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In Memory

Tom Borden honored at memorial tree planting

June 14, 2010

On April 22, the Colorado Forestry Association, Society of American Foresters, Colorado State Forest Service, and Warner College of Natural Resources recognized long-time forestry leader Tom Borden at a memorial tree planting. Borden passed away in 2009 at the age of 82.

Colorado state forester for 25 years

Tom Wardle, assistant state forester, helps plant a Douglas-fir tree on campus at the Tom Borden memorial tree-planting ceremony.

As state forester for 25 years, Borden was the longest-running director of the Colorado State Forest Service, and was past president of the Society of American Foresters and National Association of State Foresters. He also was responsible for renewing interest in the Colorado Forestry Association in the early 1980s.

“Tom Borden was instrumental in reviving the Colorado Forestry Association, a citizens group concerned with sound forest management,” said CFA President Bill Gherardi.

Colorado State Forest Service Director and State Forester Jeff Jahnke, Warner College of Natural Resources Dean Joyce Berry, and Society of American Foresters Colorado-Wyoming Chair Ron Cousineau joined Society of American Foresters members at the memorial planting as part of the 2010 SAF Colorado-Wyoming Annual Meeting.

Douglas-fir from west of Fort Collins

CSFS foresters and CSU forestry students obtained the young Douglas-fir tree from the Borden Memorial Forest, a 70-acre private forest and certified Tree Farm west of Fort Collins that Borden owned and managed; he later donated the land to CSU to be used as a living classroom. The tree's new home is in an area known affectionately to students and faculty as “Sherwood Forest.”

“This tree was chosen because there are so few Douglas-firs on campus,” said Lisa Mason, chair of the Long's Peak Chapter of the SAF and outreach forester for the CSFS. “The tree we've planted will become a respected teaching tool for future forestry students who are learning about tree identification.”

Douglas-fir is a coniferous species native to Colorado, generally found on north-facing slopes between 6,000-8,000 feet in elevation.

Tom Borden Tree Fund used to replace, add trees to campus

CSU already has established the Tom Borden Tree Fund in honor of the well-known forester; the fund is used to replace or add trees to the university's campuses.

Originally published in the Warner College of Natural Resources eResource newsletter, May 2010.