Division of Forestry

The Colorado State Forest Service provides stewardship of Colorado’s forests to benefit present and future generations. The CSFS enjoys a joint administrative relationship with Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.

In addition to the state headquarters on Colorado State University's Foothills Campus, the Colorado State Forest Service maintains an office in Broomfield and 17 field offices throughout Colorado. These locations offer Colorado's citizens an easily accessible source of professional and technical forestry assistance coupled with educational outreach.

Together with other natural resource organizations, the Colorado State Forest Service strives to provide comprehensive support for the care of our natural environment. This exchange of technical assistance and information among cooperating organizations ensures the commitment to a common goal – future forests providing benefits to future generations.

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Mike Lester

State Forester of Division of Forestry

Portrait of Mike Lester

Mike Lester has led the Colorado State Forest Service since the summer of 2013. Lester, a CSU alumnus, came to the CSFS with nearly 30 years of professional experience in state and private forestry and most recently served as assistant state forester for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry.

Lester’s experience includes positions with the Procter & Gamble Paper Products Company and the Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. He also has served as past president of the Society of American Foresters, an organization he first joined while a natural resources undergraduate student at CSU and in which he has remained actively involved. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the State University of New York and a Master of Forestry from Duke University.

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Colorado Forest Health Council

The Colorado Forest Health Council is a volunteer stakeholder body whose role is to provide a collaborative forum to advise the Governor, through the Executive Director of the Department of Natural Resources, and the Colorado General Assembly, on issues, opportunities, and threats to Colorado’s forests.

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