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.
Prescribed burns, or prescribed fire, are sometimes used on forested properties to improve natural resources and reduce the risk of unwanted wildfires in the future. Prescribed burns follow all federal, state, and local laws.
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Firewood Permit Sales
Forestry projects on open space sometimes produce forest products that are suitable for individuals to use as firewood. You can purchase permits or tickets that allow you to collect firewood.
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Christmas Tree Permits
Entries for cut-your-own Christmas tree permits are due Sunday, Nov. 17. Permits will be issued through a random drawing from eligible submissions.
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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.
Boulder County Wildfires Story Map
This interactive story map outlines some of the most recent fires in Boulder County and highlights the effect they had on the people and the land. The map includes links to videos, websites, PDFs, and other interactive maps.
Forest thinning efforts produce slash that is used to fuel boilers at two buildings in Boulder County. Watch the video to learn more.
- Boulder County Forest Health Initiative
- Colorado State Forest Service
- Memorandum of Understanding for Collaboration and Coordination to Improve Forest Health and Reduce Wildlife Risk in Boulder County
- Memorandum of Understanding for Collaboration and Coordination to Improve Forest Health and Reduce Wildlife Risk in Boulder County FAQ
- United States Forest Service
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.