Forestry Agencies to Lead Hike on June 4

The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) Salida District and U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Salida Ranger District, will lead a free educational hike on the Colorado Trail on Saturday, June 4. The purpose of the hike is to give forest users and forest landowners an opportunity to become better acquainted with the trees in the forest.

“’Can’t see the forest for the trees’ is an idiom, but from a literal sense, I think the opposite is often true,” said Kathryn Hardgrave, assistant district forester on the CSFS Salida District, who is co-leading the hike with Alex Rudney, silviculturist for the San Isabel National Forest. “People see the forest, but often not the individual trees. Alex and I will share some of the things we notice as foresters while hiking in the forest.”

The 3.4-mile round-trip hike will begin at 9 a.m. at the County Road 224/228 Colorado Trail access point north of U.S. Highway 50. The guided hike will focus on forest trees present along the way, and participants will learn or be able to review tree identification traits for nine species, unique characteristics of the different tree species, and some of the insects and diseases found in the forest. Participants also will have the opportunity to observe past and present forest management activities.

The hike will begin at an elevation of 9,360 feet, cross a stream, gain 200 feet in elevation, and end at a seasonal pond around 11 a.m. Participants can hike back to their vehicles at their own pace.

Preregistration is required for the hike and is limited to 25 participants. Carpooling is suggested. Those interested can register for the hike at [email protected] or by calling 719-539-2579.

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