City of Fort Collins Offers $40 Trees to Residents Through Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Canopy Program

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The City of Fort Collins is providing 225 $40 trees to Fort Collins homeowners through the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Canopy program, a program that helps clean the air and water, reduce stormwater runoff, sequester carbon and lower energy usage through strategic tree planting.

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, Fort Collins residents can reserve their $40 tree online at fcgov.com/treecanopy. An online tool will guide participants on how to plant trees in the most strategic location near their homes leading to the maximum environmental benefit and helping estimate the annual money savings that will result from planting the trees. The Community Canopy Program for Fort Collins will continue until all 225 trees are reserved. The trees will be available at a pickup event on June 20 for planting.

Residents may reserve up to one tree per household and are expected to care for and plant them in the location provided through the online tool. The species of trees offered include the following: Greenspire Linden, Hackberry, Bur Oak, and Princeton Elm.

“Not only does this project help beautify our City’s landscape, it also helps diversify and build a more resilient urban tree canopy towards invasive pests such as Emerald Ash Borer. These trees will provide immense environmental benefits to the community and can also help residents save money on their energy bills in the future,” said Kendra Boot, City Forester.

Community forests are better than traditional flood control systems at protecting water quality and reducing stormwater runoff, especially during small storm events. Through the Community Canopy program, homeowners can plant trees in their yards that will help grow the broader city’s tree canopy and provide cleaner water to residents.

This program is a collaborative effort brought to you by the City of Fort Collins’ Forestry Division and the Natural Area Department’s Nature in the City program.

About the Arbor Day Foundation

Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters, and valued partners. Since 1972, more than 300 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities, and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty, and hunger.

As one of the world’s largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners, and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing, and celebrating trees. More information is available at arborday.org.