The Park People
Sunday, July 14, 2024

Community Resources

Learn from The Park People, Denver Parks & Recreation, Denver's Office of Climate Action, Sustainability, & Resilience, as well as other local groups about tree benefits, greening projects, pruning, turf reduction, and other ways you can help create a healthy, resilient community.

Community Resources

Learn from The Park People, Denver Parks & Recreation, Denver's Office of Climate Action, Sustainability, & Resilience, as well as other local groups about tree benefits, greening projects, pruning, turf reduction, and other ways you can help create a healthy, resilient community.

Not finding what you're looking for on this page?

Try our Tree Care email:

Or contact your Denver City Forestry Inspectors: City guidance, regulation, and enforcement for public right-of-way trees, and some issues for private property. Click here for contact information for YOUR city Forester.

You can also check out our Tree Planting and Care Guides:

Tree Planting

Tree Care

Be A Smart Ash

Learn about the Emerald Ash Borer, the non-native, invasive beetle that will ultimately destroy 330,000 trees in Denver – that’s 1 in 6 trees. YOU can Be A Smart Ash, learn more about this destructive beetle, and help proactively plant our community forest!

Front Range Tree Recommendation List

This list is intended to assist those involved in the selecting of trees, with the ultimate goal of a healthy, diverse, and geographically appropriate landscape and urban forest. The ratings apply to the Colorado Front Range, generally defined as the region from Colorado Springs to the Wyoming border and from the foothills to the eastern plains.

Denver CASR: Resources Cheat Sheet

This PDF, designed by Denver's Office of Climate Action, Sustainability & Resiliency features environmental conservation and sustainability resources for residents, all located on one convenient document. 


Turf Reduction

As climate change brings extreme heat and long periods of drought, outdoor water use and nonessential turf become water hogs, and therefore targets for water conservation. 40% of Colorado’s municipal and industrial water use goes toward outdoor irrigation. Eliminating non-functional turf in favor of native plants and grasses is a critical step to conserve scarce resources. It’s important that we do this while also not harming the trees that cool our communities. Resources for Denver residents with information to reduce or eliminate their turf:

Spirit of the Sun

Spirit of the Sun, Inc. is a Colorado nonprofit partnering with Native American communities across the nation to develop new opportunities for tribes and Native American individuals. Spirit of the Sun is founded on the belief that effective and sustainable development work recognizes the intersections of culture, community, economy, and health, and that true success is only possible through collaboration. 

It's In Denver's Nature

Sustaining Denver’s urban forest takes a city, and we are proud to work alongside the Denver Parks and Recreation. In 2023, they launched the It’s In Denver’s Nature campaign to promote urban forestry, water conservation, turf reduction and landscape transformation, habitat protection and environmental stewardship, community partnerships, and more. Each month brings new sustanability initiatives and points of focus for residents.



The InterTribal Buffalo Council

The InterTribal Buffalo Council (ITBC) is a collection of 80 tribes in 20 different states, including the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, that facilitates the management of over 20,000 buffalo. ITBC members manage more than 32 million acres of Tribal lands, and have restored buffalo to nearly 1 million of those acres. 

Mulch Giveaway and Compost Sale

Each spring, the City of Denver conducts an annual Mulch Giveaway and an annual Compost Sale to maximize plant use and reduce waste!

Pruning Projects

On hold, due to COVID-19. The Park People and the Denver Forestry Office are delighted to work in partnership with our Community Forester volunteers to prune trees for stop sign visibility and sidewalk clearance in Denver neighborhoods.  These projects will improve public safety and walkability, provide the community with a free service, and support Denver Forestry staff.

Trust for Public Land: Schoolyards

Over 28 million kids in America don’t have a park within a 10-minute walk of home. A solution is hiding in plain sight: schoolyards. Learn about Trust For Public Land's Community Schoolyards® projects that transform our nation’s asphalt playgrounds into vibrant green spaces that are improving student education outcomes and community health and climate resiliency.

Past Projects

The Blue Trees

Have you seen a blue tree downtown or out in your neighborhood? Learn about The Blue Trees, a striking environmental art installation by artist Konstantin Dimopoulos, aimed at raising awareness about global deforestation and the importance of trees to people and our environment! Learn more here





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