|The Town of Estes Park and the Estes Park Tree Board invite the community to attend an Arbor Day celebration and tree-planting ceremony at 2:15 p.m. on Friday, May 18 at Estes Park Elementary School, 1505 Brodie Avenue. Elementary students are currently caring for a large Colorado Blue Spruce tree which will be planted during the ceremony. The Town of Estes Park’s Tree Board donated the tree, which was delivered to the school library on May 1 by Town staff. Mayor Bill Pinkham will declare May 18 as Arbor Day in Estes Park, and May will be declared “Month of the Tree.”
Before the public event, students will learn about trees during programs presented by Colorado State Forest Service foresters. Last year’s popular “tree cookie” contest is again a part of the festivities. It features a very large horizontal slice of an old ponderosa that was killed by mountain pine beetles here in the Estes area. The “tree cookie” will be on display in the school library where students will study the rings to make a determination about the tree’s age. Winners will be announced at the public ceremony beginning at 2:15 p.m.
|Students will also learn about the nationwide observance of Arbor Day, which celebrates the roles of trees in our lives and promotes tree-planting and care. Several trees will be planted on the school grounds, including the tree that the students are now caring for. Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary sponsored and funded an Arbor Day bench, to be installed on school grounds.
The Arbor Day events are sponsored by the Town of Estes Park and its Estes Park Tree Board.
Estes Park became a Tree City in 1997 with the creation of the Tree Board and passage of a tree ordinance. A community forestry plan promotes and protects this valuable resource.
The Tree City USA® program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities that more than 135 million Americans call home.
The many benefits of being a Tree City include creating a framework for action, education, a positive public image, and citizen pride. Read more about the Tree City USA program.
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