The Cañon City District provides landowners both inside and outside of city limits with technical forestry assistance, including insect and disease concerns, planting and caring for trees, wildland fire defensible space, etc. We also provide assistance to local municipalities and schools with tree planting programs, Tree City USA designations and local Arbor Day celebrations.

Tree City USA

The Tree City USA® program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities that more than 135 million Americans call home.

The many benefits of being a Tree City include creating a framework for action, education, a positive public image and citizen pride.

Three municipalities on the Cañon City District are designated as Tree City USA communities

  • Pueblo
  • Florence
  • Cañon City

Learn more about the Tree City USA program.

Arbor Day

A day to celebrate the planting of trees was the idea of J. Sterling Morton, who promoted tree planting while employed for the Nebraska Territory. The very first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska in 1872 and was inaugurated by planting over a million trees in just one day.

According to Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S. 24-11-104): The third Friday in April each year shall be set apart and known as “Arbor Day,” to be observed by the people of this state in the planting of forest trees for the benefit and adornment of public and private grounds, places, and ways in such other efforts and undertakings as shall in harmony with the general character of the day established.

Learn much more about the Tree Planters’ Holiday and how you can incorporate an Arbor Day celebration in your community by visiting the Arbor Day Foundation.