Colorado State Forest Service Nursery

Published July 2008

The Colorado State Forest Service, a division of CSU, is going green by planting trees. A lot of them.


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Nursery manager Randy Moench holds a seedling at the Colorado State Forest Service nursery.

CSU operates the Colorado State Forest Service as steward of the state's forest resources.

This nursery houses 200,000 native conifers, such as Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine.

Nursery trees are grown for their conservation benefits, not for their ornamental value.

Only a handful of conservation efforts provide the benefits of a well-designed tree planting.

Every day more demands are placed upon the land and natural resources and the Colorado State Forest Service is encouraging landowners to plant trees to help lessen our impact on the environment. Only a handful of conservation efforts provide the extensive and enduring benefits that a well-designed tree planting effort does. More than 5,000 Coloradans annually plant seedling trees to benefit the environment, themselves and their neighbors.

2 Million Seedlings a Year

The Colorado State Forest Service Nursery produces two million seedling trees each year, most of which are grown outdoors in fields like any farm crop, and is helping reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. These fields, totaling about 80 acres, are located on the west side of Fort Collins and produce more than 50 species of native and non-native plants. The nursery trees and shrubs are grown for only for their conservation benefits.

In addition to the nursery, the Colorado State Forest Service’s Seedling Tree Planting program is designed to encourage farmers, ranchers and landowners to plant new forests on their land as a way to promote conservation on private land.

Trees for Conservation

Planting trees can help improve the quality of the land by:

  • Protecting property and livestock from the wind
  • Restoring or enhancing natural beauty
  • Reducing soil erosion and improving crop yields
  • Providing food and cover for wildlife
  • Increasing property values
  • Increasing the number and health of forests
  • Reducing water evaporation, preserving winter moisture, and protecting and improving water quality
  • Controlling snow drifts
  • Reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide
  • Reducing heating and cooling costs by providing protection from sun and wind – trees can reduce energy costs by as much as 30 percent
  • Protecting livestock from the elements, maintaining and improving livestock weight gain, and reducing calving losses
  • Increasing the supply of renewable resources

Colorado State Forest Service

CSU operates the Colorado State Forest Service with a mission to provide for the stewardship of the state's forest resources and to reduce related risks to life, property and the environment for the benefit of present and future generations. The Forest Service operates 17 district offices across Colorado, delivering a range of services including Forest Management, Wildland Fire, Urban and Community Forestry, and Conservation Education.