From the 2012 i-Tree Streets assessment of Colorado, Colorado Springs has close to 200,000 street trees which cover 13% of our streets, they provide $29,000,000.00 in benefits through energy conservation, air quality improvement, storm-water reduction and property value increases. The street trees have an appraised value of $828,250,000.00.
The Mission of the Forestry Division is to manage our urban forest in a healthy, safe, and sustainable state, which maintains our original forest legacy, manages risk, and increases the canopy coverage for shade, stormwater retention and property value.
The Colorado Springs Forestry Division maintains 100,000+ street right-of-way trees and 18,500+ park and median trees in Colorado Springs.
We are also responsible for the trees in 7 regional parks, 8 community parks, 136 neighborhood parks, 5 sports complexes, and 47 open space areas. There are now a combined total of over 14,000 acres of parks, trails and open spaces, 105 miles of urban trails and 160 miles of parks trails.
The Forestry Division will be conducting forest restoration treatments in North Cheyenne Cañon beginning late November, 2014. This work will be performed by Seedmasters, a local, professional restoration company under contract with City Forestry. Work will consist of removing overstocked evergreen trees and reducing the size of Gambel oak clumps. The treatments will focus on a return to a more natural number of trees per acre, a reduction in fuel loading and continuity, removal of insect and disease affected trees and elimination of invasive woody plant species.
There will be an informal and educational meeting to present the project on November 17, from 6-8 pm at the Ivywild School, 1604 South Cascade. Seating Limited.
Please call City Forestry if you have questions or concerns at 385-5942.