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ReTree Steamboat 2017

The goal of ReTree is to plant and care for site-specific native tree species that will help increase the diversity, structure, health and resilience of local forests and riparian areas and connect the local community, especially youth, to their forest and environment in a meaningful, hands-on way.

This year, YVSC and our partner, Colorado State Forest Service, have identified four planting locations in Routt and Moffat Counties and are looking for volunteers to help us plant. Below is a list of planting dates.  All volunteers will receive t-shirts and lunch on the day of planting.

Hayden Valley Elementary School
Location: 300 Breeze Basin Blvd, Hayden, CO
Number of Trees: 50 Ponderosa Pine
Date: April 21

Elkhead Reservoir State Park
Location: 135 County Road 28, Craig, CO
Number of Trees: Installation of 20 Waterboxxes with 40 Ponderosa Pine
Date: Sunday, May 7
Time: 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Volunteer Number: 20-25 adults and youth

Workman Park
Location: 603 Yampa St., Steamboat Springs CO
Number of Trees: 200 riparian species, including alder, willow, and red osier dogwood
Date: Sunday, June 11
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Volunteer Number: 20-30 adults and youth

Stagecoach State Park – Tailwaters
Location: 25500 Co Rd 14, Oak Creek, CO
Number of Trees: 228 riparian species, including alder, willow, and red osier dogwood
Date: May 12 seedling potting event
Volunteers needed: 10
Time: TBD
Date: October 8 planting event

To signup as a ReTree 2017 volunteer, please CLICK HERE.

Seeking sponsors for ReTree 2017

In 2017, the ReTree program will include four tree-planting events, long-term care of seedlings by local youth, and a new tree inventory and GPS mapping project. YVSC is seeking sponsors for ReTree starting at the $500 level. The deadline for sponsorship commitments is April 17.

2017 ReTree sponsorship packet

Thank you to our ReTree 2017 Sponsors!

ReTree History

ReTree Steamboat 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, renaming it to “ReTree Steamboat” for better regional branding, and partnering with Colorado State Forest Service for technical support. Since 2010, YVSC has engaged 2,458 volunteers to plant and care for 25,165 trees as part of our ReTree program! For this work, YVSC was recognized, in 2015, by the Arbor Day Foundation for Excellence in Volunteer Management.

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 addition to tree planting, ReTree has also evolved to include youth environmental education, stewardship and monitoring of the newly-planted seedling trees. The purpose of this aspect of the project is to increase environmental literacy students’ understanding of factors affecting health and survival of trees, instill a lifelong appreciation for trees, and inspire students to protect the trees and forests that play such a significant role in their sense of place and quality of life in Northwest Colorado.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the 2016 Community ReTree Planting Day!