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Vail giving away trees

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Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The town of Vail is sponsoring a public tree give-away for Vail residents as part of the annual Trees for Vail program beginning today.

Residents who show proof of Vail residency will be eligible to pick up one free tree to be planted within the town. The give-away will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Town of Vail Community Department parking lot while supplies last. The 75 available trees will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis and will be limited to one tree per household. If all trees are not given away today, the give-away will continue next week. A brochure will accompany each tree with information on tree planting instructions and the town’s wildfire reduction efforts. Tree sizes range from 1-2 gallons and from 14 inches to roughly 5 feet. A variety of native tree species were selected to encourage biodiversity and healthy vegetation.

Available tree species are as follows:

• Rocky Mountain Juniper, Juniperus scopulorum (does well in dry soil).

• Englemann Spruce, Picea engelmannii (adaptable).

• Lodgepole Pine – Pinus contorta (adaptable).

• Native chokecherry Prunus virginiana (adaptable, with white flower in springtime, attracts wildlife).

• Native Riverbirch – Betula occidentalis (wetter soil).

• Narrowleaf Cottonwood – Populus angustifolia (wetter soil).

Trees for Vail was initiated in 1992 by community members and continued until 1998, resurrected in 2009. For details about the upcoming tree planning activities, contact Town of Vail Environmental Sustainability Coordinator Kristen Bertuglia at 477-3455.


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