The public can order $5 tree saplings through March 30

Students from several Boulder County high schools are seeking to plant 1,200 trees this Earth Day through a campaign called Tree-Plenish. Tree-Plenish is providing $5 tree saplings to members of the public. Online orders for Eastern Redbud, Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir and Red Maple saplings can be made through March 30.

“After the devastation of the Marshall Fire, we wanted to bring our community together,” said Centaurus High School student and campaign organizer Ava Moorhead. “Trees aren’t just a symbol of our community’s healing, they also are a solution to the climate crisis. They absorb carbon, prevent soil erosion, increase rainfall and support biodiversity.”

The Tree-Plenish program is a part of Cool Boulder, a campaign convened by the City of Boulder and supported by several community partners. Cool Boulder is working to empower community-led, nature-based climate action through pollinator pathways, connected canopies and absorbent landscapes.

“We are excited for and inspired by this entirely student-initiated effort. Expanding our urban forest canopy is one of core nature-based climate actions that almost anyone can take now that will have benefits far into the future.” remarked Brett KenCairn, the City of Boulder’s natural climate solutions team lead.

Trees will be available for pick up on April 22. Participants can also request student assistance to plant the saplings on their property. The students also invite members of the public to volunteer to plant trees on April 22. Sign up to volunteer online.

Earth day tree planting campaign organized by local high school students