"Shade for the Cemetery " - Arbor Week 2012

We planted 7 of the 14 new Alamosa Cemetery trees during Arbor Week.

In future years the Purple Ash, Lanceleaf Cottonwood, 'Autumn Blaze' Maple, and Cimarron Ash will shade the lanes of the newer part of the cemetery.

The Alamosa Parks & Recreation Crew finished planting the trees, added wire cages to protect the trees and staked them against the prevailing southwesterly winds. Plaques will identify the trees and one of the grant's sponsors, the Colorado Tree Coalition. The trees were funded by Alamosa Department of Parks and Recreation and the Colorado Tree Coalition.

Helping to plant were Sam Armijo, Forester Adam Moore, Leon Moyer, City Manager Nathan Cherpeski, and Circle K members Raul Sanchez, Ryan Roguindin, Tony Loya, Mariah Pepe, Emma Timboe, Andrea Atencio, and Sen Vo.

arbor week 2012 planters

'Autumn Blaze' Maple Planted!

backfilling tree

Backfilling a Cimarron Ash.

Wire cages will protect the trees and the staking will help them endure their first year of southwesterly winds.

Alamosa is a Tree City USA for the 22nd year and received a Growth Award for the 11th time.

Did you know Alamosa is one of only 8 Colorado communities to receive the Sterling Tree City Growth award? The Sterling Award, a part of Tree City USA, is presented to communities that have received the Growth Award for 10 years.

According to the Arbor Day website, the other 7 communities are Highlands Ranch, Durango, Loveland, Windsor, Grand Junction, Westminster, and Lamar.