Join Town of Estes Park certified arborist and Parks Division staff for a Tree Talk

4/2/2016, 10:00AM to 11:30AM

Join Town of Estes Park certified arborist and Parks Division staff for a Tree Talk

Estes Park in Bloom committee presents third program in 2016 educational series

The Estes Park in Bloom steering committee invites the community to a Tree Talk presented by Town of Estes Park certified arborist Brian Berg and Parks Maintenance Worker Michael Donnachie. This free program takes place Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth Street. No advance registration is required. Berg and Donnachie will explore a wide variety of topics on trees including the most common trees in our native forest, common pests and diseases affecting trees in the Estes Valley, proper planting and maintenance of trees, and ornamental trees appropriate for the Estes Valley area.

Brian Berg is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist. He graduated from Western State College of Gunnison, Colorado in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Biology. Berg began his career with Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources at Peninsula State Park in Door County in 2002, and has since served in the Public Works Department of Glendale, Wisconsin and Waukesha County prior to arriving in Estes Park. He currently serves as the Parks Maintenance Supervisor for the Town of Estes Park and resides in Estes Park with his wife and two sons. Michael Donnachie graduated from Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Donnachie’s career began in 2003 as a Grounds Maintenance Worker for the Essex Country Club in Essex Junction, Vermont. In 2008 he served as a Forestry Technician at Cape Cod National Seashore before relocating to Colorado in 2010. From 2010 to 2015 he served as a Forestry Technician at Rocky Mountain Park. Donnachie joined the Town of Estes Park in 2015 as Parks Maintenance Worker II.

The Estes Park in Bloom educational series is an effort of the steering committee to provide year-round opportunities, highlighting the community’s participation in America in Bloom and Communities in Bloom. The committee will schedule programs on topics of community interest, based on its recent public survey. Programs will be announced as they are scheduled.  For more information, visit

America in Bloom is a nonprofit, nationwide program promoting beautification through education and community involvement, while utilizing flowers, plants, trees and other lifestyle enhancements. Locally known as Estes Park in Bloom, the project is a community-wide effort involving local organizations, businesses, residents and Town government.                                 

In 2015, the local steering committee included representatives from the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District, YMCA of the Rockies, Visit Estes Park, the Estes Park Restaurant Association, Estes Valley Partners for Commerce and the Town of Estes Park. Since America in Bloom was founded in 2001, nearly 200 cities in 40 states have participated.

Communities in Bloom is an international program committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement, with a focus on enhancing green spaces in communities. Like America in Bloom, this program offers on-site, one-on-one mentoring and coaching by a team of judges, with participation from communities in the United States, Canada, Asia and several European countries. Visit for more information.

For more information or to become involved in the Estes Park in Bloom project for 2016, contact Keri Kelly at 970-577-3782 or email To receive Town news and/or meeting agendas in your email inbox, please visit More Town news is available at or