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The Colorado State Forest Service celebrated its 50th anniversary with a dedication of its new headquarters Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Colorado State University Foothills campus. The new building was named for the agency’s director emeritus, Thomas B. Borden, who led the agency from 1959 to 1984. Current Colorado State Forester, Jeff Jahnke, and Colorado State University President Larry Edward Penley opened the building with a ceremonial tree planting of Colorado’s state tree, a blue spruce.
The Colorado State Forest Service is an agency of Colorado State University that provides stewardship of forest resources and reduces related risks to life, property and the environment. The agency also plays a pivotal role in securing grant money for landowners to reduce wildfire hazards.
The agency’s move from Colorado State’s main campus to the Foothills Campus allows the Colorado State Forest Service headquarters to be co-located with its fire equipment shop and its seedling tree nursery, as well as with one of its 17 field offices. The agency’s fire equipment shop fabricates trucks for wildland firefighting in Colorado. Its nursery grows more than two million tree and shrub seedlings every year for conservation.
"The move not only made internal communications more streamlined, it also made it easier for our partners to meet with us at one location. It’s one-stop shopping now," said Judy Serby, the Colorado State Forest Service conservation education division supervisor.
The Colorado State Forest Service’s 135 employees work out of 18 offices across the state, including its headquarters at the Colorado State Foothills Campus. The building dedication coincides with the Colorado State Forest Service’s annual meeting, when staff directs the agency’s strategic planning efforts and organizes technical training.