The Fort Morgan Field Office community forestry program provides technical assistance to northeast Colorado communities.

Arbor Day tree planting, Fort Morgan
Arbor Day tree planting, Fort Morgan

Community and plains forests help clean air and water, offer energy savings and add form and beauty to communities. They reduce noise, provide places to recreate, attract wildlife and add economic value to eastern Colorado.

The Fort Morgan Field Office provides technical assistance to eastern Colorado communities. Key components of our community forestry program include:

  • Helping organize and support local tree boards
  • Conducting street and park tree inventories
  • Conducting insect and disease assessments
  • Assisting with tree planting and tree care needs
  • Offering technical assistance on how to plant and maintain trees
  • Providing information and workshops on tree care

Tree City USA

The National Arbor Day Foundation (NADF) encourages tree planting and environmental stewardship through educational programs. Two NADF programs that the Fort Morgan Field Office is involved with are Tree City USA and Arbor Day celebrations. For a community to become a Tree City USA, it must meet the following four requirements:

  1. Have a tree board or city department that is responsible for the trees
  2. Have a tree care ordinance
  3. Offer a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita
  4. Celebrate an Arbor Day observance and proclamation

If your community is interested in becoming a Tree City USA, please contact the Fort Morgan Field Office.

Tree & Shrub Planting

You have selected your tree or shrub and the location has been chosen, now comes the planting. This is where the plant will be located for the rest of its life! It is very important to plant at the right depth and remove as much of the packaging the tree came in as possible.

Following the steps in this handout will give your tree or shrub the opportunity for a long and healthy life:

Colorado Master Gardener: Tree Planting Steps (Garden Notes #636) (205 KB PDF)

Tree & Shrub Pruning

Urban trees and shrubs require pruning to help make them strong and healthy and to prevent any damage during strong storms.

The following information can help the landowner make the right choices and use the proper techniques when it comes to taking care of the plants in our landscapes.

Community Forestry Links

To learn more about trees in your community, please visit: