Mackes seminar on post-fire salvage in Colorado’s Black Forest – Oct. 29

BANR team member Kurt Mackes will be presenting a seminar this Wednesday, October 29 that may be of interest:

The Department of Forest & Rangeland Stewardship


Kurt Mackes

Senior Research Scientist, Colorado State Forest Service &

Associate Professor, Forest & Rangeland Stewardship Department

Colorado State University

Locating a Portable Sawmill in the Black Forest to Process Fire-Killed Timber

Wednesday, October 29th

12:00-12:50 PM

Forestry Building, room 127

ABSTRACT: The Black Forest fire burned 14,280 acres (out of 81,664 acres in the Black Forest) during June 2013. Private landowners in the burn area continue to struggle with the high cost of removing timber killed by the fire. Locating a portable sawmill in the Black Forest has been proposed to help cover the cost of removing burnt timber by utilizing it to make lumber and other value added wood products. Included in this presentation will be a discussion of the fire, the costs associated with it and current mitigation efforts. An estimate of timber volume and potential value in the burn area, along with utilization options and market development potential for lumber processed from burnt timber will also be considered. Challenges that must be overcome to locate the mill in the Black Forest will be addressed.


All are welcome.

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