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April 20, 2017 - The Arbor Day Foundation’s Boulder Tree Recovery Campaign Partners With Three Local Partners to Distribute Free New Trees April 22 to Local Residents

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Media Contacts:
Margo Josephs, Community Partnerships and Outreach Manager, 303-413-7251
Danny Cohn, Arbor Day Foundation Public Relations Director 402-473-9563
Sarah Huntley, Media Relations, 303-441-3155
www.ArborDay.org
www.BoulderParks-Rec.org

The Arbor Day Foundation’s Boulder Tree Recovery Campaign partners with three local partners to distribute free new trees April 22 to local residents
Arbor Day Foundation Program helps rebuild and beautify communities one tree at a time

The Boulder Tree Recovery Campaign – a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation, Colorado State Forest Service, City of Boulder and Boulder Parks and Recreation Department – will distribute up to 300 new trees this year for the residents of Boulder. The tree distribution will be held on Saturday, April 22 at McGuckin’s Hardware from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. These new trees, one-gallon or five-gallon size, will be free of charge, and help to replace trees damaged and destroyed by Emerald Ash Borer. More information can be found at: https://bouldercolorado.gov/forestry/boulder-tree-recovery-campaign-tree-give-away.

“Trees are assets to a community when properly planted and maintained,” said Dan Lambe, president, Arbor Day Foundation. “They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood or shopping district, increase property values by up to 18%, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants, and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.”

Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Tree Recovery, a national program underwritten by FedEx and foundation members, aims to replace trees in communities affected by natural disasters throughout the United States. The program has assisted more than 200 communities in planting or distributing more than 3.8 million trees since its inception in 2012.

“We are thankful for the Arbor Day Foundation’s partnership in our community while we rebuild after the discovery of Emerald Ash Borer in 2013,” said Kathleen Alexander, city forester with Boulder Parks and Recreation Department. “Because of Community Tree Recovery’s donation, local residents can enjoy the beauty and healing these trees will bring.”

In September 2013, city forestry staff discovered an EAB infestation within Boulder. It is believed that the beetle was brought into the city through infested firewood, and was the first detection of the insect in the state of Colorado, the western-most occurrence of the beetle thus far. These beetles wreak havoc on all native ash within the state. The estimated number of public, private and naturalized ash in Boulder is over 70,000 trees.

“At FedEx, we recognize that our commitment to customers and communities extends beyond the packages we deliver,” said Jenny Robertson, director of Citizenship and Reputation Management at FedEx. “Through our giving platform FedEx Cares, we are proud to support the tree recovery program by helping restore forests while bringing healing and hope to communities hit hard by natural disasters.”

To donate to the recovery efforts supported by this campaign or others across the country please visit www.arborday.org/recovery.  With your help, we can begin to restore this nation’s beautiful landscapes, including our state of Colorado. Funding for this program has been provided by FedEx, TruGreen, and Larry H. Miller Boulder Toyota.

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About the Arbor Day Foundation:  The Arbor Day Foundation is a million-member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.

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