Fort Morgan Field Office – Community Forestry
The Fort Morgan Field Office community forestry program provides technical assistance to northeast Colorado communities.
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
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:
- Have a tree board or city department that is responsible for the trees
- Have a tree care ordinance
- Offer a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita
- 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.
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)
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.
- For general information on what pruning tools to use and general branch pruning (2.8 MB PDF)
- For information on pruning evergreen trees (737 KB PDF)
- For information on pruning fruit trees (1.2 MB PDF)
- For information on common flowering shrubs and their pruning needs (122 KB PDF) and pruning flowering shrubs (236 KB PDF)
To learn more about trees in your community, please visit: