Planting evergreens along the Alamosa Cemetery entrance. Thanks to the Alamosa Department of Parks and Recreation and to the Alamosa Tree Board. From left to right: Vicente Apodaca, Megan Dudley, Dennis deHererra, Clint Kesson, Danny Govea, Dan Espinosa, Dalton Carleo, Jeremy Arellano, Andy Rice, Duncan McWirter, and Hubert Price.
Left: straightening a new tree at the Rec Center. Above: Digging in to plant trees at the Rec Center
Diversity is very important to the creation and maintenance of a healthy urban forest. For many years folks in the Midwest planted row upon row of elm trees to line residential streets. Apparently, people desired uniformity the trees were magnificent until the Dutch elm disease hit wiping out millions of elms around the country. Later, ash trees were the species of choice for many housing developments in our country. Then the emerald ash borer found its way to America and now many trees in our country are dying. Arborists (usually not an alarmist group) warn that it’s only a matter of time before the borer finds its way to Alamosa.
Planting a diversity of species reduces the chances of all trees in an area being infected by a debilitating pest. Also, different trees grow and age at different rates. If you plant a variety, you can replace a small portion of the trees when needed, not the entire park or street.
Click to download the 2019 Arbor Week Handout
Download a copy of the Alamosa Tree Board Brochure: Learn how to select the right tree, plant it correctly in the right place, and properly maintain your tree. Produced by the Alamosa Tree Board, the brochure was supported by information from the Colorado State Forest Service and print funding from the Colorado Tree Coalition.