Tree giveaway ends Friday |

Tree giveaway ends Friday

Daily staff report

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. Through June 24 — or until all the trees are gone — 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 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 South Frontage Road W., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Trees for Vail was initiated in 1992 by community members to screen Interstate 70 and reduce noise pollution. It 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 upcoming tree planning activities, contact Pete Wadden, the town’s watershed education coordinator, 970-479-2144.

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