State and federal leaders, including Gov. John Hickenlooper, U.S. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Congressman Scott Tipton will join state lawmakers, policy makers and industry officials at a half-day summit this Friday to explore progress and possibilities in managing Colorado’s forests at the History Colorado Center.

The 2012 Forest Summit will include three panels and discuss developments in state and federal legislation, review the condition and needs within the state’s wood products industry and examine forest restoration efforts and management work within mountain communities.

Interested stakeholders working in government, community organizations and the forest products industry are encouraged to attend the event. The summit is free and open to the general public; no RSVP is necessary.

The event is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Mountain View Room at the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway in Denver. For further details about the event, contact Lisa Dale at the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, 303-866-3311 x-8657.

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