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City of Fort Collins Offers $25 Trees to Residents Through Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Canopy Program

Released on Tuesday, August 31, 2021
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  • Christine Holtz, Forestry Senior Coordinator, ,

The City of Fort Collins is providing $25 trees to 350 Fort Collins homeowners through the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Canopy Program, a program which helps clean the air and water, reduce stormwater runoff, sequester carbon and lower energy usage through strategic tree planting.

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 7, Fort Collins residents can reserve trees online for $25 at An online tool will guide participants on how to plant trees in the most strategic location near their homes, offering the maximum environmental benefit and helping estimate the annual money savings that will result from planting the trees. Residents may reserve up to one tree per household and are expected to care for and plant them in the location provided through the online tool.

This year, all trees were locally grown by Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery with several species being offered including: Bigtooth maple, Catalpa, Sucker Punch Chokecherry, several species of oak and elm, and other exciting species hardy to Fort Collins. The Community Canopy Program will continue until all 350 trees are reserved. The trees will be available at a pickup event on September 18 for planting.

Community forests are better than traditional flood control systems at protecting water quality and reducing stormwater runoff, especially during small storm events. Through the Community Canopy Program, homeowners can plant trees in their yards that will help broaden the city’s tree canopy and provide cleaner water to residents.

This program is a collaborative effort brought to you by the City of Fort Collins’ Forestry Division and the Natural Area Department’s Nature in the City program.

About the Arbor Day Foundation

Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters and valued partners. Since 1972, more than 300 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger.

As one of the world's largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees. More information is available at