The Town of Vail is sponsoring the distribution and giveaway of 100 native trees and shrubs as part of the annual Trees for Vail program. Beginning Monday, June 10, Vail residents or property owners who show proof of Vail residency will be eligible to pick up a free one-gallon tree or native shrub. The trees will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis and will be limited to one tree per household.
The tree and shrub giveaway will be taking place at the Community Recycling drop off center, 75 S. Frontage Road, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and will continue through Thursday, June 13 or until all the trees are gone.
The town’s environmental sustainability office is organizing the event. This year the giveaway is focused on native species to the area. This includes quaking aspen, honeysuckle twinberry, red osier dogwood, chokecherry, alpine currant, yellow flowering currant, thinleaf alder, kinnikinnick and serviceberry.
Planting native trees in Vail will replace those that have been lost over the years to insect infestation by the mountain pine beetle and needle scale. Other benefits include enhancing air and water quality, reducing carbon emissions and improving habitat in Vail with species native to our mountain region.
Trees for Vail was initiated in 1992 by community members to screen Interstate 70 and reduce noise pollution and continued until 1998. The program returned in 2009 and has included volunteer planting projects along Gore Creek, at Donovan and Stephens parks, and the golf course, as well as the free public giveaway. Help us celebrate the summer solstice by planting a native tree or shrub.
For details about the upcoming tree planting activities, contact Pete Wadden, the town’s watershed education coordinator, at 970-479-2144.