As dying pines are mourned, a new forest is emerging

When Charlie Cammer built his wife, Barb, a bookcase out of blue-stain wood eight years ago, he couldn’t have been prepared for her response.

“Can you make me a house like that?” Cammer said his wife asked. “And here we are.”

Where we are is inside a first-floor bedroom of Cammer’s house in the Badger Meadows subdivision of North Routt County. The room is darkening with the day. Cammer sits on the edge of a crisply made bed, staring reminiscently across the room at the bookcase, remembering his wife’s request and the trees that used to populate the forest beyond the window at his back.