The BBER’s Forest Industry Research Program works throughout the Western United States doing a variety of research and data collection projects. This page will pull together information and data the program has compiled for the state of Colorado.
Forest Products Industry and Timber Harvest Reports
In cooperation with the USDA Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program, the Bureau conducts a census of the primary forest industry in each state, collecting detailed information on the industry’s size, diversity and economic impacts.
Four Corner's Timber Harvest and Forest Products Industry, 2012 Poster presented at the 2014 Society of American Foresters annual Convention.
Timber Processing Capacity
Impact of the Great Recession and Housing Collapse on the Forest Products Industry in the Western United States
Timber-Processing Capacity and Capabilities in the Western United States
See also: Forest Products Journal 55(12):143-147 (July/August, 2006)
Sawmill Energy Consumption & Emissions
On-Site Energy Consumption and Selected Emissions at Softwood Sawmills in the Southwestern United States
Dan Loeffler, Nathaniel Anderson, Todd A. Morgan, Colin B. Sorenson
Presently there is a lack of information describing US southwestern energy consumption and emissions generated from the sawmilling industry. This article uses a mail survey of softwood sawmills in the states of Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico to develop a profile of on-site energy consumption and selected emissions for the industry. Energy consumption is categorized by fuel type on a production basis for both renewable and nonrenewable sources for production year 2012. Selected emissions from on-site energy consumption were also estimated for respondent sawmills. Survey respondents represented 35 percent of total softwood lumber production of 169.2 million board feet. Total annual on-site sawmill energy required was 64.8 billion British thermal units. Sixty-one percent was derived from diesel fuel, primarily for on-site rolling stock; 35 percent was from electricity; 3 percent was from gasoline used for on-site rolling stock; and the remainder was from propane and wood. Energy produced from nonrenewable sources accounted for 94 percent of total on-site energy consumption. Off-site electricity generation for consumption at sawmills comprise the majority of all emissions in this analysis: 62 percent of CO2, 99 percent of CH4, 94 percent of NOX, 99 percent of SOX, and 99 percent of particulate matter <= 10 um (PM10). Diesel fuel, which supplies the majority of on-site energy, comprises 36 percent CO2, 0 percent CH4, 5 percent NOX, 0.4 percent SOX, and 1.1 percent of PM10.
A study to enhance the ability of federal land managers in the Western United States to address the financial and economic aspects of woody biomass removal was funded by the Joint Fire Science Program. The study was broken into two parts.
A compilation of an annotated bibliography on the body of economic and financial information and tools currently available to federal land managers.
Conducting focus groups with federal land managers throughout the West to understand their current knowledge and use of existing information and tools as well as barriers to biomass utilization,
Enhancing Western Managers' Knowledge and Use of Available Economic and Financial Biomass Information and Tools
Results from this study were presented as a poster at the Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida in October 2009. Additional biomass research from the Joint Fire Science Program can be found here.
Workforce and Employment
Forestry workers and businesses are a critical component of the forest industry, providing the labor and expertise to produce goods and manage our natural resources. Understanding the capacity to meet current and future demands and the barriers and challenges forestry businesses face are essential to maintaining a strong industry across all segments of the supply chain. The BBER also tracks the economic contribution of the industry at the state and regional level.