DEL NORTE— The Town of Del Norte has received a $3,000 grant from the XCEL Energy Vegetation Management/Colorado Tree Coalition (CTC) grant program for their Centennial Park Tree Planting Project.
Del Norte is a small town located along the Rio Grande, along the west edge of the San Luis Valley. Historically Del Norte was a depot for the gold and silver mines located in the San Juan Mountains and today is emerging as a great location for outdoor adventure seekers of all types. Del Norte can be environmentally supportive of a healthy community forest at its higher 7,884’ elevation and 8-1 O” annual rainfall.
The Centennial Park along Highway 112 has been identified as a prime location to plant and highlight the town’s beautification efforts. This location will display the town’s commitment to community forestry and planting the right tree in the right place. This planting will also create an aesthetic and safe barrier along the fence between the basketball courts and playground equipment and the adjoining Xcel Energy substation.
The Tree Board and residents will learn the importance of proper tree selection, planting and care of trees of various species and varieties around the utility infrastructure. To accomplish this, educational material on the ANSI A300 standard as well as Right Tree Right Place planting will be distributed to town residents. Volunteering by all will enhance a sense of community and provide stewardship toward the care of these newly planted trees.
The Colorado Tree Coalition awarded nearly $34,000 to 18 organizations in 2018. Along with matching funds provided by the grant recipients this helped plant more than 220 trees in communities across Colorado. CTC grants are made possible through the support of the USDA Forest Service, the Colorado State Forest Service, Xcel Energy Foundation, Xcel Energy Vegetation Management, and Colorado Tree Coalition members and supporters. Since 1991 the Colorado Tree Coalition has awarded 530 grants totaling over $911,000. As a result of these grants, community match dollars, and volunteers over 75,400 trees have been planted throughout the state.