In order to grow the ReTree Steamboat event, planting was expanded this year to neighboring towns, thanks to our partners at the Colorado State Forest Service who facilitated the additional plantings as well as the site coordination for the in-town plantings.
The first area outside of Steamboat that tree saplings were planted in Oak Creek by the Soroco Middle School students during their “service day” on May 9th. 80 students and 15 adults showed up for the planting, watering, and mulching of the trees that morning from 9:30 to 11:30.
A total of 32 native conifers (30 ponderosa pines, 1 Douglas-fir and 1 bristlecone pine) were planted along with 65 native shrubs (red osier dogwood, lilacs, native plums and cotoneaster) in three different areas: the trail that goes from main street to the bell behind the museum, in Decker park and in the Pump’s park.
To follow up on the plant’s growth and survival, the town of Oak Creek maintenance crew will take care of the planted items at the Parks, and the Oak Creek fire department has volunteered to water the trees behind the museum.
To learn more about Retree Steamboat click here.