Centennial receives grant funding for trees

The City of Centennial received a $6,000 grant from the Colorado Tree Coalition (CTC) and the Xcel Energy Foundation to purchase and plant trees in Centennial Center Park.

Over the last several years, the City has lost several Ash trees in the Centennial Center Park due to a late spring thaws, disease, and other factors. The City plans to use this funding to plant a variety of shade trees more suited to Colorado, such as poplars. The use of native/drought tolerant trees and the additional shade would in the long-term allow for reduced irrigation usage.

The Colorado Tree Coalition (CTC) is a non-profit whose mission is to preserve, renew and enhance community forests statewide. The CTC awarded $42,620 in grants to 17 organizations in 2021. These grant projects allowed recipients to plant and manage trees in community forests across Colorado. Grants are made possible through the Colorado State Forest Service, the Xcel Energy Foundation, Xcel Energy Vegetation Management Program, Colorado Public Radio and our CTC members and supporters. Since 1991, the CTC has awarded grants to 219 communities and organizations totaling more than $1,086,000. These grants have been matched with more than $8 million in community money and in-kind services.