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Tree Symposium To Feature Variety Of Tree Topics

By: Kate Rusch, Public Information Officer

This year, the Town of Estes Park’s Tree Board is expanding its annual Tree Symposium to include many topics of interest to local property owners. From 8 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, listen as experts share the latest in how to address forest issues on your own property, wildfire emergency response and management, bark beetle updates and treatment methods, and planting locally for success. The symposium will take place in the Town Board Room at Town Hall, located at 170 MacGregor Avenue. This educational event is free and both sponsored and organized for the benefit of the public by the Town of Estes Park and its Estes Park Tree Board.

At 8 a.m. Entomologist Dave Leatherman will provide an assessment of the current state of the forest as well as what we might expect in the near future. In his discussion entitled “How to pick and fight your tree battles,” Dave will also review approaches individual landowners can take to address forest and pest issues on their own property. Landowners will learn how to identify if the issue is an insect, fungus or other condition confronting their trees, and if it is an “agent of change” or a “pest,” as well as potential corrective actions that may be taken.

A panel discussion will follow from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. This session will feature emergency management professionals including Fire Chief Scott Dorman, Police Commander Eric Rose, and Larimer County Emergency Manager Erik Nilsson. Panel members will discuss possible emergency scenarios and emergency responses in the event of a wildfire, which will be of particular interest to residents given the dry conditions year.

Next, from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., mountain gardening will be the topic. Our valley, which is fraught with gardening perils, wildlife both large and small, erratic weather, drying winds, nutrient-poor soils, and seemingly limited plant options pose unique challenges that will be addressed by Merle Moore, former Executive Director of the Denver Botanic Gardens. Moore will explain how to select, place, nurture and protect plants for Estes Valley gardeners

Lastly, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Diana Selby, Colorado State Forest Service Assistant District Forester, will provide an overview of what’s happening with the mountain pine beetle epidemic. She will discuss beetle biology, history, current trends and treatment options.

For more information on the Estes Park Tree Symposium, please visit www.estes.org/publicworks or call 970-577-3587. To receive Town news and/or meeting agendas in your email inbox, please email townadmin@estes.org.

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