A ceremonial tree plan ting recently kicked off the COS 150: Tree Challenge, a nod to Colorado Springs’ long history of conservation and the vision of tree-lined streets initiated by its founder, William Jackson Palmer, nearly 150 years ago.
The goal of the challenge is to plant and track 18,071 trees by the end of 2021, the year Colorado Springs celebrates its sesquicentennial. To reach this goal, the city is actively encouraging residents, businesses and organizations to participate by reporting all newly planted trees through a user-friendly online form.
City Forestry and Colorado Springs Utilities also teamed up to create a free online toolkit with tree care resources, including tips on what tree species are best suited for the Pikes Peak region, and the best times of year and places to plant. The toolkit and tree tracker are available at www.coloradosprings.gov/tree150.
For those who may not have a place to plant or would like to fund future planting efforts in the public right of way, including parks and open spaces, donations can be made to the COS 150: Tree Challenge Fund. Those donations can be dropped off or mailed to 1401 Recreation Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80905. As trees are planted through the fund, they will be tracked toward the challenge.
For other upcoming sesquicentennial activities, visit www.coloradosprings.gov/cos150.