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ReTree Steamboat Planting and Colorado Arbor Day

Steamboat Springs Middle school students help plant seedlings at the High School as part of ReTree Steamboat 2016.

Steamboat Springs Middle school students help plant seedlings at the High School as part of ReTree Steamboat 2016.

In honor of Colorado Arbor Day (April 21) and Earth Day (April 22), YVSC and Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) will be at Hayden Elementary School on April 21 to plant Ponderosa Pine seedlings with fourth grade students and teachers. This will be the first planting event of ReTree Steamboat 2017. The purpose of the ReTree Steamboat program is to engage volunteers to plant and care for site-specific native tree species and to connect the local community, especially youth, to their forest and environment. Since 2010, YVSC has engaged 2,706 volunteers ages 2 – 72 to plant and care for 25,565 trees.

Three other ReTree planting events are scheduled through the summer and fall. Locations include Elkhead Reservoir State Park, Workman Park (near 6th Street on the Yampa River) and Stagecoach State Park. In addition to these plantings, this summer, YVSC, CSFS and students in Rocky Mountain Youth Corps’ Service Learning Crew will conduct a GPS tree inventory of ReTree plantings over the last five years.

“I am very excited about the tree-mapping project,” said Sarah Jones, YVSC Executive Director. “It will give us a better understanding of the Retree’s successes and challenges over the past five year, so that we can successfully plan for the next five.”

YVSC is looking for volunteers to help at the Elkhead Reservoir and Workman Park planting events. For more information and to sign up to volunteer, visit YVSC’s website www.yvsc.org/retree.