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ReTree Steamboat 2018

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.


Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the 2017 Community ReTree Planting Day!

YVSC’s Executive Director, Sarah Jones, stopped by Steamboat TV to talk about the Workman Park planting event June 25, 2017

Thank you to our ReTree 2017 Sponsors!

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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.

2016 Community ReTree Planting Day