Colorado Trees

Colorado’s Major Tree Species

Colorado’s major tree species include bristlecone pine, Colorado blue spruce, Douglas-fir, Engelmann spruce, limber pine, lodgepole pine, narrowleaf cottonwood, quaking aspen, piñon pine, plains cottonwood, ponderosa pine, Rocky Mountain juniper, subalpine fir and white fir.

Bristlecone Pine

Pinus aristata
Bark: Light gray and smooth when young; red-brown with irregular, scaly ridges when mature.
Leaves: Evergreen needles are dark with white lines, they have white pitch dots on both surfaces; to 1-inch long; crowded in a long, dense mass along the twig; generally ...

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Wood Utilization in Colorado

Healthy forests are vital to the long-term health of Colorado’s environment and economy. Forests provide clean water to Coloradans (and 18 other states) and filter our air. They also provide opportunities for recreation, including skiing, which is a $2 billion industry in our state.

However, these forests are threatened by diseases, fires and insects such as the mountain pine beetle. For instance, the mountain pine beetle will kill all of the mature ...

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Urban Forest Utilization

Urban Forest Utilization is an industry that is still in its infancy.  Not until the advent of smaller and portable bandmills in the last 30 years has milling lumber from urban trees been feasible.  If a tree was growing in someone’s back yard there is a chance there is some metal or other debris in it that would not make a traditional sawyer happy!  At TC Woods we just accept that every 5th or 10th log has metal in it ...

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