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Fort Collins Area Tree Recovery

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

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Devastating proportions of the forested lands west of Fort Collins were severely burned by the High Park Fire of 2012. In 2014, the Fort Collins Area Tree Recovery campaign worked to help affected communities and homeowners replant these majestic forests and restore the scenic landscape for which Colorado is known.

In June of 2012, multiple fires burned across central and northern Colorado. The largest of these fires was the High Park Fire, which ignited on June 9 and grew from 50 acres to 200 acres in only 30 minutes. It eventually destroyed 250 homes, took one life and burned over 87,000 acres near Fort Collins.

The loss of trees and vegetation from the fire led to heavy runoff and erosion damage, creating another hurdle the surrounding communities faced as they worked to restore their homes. It was important to act quickly to restore Fort Collins’ community landscape back to the beautiful, tree-filled mountains and valleys we have come to know, by replanting many of the trees lost.

April 2014 marked the launch of the Fort Collins Area Tree Recovery campaign, a partnership between the Colorado State Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation. This campaign focused on revitalizing the tree canopy destroyed by the High Park Fire. The trees planted will help to protect the quality of Colorado’s air and water by filtering pollutants from the air and from the storm water that runs into the state’s water supply.

More than 9,000 seedling trees were distributed to homeowners in April of 2014 through a series of distribution events held at the Colorado State Forest Service Nursery in Fort Collins, CO. Varieties included Colorado blue spruce, Engelmann spruce, lodge pole pine, pinion pine, ponderosa pine, and white fir.


Environmental and Societal Impact of 9,415 Trees Over 40 Years info

  • Cooling Savings (kWh) = $999,245.33
  • Net Energy Savings (kBtu) = $263,620
  • Net Carbon Dioxide Reductions = 11,298 tons
  • Air Pollution Reductions = 152.52 tons
  • Hydrology (Rainfall Inception) Increase = 206,753,400 gallons

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Community Tree Recovery is an initiative of the Arbor Day Foundation nationally sponsored by FedEx. The Fort Collins Area Tree Recovery campaign is in partnership with Colorado State.