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The Park County Extension office works in cooperation with county, town and volunteer initiatives to provide community education and assistance in five main areas: Agriculture, Horticulture, Family and Consumer Science, Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Programs.

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Seedling Treesseedling pine in hands

Park County Extension in partnership with The Colorado State Forest Service Nursery provides landowners with the opportunity to purchase low-cost container and bare root seedlings to help successfully achieve conservation goals, which can include but are not limited to:

  • Restoring land after fires, floods and natural disasters
  • Growing shelterbelts, windbreaks and living snow fences
  • Agroforestry practices
  • Providing wildlife and pollinator habitats
  • Protecting homes, cropland and livestock
  • Stabilizing soil and controlling erosion
  • Promoting clean air and water conservation
  • Creating edible landscapes

The Nursery

aerial view of nursery

The Colorado State Forest Service Nursery is located on the Foothills Campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Situated on 130 acres with 18,000 square feet of greenhouse space where the seedlings begin their lives. Along with the greenhouse production, the nursery grows several deciduous species in their fields that are lifted each fall and contribute to the bare root stock. 

Nearly all species are grown from seed at CSFS Nursery. Various stratification processes are always in the works as many seeds require stratification, scarification, or soaking in order to wear away the seed coat before germination. 

The CSFS Nursery has an extensive container production that begins in the greenhouses and seeding occurs up to three times a year. Multiple seeding allows us to keep our greenhouses full year-round and gives us the ability to frequently roll out new inventory.

The CSFS Nursery takes pride in its ability to offer landowners low-cost, adaptable, native species that are grown right here in Colorado.

Tour CSFS Nursery