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Welcome to the 13th Annual Economic Summit!
Wednesday, October 23 • 1:45pm - 2:55pm
Beating the Beetle: Up-cycled Industry Rises from Dying Forests

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The panelists will speak from a business perspective on a re-emerging wood products industry in SW Colorado that provides economic opportunity while providing essential environmental benefits to our forests and watersheds.

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JR Ford

Forest Health Company
In Ford's own words, "I'm a businessman trying to use a viable financialmodel to solve a natural resource problem with a community-scale approach."He is currently designing a biomass company that utilizes the woodybiomass residue from the forest restoration process to produce firebriquettes... Read More →
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Michael Preston

General Manager, Dolores Water Conservancy District
Preston has served as the General Manager of the Dolores Water Conservancy District, since October of 2007. He has served as Chairman of the Southwest Basin Roundtable since early 2008. In 2015 Preston helped form the DWRF (Dolores Watershed Resilient Forests) Collaborative and serves... Read More →
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David Sitton

CEO/Principal Owner, Aspen Wall Wood
There are three companies in our group, Aspen Wall Wood, Aspen Wood Products and S&S Logging, I am the principal owner, responsible for business and contract management of the combined companies.  This includes financial management, sales and marketing and general over site of the... Read More →
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Tim Reader

Forest Product Utilization and Marketing Program Specialist, Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS)
Reader has fifteen years experience with statewide forest products program development, delivery, and administration with the CSFS as well as biomass technical and business assistance, applied research, education and outreach to Colorado’s forest products harvesting and manufacturing... Read More →
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Ellen Roberts

Ellen Roberts has lived on the western slope of Colorado for almost 40 years, beginning as a park service ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park. Today, Ellen focuses on forest health and water policy consulting.  She currently works on natural resources consulting projects with... Read More →


Wednesday October 23, 2019 1:45pm - 2:55pm
Vida Peabody Room