Annual Trees for Vail native plant giveaway will be held from June 20 — 23
VAIL — The town of Vail is sponsoring the distribution and giveaway of 100 native tree and shrub species as part of the annual Trees for Vail program. Beginning Tuesday, June 20, 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 Rd. West, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and will continue through Friday, June 23 or until all the trees are gone.
The town’s environmental sustainability office is organizing the event. This year the giveaway is focused on native species. This includes aspen, squaw currant, chokecherry, serviceberry, red osier, dogwood, and Woods’ rose. Planting native trees in Vail will replace those that have been lost to insect infestation over the years 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 Interstate 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 more information, call Pete Wadden, the town’s watershed education coordinator, 970-479-2144.