Forestry

The City of Grand Junction's Urban Forestry program is dedicated to the protection and resiliency of Grand Junction's urban forest through the planting and management of trees in parks, city facilities, and along street rights-of-ways within city limits. Our goal is to help the community understand the importance of trees and the environmental services they provide while maintaining our city's Urban Forest.

What's up with Ash Trees?

Grand Junction Ash Trees are threatened by exceptional droughts and increasing pressures from insects, including the Lilac Ash Borer and Ash Bark Beatle. Nearly 20% of Grand Junction trees are Ash Trees. They need our support so we can continue enjoying their benefits. Luckily, we have a solution! The below image is a good representation of a declining ash tree. Does this tree look familiar?

A healthy tree and and unhealthy tree near a sidewalk and cars.

What do the dots mean?

  • Green:
    Treated in 2021
  • Blue:
    Treated in 2022
  • Black:
    Slated for removal
  • Tag:
    Tree is part of the treatment program
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Why Should You Root for Your Ash?

You are highly likely to have an ash tree on your property. Your tree provides shade, saves you money on utility bills, conserves water, and increases your property value. The biggest reason…treatment is tremendously cheaper than removing a dead tree. Tree removals can cost thousands of dollars. Treatment can last up to three years! Let's save your tree together!

Learn More About the Program and Sign Up!

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Get to Know the Forestry Division

Awards

The Grand Junction Forestry Department has received several awards throughout the year. They have exemplified professionalism, commitment, knowledge, and a true passion for the service to and growth of the Grand Valley Canopy. Learn more about the National Arbor Day Foundation by visiting their website.

  • Growth Award presented for more than 20 years
  • Multiple recipient of the Golf Leaf Award
  • Recognized for Arbor Day celebrations
  • Tree City USA since 1982

Partners

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DRIP

The Drought Response Plan (DRIP) was designed to provide Governing Boards and City Councils with a set of options to consider when dealing with a prolonged drought event.
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Colorado State Forest Service

The mission of the Colorado State Forest Service is to achieve stewardship of Colorado’s diverse forest environments for the benefit of present and future generations.
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International Society of Arboriculture

Through research, technology, and education, the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) promotes the professional practice of arboriculture and fosters a greater worldwide awareness of the benefits of trees.
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Colorado Tree Coalition

The Colorado Tree Coalition is a volunteer organization whose mission is “leading statewide efforts to preserve, renew, and enhance community forests.”
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Arbor Day Foundation

Founded in 1972, the centennial of the first Arbor Day observance in the 19th century, the Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners.
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ISA Rocky Mountain Chapter

The International Society of Arboriculture is a professional organization dedicated to continuing education for arborists, tree care research, and serving tree care consumers around the world.
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Tri River Area Extension

The Tri River Area Extension’s job is to determine what issues, concerns, and needs are unique to each community, and offer sound and effective solutions.
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Trees Are Good

Trees Are Good is an educational website providing homeowners and other tree owners with reliable information regarding the benefits of trees and how to properly care for trees in an urban environment.
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