Arbor Day Celebration

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Help Grow Loveland’s Urban Forest and Celebrate Arbor Day 2017

Arbor Day LogoPlease join the Loveland Parks and Recreation Department staff as we celebrate Arbor Day 2017.

The Arbor Day Celebration will begin with a ceremony on Friday, April 21, 2017, at 12:30 p. m, at which a representative of the Fort Collins District of the Colorado State Forest Service will be present to award the City with its 28th consecutive Tree City USA award.  The ceremony will take place on the North side of the Loveland Public Library, located at 200 N Adams.    Tree City USA awards recognize the efforts of volunteers and staff to maintain and enhance the diversity, beauty, and safety of Loveland's community forest.

The celebration of Arbor Day is not limited to a single day. This year the City will be planting trees at various sites in the community. All are welcome to participate.  Contact the Parks’ Forestry Specialist, Rob MacDonald, at (970) 962-3441 to volunteer.


April 21, 2017:  City Councilors, guests, and staff will plant two trees at the Loveland Public Library at 12:00 p.m.  The schedule of events is as follows:

12:00pm - 12:05 pm  Welcome and Introduction of Arbor Day Guests

12:05 pm - 12:10 pm  Reading of the Arbor Day Proclamation

12:10 pm - 12:15 pm  Presentation of the Tree City USA Award and the Tree City Growth Award

 12:15 pm - 12:20 pm  Recognition of staff and Urban Forestry Staff

 12:20 pm – 12:30 pm  Tree Planting

**Please note: in the case of inclement weather, the award ceremony will be held in City Council Chambers.  After the ceremony, those who choose may move to the Library for the tree planting.

April 22, 2017:  Volunteers from the Loveland High School chapter of the National Honor Society will plant 14 trees at Mehaffey Park Disc Golf Course.  Participants will meet at 9 a.m.  Enter the park by turning south from West 29th ST into the Park.  Watch for signs directing volunteers to the planting site. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Wear gloves, suitable footwear, and layered outwear. Also, please bring a shovel for digging, marked with your name.

Volunteers, please dress appropriately for the weather. Wear gloves, suitable footwear, and layered outwear. Also, please bring a shovel for digging, marked with your name.

For more information please click here for our 2017 Arbor Day brochure or contact Rob MacDonald at: (970) 962-3441

The City wishes to thank the following organizations which have helped to make this event and the Tree City USA designation possible through monetary and in-kind donations: Platte River Power Authority, The Loveland Garden Club, Constant Contact, the LHS Honor Society and Key Club, and Ketterer Nursery.


Tree City USA Awards: What Do They Mean? Who Awards Them?

The National Arbor Day Foundation, with headquarters in Nebraska City, Nebraska, determines the criteria for awarding Tree City USA awards.  To qualify, a community must meet four standards demonstrating a continuing commitment to urban forestry.  Communities must enact a tree ordinance, must hold an officially designated Arbor Day celebration proclaimed by the City Council, must have a tree advisory board or a department responsible for trees, and must spend $2.00 per capita annually on tree-related activities.  

In Loveland, the Parks and Recreation Commission acts as our Tree Board, and in the year 2016, Loveland invested over $802,000 on tree-related activities.  The Department of Public Works, primarily the Streets Division, now oversees street tree and right-of-way tree maintenance.  Parks and Recreation and other City departments also spend significant funds on trees.  These figures include not only planting but pruning, code enforcement, sidewalk rehabilitation, recycling, and other maintenance activities.

Did you know……

  • The primary Arbor Day planting will take place on April 22, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at the Mehaffey Park disc golf course; volunteers from the LHS National Honor Society will plant 14 trees.  For additional information, contact Rob MacDonald at: (970) 962-3441.
  • The 2017 Earth Day celebration will take place at the Loveland Museum and Gallery on Friday, April 14th, from 5 PM-8 PM.  There will be informational booths and activities.
  • Since 2001, PRPA has made an annual donation to purchase new trees for the City of Loveland.  In 2017, PRPA is contributing $1750.00.
  • The Parks and Recreation Department is setting Emerald Ash Borer traps to monitor for the presence of this pest.
  • The Public Works Department has contracted to complete an inventory of trees in the street rights-of-way.
  • On April 19, volunteers from Constant Contact will plant peach leaf willows at River’s Edge Natural Area.



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