Urban Forestry in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Ronald A. Morrow
Abstract: Colorado Springs, Colorado, is located in the semiarid West at an elevation of 6035 feet and is nestled in the plains at the base of 14,110 foot Pike's Peak. In 1 910 the city created a Department of Forestry which has steadily grown through the years. The Forestry Division's responsibilities now include the management of more than 50,000 street trees and 15,000 park trees in addition to some unique projects. Expenditures to manage the city trees totals $779,211 for 1981 which is roughly $3.60 per city resident or $10.75 per city tree. This article describes the many functions of urban forestry in Colorado Springs, how they are funded and some tips on strengthening tree care programs.