Annual Trees for Vail giveaway begins Tuesday |

Annual Trees for Vail giveaway begins Tuesday

VAIL — The town of Vail will sponsor the distribution and giveaway of 100 native tree and shrub species as part of the annual Trees for Vail program. Beginning on Tuesday, Vail residents or property owners who show proof of Vail residency will be eligible to pick up a free one-gallon tree or native shrub. The trees will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis and will be limited to one tree per household.

The tree and shrub giveaway will be taking place at the Community Recycling drop off center, 75 S. Frontage Road West, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and will continue through Wednesday.

The town’s environmental sustainability team is organizing the event. This year the giveaway is focused on native species to the area. This includes aspen, chokecherry, willow, serviceberry and Woods’ rose. Planting native trees in Vail will replace those that have been lost over the years to insect infestation by the mountain pine beetle and spruce scale. Other benefits include enhancing air and water quality, reducing carbon emissions and improving habitat in Vail with species native to our mountain region.

Trees for Vail was initiated in 1992 by community members to screen I-70 and reduce noise pollution and continued until 1998. The program returned in 2009 and has included volunteer planting projects along Gore Creek, at Donovan and Stephens parks, and the golf course, as well as the free public giveaway.

For details about the upcoming tree planning activities, contact Mark Hoblitzell, the town’s environmental sustainability coordinator, at 970-479-2333.

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