City Forestry offers free mulch to the public when we generate more than what our parks use. With such a large pile of debris from the December 2021 windstorm where wind gusts reached 100 mph, we have A LOT of free mulch to share with the community this year. The bin is first-come, first-serve, and you will need to bring your own tools for loading. In order to help provide a consistent supply for our private residents, use by commercial operations is prohibited. The mulch pile is located across the street from the Forestry building at 1601 Recreation Way, on the west side of the street.
City Forestry plants trees in parks as funding allows. In 2022, Forestry plans to plant an estimated 50 trees citywide, including seven at Meadows Park Community Center on Arbor Day. Additionally, more than 250 trees are being planted in Panorama Park as a part of the park renovation this year.
Colorado Springs has been a Tree City USA since 1977 for its excellence in urban forestry management.
City Forestry manages a living infrastructure of approximately 300,000 urban street trees and 20,000 park trees.
Mission: 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.
What we care for: Trees in the urban forest and the native forest of the wildland urban interface, including trees on street right of way and medians, urban parks, trail corridors, open spaces and regional parks.
What we do: Prune, remove, plant, inspect City trees for optimal health of our urban forests.
Colorado Springs’ urban forest canopy includes trees on public and private properties. This living infrastructure shades over 17% of the community and provides economic, environmental, and aesthetic benefits: $100 million annually in air filtration, $900,000 in stormwater retention, $2 million in carbon sequestration, and incalculable moments of beauty and serenity. Our legacy of trees is 150 years old and still growing!
Learn more about our Urban Tree Canopy