GNA Spotlight - January 2024

Photo: Sam Scavo, Colorado State Forest Service

Authored by Diana Selby, Manager of Program Delivery, Colorado State Forest Service

The Forest & Woodland Resource Management Program - San Luis Valley Expansion agreement was developed for timber harvest operations and stewardship work to improve forest health and resilience to wildfires and drought, and remove insect and disease-infested trees in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado.

The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) entered into the five-year agreement in 2020 with several modifications to include funds for CSFS capacity and additional forest treatments. 

Under this agreement, the CSFS has treated 117 acres of BLM lands via commercial sales and stewardship work and hired a full-time forester focused on BLM and adjacent private land treatments. The CSFS also secured various other funds to implement forest treatments on adjacent private lands, including 80 acres that have been treated to date. 

To learn more, check out a video on CSFS’ website or contact Diana Selby