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Big Thompson Canyon Tree Recovery

Help flood-affected communities find hope, revitalize their tree canopy and restore the natural beauty of their landscape.

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On September 12, 2013, massive flooding overtook the many small communities that border the Big Thompson Canyon. Nearly 8 inches of rain fell in 48 hours near Estes Park, and more than 13 inches fell near Drake. Hundreds of trees standing in the flood water's path were damaged or lost, and the tree canopy was greatly affected.

The Big Thompson Canyon Tree Recovery campaign is a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and the Colorado State Forest Service. This campaign will focus on providing trees to homeowners and communities who lost their urban canopy in the wake of this devastating event. This campaign will provide tens of thousands of new trees to those in need, as Colorado residents continue to recover for years to come.

With your help, we can restore and renew the urban tree canopy of these beautiful, mountain communities.


Environmental and Societal Impact of 10,000 Trees Over 40 Years info

  • Cooling Savings (kWh) = $1,061,333
  • Net Energy Savings (kBtu) = $280,000
  • Net Carbon Dioxide Reductions = 12,000 tons
  • Air Pollution Reductions = 162 tons
  • Hydrology (Rainfall Inception) Increase = 219,600,000 gallons

Community Tree Recovery is an initiative of the Arbor Day Foundation nationally sponsored by FedEx. The Big Thompson Canyon Tree Recovery campaign is in partnership with Colorado State.