CSFS Director Candidate Open Forums
Public Forums: Colorado State Forester / Director Colorado State Forester
Vision for The Future of The Colorado State Forest Service
The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) has selected three final candidates for the position of CSFS Director/State Forester, each of whom will be interviewed later this month. Following meetings at the Capitol, the candidates will visit the CSU Denver Center and Colorado State University for a series of open forums. If you are unable to attend, the forums at CSU will be webcast.
We invite you to join us for the meetings with the candidates, where you may ask questions and get to know each applicant. Below are the candidates, with the dates and times for each of their meetings:
CSFS Director Candidate Open Forums CSU Denver Center
475 17th Street, Denver, CO, 80202
10 - 11 a.m. each day
February 21, 2013 Mr. Eric Carlson, President and CEO of the Empire State Forest Products Association
February 25, 2013 Mr. Michael Lester, Assistant State Forester, Field Operations, Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry
February 27, 2013 Mr. Nathan McClure, Chief Forester, Forest Utilization and Markets Department, Georgia Forestry Commission
CSFS Director Candidate Open Forums Lory Student Center
Colorado State University, Lory Student Center, Room 214-216
Alao available via webcast at https://warnercnr.colostate.edu/csfs-forester
10-11:30 a.m. each day
February 22, 2013 Mr. Eric Carlson, President and CEO of the Empire State Forest Products Association
February 26, 2013 Mr. Michael Lester, Assistant State Forester, Field Operations, Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry
February 28, 2013 Mr. Nathan McClure, Chief Forester, Forest Utilization and Markets Department, Georgia Forestry Commission
For more information about the search and to view webcasts of the forums at Lory Student Center,
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SAF Alpha Attends National Convention
In late October, SAF Alpha members traveled to Spokane, Washington for the SAF National Convention. SAF Alpha had fifteen students who attended the National Convention, all of whom were first time attendees. Two of these attendees were Front Range Community College students. This large student attendance was an enormous show of club involvement for us and we were very proud of our students, all of whom comported themselves as upstanding young professionals at the convention. To kick off our week of exploration and learning, many of our attendees participated in a hike to Pulaski’s Tunnel in Idaho, coordinated by Chris and Jamie Dahl. It was a beautiful day and a historically illuminating outdoor experience. After the hike, we headed back across the border to Washington to compete in the student Quiz Bowl and to attend the opening sessions.
The convention experience provided our forestry students with invaluable opportunities to expand their classroom learning through professional development, workshops, lectures, and networking. As developing land-stewards, experiences like the national convention can help shape students’ land-use philosophies and can aid them in their growth into conscientious professionals. We all felt as though the national convention was a highly beneficial and worthwhile experience. The Longs Peak Chapter arranged for mentor-student pairing, which helped all of the students get the most out of their convention experience through connections and conversations with their mentors and introductions made to other professionals. Thanks to all the members of the CO/WY SAF who served as mentors! In addition, the Alpha Chapter proudly accepted an award from the national organization for their 2nd place title as “Outstanding Student Chapter,” which was awarded during the 2011-2012 academic year.
SAF Christmas Tree Fundraiser
SAF Alpha Member harvesting Xmas Trees
This holiday season SAF Alpha held their first Christmas tree fundraiser in recent memory. We harvested lodgepole pine trees from the Hourglass Fire regeneration area at Pingree Park Campus. This tree harvest was a prime opportunity for students to participate in stand-improvement and to help Pingree Park and CSFS staff with necessary management and thinning. We look forward to this Christmas Tree Sale becoming a new SAF Alpha tradition. Thanks to all who ordered a tree the sale was extremely successful. We sold over 60 trees! Some SAF Alpha members also enjoyed assisting the local group Gift of a Green Christmas in harvesting and delivering trees to families in need.