The La Veta District’s Community Forestry Program provides technical assistance in Huerfano and Las Animas counties.

A Trinidad Tree Board member helps with the 2013 street tree inventory.
A Trinidad Tree Board member helps with the 2013 street tree inventory.

The La Veta District’s community forestry program provides technical assistance to communities in Huerfano and Las Animas counties.

Key components of our Community Forestry Program include:

  • Helping organize and support local tree boards
  • 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

Caring for our trees not only protects our investment, but provides benefits for the future. People often choose community trees for their beauty and ability to provide shade. Trees benefit communities by providing urban forests that many times include social attachment to individual trees. They also improve air quality, control erosion, moderate the sun’s effects and attract wildlife.

Tree City USA

La Veta Tree Board Chairman Russell Keeling helps fourth-grade students plant a street tree.

The National Arbor Day Foundation (NADF) encourages tree planting and environmental stewardship through educational programs. Two NADF programs that the La Veta District is quite involved with are Tree City USA and Arbor Day celebrations. For a community to become a Tree City USA, four requirements must be met to receive this honor:

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

If your community is interested in becoming a Tree City USA, please contact the La Veta District.

Tree City USA Communities in the La Veta District

  • La Veta – 28 years
  • Trinidad – 2 years

Champion Tree Program

The champion limber pine is located in Huerfano County. In 2010, fire crews protected this tree from the Medano Fire.

American Forests maintains a national registry of the largest trees in the nation. The Colorado Tree Coalition (CTC) administers the Champion Tree Program in Colorado and the CSFS assists the CTC by measuring potential champions, publicizing the program and educating Coloradans about our “champion” trees.

Where are Current Champion Trees Located in the La Veta District?

If you think that you have a potential champion, please contact the La Veta District.

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 these handouts will give your tree or shrub the opportunity for a long and healthy life for your family to enjoy.

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: