Colorado State Forest Service celebrates 60th anniversary


By Ryan Lockwood

Special to The SUN

This year, the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) is celebrating its 60th anniversary — providing six decades of timely, relevant forestry information to Colorado.

Established in 1955, the CSFS, headquartered in Fort Collins, is a service and outreach agency of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. The agency also provides staffing for the Division of Forestry within the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.

Approximately 105 full-time and 30 seasonal CSFS employees help improve forest conditions and serve Coloradans from 19 field offices throughout the state. Each year, the agency helps treat more than 20,000 acres of forestland and assists approximately 6,400 landowners and hundreds of communities to improve forest health, and provides forest management on state lands.

“Our forests supply many critical benefits for the state of Colorado. The Colorado State Forest Service, leveraging the resources of the Warner College of Natural Resources at CSU, provides the leadership and commitment to ensure healthy and resilient forests for Coloradans now and for the future,” said Mike Lester, state forester and director of the CSFS.

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