The Tree Trust was created by the PLAY Boulder Foundation in 2015 upon anticipation of the public-private partnership goals outlined in the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation’s Urban Forest Strategic Plan (UFSP.) With support for the trust's oversight committee the initiative currently seeks to facilitate the goals listed below with support from the city and community groups. 


  • Marketing and awareness campaigns that fall outside of the city’s role to manage

    • EAB Education with community marketing campaigns for trees on private property

    • Visual Awareness in Public Spaces to support EAB outreach; Public Art as an Awareness Tool

  • Neighborhood diversification goals are dependant on completing a private tree inventory  

    • Mapping trees on private property through Neighborhood Groups to support diversification goals and canopy inventory

    • Mapping trees as a BVSD partnership to further youth & adult education on both private property and district property - to support diversification goals and canopy inventory

  • Utilize additional partners to leverage and sustain additional funding for private and public programs

    • Fund a Tree Program (Private trees and programs vs Public trees and Programs)

    • Expand Kiss my Ash (McGuckin’s Partnership)

    • Sustain city and community initiatives with future fiscal planning

  • Facilitate community sustained volunteer programs to increase capacity for trees maintained and owned by private property owners

    • Volunteer Ideas: Public Tree (Planting/Maintenance) vs Private Tree (Neighborhood Plantings)

Join the 'Kiss My Ash' Campaign!

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We are teaming up with McGuckin Hardware to promote the Tree Trust. Visit McGuckin today to purchase your exclusive Kiss My Ash shirt. All proceeds go directly to supporting tree plantings to replace EAB infested trees.       


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  • Boulder’s urban forest is a legacy that was largely created by the tree planting and stewardship efforts of previous generations. With the exception of trees native to the streamside corridors, Boulder’s trees were planted and tended by residents who valued the trees shade and beauty. Their vision contributed to one of the many reasons we all love Boulder today.

  • The city’s urban forest is one of the few city assets that appreciate in value over time. Trees are not a luxury - they provide nearly $5.2 million in annual environmental, economic, and social services benefits ($50.39 per capita, an average of $102.48/tree) through air quality improvements, energy savings, stormwater runoff reduction, atmospheric CO2 reduction, and aesthetic contributions to the social and economic health of the community.

  • Ash is one of the most abundant tree species in Colorado comprising approximately 15% of all deciduous trees in many urban areas and approximately 12% in the City of Boulder.

  • Learn about the benefits of trees in your neighborhood at:

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