Nederland and Allenspark Community Forestry Sort Yards Open in May

by CynthiaB on April 16, 2014

Extended sort yard hours provide landowners double the opportunity to implement effective wildfire mitigation on their land

Boulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Forest Health Initiative is pleased to announce expanded Community Forestry Sort Yard operating hours for 2014. Both the Allenspark and Nederland area sort yards will be open for a majority of the summer.

This summer marks the seventh consecutive year that Boulder County has operated sort yards in the mountains. Landowners can drop off slash and logs free of charge at either sort yard location. The sort yard program has proven to be an extremely valuable resource for area residents. Last year 629 landowners dropped material off at the sort yards.

“We are excited to offer residents a significantly longer operational schedule in 2014. Each year residents have been asking for additional hours and we are finally able to accommodate their request,” said Ryan Ludlow, outreach forester with the county’s Land Use Department. “We are hopeful the extended hours will provide residents even more opportunity to get out on their land and create effective wildfire mitigation and to battle bark beetle infestations.”

Allenspark/Meeker Park Area Sort Yard – 8200 Hwy 7, Allenspark

  • Opens: May 1st – Closes: Oct. 18th
  • Hours of Operation: Wednesday thru Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nederland Area Sort Yard – 291 Ridge Road, Nederland

  • Opens: May 7th – Closes: Oct. 18th
  • Hours of Operation: Wednesday thru Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Both sort yards will be closed on July 4 and 5th and may have additional closures due to weather and administrative requirements. To check the operational status, please call 303-678-6368.

We need your help – Volunteer as a Community Forestry Sort Yard Host!

Volunteer Sort Yard Hosts are needed at the Allenspark and Nederland Community Forestry Sort Yard to make sure that the yards continue to be a local hub of community-based forestry information.

Volunteer Sort Yard Hosts will greet people as they enter the yard, collect data on the material they are delivering, and provide outreach to sort yard users about forest ecology, bark beetles, and wildfire mitigation. Volunteers will not be responsible for helping unload logs and slash.

We are looking for individuals who can commit 10-15 hours per month in 4 hour shifts on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Ideal volunteers will be able to commit to volunteering for at least 12 weeks during the sort yard season. For more information and/or to receive an application, contact Shane Milne at 303-678-6089 or

For more information about the sort yard program or how to implement proactive wildfire mitigation on your land, contact Ryan Ludlow, Boulder County Forest Health Initiative’s outreach forester, at 720-564-2641 or



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