Roundtable - September, 2009

• Jamie Harmon from the Town of Frisco briefed the assembly on Beetlefest 2009, which will feature 22 booths offering blue stain pine product as well as information about forest health. 
• Jim Smith, owner/operator of High Country Advantage Wood Products and a fourth generation Boulder County member of the timber industry, described his operation to the group. Using his own mill, he offers rough cut lumber including posts, beams and landscape materials; dimensional lumber both rough cut and finished; custom orders for such products as hearths, table tops, interior trim, etc; and biomass utilization using scrap and non-dimensional logs for firewood, fence posts and rails. Jim may be reached at 303-258-9269.
• Doug Young & Matt Sugar from Sen. Mark Udall’s office lead a discussion of a proposed bill that would “reduce risk of catastrophic wildfire through the facilitation of insect and disease infestation treatment of National Forest System and adjacent lands.” To review the draft legislation, ask Sandy Briggs at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to send you the file.
• A tree service company business standards document, now under consideration by the task force, will be presented at the October 8th meeting for discussion and adoption. 
• Terrie Craven, CSFS ARRA stimulus grant coordinator, spoke about community wildfire protection, forest restoration, fuels mitigation and forest industry projects eligible for government support. For details, log on to 
• Jack Taylor, with the Colorado Small Business Development Center, described the free assistance available to local businesses and urged tree service companies and those interested in manufacturing products from beetle kill wood to contact him at 970-468-5989 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to set up an appointment.
• The next Forest Heath Task Force roundtable will take place from 7:30 to 9:00 am, Thursday, October 8, 2009 in the Frisco Community Center at 110 Third Avenue South, Frisco.