The 5th Annual ReTree Steamboat 2014 main planting day is on Sunday June 8th, 2014
On June 8th, volunteers of all ages will help plant approximately 500 seedlings on the Yampa River Core Trail between the James Brown Bridge and the Bear River Bike Park to beautify this section of the trail and diversify the tree species in the area. But planting along the Core Trail is just the culmination of this year’s ReTree Steamboat season. With the help of Hayden students, YVSC and CSFS will be planting 165 seedlings at the Hayden Dry Creek Park on May 15th. At the North Routt Community Charter School, we will be planting 226 trees with the students on May 22nd. Then we finish at the Core Trail on June 8th, accompanied by an opportunity to thank the volunteers from all three planting locations for their work. YVSC will be hosting a volunteer thank-you BBQ at the Community Center, starting at 12:00pm. There will great food, beer, and live music. The BBQ is free to all volunteers who participate in one of the three 2014 ReTree Steamboat planting days.
Register here – Limited Registration!
2014 Plantings (click to view project plan):
May 15: Hayden Dry Creek Park (view map)
May 22: North Routt Community Charter School (view map)
June 8: Along the Core Trail from the James Brown Bridge to the Bear River Bike Park (view map)
2014 ReTree Art Show and Sustainability Expo:
In conjunction with the June 8 Planting, YVSC is hosting a ReTree Art Show and Sustainability Expo at the Community Center from 10 until 2. The Art Show will highlight the work of local woodworkers and artists who use reclaimed or recycled materials in their work. The Sustainability Expo will also showcase the work of our local agencies, businesses and nonprofits working to preserve our natural resources and promote sustainability in the Yampa Valley. The Expo is a family-friendly event, with lots of children’s activities and wood working demonstrations. The Art Show and Sustainability Expo is free and open to the community. BBQ tickets will be available for purchase at the event for those who have not registered to help plant.
ReTree Steamboat is in its fifth year of bringing our community together to plant trees. The event was founded in 2010 by Tristan Frolich after he won a $20,000 grant from Sun Chips and National Geographic. The inaugural “ReTree Colorado” event jump-started reforestation in areas devastated by the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic. That day, not only were thousands of trees planted, but volunteers also united together to create change in their community and surrounding environment.
The incredible success of the first ReTree event inspired YVSC to foster its continuation, making ReTree an annual event and renaming it to “ReTree Steamboat” for better regional branding. Over the last four years, YVSC has engaged 1,462 volunteers to plant and care for 19,770 trees as part of ReTree!
Through the ReTree event, YVSC is addressing the root cause of the poor condition of Colorado’s (and our nation’s) forests. The primary factor in the massive devastation caused by the Mountain Pine Beetle was decades of forest mismanagement, including a lack of diversity (vast stands of single tree species of the same age), fire suppression, and a misunderstanding of how humans and forests are—and should be—connected.
Although the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic was the impetus for ReTree, the event has now evolved to focus on the bigger picture of getting people connected and committed to their community forests. This change has led to a focus on quality over quantity of trees planted, consultation and collaboration with local foresters on diversity of species planted, education of ReTree participants about how a forest works, a long-term investment in the survival of trees, and, above all, a change in the relationship between participants and their local forests (community forestry).
In June 2013, YVSC hosted the fourth annual ReTree event. With the help and supervision of local forestry experts and volunteer crew leaders, trained in proper planting and watering techniques, YVSC and our contingent of 294 community and visitor volunteers, including more than 70 youth, planted 1,200 trees at three sites in and around Steamboat Springs: the Steamboat Springs High School, Stagecoach State Park and Mt. Werner on the slopes of the Steamboat ski area.
In addition to tree planting, the ReTree event includes an Environmental and Woodworking expo and volunteer BBQ. YVSC started the expo in 2011 to showcase what can be done with the “Beetle kill wood” or “blue stain wood,” highlighting products and artwork from regional woodworkers, and highlighting a “closed loop” for ReTree participants. The expo also offers additional family-friendly activities, such as demonstrations by Wildfire Fighters, Woodsmen Teams, Colorado State Forest Service and the U.S. Forest Service. This year, the ReTree Expo expects more than 20 vendors and was located right at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.
In 2013, in collaboration with the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS), YVSC’s Sustainable Schools Program educated youth on how to care for the planted seedlings. Student groups then watered and cared for the trees through the summer. In addition, the high school science program has committed students to conduct the long-term monitoring of the planting efforts over the next five years. This ongoing involvement in the life of the new trees has engaged 141 youth this year. This aspect sets it apart from other tree-planting projects and makes the ReTree Steamboat experience more meaningful for youth volunteers and, most importantly, will significantly increase the odds of survival for the trees.
More about Our Forests Beyond the Bark Beetles: www.beyondbarkbeetles.org
ReTree in the News:
05.08.14 ReTree 2014
2013 YVSCBlog posts on ReTree
09.12.13 The Trees are Thriving
06.10.13 ReTree 2013 Images
5.09.13 Stagecoach Tree Planting
10.23.12 Steamboat briefs: Volunteers needed for tree identification at Howelsen
6.9.12 ReTree Steamboat focuses on quality planting at event
5.31.12 Community Agriculture Alliance: Nurture your own baby forest
5.1.12 3rd Annual Retree Event
3.2.12 Retree Steamboat: Planting a Tree Near You
6.12.11 ReTree Steamboat volunteers plant 3,000 trees
6.8.11 ReTree Steamboat to return Saturday
4.30.11 ReTree event is scheduled for June 11
6.4.10 Retree event shaping up
3.19.10 Re-Tree Colorado
A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. – Greek Proverb
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