The City of Wheat Ridge will be recognized this spring for meeting the standards as a Tree City USA for the past 40 years. To celebrate, Forestry staff, in partnership with Mile High Youth Corps, will be planting 40 trees in City parks and right-of-ways on the east side of the City beginning the last week of April through the first week of May. The City was awarded a grant from the Colorado Tree Coalition to purchase the trees.
Trees provide many benefits - clean air, clean water, shade and beauty to name a few - but they also require maintenance and care to remain healthy and sustainable.
The Tree City USA program helps create awareness of what trees do for communities and supports better tree care. To qualify as a Tree City USA community, the City of Wheat Ridge has to meet four standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. These standards were established to ensure that qualifying communities would have a viable tree management program.
1. The City must have a Tree Board or Department to ensure someone is legally responsible for the care of all trees on City owned property.2. The City must have a Tree Care Ordinance.3. The Community Forestry Program must be funded with an annual budget of least $2 per capita.4. The City must have an Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation annually.