rather than produce commercial timber.

 

BLM Colorado works cooperatively with the U.S. Forest Service, Colorado State Forest Service and other partners to mitigate bark beetle-associated impacts and improve forest health.

 

Major forest health concerns:

  • Mountain pine beetle outbreak in North Central Colorado
  • Decline of aspen stands
  • Piñon bark beetles in Southern and Western Colorado
  • Effects of fire suppression on ponderosa pine stands
  • Spruce beetle outbreak in Southern Colorado

 

Goals of the forestry program:

  • Improve the health and vitality of forests for multiple use management.
  • Promote forestry-related projects.
  • Improve/support wood-product markets, including biomass, at the state and local levels.

 


Links

National Forests and Woodlands Management

Kremmling Bark Beetle Information

Colorado State Forest Service

U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region


 

 

 

 

 

 

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