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Town And Tree Board Sponsor Arbor Day Events For Students And The Public

The Town of Estes Park and the Estes Park Tree Board invite the community to attend an Arbor Day celebration and tree-planting ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6 at Estes Park Elementary School, located at 1505 Brodie Avenue. Elementary students are currently caring for a large Colorado Blue Spruce tree which will be planted during the ceremony. The Town of Estes Park’s Tree Board donated the tree, which was delivered to the school library on April 15 by Town staff. Mayor Bill Pinkham has declared May 6 as Arbor Day in Estes Park, and May is declared “Month of the Tree.”

Before the public event, students will learn about trees during programs presented by Colorado State Forest Service foresters. Last year’s popular “tree cookie” contest is again a part of the festivities. It features a very large horizontal slice of an old ponderosa that was killed by mountain pine beetles here in the Estes area. The “tree cookie” will be on display in the school library where students will study the rings to make a determination about the tree’s age. Winners will be announced at the public ceremony at 2:30 p.m.

Students will also learn about the nationwide observance of Arbor Day, which celebrates the roles of trees in our lives and promotes tree-planting and care. Several trees will be planted on the school grounds, including the tree that the students are now caring for. Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary sponsored and funded an Arbor Day bench, around which the trees will be planted. The Arbor Day events are sponsored by the Town of Estes Park and its Estes Park Tree Board. For more information, please call the Town of Estes Park Public Works Department at 970-577-3588. To receive Town news in your e-mail inbox, please e-mail



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