Arvada celebrates 30 years as ‘Tree City USA’

Tree planting, emerald ash borer education included in festivities

Staff Report
Posted 10/26/21

The City of Arvada held a celebration on Oct. 23 at Homestead Park to commemorate Arvada’s 30 years as a ‘Tree City USA,’ a designation given to cities that meet the criteria laid out by the …

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Arvada celebrates 30 years as ‘Tree City USA’

Tree planting, emerald ash borer education included in festivities

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The City of Arvada held a celebration on Oct. 23 at Homestead Park to commemorate Arvada’s 30 years as a ‘Tree City USA,’ a designation given to cities that meet the criteria laid out by the Arbor Day Foundation for supporting urban forest management.

To mark the occasion, the city invited locals to plant 12 trees and Homestead Park and discussed the proliferation of emerald ash borers, an invasive insect that has been damaging to ash trees in the neighborhood.

Arvada was also honored with a Growth Award by the Arbor Day foundation for demonstrating ‘higher levels of tree care and community engagement’ over the past calendar year.

“Today we’re here to plant trees,” said City Forester Ian MacDonald, “and bring attention to the emerald ash borer. If you do have ash trees, now is the time to start treating them.”

MacDonald added that the best way to protect ash trees was by performing a trunk injection. More information on the city’s tree programs and resources can be found at arvada.org/trees.

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