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Deadlines near for tree programs through Denver nonprofit

The community forester program is one of the offerings by the Denver nonprofit, the Parks People. Deadlines for applications loom in late February and early March, 2014.
The Parks People

Deadlines are approaching for two popular tree programs through the Denver nonprofit, the Park People.

Hopeful applicants for its community forester program must register by Thursday, February 27, according to a reminder released by the Park People on Friday, February 21. They must first complete the Trees 101 workshop on March 1, before advancing to other mandatory workshops – in planting and health, pruning, identification and inventory and volunteer leadership.

The cost for Trees 101, planting, pruning and identification workshops totals $80, with the cost of the volunteer workshop is waived for those who complete the first four workshops.

Due to popular demand, the Parks People has extended its application deadline for its Denver Digs Trees program to Friday March 7. Medium- and large-sized trees are available.

The program provides low-cost trees for Denver residents, businesses and nonprofits. Availability and varieties are limited. “Trees beautify our neighborhoods, enhance property values, shade our homes and help conserve energy,” the organization said February 21.

Applicants must designate either a yard or street location for the tree. The cost is $35 per tree, unless you live in one of the city’s 25 target neighborhoods.

Residents in a target neighborhood pay $10. The target areas are Athmar Park, Baker, Barnum, Barnum West, Chaffee Park, Clayton, Cole, College View/South Platte, Elyria-Swansea, Five Points, Globeville, Green Valley Ranch, Jefferson Park, Lincoln Park, Montbello, Northeast Park Hill, Overland, Ruby Hill, Skyland, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park, West Colfax, Westwood or Whittier.

Trees will be available for pickup on April 19.