On April 24th, the Cheyenne Urban Forestry Division hosted the City of Cheyenne's 35th & the State of Wyoming's 129th Arbor Day Celebrations at the High Plains Arboretum. Governor Matt Mead and Mayor Marian Orr gave an Arbor Day proclamation and Cheyenne received the Tree City USA award and Growth Award from Mark Hughes of the Wyoming State Forestry Division. During the event, Forestry staff took a moment to celebrate the retirement of Lisa Snyder, Director of Cheyenne Urban Forestry. Lisa has worked for Cheyenne's forestry division for 32 years and has helped to build and shape the division into what it is today. She will be missed!
Another exciting moment at the Arbor Day celebration was the inaugural kickoff of a city tree planting program, Rooted in Cheyenne. Rooted in Cheyenne is a long-term tree planting program that will help to create a diverse and more sustainable tree canopy in Cheyenne. Mark Ellison, Assistant Director of Cheyenne Urban Forestry, gave a short history of Arbor Day and then discussed his plan to begin to reforest our city through the Rooted in Cheyenne program. He was accompanied by the Board of Directors of Historic Cheyenne Inc. who presented Rooted in Cheyenne with an incredible donation of $25,000 to help get the program
off the ground and running. If you would like more information about Rooted in Cheyenne, click here.
A group of fifth grade students, from Prairie Wind Elementary School, read personalized poems about trees to the audience in attendance and the state Arbor Day poster contest winner was recognized. The poster contest was sponsored by Wyoming Project Learning Tree and this year's theme was "Trees are Terrific for You and Me". Over 230 fifth graders participated in the contest and Faith Anderson of Yoder, WY won first prize for her poster. Once the ceremony concluded, the Governor, Mayor, and the students assisted Forestry staff in planting 2 Apple trees in the Arboretum. Free English-Bur Oak trees and cookies were then given away to attendees. More pictures of the event to follow:
On February 23, 2017 the Cheyenne Urban Forestry Division hosted the 3rd Annual Green Industry Workshop at the Kiwanis Community House. Over 50 professionals from the green industry were in attendance and heard presenters from Cheyenne Urban Forestry, Anne Clark Designs, Colorado State University, and High Plains, LLC on the following subjects: A 'softer' Approach to Managing Turf Problems, The Dry Garden: Plants and Practices for Drought, Landscaping with Trees in Mind, and Landscape Construction for Commercial Sites in the City of Cheyenne. Several of these presentations along with archived presentations from past workshops can be downloaded here
A special thanks goes out to the sponsors who really stepped-up and made this event a success! Also thanks to those businesses that generously donated over 30 door prizes. Those businesses included: Vandiest, Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply, Brown's Shoe Fit Co., Wyoming Work Warehouse, Capital Lumber, Dan D Rental, DBC Irrigation, Bobcat of Cheyenne, and Norco Inc. We hope to schedule our fourth annual workshop next winter and plan to make the event even better in 2018! If you would like to assist in the planning or if your business would like to be a sponsor for next year's event, please contact Cheyenne Urban Forestry or call (307)637-6428 Several of these presentations along with archived presentations from past workshops can be downloaded here.
• Softer Approach to Turf Pest Management
• Jeanie Vetter Presentation
• Jeanie Vetter Presentation Slides
• The Dry Garden
• Cheyenne's Newest Tree Program
• Landscaping with Trees
• Structure Pruning of Young Trees
This year's 3rd Annual Treetober Fest took place on October 10 at the City's High Plains Arboretum west of town. Over 70 kids from the City's Latchkey Program participated in the outdoor educational event that included six stations where kids learned about the plants, wildlife and history of the High Plains Arboretum. The event was sponsored by the Cheyenne Urban Forestry Division with support from the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, the Laramie County Conservation District, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Scrumpy's Cider.
This year's Treetober Fest was an opportunity to promote the High Plains Arboretum and encourage kids and their families to visit the arboretum. The High Plains Arboretum is located at the Cheyenne Field Station which is west of Cheyenne off of Round Top Rd. at 8301 Hildreth Road. The Field Station began planting a large variety of trees, shrubs, fruits and vegetables in the 1930s to determine which species were hardy to the high plains. The arboretum sits on City property and is open to the public. The arboretum features over 60 different trees and shrubs from around the world and includes markers which identify many plants and gives brief descriptions, including country of origin and year planted. To view a recently completed video of the arboretum, click here.
On May 20th the Cheyenne Urban Forestry Division hosted Cheyenne's 34th Arbor Day at Holliday Park. Mayor Rick Kaysen gave the Arbor Day proclamation and received the Tree City USA award and Growth Award from Mark Hughes of the Wyoming State Forestry Division. Parks and Recreation Director, Rick Parish discussed current and future projects for Holliday Park and thanked the Arborists of the Forestry Division for their hard work in caring for the over 12,000 trees on City property. A group of fifth grade students from Alta Vista Elementary School presented "10 Reasons Trees are Awesome" to the audience in attendance and Arbor Day poster contest winners were recognized. The poster contest was sponsored by Wyoming Project Learning Tree and this year's theme was "Celebrate Trees in our Community". Both fifth grade classes from Alta Vista participated and Sierra Baird-Moore won first prize for her poster. Once the ceremony concluded the students assisted Forestry staff in planting 2 Northern Red Oak trees in the park. Free trees and cookies were then given away to attendees and City Forester, Lisa Olson thanked the students and adults for their attendance. More pictures of the event to follow: