Forest in Boulder County 

Forest Management

Forestry operations

Boulder County Parks and Open Space manages over 30,000 acres of forest. In the foothills and mountains of Boulder County, these forests provide habitat for over 90 species of birds, large mammals like bears and mountain lions, and an abundance of native plants. Boulder County’s forests are adjacent to many mountain residents and US Forest Service land, and have scenic and recreational trails. As trusted stewards of these public lands, it is our responsibility to improve the health of these forests.

Goals

Our goal is to maintain and monitor the forests on Boulder County Open Space in ways that benefit the ecosystem and the public by:

  • Assessing overall forest conditions through forest inventories and surveys.
  • Implementing management actions based on these inventories and current science.
  • Increasing individual tree and forest-wide health and vigor.
  • Reducing wildfire danger.
  • Maintaining and improving wildlife habitat.
  • Preserving the aesthetic and ecological value of the forest.
Healthy forest

Management Activities

The forestry division manages healthy forest ecosystems specific to each life zone and transition zone (ecotone). Different open space forests require different management actions, ranging from intensive forest thinning, weed control or prescribed fire, to no action when conditions warrant.

Biomass

Forest thinning efforts produce slash that is used to fuel boilers at two buildings in Boulder County. Watch the video to learn more.


What You Can Do

Forestry operations

We regularly communicate with the public about forest related activities by identifying community values and incorporating them into forestry management decisions. We value and provide opportunities for public involvement in forestry and fire planning. Please volunteer for one of our many volunteer forestry projects or be a forestry crew leader.

Links to Other Websites

Documents

Controlled fire

Contacts

Parks & Open Space
Therese Glowacki
303-678-6206
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