Grant funds tree planting at state park

A grant will support efforts to plant trees around the campground of the Island Acres section of the James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park in De Beque Canyon near Palisade.

The Colorado Tree Coalition and Xcel Energy Vegetation Management Program awarded a $2,250 grant to Colorado Parks and Wildlife for the project.

The funding was used to purchase hawthorn, honey locust and box elder trees. They’re scheduled for planting around the campground on Earth Day on April 22 with the help of volunteers.

A nonprofit organization, the Colorado Tree Coalition works to preserve, enhance and renew forests statewide. 

The group awarded a total of $42,620 in grants to 17 organizations in 2021 to plant and manage trees in community forests. Since 1991, the coalition has awarded a total of more than $1 million in grants to 219 communities and organizations. These grants have been matched with more than $8 million in funding and in-kind services.

Grants are made possible through members and supporters as well as Colorado Public Radio, the Colorado State Forest Service, Xcel Energy Foundation and Xcel Energy Vegetation Management Program.