Economic use of beetle-killed wood a high priority for forest experts
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Some key players from Colorado’s emerging forest health and forest products field will discuss the latest info from a statewide perspective during this week’s meeting of the Summit Forest Health Task Force roundtable (Aug. 11, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the community center, 110 3d Ave. in Frisco).
State officials are making a concerted effort to try and spur the utilization of timber from beetle-killed forests. A recent U.S. Forest Service decision to revisit several timber contracts in the state could help breath new life into several mills that have been on the cusp of default — and that could speed up the removal and processing of timber from stricken forests.
Presenters at this week’s Forest Health task force meeting include Amanda Bucknam, of the wood utilization program at Colorado State University. CoWood works to facilitate the retention, expansion, and recruitment of forest and wood product businesses as a means to positively impact Colorado’s forest management, forest conditions, and forest and wood product economies.
Bucknam will describe the newly refurbished Colorado forest products database as well as the inaugural Colorado Forest Products Marketing Conference, set for August 18-19 at the Denver Marriott West in Golden.
Julie Shapiro, of the Colorado Governor’s Forest Health Advisory Council, will give an update on the statewide gathering of forest health collaboratives held in Leadville in late July. The forest health advisory council was created by former Gov. Bill Ritter in 2008 to coordinate efforts that address threats to Colorado’s 24.4 million acres of forestland.
The forest health task force meeting is free and open to the public.
Contact Sandy Briggs at ForestHealthTF@aol.com or 970-389-0987 for details.