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Annual Forest Health Report Focuses on Colorado’s Urban, Community Trees

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – In the Metro Denver area alone, trees provide $551 million in property value increases, energy savings, carbon storage and other benefits each year. But urban and community trees there and throughout Colorado face ongoing threats from exotic insects and other factors, according to a report released today.

The 2014 Report on the Health of Colorado’s Forests, distributed by the Colorado…

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The Rocky Mountain Chapter of ISA and the Colorado Tree Coalition have partnered to present the 2015 Plant Health Care Workshop. This event is set for June 18, 2015 from 7:30 – 4:00 at the Hilton Fort Collins.

This workshop will focus on current tree care problems including environmental issues, challenges with conifers, invasive insects such as Asian Longhorned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer and urban wood utilization. National and local experts including  John Ball from…

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  • Last year, the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (Council) polled attendees at the Partners in Community Forestry Conference in Pittsburgh and learned that you'd like to have more input into Council activities. We listened to your feedback and have worked diligently this year to gather additional input from our Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) constituencies throughout the country. As we prepare to finalize the 2016 UCF Challenge Cost Share Grant Program, please take the time to complete this brief survey and help inform the categories for our next grant cycle! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NUCFACpoll2014

    Please feel free to forward this link to anyone that you think might be interested in participating.
  • This has to be my favorite Ice bucket challenge I've seen so far! I'm glad the EAB was drowned and that his neck was not broken...

  • The Colorado Tree Coalition responded to the ice-bucket challenge it received from Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery and made some challenges of their own...and even drowned and EAB in the process!

    Check it out on You Tube

  • Saw this on National Association of State Foresters.

    Friday, August 15, 2014
    Scientists and biologists across Idaho and other Western states fear the aspen tree may someday vanish.
     
    Over the past 100 years, the number of aspen trees across Eastern Idaho has declined by an estimated 60 percent, according to the Eastern Idaho Aspen Working Group (EIAWG).
     
    Similarly, Arizona has lost 90 percent of its aspen population over the past century. Since 2007, Colorado lost about 13 percent of its aspens, which the U.S. Forest Service says was due to excessive drought.
     
    Researchers are referring to the widespread dieback as sudden aspen decline and believe droughts with exceptionally hot springs and summers are the cause.
     
    But there is hope.
     
    “We’ve had several successful aspen restoration projects,” said Robbert Mickelsen, ecosystem branch chief with Caribou-Targhee National Forest. “We have a number of tools that we can provide landowners and other groups to assist with aspen stand restoration.”
     
    These tools include rotational grazing systems, so livestock is moved once allowable grazing limits have been met. In areas where there are young aspen trees, fences have been built to protect them from hungry and trampling cattle.
     
     

  • The Institute for Environmental Solutions is looking for a few GREAT volunteers to advance the IES Tree Project in 2013-2014!  We have a wide range of flexible opportunities:  Graduate Interns, Tree Project Steering Committee, and IES Board of Directors.  If you're interested in helping to advance the IES mission: engage stakeholders to deliver technically sound solutions to complex environmental and health problems -- without unwanted side effects - please email your interest to Solutions@i4es.org.

     

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  • Revive the Greenbelt!  Help revive and preserve the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt!  The Institute for Environmental Solutions invites volunteers to help plant 180 trees and shrubs in the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt on Saturday morning, April 27, 9 am to 1 pm.  Advance registration is required.  Interested volunteers:  please provide your name, email, telephone, and t-shirt size by April 15.  Families are welcome.  Tree planting will take place in the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt just south of Prospect Park at West 44th Avenue and Robb Street.  More information:  Michael Haney, mhaney@i4es.org, or Carol Lyons, carol@i4es.org.

  • Thanks for the support Elk Mountain Brewing!

  • Come visit us at Elk Mountain Brewing @ 18921 Plaza Dr, Parker, Co #104 on Sunday April 21st, 2013 for our first Earth Day celebration where we will be giving a portion of proceeds to Colorado Grove organization to help re-populate trees in our great state. Celebration from 2-6pm, more details to follow. 

  • Please check out the Institute for Environmental Solutions' new Newsletter, The Stakeholder Connection: http://i4es.org/newsletter.html.

    There's news about our exciting tree planting project in the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt and other environmental tree news.

    Better yet, sign up to receive your own personal copy of the quarterly e-newsletter by sending a message to newsletter@i4es.org.

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