On October 17, U.S. Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado visited Markit! Forestry Management's ("Markit! Forestry") Colorado Springs office to discuss a variety of forestry issues. Senator Gardner was very interested to learn about the challenges facing both the U.S. and the Colorado forestry industries, and to hear suggestions about what he and the Federal government could do to strengthen the forestry industry.
Markit! Forestry Management LLC ("Markit! Forestry") of Colorado Springs has acquired Willis Timber Works LLC, also located in Colorado Springs. The transaction was completed on June 28. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Willis Timber Works was founded in 2009. Since its founding Willis Timber Works has provided forestry and tree management services to over 2,500 clients in Douglas, El Paso and Teller counties in Colorado. Willis Timber Works specialized in providing fire mitigation services to homeowner associations and individual property owners, and was active in the Firewise Communities/USA program in Colorado. In addition to executing forestry projects, Willis Timber Works developed sustainable timber harvesting plans and revegetation management plans for ranches and larger properties.
Markit! Forestry Management ("Markit! Forestry"), headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has completed its first forestry project in Utah. For the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources ("UDWR") and the Richfield Ranger District of the Fishlake National Forest, Markit! Forestry has completed the South Monroe Aspen Strip Felling Project. The project was located in Fishlake National Forest in Piute County, Utah, on the Monroe Mountain, near the town of Greenwich, Utah. Fishlake National Forest is a U.S. National Forest located in south central Utah. The forest covers about 1.5 million acres and is named after Fish Lake,
which is the largest freshwater mountain lake in the State of Utah.
Mueller State Park Forestry Project Completed by Markit! Forestry Management for the Colorado State Forest Service
Markit! Forestry Management ("Markit! Forestry") has completed an environmental forestry project on approximately 45 acres in Mueller State Park for the Colorado State Forest Service. The primary goal of the project was to decrease hazardous fuels and increase the overall forest health within the project areas. Secondary goals of the project included improving the forest wildlife habitat, enhancing safety along the primary escape route from the Park, improving the Park's aesthetics, and increasing the forest's resistance to insects and disease. The overall project was divided into two parts, with one part administered by the Colorado State Forest Service ("CSFS") and another part administered by the Coalition for the Upper South Platte ("CUSP"). Markit! Forestry had previously collaborated on numerous successful forestry projects with both the CSFS and with CUSP.
Austin Bluffs Open Space Forestry Project Completed by Markit! Forestry Management for the City of Colorado Springs
Austin Bluffs Open Space ("Austin Bluffs") comprises about 584 acres in the City of Colorado Springs. The scenic aspects of Austin Bluffs are of the highest quality, with unique rock formations, large columns of coarse-grained sandstone, mesas, valleys, and inspiring views of Pikes Peak. Austin Bluffs has trails available for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders.