COS 150 Tree Challenge

To celebrate Colorado Springs' 150th anniversary and honor the legacy of our city's founder, General William Jackson Palmer, we have set a goal to plant 18,071 trees between now and 2021. When Palmer founded our city in 1871, it was a nearly treeless, arid plain. Palmer changed that by planting thousands of trees. Learn how you can participate in the COS 150 Tree Challenge.

Recent Tree Plantings

City Forestry continues planting trees in parks as funding allows.  Here are some recent projects:

  • Arbor Day 2020: 18 trees were planted in Monument Valley Park to replace older trees that had been removed over the years. Species included linden, maple, bald cypress, and oak. Comcast Cares assisted with the purchase of these trees.
  • Arbor Day 2019: 20 Chinkapin oak trees were planted in Memorial Park to eventually provide shade for parents watching their children play sports.
  • Old North End Neighborhood 2019: 51 trees (linden, oak, hackberry, Kentucky coffee tree) were planted along the north Nevada medians to replace dying trees that were removed over the last few years. These trees were purchased by North End Woodlands and planted in conjunction with City Forestry.
  • Various Parks: Currently, 16 replacement trees are scheduled to be planted in several parks across the city (Frank Houck, Boulder, High Meadows, Keystone, Woodstone, Wilson, and Adams Parks, as well as several others).

Arbor Day & Median Plantings 2019-2020

City Forestry

City Forestry manages a living infrastructure of approximately 220,000 urban street trees and 20,000 park trees

Mission: To manage our urban forest in a healthy, safe, and sustainable state, which maintains our original forest legacy, manages risk, and increases the canopy coverage for shade, stormwater retention and property value.

What we care for: Trees in the urban forest and the native forest of the wildland urban interface, including trees on street right of way and medians, urban parks, trail corridors, open spaces and regional parks.

What we do: Prune, remove, plant, inspect City trees for optimal health of our urban forests.

A Living Investment

Colorado Springs’ urban forest canopy includes trees on public and private properties. This living infrastructure shades over 17% of the community and provides economic, environmental, and aesthetic benefits: $100 million annually in air filtration, $900 million in stormwater retention, $2 million in carbon sequestration, and incalculable moments of beauty and serenity. Our legacy of trees is 150 years old and still growing!

Learn more about our Urban Tree Canopy