IES affects positive change in community and environmental health through a process we call strategic tree planting. Trees can have both positive and negative impacts on our environment and ourselves. For example, over a 50-year lifetime one tree generates $31,250 worth of oxygen, provides $62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycles $37,500 worth of water, and controls $31,250 worth of soil erosion. But, the wrong tree in the wrong place can be bad for air quality, increase energy use in buildings, or die before returning any environmental or social benefit. Today more than ever, it is important that communities make smart decisions when investing in trees.
Tree selection is essential to the future success of the planting and associated environmental improvements. Hopefully, your tree will be here for many years to come, so choose wisely!
The landscape of Colorado has particular characteristics that will contribute to how you select your tree:
For most Coloradan tree planters, this means you will want a tree that is drought-tolerant, likes full sun exposure and is hardy enough to survive our high elevation summer and winter seasons.
If you want to plant a new tree, some other characteristics to consider are:
There are a number of variables to think about when choosing a site for new trees. To optimize the environmental, social and economic benefits of trees, IES considers a wide variety of factors when choosing a strategic tree planting location.
These factors include:
The initial steps of tree planting are crucial to the tree’s establishment and health. Take your time and follow these steps to insure a great planting and a healthy tree: