City of Colorado Springs / Forestry / Forest Management

Forest Management In Garden of the Gods

In 2009 City Forestry treated another 40 acres of dead oak brush in the Scotsman Trail management unit of Garden of the Gods. The prescription was to eliminate all dead stems with the following objectives in mind:

  • Increase aesthetics
  • Increase forest health by creating mosaics of small-acreage openings that encourage growth of alternate species
  • Manage for safer ingress and egress for park visitors and emergency vehicles
  • Change the arrangement of the dead vegetation and increase decomposition of dead material
  • Separate by 1.5 times the height of the stems to reduce the clump continuity and to mitigate fuels composition
  • Create or utilize fuel breaks between management units
  • Remove stems or entire clumps that are more than 70% dead.

City Forestry will contract with The Natural Way to treat 60 acres using the same prescription in the Buckskin North and South management units.


Map of GOG treatment area
Map of GOG treatment area

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  Garden of the Gods 2008 Oak Brush Management Presentation

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