Greenwood Village has been recognized by Tree City USA for 35 years

BY FREDA MIKLIN
GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER

At the regular meeting of the Greenwood Village City Council on April 1, Carrie Tomlinson, urban forestry manager for the Colorado State Forest Service, presented an award to the city to honor its having attained Tree City USA status for 35 years. GV is one of only ten cities in our state to hold that distinction.

Daniel Kissinger, Urban Forestry Supervisor (left) and Dustin Hoff, Parks, Recreation and Events Manager (right) accept Tree City USA recognition on behalf of Greenwood Village from Carrie Tomlinson, Urban Forestry Manager for the Colorado State Forest Service. Photo by Freda Miklin

One requirement for a Tree City is to observe Arbor Day as a “tree planting holiday, an annual opportunity to recognize and renew our commitment to trees where we live, work, learn, and play,” she said, adding, “Each day, trees provide us many benefits. They make our communities healthier, providing shade, reducing noise, cleaning our air and water, and they provide beauty and opportunities to recreate.” 

Greenwood Village will have a tree planting event in honor of Arbor Day at the Curtis Arts Center on April 19 at 10:00 am. The public is welcome to attend.

Tomlinson told the city council, “Trees also provide us with climate mitigation and adaption. They are very sophisticated and majestic carbon factories. In 2023 and 2024, we had the hottest winter on record in over 200 years. This tells us we will most likely have a very hot summer (so) your trees are going to be working very hard this summer.” 

Our trees, she explained, will provide “a three-to-five-degree difference in ambient temperature, not just under the shade of the tree, but in the neighborhoods in which these trees exist.”

That temperature difference impacts “heat related illness and heat-related death,” said Tomlinson, noting that in 2022, when we had a particularly hot summer in Colorado, “Our heat related illness doubled,” thus, “Our trees are lifesaving.”

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