Wood Product Development

In 2010, the Colorado State Forest Service, entered a multiple-year agreement to investigate and develop wood-product utilization and marketing opportunities that will enhance uses for Colorado’s piñon-juniper forests. Many of Colorado’s forests have received significant attention regarding hazardous fuels, forest health and wood utilization; however, the potential economic value of wood products from Colorado’s piñon-juniper forests remains relatively unknown. As is the case with other forest types in Colorado, experts are concerned about the health of piñon-juniper forests, which face increasing threats from wildfire, energy development and public recreation. Active forest management in piñon-juniper systems will contribute to the heath and resiliency of these forest communities and enhance effective utilization of wood. Research scientists and faculty members affiliated with the Colorado Wood Utilization and Marketing Program of the Colorado State Forest Service will work with the BLM to assist natural resource managers, contractors and businesses in identifying ways to enhance the ecological and economic opportunities affiliated with piñon-juniper management on Colorado BLM lands.