Land Stewardship Journal

Woodpecker Habitat - February 10, 2022

Have you ever been walking in a forest and thought it sounded like someone was constantly knocking on a door? You likely heard a woodpecker foraging for insects or creating its home! Here at Camp St. Malo, four species of woodpecker can be found: Hairy woodpecker, American three-toed woodpecker, William’s sapsucker, and the Norther flicker. Check out the video to learn about ways that we are working to protect and enhance woodpecker habitat in our forests! 

Moose Habitat - January 24, 2022

One of the largest and most common animals that can be seen romping around all over Camp St. Malo are moose. Moose utilize a wide range of habitat types, but they especially love riparian areas, or areas bordering streams and ponds. Check out some favorite moose hangouts and how we improving moose habitat in this week’s video!

Meadows - Date TBD

In the last part of our forest types mini-series, we’re going to be talking about…meadows?? Yup! Meadows are a vital aspect of a healthy forest here in the Northern Front Range of Colorado. They provide opportunities for wildlife habitat, new tree growth, beautiful wildflowers, and much more! This week, we’re exploring one of the most underappreciated aspects of a healthy forest in our region…meadows!

Mixed-Conifer Forest - Date TBD

What happens when a forest cannot simply be categorized into one forest type? Mixed-conifer forests abound all over Camp St. Malo, and they are comprised of tree species from the previous three types of forests. In fact, most of the forested area on the property has elements of mixed-conifer forests! Still curious about what exactly a mixed-conifer forest is? Learn more in this week’s video!

Spruce/Fir Forest - Date TBD

If you happen to wander into any of the shadiest parts of Camp St. Malo, you’ll likely find yourself in a spruce/fir forest! These forests require lots of water and cooler temperatures to thrive, so they often occupy ravines and areas neighboring creeks and streams. Let’s cool down and explore the tallest trees that Camp St. Malo has to offer in this week’s video!

Lodgepole Pine Forest - Date TBD

One of the most prevalent forest types on the property and in the larger Tahosa Valley, lodgepole pine forests experts at colonizing new areas. These forests grow quite differently than the other forests on the property, and this week we’ll dive into how and why that is! Come along into a lodgepole pine forest this week!

Ponderosa Pine Forest - Date TBD

Ponderosa Pine forests contain some of the oldest and most resilient trees on the Camp St. Malo property. They have adapted to display incredible fire resistance and can grow to be 300-400 years old! If it’s the right time of year, they also smell pretty good too! Let’s take a deeper dive into this forest type this week!

Forest types at Camp St. Malo - January 10, 2022

When most people look at forests, they simply see a bunch of trees. However, forests are intricate ecosystems and can be characterized into types based on a variety of different factors. This week, we are looking at some of the primary factors involved in distinguishing forest types and we’ll launch a mini-series exploring the different forest types here at Camp St. Malo!

Beginning of our forest restoration project! - October 7, 2021

After a few weeks of hard work, we can officially say that our forest restoration project is underway! In this week’s video, we take a tour of the first section that we are working on. In addition, we discuss why certain trees are being removed and how this will benefit the health of the forest.