Arbor Days Kicks Off “Adopt A Tree” at Southwest Arbor Fest

The celebration of Arbor Day will kick off this year at Southwest Fest in Lincoln Park, Saturday, April 22nd from 12 P.M. – 5 P.M.

The Grand Junction Forestry Board and the City of Grand Junction will be giving away trees, but with a new spin. In hopes of creating more diversity in our canopy and increasing the success rates of our trees, the Forestry division has decided to pursue “quality over quantity.” Instead of providing seedlings to the community this year, we are implementing an “Adopt A Tree” like program. Trees that will be given away will be in 15 gallon pots (4′-6′ trees) and will introduce some varieties that are less common to our valley.

This inaugural year will only have 56 trees available and they will be given away in three separate sessions. In order to take one of these trees home, participants are required to sit through a short class on how to correctly plant and maintain one of our young trees. Participants will be selected through a lottery on the 22nd of April at Lincoln Park Barn. You can enter your name in the lottery process at any time beginning from 9 A.M. until the last drawing at 2 P.M. One entry offers the opportunity to be selected for sessions throughout the day. These sessions will be held at 10 A.M., 12 P.M., and 2 P.M., and you must be present to win. Come on out and join us for this great family event! The weather forecast is  beautiful, there will be multiple activities for everyone including a kids tree climb and guess a tree, and you will be able to see what the City of Grand Junction and it’s Forestry Board is working on!

Continue our Arbor Day celebration by volunteering at this year’s Community Tree Planting event at Las Colonias Amphitheater on May 6th. Help us to grow our community and our canopy by helping plant more than 100 trees at the park. Pack up the family, gloves and a shovel and join us in getting dirty. Pancakes and donuts start at 8 A.M. with instruction and planting to follow. You can even name your tree and have an opportunity to become part of  the City of Grand Junction Forestry department’s permanent video tour.

For more information about Arbor Day and it’s events, please contact Randy Coleman at 970-254-3821 or email randyc@gjcity.org.

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